Designersblock fulfilled its promise as the show at the London Design Festival with the edgiest, most experimental work, including eco designs of glasses of recycled cardboard and lamps made wire whisks. Taking place for the second time in the Southbank Centre on the River Thames, Designersblock Edition 16 featured recent graduates pushing the boundaries of green design made from wood, paper, textiles and household objects.
Experiments in lighting were especially striking at Designersblock, with designer Natalie Simpson crafting lamps out of everyday items like whisks, household brushes and hangers. WALTERWORKs transformed plastic water bottles and discarded lightbulbs into innovative lighting solutions.
Other exhibits explored sustainable design with natural and upcycled materials. POP:EYE is a concept for handmade cardboard spectacles, repurposing materials discarded in the shoe-making industry. Yosuke Fukutome and Jane Crisp transformed scrap fabric into upholstery, coiling and braiding strips of it to form seat cushions. With platforms like Designersblock giving young designers the space to experiment and exhibit, hopefully we’ll get even more ideas for reusing and recycling everyday materials at future shows.
Photos by Charlene Lam for Inhabitat