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Emerging Talent – With Tent London

Posted on Nov 12, 2014 by

In the lead up to the launch issue of Warehouse Home, we were proud to be invited to support emerging design talent as a media partner of Tent London 2014. Our Editor, Sophie Bush, reflects on the creations of two designers which really stood out. Heavy-duty industrial materials and simple functional forms characterise these surprising, striking works. Both designs transform the humble into the high-end. Both would look very much at home in an urban loft or warehouse conversion.

This feature was taken from the launch issue of Warehouse Home. To enjoy the publication in full click here.

Ben Storms | Belgium

I was immediately struck by In Vein. While the original workshop trestle table is the epitome of simplicity, practicality and mobility, Ben Storms has reimagined it entirely. Cast iron and leather trestles support a surprisingly light luxurious marble sliver of a tabletop. But the table also has a secret secondary function. Prop the tabletop upright against the wall and it reveals, on its underside, a full length mirror. At two metres in length and one metre wide, this is a sizeable piece of furniture. But I think it is the remarkable design that packs the biggest punch.

In Vein industrial style marble topped trestle table by Belgian designer Ben Storms, exhibited at Tent London

In Vein, by Ben Storms
Image courtesy of benstorms.be

Cast iron and leather trestles support a surprisingly light luxurious marble sliver of a tabletop

Cast iron and leather trestles support a surprisingly light luxurious marble sliver of a tabletop
Image courtesy of benstorms.be

Propped upright against the wall, the In Vein tabletop serves a second function as a full length mirror

Propped upright against the wall, the In Vein tabletop serves a second function as a full length mirror
Image courtesy of benstorms.be

Jeonghwa Seo | South Korea

The Material Container Series uses twelve materials in fifteen distinctive combinations.Designer Jeonghwa Seo has deliberately selected materials for their tactile qualities and because they are not usually used for furniture. Every piece in the collection is crafted in a unique way and by a different craftsman, depending on the selected material. While the wooden stool or table is turned on a lathe, the brass and copper versions are welded and the aluminium interpretation is sand-cast in various finishes. The contrasting tops provide the perfect finishing touch. Collectively and individually beautiful. 

Material Container Series stools / side tables, by Jeonghwa Seo

Material Container Series, by Jeonghwa Seo
Image courtesy of jeonghwaseo.com

Material Container stool / table by Jeonghwa Seo with brass base and basalt top

This iteration of Jeonghwa Seo’s stool / table combines a brass base with a basalt top
Image courtesy of jeonghwaseo.com

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