The sustainable designs at Tent London, one of the major shows at the London Design Festival, were all about transformation. Designers from around the world took up components discarded by industry or consumers - from denim to plastic bottles - and crafted eco lighting and seating solutions. We could easily imagine living with these objects made from materials given new life - check out some of our favorites in the gallery below!
The products we highlighted in our green designs preview of Tent London didn’t disappoint in person. Bernardita Marambio Design Studio’s stand, The Reliving Room, showcased developments in new manufacturing with vases made from strips of shampoo bottles and chairs made from fabric scraps. The sleek look of Kate Noakes’ furniture, refinished with tin inlaid in layers of gesso and pigment, belied their reclaimed nature.
Nature was another popular source for green materials. Sebastian Cox‘s airy chandeliers were composed of lanterns made of strips of wood shavings from hazel trees. Jess Shaw‘s fairy tale-like hanging light has a shade made of a plant called Old Man’s Beard.
Tent London was full of visitors looking for new ideas and interior products. Hopefully they discovered some new ways of looking at old and discarded materials as well.
Photos by Charlene Lam for Inhabitat