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September 29, 2009

Ikke bare var det mote uke i London forrige uke, men jaggu var det ikke London Design Festival i tillegg. Og siden sikre kilder informerte meg om at dette var det kuleste stedet å være i London måtte jeg jo ta en tur innom TENT London, en av utstillingene der både nye og etablerte designere viste seg frem. Zoe Murphy var en av de mer erfarne med en nominasjon som BBC´s New Designer of the Year og litt presse å vise til, selv om det er kun ett år siden hun fullførte universitetet. Hun spesialiserer seg i å resirkulere møbler i 50-talls stil med fargerike print – super søtt og jeg fikk lyst til å kjøpe! Ferskere en nybakt brød var guttene i groupDesign med sin “Library Chair” – en utrolig kjekk sak for korte damer… Først er den en kul stol, og vips så er den en liten stige! Fantastiske greier for oss som ikke rekker opp til øverste hylle på kjøkkenet.Freshwestviste en utrolig kul vase i 24 kt gull som så ut som den var bygget av de små dozer mennene i Fragglene, og de hadde utstillingens uungåelige partytriks med sin “Lazy Chair”. Stolen, som minnet om en slags brio dukke med tau som holder kroppsdelene sammen, kollapset når man nærmet seg og satte seg selv sammen igjen sakte men sikkert. Visstnok gikk det an å få tak i samme stol men altså i en versjon det gikk an å sitte på uten å pådra seg lårhalsbrudd. Sist men ikke minst forelsket jeg meg pladask i Bokja by Quirico som lager enestående møbler av vintage tekstiler i lappeteknikk. Alle møblene er laget av lokale håndarbeidere i midt østen, så kjøper du noe herfra støtter du ikke bare et lokal samfunn men du får også et pass som følger møbelet og forklarer hvor tekstilene kommer fra og historien bak dem. Jeg vil ha denne liggestolen på bildet under!

So not only was it Fashion Week in London last week, but it just so happened to be London Design Festival as well. And  as I had been reliably informed that this was the hottest ticket in town, I had to pay a little visit to TENT London, an exhibition of new and established designers. Zoe Murphy was one of the established ones, having been shortlisted for the BBC New Designer of the Year award and also having received a bit of press, even though she only graduated from university a year ago. Specializing in recycling 50s style furniture with colourful prints, she made me want to break out Mr Mastercard. Fresher than freshly baked bread were the guys behind groupDesign and their “Library Chair” – surely one of the most brilliant inventions for vertically challenged women like myself. One minute it´s a cool chair, the next it´s a stepladder! Magic! Never again shall I have to reach for the top shelf in the kitchen in vain! Freshwest presented a really cool 24 ct gold vase that looked like it had been made by the Dozers of Fraggle Rock, and also had the undisputed party trick piece of the exhibition with their “Lazy Chair”. The chair, which looked like one of those dolls with strings holding the limbs together, would collapse as you approached and then slowly reattach itself and stand back up. Hours of fun for the family, though I´m reliably informed that you can also get a version that doesn´t involve a femur fracture. Finally I fell head over heels for Bokja by Quirico, who make fabulous furniture using patchworks of vintage textiles. All the pieces are made by local workers in the middle east, so if you buy from here you get to support a local community and you also get a passport explaining the history behind each of the textiles. I want this daybed in the photo below, but Mr Mastercard says no.

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No champagne bottles were harmed in the making of this blog (yet)

No champagne bottles were harmed in the making of this blog (yet)

Zoe Murphy

Zoe Murphy

First its a chair...

First its a chair...

between jobs

between jobs

and now it´s a stepladder! Magic!

and now it´s a stepladder! Magic!

The Lazy Chair by FreshWest

The Lazy Chair by FreshWest

Best not give granny the rickety chair...

Best not give granny the rickety chair...

Look, no hands!

Look, no hands!

Mastercard says no

Mastercard says no

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