Saturday, 1 October 2011

Tent, Designjunction, Designers Block

Tent on Brick Lane, Designjunction on Southhampton Row and Designers Block in Clerkenwell are 3 of the many venues of the London Design Festival. These shows had many exhibitors who are designing and making their own products and the range was extensive from hand woven lampshades, rugs, knitting, recycling, ceramics, lighting and those are a few of the items. The work I was most taken with was the furniture.

The most spectacular piece of furniture was the Tree Table by Benchmark. Tree is a gigantic 11.4m (37’5”) table made from a single plank of oak ‘balanced’ on a mirror polished stainless steel pyramid. It is from a tree 140 years that had been growing in France.

Tree Table by Benchmark

There were many excellent furniture makers who were using beautiful solid woods creating sculptural designs, elegant and simple that fit the forms of the body. Some of my favorites:

What attracts one to the many beautiful products on exhibit depends much on current projects and passions. I particularly found the well designed and crafted furniture in solid wood very attractive, the use of different woods: walnuts and oak, ash, sycamore, mahogany and meranti.

And one other item I thought was a real accomplishment of design, technology and engineering was the LED table lamp by Jake Dyson, beautiful in its elegance and simplicity. And more on that later.

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