I saw a lot of hideous things, mainly brown ‘leather’ sofas with wood effect arms, and a guy selling Teak benches for £60. There was a space called ‘Designers Block’ which had some really nice products in it, a guy making sculptures with folded cardboard, and a company with a tasteful contemporary take on the Windsor chair. The object that took most of out time was a bench made from solid oak boards. We probably spent 15 minutes trying to calculate the quantity of oak, and a rough price and concluded it was the most inappropriate waste of a good section of a 250 year old oak tree. It was really annoying to see such great wood so inefficiently used.
We worked out this would have cost around £1800 in oak alone.
All in all the day was not the inspiring kick start to the next unit that I would have liked, but it was a start at lest. I have my eyes on Stockholm on the 9-13th Feb, it looks brilliant.