Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Very Latest in Design

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Very Latest in Design

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Byline: Barbara Chandler

There is no need to battle with screws, nuts and bolts with Rupert McKelvie's clever flat-pack chairs, which simply fold open An intriguing wire light shade by new British brand Decode Beautifully-British new brand Decode builds light-hearted asymmetrical towers to support shelves (www.viablelondon.com) Snow Baby table light in stainless steel and Mulberry tree bark, designed by Angus Hutcheson for Ango (www.angoworld.com) Brothers Will and Sam Boex have created a bench from 1,625 pink pencils, below Joanne Riddle and Ondrej Lewis of Ateliero are developing the EcoPETlite collection of chandeliers from reclaimed PET or HDPE bottles (www.redesigndesign.org) Sculptor Jennifer Newman's work trolley is a useful parking place for all the gubbins of a home office. From ?4.50. (www.jennifernewman.com)

LONDON shops are filling up with the fabulous ideas seen at this autumn's design shows. Receiving well-deserved praise, the best ideas were largely British, with a big emphasis on the sharp and stylish translation of eco products into fashionable homeware. From a lovely nettle fabric at 100% Design to The Greenhaus stand at Tent, there is a great aesthetic move towards sustainability, forging new technologies, materials and forms as they go.

At the Lighten Up show, there was sparkle, humour and allure.

This was an impressive installation of more than 60 specially designed lights that save energy or are made from recycled or sustainable materials. Organisers Sarah Johnson and Jason Allcorn, of [re]design, are two of London's most effective eco warriors. Allcorn used a long polytunnel covered in a blackout mesh to create a mysterious ambience, in which lamps shone magically. Here, designers literally reinvented the light bulb.

Nicholas Roope of Hulger has reformed those ugly CFLs (compact fluorescent lamps) into luminescent stand-alone loops that don't need a shade. SKK in Soho has devised the flexi-bulb, An intriguing wire light shade by new British brand Decode a smart new form of LEDs (light emitting diodes) that can be "customised" with lenses to alter brightness and beam angle. …

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