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All shopped out? Take a seat!


If you’ve shopped until you’ve dropped, South Bank’s new Tesco is a good place to be.

For tired shoppers there can put down their bags and take a rest on luxury outdoor seating created by Saltburn art and design team Glenn Humphrey and Tracey Potter.

The duo were commissioned to design the outside space at the new store, and came up with a stylish mosaic paving design, shady canopies with LED lighting – and seats ideal for a chat.

Artist Glenn said: “It can be hard to have a proper conversation on a normal bench because you are sitting side by side, but by designing a seat with curves it becomes more conducive to chatting.”

The seating also comes with an integral planter filled with lavender and thyme to soothe shoppers with floral aromas.

“Tesco’s main contractor Vinci got in touch with us via Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council, and we had a meeting with their architects in Harrogate,” said Glenn, who has a studio at Saltburn Artists Projects.

“They wanted ideas for the outside space that would provide an open and European feel.”

Partners Glenn and Tracey are both from Middlesbrough. They settled in Saltburn after working in China following Glenn’s degree in Fine Art at Staffordshire University and Tracey’s in Interior Design at Brighton.

The new Tesco is an eco-building that uses as much natural daylight as possible, and the installation of the outdoor seating area went ahead smoothly when the finishing touches were being made to the store.

“The new store is clad in timber, which complements our seating design really well, and we’re pleased with how it’s all gone,” said Glenn. “We’d be delighted to get involved with other Tesco stores around the country and possibly internationally…fingers crossed.”

Posted: June 19, 2012 @ 10:35 am
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