London 2020 – Despite limitations due to social distancing measures and travel ban, the British capital’s celebration of design went brilliantly ahead. That is why, this year, London Design Festival 2020 took the chance to focus on local creativity. We have selected 8 British furniture designs by Established & Sons, Tom Dixon, Ercol and more.
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SLUMP collection by Paul Cocksedge
Carpenters Workshop Gallery presents the SLUMP collection of one-of-a-kind tables and a stool by British designer Paul Cocksedge which are infused with industrial design thinking. The furniture feature an industrial sheet ‘slumped’ over industrial and natural materials including concrete, steel, wood, and rock. “I’ve always felt that this flatness has a visual tension, and I wanted to explore how to relax andsoften that, giving the material space to breathe out.” Explains the designer. Under the glaas, the solid bases appear to be under a water surface.
MAESTRO collection by Lee Broom
Lee Broom launched the MAESTRO chair collection Inspired by the elegance and functionality of classical musical instruments, “from the coils of a French horn to the curvature of a violin.” The seats contours have been created by three continuous hand-bent, hand-polished and plated tubes, which form a seamless, circular-like embrace around the chair’s upholstered seat and back. The new range was launched with a film and live concert set in a Kubrick-Style setting as well as a window display at the designer’s showroom. [Read more…]
VERSO high sideboard by Ercol
British furniture company Ercol celebrates its 100th anniversary with five furniture collections including the VERSO high sideboard. The furniture’s “graphic” aesthetic has been achieved through an asymmetric, mirrored layout of doors and drawers which create a pattern of handle cut-out. The new range debuted at the Planted exhibition exploring how design, sustainability, architecture and nature can combine to create cleaner, greener, healthier urban spaces.
MODERN FARMHOUSE collection by Fred Rigby for Another Country
Inspired by furniture found in a farmhouse in the British countryside, Dorset-born Fred Rigby has created the MODERN FARMHOUSE collection of chairs and benches for Another Country which celebrates its 10th Anniversary. The collection is sourced only from sustainably managed forests and made to order to minimise waste.
PUCK by Tom Dixon
Tom Dixon showcased its PUCK barware collection made of mouth-blown glass with a hint of smoke colour. On show with a pop-up bar at the OCTAGON installation at the studio’s HQ The Coal Office, the series “uses the basic forms of geometry, such as cylinders, cones and spheres, anchored with a satisfyingly thick base that’s reminiscent of game pucks.” The process involved stripping away as much non-essential detail to create something that’s more minimal, heavy-weight and “resilient enough to survive in a professional cocktail environment.”
AURA LIGHTS by Sabine Marcelis for Established & Sons
Established & Sons expands LIVE/ WORK collection focusing on flexibility and comfort in response to the increasingly blurred lines between living and working environments. AURA LIGHTS by Sabine Marcelis consist in suspended cylindrical bars that can stand alone or work as part of a grouping. Over a metre in length, the translucent design is made from a bio-epoxy resin, formulated using by-products from the agricultural industry. A replaceable glass LED tube is housed within the coloured resin case, with the light travelling through the material to create a warm glow, is ideal for both relaxed living and industrious office spaces
ION by Bohinc Studio
London-based Bohinc Studio launched the beautifully curved ION collection comprising a desk light, a table light, and a wall light, all inspired by the rings of Jupiter with a simultaneously familiar yet futuristic allure. The desk light consists of two tube-like arches, bending together to create a semi-circle. The brushed brass on one side contrasts pleasingly with the white, perforated half.
STEM by Thomas Heatherwick
For the London Design Museum’s Connected project which brought together international designers to develop projects during lockdown, British architect Thomas Heatherwick has created STEM, a “verdant table forest” made up of six legs/planters of different heights and diameters. Each planter can be combined and clamped onto a desk surface to prop it up. By incorporating living plants into the design, the furniture tunes with the ideals of the Attention Restoration Theory by psychologists Rachel and Stephen Kaplan. The theory suggests to fill intimate environments with nature in order to “help your mind recover and replenish in-between periods of concentration”.
CORE vessels by Willelm van Hooff @ MINT gallery
With the Bokeh exhibition, on view through September 30, London design gallery Mint presented products merging traditional craft and innovative production methods. Jessie White merges cork and tanned leather with string and beeswax for her Cork & Leather bowls.