Inhabitat recently headed to east London to check out what green design treats the Tent London exhibition had to offer. This diverse exhibition is part of the London Design Festival and is positioned just off the buzzing Brick Lane in the Old Truman Brewery. We got the scoop on the best green and energy efficient pieces, and we're happy to say that the repurposing of existing or salvaged materials to create unique new designs was definitely a key trend amongst our sustainable finds. Click ahead to learn more about each design in detail!
Seen in the image above, the Origami Hunter heads by Si Studio are striking animal shaped paper lamps that are worlds apart from the real head mounts you may find on people’s walls. These bright origami shapes give a sense of animals at peace, whilst brightening up any room in a simple way.
The Rag and Bone Man was one of our top picks from the exhibition, as his display was just packed with wonderful examples of how you can transform the old and unused, into new playful designs. His stunning lamps are formed by joining a range of old metal and mechanical objects such as motorcycle pieces, old drills and sewing machines. Many of the mechanical parts of the original items were kept in working order when possible – meaning that items like the drill lamp have a the ability to change in height by turning the drill.
The spindle seat by Tamasine Osher is a rather sturdy looking chair made from old stairway spindles. We liked the sense of character that this chair gained from using such a well known home furnishing in a new way.
Tamasine Osher also created a clever wooden Pedal Pod to store bicycles. These Pedal Pods are the perfect place for bicycles when they are not busy riding around town. They can also be used to store all their other items like helmets and lights in their simple shelves.
The Scottish artist Lee Borthwick had some striking samples from her environmental installations on display, and we loved the rich textures that her work creates by combining fragments of scrap wood and other items.
The Furniture Magpies collective had a fun and colorful space that left you wondering what their current furniture items may have been in their past lives. All their pieces are made from old waste furniture, but they have been cleverly reworked into new designs, with new functions. So what may have once been a chair, is now a side table lamp, drawers are now large shelving units, and lamp shades have been updated with new knitted covers.
The Copper lights from the Edward Hodgson Design stick out for their simplicity. They use existing material components that are normally used in plumbing, and combine them with cathode light beams to create these striking, energy efficient lights.
Play4Power was a prototype project by the collective Pirates of the Danube who were looking at how they could harness the power of playing to create energy. Their aim is to look at how they can recycle kids’ energy into electricity. For TENT they had installed a generator on a running barrel as an example of where this energy could be generated, and it was great to watch how people interacted with this.
We also spotted the Swifty Scooters, which were being launched at Tent London. These stylish scooters provide a quick and flexible way to get around town on two wheels and fold up for easy locking and transporting when not in use.
The High Rise Wormery by Ben Furdson is designed to be used on balconies within high rise flats, where often there is little or no access to facilities to recycle your own food waste. The product has spaces to turn food waste into fertilizer and to start to grow new produce.
The bonded paper origami shutters by Mie Matsubara have an impressive, sculptural presence and would certainly add a nice element to controlling light in many rooms.
The simple display by Greece Is For Lovers had a subtle, but clever message about sustainability. Each item on display is a rework of a disposable product in Greece that has been transformed into something that should last longer. For example, the renowned shape of the disposable plastic water carrier has been replicated in terracotta.
The Whack Pack by BeBenny shows that making flat-pack furniture can be simple and fun. Their furniture is designed to be assembled with a simple whack!
The Inhabitat team have been checking out lots of other exhibitions as part of the London Design Festival, so make sure you check them out too!