The product of a collaboration between Brixton-based architect Farouk Agoro and Akil Scafe-Smith of RESOLVE, Style and Pattan inn Brixton, is a project that transforms the face of the iconic Brixton Road Bridge. As a phrase captures the vibrations of Brixton and its diverse community. It is visible and expressed through language, fashion, art, activism, food, music – all key aspects central at the core of the community all moving to the same rhythm. The approach and design is fuelled by these core aspects, aiming to utilize the dichotomy of bold, monochromatic typeface against bright, animated polychromatic patterning, in order to convey a memorable written message whilst evoking the visual themes of Brixton’s iconic heritage through geometric motifs.
The cross-hatch pattern was inspired by an awareness of the structural and decorative themes that accentuate Brixton’s built environment. From tiling and joinery found in 19th and 20th century buildings in the area to the facade of the historic Atlantic Bakeries on Atlantic Road. Simultaneously, it pays clear homage to African, Caribbean and South American vexillology through bold geometric pattern and a colour palette reflective of the surrounding community.
‘Come In Love/Stay In Peace’ is a play on the common saying ‘Come in Peace’, coalescing the action of coming and going in Brixton, by playfully interpreting both sides and directions of movement as the ultimate act of approach. Undertones of ‘love’, ‘neighborliness’, ‘homecoming’ and ‘peace’ act as a potent reminder of Brixton as more than an area, but a community