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The Be Open Space at The Dock with Tom Dixon Stimulates the Five Senses at London Design Week
Posted By Hazel Saunderson On September 20, 2012 @ 1:54 pm In Design,Green Lighting,Green Products,Innovation,London,London Design Week | No Comments
We explored The Dock this morning, an exciting space at The London Design Festival that we first spotted last year, which is hosted by Tom Dixon. The diverse space was brimming with a mix of great designers, from old favorites Tom Dixon and Piet Hein Eek to a some great emerging designers who were showing their work at the Be Open 'flash market' space.
The best way to enter The Dock space is to head downstairs and then work your way back up to the daylight. A range of Tom Dixon’s latest pieces were on display in these underground tunnels, alongside some newer additions, such as a the pop-up store from Merci concept store from Paris.
The furniture by Piet Hein Eek is an old favorite, and it’s always inspiring to get a close-up of these beautiful pieces, which are made from reclaimed wood. We even rested our feet briefly and took a minute to fully experience the Lottie Lindeman TentLamp, a design that aims to create a space within a space, and that fits perfectly with these round tables.
Outside, the emerging designers at the Be Open  space were treated to a sunny morning, which allowed us to enjoy exploring their individual exhibition spaces. Each market pod echoed the architecture of the main building from the outside, but the inside was transformed by the designers to display their wares in this ‘flash’ market.
First, we spotted one of OMI series pendants by Naomi Paul . The striking Hanna pendant is a handcrafted, flat-pack pendant that is made with yarns such as mercerized cotton and silk sourced from fashion industry surplus and waste.
Next, we watched as the workers in the Faye Toogood  space were busily creating their felt House Hightops in their on-onsite workshop. This space showed the transparency of production, from manufacturing to shop floor in one small space.
We got a warm welcome from Technology Will Save Us  and came away feeling pretty inspired to get crafting with technology after casting our eyes over their selection of parts and workshops that this haberdashery for technology and education had on offer. They believe that giving people a better understanding of the technology we use every day will lead to more sustainable, creative and possibly ecologically-conscious habits.
The Traces ‘Junk’ Shop  was overflowing with fun and quirky designs from a range of young designers. One of our favorite items was Madam Bottwright’s Bureau  by Tim Burrell-Saward  and Mike Kann , which combined found furniture pieces with technology to draw us into a playful guessing game. You can read more about the Traces ‘Junk’ Shop in our feature post here. 
Tikau  had a number of colourful products that had been designed by Scandanavian designers who had worked Indian artisans and aims to build meaningful, long-term working relationships that enable both the designer and the craftsman to develop in a positive manner.
A great example of the Tikau  philosophy and final product outcome is the Tikau Lights. A simple, yet stylish product that has been designed with a specific community to develop new opportunities for income.
If all these design treats weren’t enough, we were almost finished when these amazing chocolate designs caught our eye. Although unfortunately there were no items to taste, this impressive wall decoration by Paul Cocksedge and Hotel Chocolate  did give us something to take away with us by scanning the QR code embedded in the chocolate.
+ Traces ‘Junk’ Shop 
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 Tom Dixon’s : http://www.tomdixon.net/home
 Merci : http://www.tomdixon.net/news/2012/08/merci-at-the-dock
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 Traces ‘Junk’ Shop: http://inhabitat.com/traces-junk-shop-showcases-young-designers-playful-green-designs/
 Madam Bottwright’s Bureau: http://www.timburrellsaward.com/bureau.html
 Tim Burrell-Saward: http://www.timburrellsaward.com/
 Mike Kann: http://www.studio801.co.uk/#!home/mainPage
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 Paul Cocksedge : http://www.paulcocksedge.co.uk/
 Hotel Chocolate: http://www.hotelchocolat.co.uk/
 + Traces ‘Junk’ Shop: http://traces-london.co.uk/file/Home.html
 + Tom Dixon – The Dock: http://www.tomdixon.net/news/2012/08/luminosity-at-the-dock-london-design-festival?dcp=634819225148341250
 + The London Design Festival: http://www.londondesignfestival.com/
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