Wednesday, 19 September 2012


Chair in a day!

On Friday night i had a phone call from the boys at Jail Make asking if i would cover one of their beautiful ash wood chairs, they only catch was i had one day to do it in. They had four chairs, based on four times of the day, and the chose four people to cover them, me being 'noon' i started it at 11am sunday morning and finished at 11pm.

The boys have also designed and made the  pop-up exhibition stalls for the Be Open Space, an instant flash market for emerging designers at Tom Dixon Studios, part of London Design Festival, were the four chairs are beeing shown.

Pop down and have a look its on until Sunday

Tom Dixon
Portobello Dock
344 Ladbroke Grove,London, W10 5BU

see my process below with final images ...

Write up and pic on wallpaper website...

Tom Dixon’s west London canal-side HQ was the venue for BE OPEN’s first off-schedule event at the 2012 London Design Festival. Following BE OPEN’s theme of exploring the five senses and described by Dixon as a flash-market showcase of young design talent, BE OPEN SPACE consisted of eight site-specific raw-wood stands conceived by designer-engineers Pan Studio and JailMake. Each of the huts showcased one of the five senses, while their solid, practical construction made reference to pine art-transport containers and the old trade stalls of Florence’s Ponte Vecchio.

At one hut, Wallpaper* favourite Faye Toogood and her Studio Toogood design team rolled out an industrial overlocker and donned aprons to create cheap, cheerful ski chalet-friendly high-top slippers from recycled cloth.

Next door, Trace channelled the nearby Portobello Market with a junk-shop environment that, on closer inspection, revealed a chaotic display of multisensory and entertainingly eccentric one-off items: teapots made from recycled tea tins; a hand-carved wood SLR camera; floppy rubber carpentry tools; even a room fragrance that smelled of Notting Hill.

We loved the old-school bleeps emanating from the build-your-own-synth set up by London solderers Technology Will Save Us, but were ultimately lured away by the textile-inspired works of Bricolage designers Yemi Awosile and Naomi Paul. We coveted the earth-toned geometric print on Awosile’s cork wallhanging and placed an order for one of Paul’s hand-crocheted, mercerised-cotton Hanna lampshades.

We were introduced to the Finland-meets-India woven crafts by Helsinki-based Tikau while snacking on Dixon’s rapidly melting Rococo-chocolate sculpture of the Brixton skyline. Dixon was also debuting his new line of Eclectic scented candles. ‘They smell of London, the River Thames and brick dust,’ he explained, daring our olfactory sense to conjure up such an exotic odour.

Also check out Jail Makes write on on about their pop up studio at Tent design week and there work at the Tom Dixon Space...

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