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DEPTFORD DESIGN CHALLENGE: A 2nd Life for Objects

Posted By Kate Andrews On September 18, 2007 @ 6:35 pm In Green Design Events,London Design Week 2007,Recycled Materials | 2 Comments

DEPTFORD DESIGN CHALLENGE: A 2nd Life for Objects, deptford Design Market Challenge - London Design Festival 2007, London design festival, redesign, reclaiming design [1]

If you are looking for great examples of objects born into a second life, Deptford Design Market Challenge [2] is just the ticket. As part of the London Design Festival’s [3] green schedule of events, The Royal Festival Hall on London’s Southbank is housing The Deptford Design Challenge until 25th September. Twenty-six international designers, including Conran and Partners, Stuart Haygarth [4], Martí Guixé, and Based Upon, were invited to redesign discarded objects from Deptford Thrift Market, turning market bargains from a broken desk fan to a dirty sofa into new and functional designs. Challenging the preconceptions of usefulness and beauty, the designers were asked to use their talents to re-work the item; creating something unique, desirable and functional.


By re-interpreting the discarded, the aim of the Market Challenge is to inspire and encourage designers to think about re-using what is available before creating an entirely new product from scratch. The possibilities for regeneration are endless: compressing or manipulating the object; reengineering it; using it as an image for a website.

The small collection of designs are exhibited amongst a mass of white painted material goods, from the odd mobile phone, a walking boot, a tea set and a camcorder. The work on display holds interesting value to the recycling of discarded material products. Three key re-designed objects I found today included a discarded guitar named “No Strings Attached” from Conran and Partners [5] which intelligently combines iPod technology with a musical classic, Gitta Gschwendtner’s [6] shuttlecock lampshade “Shuttlecock Science”, and the “Nanny’s Chair” by Life is a Suite, made from second hand tea cloths and aprons.

+ Deptford Design Challenge [2]


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[1] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/09/18/deptford-design-challenge-a-2nd-life-for-objects/

[2] Deptford Design Market Challenge: http://www.deptforddesignchallenge.com/

[3] London Design Festival’s: http://www.londondesignfestival.com/

[4] Stuart Haygarth: http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/01/18/stuart-haygarths-tide-chandelier/

[5] Conran and Partners: http://www.conran.com

[6] Gitta Gschwendtner’s: http://www.GittaGschwendtner.com

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