"East London has a good vibe for any
creative industry" - Magnus Pettersen

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Designer Magnus Pettersen talks about his Locker side table and how he was attracted to east London because it has a "good vibe for any creative industry" in this movie filmed by Dezeen.

"East London has a good vibe for any creative industry" - Magnus Pettersen

"I'm attracted to east London due to the feel of the whole place, and also it's a good vibe for any creative industry whether it's furniture design, graphic design or even advertising," says Pettersen.

"East London has a good vibe for any creative industry" - Magnus Pettersen

He contributed a blackened ash and aluminium side table from his Locker furniture series to the Stepney Green Design Collection.

"East London has a good vibe for any creative industry" - Magnus Pettersen

"The inspiration for the series came from those industrial lockers you find in factories in the sixties," he explains, also citing the luxury of eighteenth century France and the proportions of designs from the mid-twentieth century as muses.

"East London has a good vibe for any creative industry" - Magnus Pettersen

The aluminium used for the side table drawer, anodised to create a unique colour, is punctured with small holes and folded over at the top to create the drawer handle. Pettersen's studio is in Stoke Newington, east London, close to Dezeen's office.

"East London has a good vibe for any creative industry" - Magnus Pettersen

The Stepney Green Design Collection consists of 10 products selected by Marcus Fairs of Dezeen from creatives who live near to VIVO, a new housing development in the east London district. The project also includes objects chosen by east London bloggers Pete Stean of Londoneer and Kate Antoniou of Run Riot.

"East London has a good vibe for any creative industry" - Magnus Pettersen

The collection is on show at the Genesis Cinema, 93-95 Mile End Road, Whitechapel, London E1 4UJ, from 10am to 10pm every day until January. After this, the objects will be given to VIVO residents.

"East London has a good vibe for any creative industry" - Magnus Pettersen

See all the items in the Stepney Green Design Collection here and watch the movies we’ve featured so far here. The music featured in the movies is by American designer and musician Glen Lib. You can listen to the full track on Dezeen Music Project.