The majestic sweeping curve of Regent Street inspires Daegyu Kim’s homage to the classical architecture of West London. Using long tubes and blocks of timber to create abstracted versions of the arches and windows of the streetscape, Daegyu seeks to recreate the powerful sensory impression one feels when emerging from the darkness of the Underground station to be greeted by the scale and splendour of the street.
Daegyu’s design celebrates the grain of American red oak, with onlookers encouraged to peer through the elongated and abstracted timber windows. Drawing influence from the Korean sculptor Do Ho Suh, the windows are made up as a series of box sections and archways, with the former drawing on the barrel-making technique known as coopering. Since Daegyu’s piece is to become a bug hotel after the festival, the timber has been left in its raw state.
Daegyu’s Designpost is located outside the Design Museum
For over 30 years the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) has been at the forefront of wood promotion in Europe, successfully building a distinctive and creative brand for U.S. hardwoods. AHEC’s support for creative design projects such as Connected, Legacy and MultiPly for the London Design Festival demonstrate the performance potential of these sustainable materials and provide valuable inspiration.
AHEC has pioneered the modelling of environmental Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for hardwoods, an approach that has since been adopted by other industries. LCA measures a number of impacts: primary energy demand (from renewable and non-renewable resources); global warming potential; acidification potential; eutrophication potential; and photochemical ozone creation potential.
Benchmark is one of the UK’s leading furniture-makers. Founded by Terence Conran and Sean Sutcliffe in 1984, the company has a mission to create furniture that contributes to human health and wellbeing, using natural, sustainable, and non-toxic materials.
With workshops in Berkshire and Dorset, Benchmark works with many of the world’s leading architects and designers on commercial and residential projects. From forest to finished piece, it is positioned as a leader in sustainable enterprise, having pioneered and invested in the use of metrics to provide clear, unambiguous and independently verified information about the impact of its products.
Benchmark’s approach marries forward-thinking design with exemplary levels of craftsmanship and creativity, producing furniture that exudes natural warmth and soul.
London Design Festival
Established in 2003 by Sir John Sorrell CBE and Ben Evans CBE, London Design Festival celebrates and promotes London as the design capital of the world.
London Design Festival has since earned the reputation as a key calendar moment of London’s autumn creative season, alongside London Fashion Week, Frieze Art Fair and the London Film Festival, attracting the greatest thinkers, practitioners, retailers and educators to the capital, in a citywide celebration
One of the key aims of the project is to communicate to both designers and the wider public that hardwoods such as red oak are viable material options from a sustainability perspective.
Red oak is the most abundant species in American hardwood forests yet is often overlooked in European design. Over-reliance on a small selection of woods can have a damaging effect on forest ecosystems, so AHEC believes that designers and architects have a responsibility to use whatever nature provides. Growing wild rather than planted, red oak represents both a highly sustainable and renewable material option, and one with significant aesthetic appeal for designers and architects.
Furthermore, as a timber, red oak serves as a carbon store, locking away the CO2 absorbed from the atmosphere during the tree’s lifetime, and reducing the Designposts’ carbon footprint as a result.
The Designposts will be erected on plinths manufactured from cross-laminated panels of tulipwood, repurposed from LDF and AHEC’s 2019 Landmark project MultiPly, which will in turn be used again in future editions of the festival. After the festival, the Designposts themselves will likely be donated to London institutions, either to live permanently or be repurposed for new student projects.