December, 12 2011 00:00

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This year’s Designersblock was based in The Farmiloe Building in Clerkenwell, a disused office and warehouse space. Once the home of lead and glass merchants in the Victorian era, it now hosts exhibitions for the most innovative and creative designers.
INNER DESIGN first met with furniture design students from Sangmyung University in Korea, who presented two fascinating pieces, one a colourful seat entirely made out of matchsticks called the “Bibl’mbab”, and the other a short film illustrating the changes in shape of a sand- made seat when consumed by the sea waves, “The Beauty that returns to nature”.
Walking through the warehouse our eye fell on a ‘wonky’ table made of wood, the “Wedgetable” by JAIL, but rather than having four legs of the same length, one is cut short and supported by a hand cast, bronze vegetable, as if it came straight from the garden.
We passed in front of the Young Swedish Design Corner, the juried travelling exhibition called “ung8”, and then found ourselves next to some etched slate tiles that Jo Gibbs, British designer, created using lace fabrics designs. A recent textile graduate she presented us with her up-cycled furniture, old furniture re-used, and explores new etching techniques to give them a new life.
Next was Nadine Spencer’s final graduate project called “A world of yesterday’s tomorrows”, a ‘concept model’, non-functional sculpture, based on fantasy and illusion. 3D illustrations create a visual spectacle that certainly cannot be missed.
Q Design Lab, a London based design company, presented their furniture product called the “Spine series”, whereby a bench can be moulded into a table by a geometric transformation similar to that of a human spine, which makes the object extremely flexible and adaptable to any use.
Finally, newly graduated Giles Godwin Brown and his Nepa Lamp, inspired by the classics of the lighting industry. A two-dimensional lamp silhouette that can be attached on your wall and can magically transform into a three-dimensional piece, made with simplicity in mind.