The London Design Festival is coming up soon, and we're excited to bring Inhabitat readers a sneak preview of some fantastic green designs from one of our favorite events - Tent London! An ever-evolving design show for the last 7 years, this annual east London hub of the London Design Festival is well known for presenting extraordinary interiors products from established independent designers and undiscovered talents. Spectacular installations, inspirational talks and presentations from country pavilions make Tent one of the largest and most popular design destinations during the London Design Festival. Read on for a first look at eight of the great green designs that will be featured at this year's event!
Tent London will bring together two floors of pure design – including over 200 companies from 25 countries, 8 gallery shows and 40 super global brands present a vast and diverse range of furniture, lighting and interior products for over 20,000 visitors to feast on. It all takes place from September 19-22 at the Old Truman Brewery on Hanbury Street.
Re-Born Lighting by Y-Studio from Fresh Taiwan
Y-Studio aims to celebrate the products that are often considered as outdated. They organize and rebuild these products so they have a place in modern times, reusing old products in a way that they will give them a new stylish aesthetic. For this awesome repurposed light they redesigned a film camera into a modern lamp.
Upcycled Ceramics by Melody Rose
Melanie Roseveare is the Canadian-born designer behind Melody Rose. She lives and works in North West London. Melanie started her career in global marketing at Diageo then developed an interest in green issues and social change, working on a range of arts and urban regeneration products. Her upcycled ceramics are redesigned vintage pieces which are re-fired in a kiln at over 850 degrees. The pieces are gorgeous when displayed but also functional enough to be used every day. Melody Rose breathes new life into vintage ceramics.
P.E.A.D not DEAD by Bernardita Marambio Design Studio
Bernardita Marambio Design Studio emphasizes the use and redemption of various manufacturing techniques as well as the use of different materials. P.E.A.D not DEAD is an experimental process for manufacturing vases made from High Density Polyethylene (LDPE or HDPE) sourced from recycled shampoo and shower gel bottles. PEAD or HDPE a is thermoplastic polymer composed of repeating units of ethylene, whose structure is linear and unbranched. Marambio coils the material into beautiful vases that are sure to have a longer life than the disposable containers they’re made from.
Genovesa by Galapagos
Launched in Summer 2013, Galapagos is a new creative online store that brings vintage furniture to the forefront of furniture design. The brand was born out of three key beliefs: that conserving natural resources is a good thing, that great design should be accessible at a fair price to everyone, and that old can not only be as good as new, but can be better than new. The aim of Galapagos is not to sell vintage furniture but to create supply chains of products that already exist and can be up-cycled, used immediately, and have a lower environmental impact than the manufacture of new products.
The Genovesa collection is a gorgeous line of British-made button-backed chairs rescued from a golf club in Manchester. Their splayed and tapered legs (in the 1950s style) have been gently stripped, sanded and re-waxed to bring them back to life. They have been re-purposed with fire safe new cushioning in the seat and back and re-upholstered in Korla‘s phoenix dusk fabric.
Hand-woven baskets by Alison Fitzgerald from Crafts Council of Ireland
Alison Fitzgerald of Greenwood Baskets in Co. Tyrone was first drawn to basket making after moving to Northern Ireland in 1980. Noticing the long, slender, brightly colored willow stems on the shores of Lough Neagh – once a flourishing center of basketry – she was inspired by their lightness, beauty and pliability. She makes hand-woven baskets using sustainable methods and materials. Working with several varieties of locally grown willow, she experiments with shape and pattern, whilst retaining a robust, tactile functionality in all her pieces. Fitzgerald specializes in frame baskets such as the sciathóg or potato basket, emphasizing the ribbing and playing with subtle graduations of color. A number of these will be featured at Tent London.
Eroded Stools by I M Lab
Designed by Alessandro Isola and Supriya Mankad, the Eroded Series is a range of objects that have been inspired by the natural process of erosion. CNC excavated cork blocks are ergonomically shaped to provide not only a uniquely comfortable seating surface but a convenient magazine holder, with felt detailing hand-applied using traditional upholstering techniques.
The materials of cork and felt were chosen for specific reasons. Cork was chosen for its sustainable and environmentally friendly credentials and felt for its inherent durability. Sustainably sourced cork can be harvested without damaging or cutting the tree. Through its life cycle, it is biodegradable and renewable and has a considerably low carbon footprint in the manufacturing process compared to metals and plastics. This combined with the machinability of the material makes it perfect for replication. Wool felt, apart from being from a renewable resource, is wear resistant, cuts with a clean edge and does not unravel or fray. This is especially important as the material needs to have just enough elasticity to fit the complex dynamic surface on the stool and also be cut with precise sharp edges to fit the form of the stool.
Jelly Bowl Lantern by Madeleine Boulesteix
Madeleine Boulesteix likes the idea of making something opulent – like chandeliers – out of humble objects. She feels that reusing satisfies many needs and provides a framework to be inventive within. She gives new life to traditionally underused kitchen products like toast racks, trifle moulds or pastry cutters by transforming them into sumptuous decorations. This new Jelly Bowl Lantern made from a jelly mould, pastry tins, cutlery and glass drops will be exhibited at Tent London.
‘Icons of the Everyday’ Coffee Table by Kate Noakes
Kate Noakes recycles, redesigns and reconditions furniture that is in a state beyond worn to extend its life as a functional and desirable object. The character of each piece is reinvented using metal inlaid with gesso and pigment. Re-use and environmental responsibility are an important part of her working practice, and she extends where possible to the materials used in the manufacture of her pieces. The new ‘Icons of the Everyday’ range will be exhibited at Tent London. The designs are based on everyday objects like chip forks, buttons, or in the case of this coffee table, knives.