BreadedEscalope studio presented their low-tech, low-energy, steam-bending machine and showed the public how it worked at this year’s bustling Designersblock event.
As 50% of the world’s computer waste ends up in four small villages in China, Kuan Ting Liao decided to draw attention to the issue by knitting all sorts of objects from found materials.
One of the weirdest and most wonderful surprises we come across at this year’s event was a non-profit arts organization called Exploring Senses that recycles old toys into bizarre new creations.
DeGrossstudio were showing their sleek unique lamps (and plant pots) made from reused glass bottles found behind their London studio.
Long-term collaborators with this great event, Hendzel+Hunt from MADE IN PECKHAM, set themselves a 24-hour Design Challenge to make furniture and even a pinball from all sorts of recycled found objects.
Designer Roey Huntused to work as a tree surgeon until he decided to make these beautiful seats from sick 100-year-old trees that were going to waste.
Adrian Draigo’s eye-catching lamps GLO use a flexible string of 240 LED lights shining through repurposed, multicolored plastic bottle tops.
Walter Raes is a very skillful Belgian artist who creates wearable art from repurposed shoes, supermarket bags and other mass-produced items.
British studio Lazerian was also present this year featuring their latest celestial lamps, which are made entirely out of folded paper.
Tunisia Made by Hend Krichen is a series of hand-made terracotta and copper vases that aims to stimulate the industry and celebrate traditional crafts that might disappear in little time.
Just before we left, we caught up with one of Designersblock’s founders, Rory Dodd (seen here in a blue T-shirt), who was very excited about this year’s central location that welcomes the design scene but also surprises London’s tourists and citizens.
+ London Design Festival 2012
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