Held in creative hotspots all over the capital, The London Design Festival celebrates the best in innovative design, covering areas from furniture to fashion, art and film. The nine-day annual event included, as always, some truly inspiring projects, combining aesthetics with ethics in unique and contemporary ways.
Festival ends Tue 24th September. Tickets to Tent London are £10.
Reimagined by Studio Mama
London based Danish designer Nina Tolstrup of Studio Mama, showcased her collection of upcycled contemporary furniture at the London design Festival this month.
Titled ‘Re-imagine’ and in collaboration with fashion and textile brand David David, the designer stripped down a series of office chairs, giving them a new lease of life in a project that aims to encourage us to use our resourcefulness, and make use of our discarded and forgotten belongings.
The collection has earned Studio Mama a nomination for The Design of the Year Award for its innovative bold and modern aesthetic.
Born out of a social project of Action Aid, Waag Society and Schrijf-Schrijf, the launch of new ethical smartphone, aptly named the ‘Fairphone’ hopes to rival the likes of the Phone 5 and Samsung Galaxy, who’ve recently released new models.
The Fairphone is manufactured from conflict free materials, in fair trade environments where workers receive fair pay and transparency in the supply chain is key.
But without compromising on style, the slick and streamlined design is enough to rival any mobile on the market. With 25,000 on the market and 15,207 sold, it looks like more and more consumers are going green with their gadgets!
Find out more at Fairphone.com
As part of the London Design Festival, Tent London is one of the most highly anticipated events of the year. When it comes to innovation there really is no better place to be. I took a visit last week to discover all things new in the world of sustainable design.
Made from craft paper and expanding foam, Rhode Island School of Design graduate, Laura Kishimoto’s innovative chairs are crafted to form a leaf-like structure, with complex interweaving strips.
For more information visit http://www.kishimotodesign.com
+ Noma & Crafted in Kyoto
Also showcasing a Tent London is +Noma from the Crafted in Kyoto group. +Noma is an eco brand specialising in handcrafted home ware from bamboo chairs, such as the Yokoyama chair (above), to ceramic lamps. Materials used include bamboo, clay, plants and wood.
For more information visit http://www.Plusnoma.com
The beauty about furniture designer Melanie Porter’s work is that she prides herself on using traditional hand woven techniques. Aspiring to bring knitting and crochet to the forefront of modern design, she uses original craftsmanship to produce cosy, interior furnishings, which are entirely unique.
For more information visit http://www.MelaniePorter.co.uk
Hailing from Finland, the founders of T:RE FORM enforce sustainability through every aspect of their designs. Using salvaged firewood to produce these unique, natural looking lights, their designs fuse nature with contemporary aesthetics. With their slogan – people, planet, profit, their information board at Tent London reads: “ Disposable thinking and irresponsible consuming are not lasting solutions and belong in the past, the right time to take responsibility is now.” We couldn’t agree more!
The Reliving Room
Hailing from Chile, exhibitor Bernadita Marambio presents The Reliving Room. Showcasing furniture produced from starch and textile waste, this is no ordinary form of interior design. Morambio, a socially conscious artist, aims to encourage others to adopt a sustainable approach to their lifestyle. The brilliant T1895 lampshade is a colour-by-numbers take on the Tiffany lamp, and the Salvador chairs offer comfort combined with quality craftsmanship.
To find out more visit http://www.bernaditamarambio.com
Left: Alison Fitzgerald’s natural willow plate.
Right: Wooden Leg Made from eco resin & solid oak