Hits from the shows

by Rhiannon James

Jan Plechac's Icon collection at Tent London

It was show time in September with the London Design Festival, which includes exhibitions such as Tent London and 100% Design, taking over the capital and Glee, a major gardening trade show, hitting Birmingham. There was plenty of exciting design on display – these are our garden-related highlights.

In out, in out, shake it all about

There was garden furniture inspired by interior designs and indoor accessories made from gardening tools. Also on show were statement pieces that could be used in both house and garden, offering the potential to create a strong visual connection between inside and out.



1. This fun, vibrant furniture has been designed for the garden but would look just as good indoors. Removable covers fit over comfy aluminium and sling bases which can stay outside all year round. Available from January 2012 from Gloster, www.gloster.com, 01454 631 955

2. Jan Plechac has recreated iconic furniture designs, such as the Louis chair and Eames Walnut Stool in wire for outdoor use, price on application from Jan Plechac, www.janplechac.com, janplechac@gmail.com


1. Adam Xander turns garden forks into quirky lamps for the home, £125 from Adam Xander Designs, www.adamxander.co.uk, info@adamxander.co.uk

2. Meanwhile, Eva Korae’s prototype lights make creative use of garden rakes, www.seks.com.cy






Indoor / Outdoor

1. This piece, made from slate with a hint of quartzite, can be used as a vase in the home and as a sculptural feature in the garden, creating a strong visual link between indoors and out, £115 to £395 each (base plinth not included) from Foras, www.foras.co.uk, 01366 381069

2. Ifat Shterenberg’s Pebbles, which are made from a specially-developed ceramic that’s lightweight but also very durable, can be used inside and out as tables, seating or sculpture, £4,800 to £6,400 for three pebbles depending on size, £2,400 for a pebble with a glass top from Ifat Shterenberg, www.ifatshterenberg.com, 020 7193 9212

History in the making

Designers are using traditional skills to create eco-friendly products for modern living.


1. Sebastian Cox creates furniture from coppiced hazel which he harvests by hand. For the Pole Bench, he has combined hazel rods with English ash which is scorched to preserve the timber outdoors, £420 from Sebastian Cox Furniture, www.sebastiancox.co.uk, info@sebastiancox.co.uk

2. To make the Thrive Hive, Tom Back weaves straw into a hollow trunk shape, which mimics the environment in which honey bees nest in the wild and provides a well-insulated home in harsh winters, price on application from Thumb Designs, www.thumbdesigns.co.uk, tom@thumbdesigns.co.uk

Pots of potential

Indoor planters get interesting with quirky designs and bold, sculptural shapes.

1. These whimsical Flower Me Happy Pots are hand thrown and can be used as vases or planters, €100 to €160 each depending on size from Meyer-Lavigne, www.meyerlavigne.dk, +0045 39901068

2. Nick Fraser’s angular terracotta pots give a traditional material a contemporary twist, £28 or £65 for a set of three (drainage trays included) from Nick Fraser, www.nickfraser.co.uk, enquiries@nickfraser.co.uk

Let it shine

Garden furniture came in a kaleidoscope of colours.


1. Gloster’s Asta range has removable sling panels so you can update your furniture to match a new colour scheme, £329 for the frame and £70 for the sling (available from January 2012) from Gloster, www.gloster.com, 01454 631 955

2. The Rosone stool, which is available in eight different colours, was inspired by the rose windows of Romanesque and Gothic churches, £105 from Damian Iatridis, www.damian-iatridis.com, damiatridis@yahoo.com

3. The Otto table / bench, which is hand made from stainless steel, comes in six standard colours but most RAL colours can be sourced on request, £1825 from Kirv, www.kirv.co.uk, 01444 473898



One Response to “Hits from the shows”

  1. Felicity Waters

    great – thanks for the update – how strange – a sculpture of a rock really takes my fancy – usually i hate mock – but lightweight mock rock would have heaps of potential – thanks for sharing

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