Tom Dixon Industry Collection and concession brands at Global Industry

Hello World,

In my last post I did not really go into that much detail about the products on display at Global Industry. There where some fantastic examples of green inspiration and innovation.

Image: Offcut Bench Fluoro – Flat Pack – Tom Dixon

On display was Tom Dixon’s new Industry collection.

Information from www.tomdixon.net

New products include Void, a mysterious lighting object with a double wall spun construction, Peg, an unusually efficient solid wood, stackable café chair. The Offcut Bench, a flat-packed design made from the waste generated by standard wooden furniture manufacture. The collection also marks the return of Jack, the polyethylene ‘sitting, stacking, lighting thing’ now available in black, glow in the dark and fluoro orange for a new generation to enjoy.

Me and Michaela particularly liked the Offcut range which included a bench and stool. Both are made from irregular pieces of discarded birchwood (called wayney edges). Straightforward to assemble, they come flat packed and are constructed with wooden pegs rather than screws or glue.

Image: Offcut Bench in Fluoro and Natural by Tom Dixon

Image: Offcut Stool in Fluoro by Tom Dixon

Other collections on display that had green credentials was that of Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek’s work.

Piet Hein Eek uses materials like scrap wood and factory waste to create new and unique pieces of work. His work has a strong message – he first decides his concept when choosing which material to work with and what processes to use and then takes the necessary time and effort to produce something original.

His scrap-wood cabinet collection is made from waste scrap wood that has been lacquered to give a  high gloss finish.

Image: Waste Scrapwood Table by Piet Hein Eek

Image: Waste scrapwood – high gloss lacquer finish close up – Piet Hein Eek

He also had on display an amazing collection of baskets for Fair Trade Originals. Together with traditional craftsmen he made the baskets out of scrapwood at a small workshop in Vietnam. All pieces are made according to fair trade principles.

These baskets up close where B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L. 🙂

Image: Baskets for Fair Trade Originals by Piet Hein Eek

The social enterprise Fine Cell Work was also at the event. Fine Cell Work sells handmade products made by prisoners from 29 British prisons. 

Some of the products on display included SWAG bags and finely embroidered cushions, with ‘Lyrics’ from Johnny Cash and Seasick Steve.

Me and Michaela particularly liked the SWAG bags 😉

Some information about Fine Cell Work taken from www.finecellwork.co.uk

Fine Cell Work is a social enterprise that teaches needlework to prison inmates and sells their products. The prisoners do the work when they are locked in their cells, and the earnings give them hope, skills and independence.

Our mission is to rehabilitate prisoners by giving them the opportunity to earn and save money and the chance to reflect on and rebuild their lives through craft and achievement. Prisoners do Fine Cell Work for an average of 3 years: the benefits can therefore be profound.

We do not discriminate in our offer for prisoners to participate in our programmes based on the type of offence they have carried out and we are committed to the rehabilitation process that results from their association with Fine Cell Work.

Image: Tattoo, Ship and Hearts and Birds cushions by Fine Cell Work

Image: SWAG Bag by Fine Cell Work

For a full listing of all the exhibitors please visit http://www.tomdixon.net/news/2010/08/tom-dixon-hosts-global-industry-at-the-dock-for-london-design-festival-3

Karen Smart

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