September – Month of Design and Inspiration

September is a great month for design and architecture, with the start of the London Design Festival tomorrow, as well as Part 2 of the International Architectural Showcase and London Open House allowing people to look around London’s most significant buildings.

The London Design Festival will be hosted at numerous venues all around London, including the Southbank Centre, the V & A. It will feature over 300 events and exhibitions demonstrating the best of design from all around the globe. The designers range from fashion, ceramics to landscape design and architecture.

Keiichi Matsuda’s Prism at the London Design Festival

The wide variety of events allow you to look at vastly different areas of design and see how these may relate to or complement each other. One of the main pieces to look out for is the immersive rubberised space in the centre of  Trafalgar Square. The space is created by BE OPEN together with the London Design Festival. It plays with the idea of “design you can’t see” (mock up shown below).

“design you can’t see” in Trafalgar Square

The main hub of the festival will be the V&A, watch the video below to see what events and exhibitions the museum will be hosting.

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Around the World in 80 Chairs: Patchwork Chair by Kelly Swallow, London

Patchwork chair by Kelly Swallow at the upcycling exhibition at the Old Cinema in London in March 2012.

London’s Recycled Furniture Revolution

Patchwork furniture series by London-based Norwegian designer Amy Hunting

Last week I found some planks on the street along with a little table and a wooden box. Being a quite resourceful person I picked them up, to the dismay of my flatmate. I argued that they were free and much too good to be left in the rain!

Ryan Frank's Strata line made from discarded office furniture

We buy items and we throw them away. We buy our lunch in a packet and coffee in a paper cup, how much are we spending on packaging? Is all that plastic even necessary? We want nice modern furniture on a budget, we go to IKEA. After moving house and dismantling the flat pack cupboard for the 3rd time it breaks and becomes unusable, we ask ourselves – was it really worth it?

”]The amount of perfectly good items people throw away is crazy. With the right skills you can take free material littered around London and create a work of art or a practical object. There are a growing number of recycled furniture makers in London and throughout the UK. This is allowing local craftsmen to put their skills to good use and create unique and high quality objects without the carbon footprint and at a lower cost. There are a range of different designers and sellers, ranging from quirky artistic pieces to classic and practical furniture made from reclaimed wood.

Green Tea reclaimed wood furniture