Reporting by Kristin Coleman
Across town from 100% Design, Shoreditch was buzzing with gallery shows, storefront installations and a pair of LDF staples: Tent London and Super Brands. Occupying the industrial space of Old Truman Brewery, the exhibits spread across two floors showcasing everything from slip-casted ceramics to paper furniture.
One of the most visually striking pieces in the Super Design Gallery was Kishimoto Design's free-form Yumi Chair (pictured above), sculpted from ribbons of ash veneer. According to the designer, "By driving wedges into bound layers of veneer, I could freely manipulate the curvature of the wood without being hindered by clamps or molds."
Also in the Super Design Gallery, the young Japanese studio Sekita Design prompted many visitors to do double takes with their simple yet brilliant "Watching You" chair. Proving that paper can be used as an industrial material, the designers cut sheets of paper into the form of a chair, then folded them into zig-zags to create a strong, modular unit of parts.
This cheeky installation from Swedish design duo Soderlund Davidson featured a 10-meter long moving conveyor belt transporting glazed stoneware objects from their new F4 series.
British artist Jess Shaw created this nest-like chandelier specifically for the show.
We were quite impressed with the work of Chilean designer Bernardita Marambio, who presented a new collection of furniture made from Demode—a proprietary material she developed in school. The Reliving Room collection features tables, chairs and wall cladding crafted from recycled textile scraps she collected from factories in Santiago, Chile, that are bonded with a biodegradable adhesive and sealed with greenwash.
Cutting Corners is the result of Swedish architect Bjorn Andersson's foray into product design, featuring diffused lighting with clean, geometric forms. The series includes Light Box (a square cube with a precisely cut corner) and Triangle Lamp (the leftover corner cut) which can be hung, wall-mounted or free standing.
Five students from Seoul's Hongik University Graduate School, dubbed Group H, were behind these surrealist furniture designs.
Questioning the ubiquity of finished wood products, RCA graduate Iain Howlett presented this thought-provoking series called Bark. He finishes the ash wood structures of his consoles, tables and lighting with a ground bark mixture from the same tree, creating a symbolic reference to the tree in its natural state. The juxtaposition of materials and textures is also visually jarring.
Utilizing her background in weaving, Welsh designer Louise Tucker debuted Pren—a clever collection of tactile lighting handwoven with sustainably sourced specialist wood veneer.