BeOpen Spaces by JAILmake @ The Dock

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The marketplace for emerging designers at Be Open Space at The Dock, Tom Dixon’s space in West London, hosted a packed programme of London Design Festival Events.

BeOpen Space is an instant flash market for emerging designers who showed, sold, and produced and explored the five senses, in a dynamic and interactive meeting place for design enthusiasts

JAILmake in collaboration with PAN studio designed and constructed the site-specific installation on the Dock terrace that referenced the medieval trade markets and Florence’s Ponte Vecchio, populating the terrace with 8 self-contained wooden huts that mirror the architecture of the converted wharf building that houses Dock Kitchen Restaurant.

In keeping with the notion of immediacy presented by Be Open Space, the entire installation was conceived, designed, and built within 7 days.  ( a process that has been documented and can be viewed at the entrance to the installation. )

Each hut showcased exclusive works by an exciting mix of emerging designers; the pods echoed the architecture of the main building from the outside, but the inside was transformed by the designers to display their wares in this ‘flash’ market.


Design on Chocolate /Four one-off, London-inspired chocolate sculptures by leading designers and chocolatiers.

Eclectic by Tom Dixon /A house of scented candles capturing the essence of British life

JAILmake /Four chairs in four days.

Faye Toogood /HOUSE HIGHTOPS, slippers Factory Workshop, sewn and made to order on site.

Technology Will Save Use /DIY electronic synth workshop with a resident sound engineer.

Tikau /Design Helps: design for sustainable employment and empowerment.

Traces ‘Junk’ Shop /An immersive, theatrical art and design shop.

Yemi Awosile & Naomi Paul /Colour, pattern, light and form for interior architectural spaces.

JAILmake also exhibited their ‘Four Chairs in Four Days’ project = Four different chairs for four times of the day, designed and made in four days.

They are constructed in solid ash then hand carved into their individual forms

We set ourselves the brief to create four chairs in four days a short time before the Milan furniture fair this year.

A while ago we had the idea to make a series of chairs by carving out blocks of solid Ash. Instead of a lazy easter weekend off we got to work and in four days designed and made four new chairs

About JailMake

JAILmake is a design studio based in South London.

We research, design, make, test, install and do everything else that happens in between.

We really, really believe in making. We’re worried that designing and making are becoming distanced, and we want to bring them back together.

We are really good at taking on design problems; researching, prototyping and making to create real world, usable stuff.

From our studio we have designed and built large scale installations, sculptures and interactive exhibition pieces, bespoke furniture and interiors, as well as pieces of engineering, mechanics and electronics.

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