Designersblock & Co
What an unexpected treat Designersblock & Co was at Interiors UK this week.
Penned as ‘The department store you will never see’ the event included a mix of exciting finds sourced from Designerblock’s network of new designers and makers.
More comprehensible were the collectable edgy ceramics from New English who hail from the old potteries of Stoke on Trent, the china crockery from Max Lamb also made in Staffordshire and the experimental embroidery from Coralie Bonnet.
Sustainability was a big theme, I liked the innovative approach of DeGross who create thoughtful and sustainable, yet beautiful products on a small-scale including these lamps made from glass bottles. With a similar approach, Jon Males ‘Rebay’ upcycled lights are built from materials from yes, ebay.
I think my faves were The Three Bears from Cristiniana Ionescu. Despite manufacturer’s obsession with bright coloured plastic, I think most small kids would prefer these tactile and versatile objects over cold hard plastic ride on toys. I also liked the laser cut Lovelace light from Elsa Sandy inspired by lace wallpaper from the Victorian Arthur Silver Studio.
I loved the potential of Paper Knot-wood from Helen Dugdale. This is a new hard material developed from waste coloured paper. It can be used like wood but each piece can be made in bespoke colour patterns dependant on the paper used. It can be used for any kind of surface coverings from furniture to accessories and changing the direction of the cut reveals different layers of colour altering the grain pattern of the material.