LDF 2011: Okay Studio / Arco
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What happens when you take ten designers based in London and you leave them for one week inside an empty factory in the Dutch countryside? This is what…

Having successfully carried out a similar project in 2005, Arco invited ten Okay Studio designers (a collective of RCA graduates) to experiment with their state-of-the-art machinery and see what they could come up with – this time based from the factory, and in just a week. They were challenged to make something from wood that was completely different from anything in the current Arco catalog.

The resulting prototypes are displayed in “The Garage” just off Brompton Road from September 17-25th for the London Design Festival.

Designers were: Eelko Moorer (1), Tomás Alonso (2), Hiroko Shiratori (3), Jorre van Ast (4), Andrew Haythornthwaite (5), Shai Akram (6), Mathias Hahn (7), Oscar Narud (8), Shay Alkalay & Yael Mer (9), Peter Marigold (10,11).

Katie Treggiden is covering the London Design Festival for Design Milk. Katie writes confessions of a design geek, winner of mydeco’s “Best Interior Design Blog in Great Britain” and has just released her first book Interviews, a collection of 18 interviews with designers.

Jaime Derringer, Founder + Executive Editor of Design Milk, is a Jersey girl living in SoCal. She dreams about funky, artistic jewelry + having enough free time to enjoy some of her favorite things—running, reading, making music, and drawing.