Tim burrell-sawar, Mike Kann, Tom Dixon, the dock, Traces 'junk' shop, London, London Design Festival 2012, Be Open, Interactive Bureau

One of our favorite items was Madam Bottwright’s Bureau by Tim Burrell-Saward and Mike Kann. This item combined old found furniture pieces with technology to draw us into a playful guessing game. The clues hidden in this unassuming bureau encouraged us to unlock its secrets by twisting switches, turning heads, and knocking to a special rhythm.

Mixers, magnetic interchangeable glasses, Marina Dragomirova, traces 'junk' shop, london, london design festival 2012, tom dixon, the dock

Next we spotted a set of magnetic interchangeable glasses by Marina Dragomirova called Mixers. This collection of vintage glasses are split in two and can be joined again with magnets – so you are able to mix & match the stems with different glass tops to suit your taste or occasion.

Murjana Smith, Traces 'Junk' Shop, London, London Design Festival 2012, Tom dixon, the dock, mixers, glases, magnetic

The Hewbert Tea Pot set by Mirjana Smith combines a mix of old tins with more traditional handles and spouts. The combination creates a delightful collection of pots that are full of new life and already look like they could tell many stories.

the Soft City, London, London design festival 2012, traces 'junk' shop, tom dixon, the dock

The next piece to catch our eye were these Screen Prints on unwanted books by The Soft City. This piece of art used the pages of books as a blank canvas upon which to paint a picture. The picture then takes shape when the pages are assembled in a pile. We think it’s a great way to brighten up any old bookshelf.

Furniture Magpies, Lovely Leg Lamps, Traces 'Junk' Shop, London, London Design Festival, 2012, Tom Dixon, The Dock, Be Open

Furniture Magpies showcased several fun pieces – their Lovely Legs Lamps combine the shapely form of some old wooden chair legs with a colorful lamp head made from thread.

Skeleton Lampshades, Donna Walker, Traces 'junk' shop, tom dixon, the dock, london, London design festival 2012, be open

Donna Walker‘s Skeleton Lampshades bring lighting back to basics by stripping back existing lampshades to reveal the beauty and original craftsmanship of their wire frames. The shades are then powder coated to bring them new life through a touch of color.

Scratch Card Tea Set, Traces 'Junk' Shop, Tom Dixon, The Dock, London, London Design Festival 2012, Be Open

This Scratchcard Tea Set by Jo Westrop allows the user to decide how much they would like to uncover about the teapots’ past life. The vintage tea set has been covered in a scratchcard layer that you can scratch away to reveal what is underneath.

+ Traces ‘Junk’ Shop

+ Tom Dixon – The Dock

+ London Design Festival Coverage on Inhabitat