Following on from my pick of the lighting at London Design Festival 2013, here is my favourites from the rest of the show, including classic furniture, innovative textiles and forward-thinking design services.
HUSH by Freyja Sewell provides a personal retreat, a luxurious escape into a dark, natural space in the midst of a busy hotel, airport, office or library. HUSH provides a quiet space in an age of exponential population growth, where privacy and peaceful respite is an increasingly precious commodity.
The Vamp transforms an old traditional speaker into a portable Bluetooth speaker allowing it to be used in the house, garden or park. It allows us to retain the craftsmanship and quality of well-made speakers whilst embracing new wireless technology. Paul Cocksedge, the creator says: “For me, reusing perfectly good technology makes sense. Hearing the rich sound coming out of these older speakers in a new way is a delight. They are a part of our music history.”
iMakr operates the world largest 3D Printing store in central London. The store sells best-in-class 3D Printers, 3D Scanners, Filaments, Finishing solutions and 3D Printed objects. The iMakr Store also offers a 3D scan yourself service, 3D print on demand, as well as training, classes, workshops and demonstrations. If you’ve already got your own 3D printer then there’s myminifactory where they provide a wide range of free design for you to download, and if they don’t have what you’re looking for they’ll design it for you.
Charlotte Lancelot, designer for Gan Rugs is the creator of these beautiful cross-stitch home accessories. Fuelled by the idea of designing with leftovers the Canevas collection was born. The perforated felt strips are the waste material when making tablets to protect the floor from furniture scratches. Waste can be made into highly desirable items.
Race furniture was founded straight after the Second World War under the design direction of Ernest Race. At the time companies were being encouraged to work with alternative materials to preserve the countries limited resources and other scarce commodities. The BA3 chair was made with re-cast aluminium from redundant British warplanes. The upholstery was often made from parachute silk. Race furniture remains an enviable name due to its timeless design, making it a great addition to the London Design Week.
Granorte was established as a business to specifically develop products from the cork waste that is the by product of the wine cork stoppers manufacturing industry. Keeping the focus on sustainability and design Granorte has developed a wide range of contemporary products, ranging from flooring and wall tiles, to cork dining accessories, lighting and buildable shelving.
The balance between classic and contemporary design throughout the show was great to see. The similarities between old and new are becoming less contrasting as new designers continue to draw influences from the great masters of design and quality durable and natural materials.