East London Furniture
at DreamBags JaguarShoes

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London Design Festival: designer-makers East London Furniture have temporarily fitted out the interior of London bar DreamBags JaguarShoes using nothing but scrap materials found on the local streets.

East London Furniture at Dream Bags Jaguar Shoes

The fit-out is the latest in a string of installations at the venue by artists and designers. "Normally it involves mostly the walls and perhaps some lighting," East London Furniture's Christian Dillon told Dezeen. "We wanted to take over the whole bar."

East London Furniture at Dream Bags Jaguar Shoes

The team removed all the furniture and replaced it with tables made from pallets and ceiling joists, plus benches inspired by nineteenth century Shaker furniture.

East London Furniture at Dream Bags Jaguar Shoes

"We created all of the free-standing seating, tables and lighting in our workshop, but left the inbuilt elements to be created in situ," said Dillon. "So much of the inbuilt seating, especially the booth or 'pulpit', were conceived in the space from materials we had to hand."

East London Furniture at Dream Bags Jaguar Shoes

The team have lined the walls and front of the counter with wooden panels, while the throne-like seating booth is made from old skirting boards and fills the recess beside a staircase.

East London Furniture at Dream Bags Jaguar Shoes

The cube-shaped lights hanging above the bar were created from the offcuts of other furniture made by the team and the wall-mounted lighting was produced from recycled wooden blocks.

East London Furniture at Dream Bags Jaguar Shoes

Friend and regular collaborator Alessandro Mistrulli has decorated many of the surfaces with illustrations showing severed arms and wood-working tools. "I think I saw him reading a book on Russian prison tattoos the night before he delivered the main graphic," said Dillon.

East London Furniture at Dream Bags Jaguar Shoes

The installation will remain in place for two months, but was completed to coincide with the London Design Festival last week.

East London Furniture at Dream Bags Jaguar Shoes

"For us to have a show in the festival, where people are actually using the furniture to have a nice meal, a nice beer or chatting to a nice girl or guy is so much more interesting than a static display of our furniture," explained Dillon.

East London Furniture at Dream Bags Jaguar Shoes

Dillon and team mates Ben Green and Reuben Le Prevost founded the Hackney-based furniture company in 2011 - see our earlier story about them here.

East London Furniture at Dream Bags Jaguar Shoes

A past installation we've featured at DreamBags JaguarShoes featured wallpaper that changes under different lighting conditions.

East London Furniture at Dream Bags Jaguar Shoes

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East London Furniture at Dream Bags Jaguar Shoes

Photography is by Jeff Metal, courtesy of JaguarShoes Collective.

East London Furniture at Dream Bags Jaguar Shoes

  • Katerina

    The aesthetical pleasure of looking at the interior is counterbalanced by the graphics. The tools and broken fingers seem to spread negative energy. Prison subculture is definitely not the one that you want to get aquainted with – it’s my opinion as a Russian person. Playing with signs and pictograms in design we should be aware of the strong message that they deliver.

  • Jonty

    Is it me? …but you don’t tell us WHERE this place is? In order to view, you have to know where to go. No?

    • http://twitter.com/Dezeen @Dezeen

      Hi Jonty, the bar is on Shoreditch High Street. If you click the link to the venue’s website you’ll be able to find the full address and opening times.

      Amy/Dezeen