Designjunction just opened this week at the London Design Festival, and with three floors and 10,000 square feet of The Sorting Office dedicated to big name design brands, innovative small companies and pop ups of various flavors this showcase contained more than a few gems just waiting to be unearthed by Inhabitat. Read on for some of our favorite finds - including furniture made from tires and stunning recycled bottle chandeliers!
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.
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.
Currently the tiles are only available as hexagons but the company plans to add more shapes to its catalog.
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.
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.
More curious lighting designs came via Tabitha Bargh. The designer uses corrugated cardboard and discarded advertising board to create pretty, textured lampshades.
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.
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.