& More From Designjunction

More from this fantastically cavernous venue, smack bang in the centre of London, Designjunction, 19-23 Sept 2012.


René Olivier graduated in December 2011 from Bucks New University, where she won The Mixology 2012 Student Furniture Designer of the Year award, for her tyre seating. The collection uses discarded bus, car and lorry tyres and a detachable metal frame. The frame is cleverly designed so users are able to find their own discarded tyre and customise it themselves. The metal frame enables the seat to rock comfortably from side to side and it’s hinged for easy storage.

A second seat version, for more casual perching, comes with a loose fabric cover, for added comfort, in a variety of styles. René’s Tyre Furniture is suited to indoor environments, or outdoor public spaces.

THE ELVES AND THE CHAIRMAKERS by Bodging Milano for Lloyd Loom
One weekend, back in June this year, five designers visited the famous Lloyd Loom factory. While the assembly workers were away, assisted by two of Lloyd Loom’s craftsmen, the designers helped themselves to stock components and experimented and invented. Over an intense two days, thirteen new concepts were conceived and were left in the factory showroom for the staff to find on Monday morning.

The idea behind this exercise was to condense the long drawn-out process that typically comes with developing new designs for big established companies, and ensure that all the new concepts generated would be almost production ready. If the prototypes were made in the factory then reproducing them should be easy.

Lloyd Loom of Spalding still use the original looms that twist paper into cord and weave it into sheets of their iconic upholstery fabric. The frames of traditional Lloyd Loom furniture are assembled from complex steam-bent wooden components.

The prototypes that came out of the weekend opened up an enthusiastic dialogue with Lloyd Loom, and six pieces were selected to be taken forward for further development. Great work Elves!

Made by hand and to order, PINCH work hard to locate and employ the best quality makers, here in the UK, to create their award winning furnishings. This husband and wife team, Russell Pinch and Oona Bannon, believe in using local, making to need, and offering bespoke flexibility wherever possible to ensure clients pieces really deliver, both on function and aesthetics.

PINCH featured their famous TWIG cube, a design made from bundled copiced wood, originally created for the Neal’s Yard Remedies head office in Dorset.

DEKOR TILES by Träullit
Swedish company Träullit produce Dekor Tiles from an environmentally-friendly recyclable material, made from ‘wood-wool’, cement and water.

This combination of natural components is simple and clever. Wood fibres make the tiles sound-absorbent and give the product a heat-insulating, heat-retaining quality. This contributes to lower energy costs, reduced environmental impact and creates a stable and comfortable indoor climate. Cement is used as a binding agent and to provide strength, moisture resistance and fire protection.

The tiles come in a range of colours and can be glued, or mounted magnetically, arranged according to taste. Träullit plan on expanding the collection on an annual basis, with new colours and shapes being introduced.

Overall at the show there was a spectacular array of sculptural lighting:

This Spanish company use wood veneers and twist and transform them into many and wondrous shapes, which let the light out beautifully.

These textured lampshades create such fabulous dappled effects it makes it hard to grasp that it’s corrugated cardboard. Tabitha’s skilled precision and careful construction is what does it. They’re handmade in the UK from 85% recycled material.

TEKIO by Anthony Dickens
These spectacular lights are inspired by traditional Japanese ‘Chochin’ lanterns. Made in sections from bamboo and paper the system is able to create an endless number of configurations.

Graham Marjanovic, the founder of Obe & Co Design, is a designer with a practical background in woodworking and engineering.

As a creator of eco friendly lighting, furniture and sculpture, his inventive approach relies predominantly on hands-on shaping and forming, so each piece is subtly different. See the craftsman at work in the video below.


These skillfully made interchangeable vessels have three base options. Around this base the owner can build and rearrange their own shape, using the many variations of ring made from the numerous material options. This not only creates owner interaction, it also encourages product longevity.

This beautiful looking brand featured in Designjunction’s dedicated retail area. Sort of Coal are concerned with the increasing amount of toxins we’re exposed to in our daily lives. Our drinking water is polluted by fertilisers, the air we breath by fumes from petrol and building materials, and the body products we use often contain cheap chemicals, which end up trapped in our bodies.

Sort of Coal want people to drink local tap-water, to reduce the environmental damage caused by the consumption of bottled and shipped water. They offer products for purification of water, the air, and our bodies, based on nature’s own purifying material, activated White Charcoal (which, strangely, is actually black!)

The making process of White Charcoal is based on a cradle-to-cradle principle, meaning that the product lifespan creates a natural cycle. Sort of Coal follow ancient Japanese traditions in the charcoal’s manufacture, keeping alive centuries-old crafts and helping to maintain a fragile ecosystem.

It’s made from wood that comes from the mountain forests of Japan and is harvested in a sustainable way. The tree’s root structure is not damaged, so, after the best branches have been collected, they can grow back over and over again. See the video above and the brand’s website for more informataion on Sort Of Coal.