Philippa Warr

Tire Seating and Innovative Lighting Pop Up at DesignJunction at the London Design Festival

by , 09/21/12

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Rene Olivier‘s Tyre Furniture collection saw the designer recently scoop a Mixology “Student Furniture Designer of the Year” award. The furniture takes discarded tires and converts them into comfy and quirky seating.

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Swedish design company Träullit manufactures colored hexagonal tiles from wood wool which you can affix to the wall using magnets. The design acts as both an insulator and a sound absorber meaning lower energy costs and more restful acoustics.

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Currently the tiles are only available as hexagons but the company plans to add more shapes to its catalog.

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Rather than treat product packaging as a necessary evil, Droog have made the packaging a part of their end product. The plastic wrapping not only protects their Sticky Lamp during shipping, it also acts as both lampshade and wall fixing.

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Artists as well as designers were represented at the festival. Thierry Jeannot’s lighting designs which are crafted from discarded plastic bottles were of particular interest.

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More curious lighting designs came via Tabitha Bargh. The designer uses corrugated cardboard and discarded advertising board to create pretty, textured lampshades.

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The handmade lampshades take advantage of the cardboard’s eco credentials (85% recycled material) while the open weave effect of the product creates interesting light effects.

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And, executing a simple upcycling concept well, artist Ali Miller repurposes everyday objects by adding her own designs and illustrations, rejuvenating old products, particularly this golden teaset.

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