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On the Drawing Board: Tom Dixon’s Dock Project…Biomega’s Bamboo Bike

Tom Dixon is pulling together all sorts of passing fancies for next month’s London Design Festival.

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WHAT’S UP DOCK?: With The Dock, a bonanza of indoor and outdoor design activities that will be staged next month in and around his new West London digs, Tom Dixon is pulling together all sorts of passing fancies for next month’s London Design Festival.

Guerrilla cafes, pop-up shops, impromptu portrait sittings and an array of installations covering 40,000 square feet will be housed at the Portobello Dock. Very Good and Proper will unveil its tableware designed exclusively for Canteen restaurants. Talks and seminars, including a meeting for 300 attendees of the London Festival of Architecture’s annual conference, will also be staged there.

One of the more unconventional venues will be The Hatch, a temporary eatery that focuses on the act of creation and features a series of Formica sculptures made by Studio Toogood. In the main dining hall, diners will be encouraged to play with building blocks on the long communal table. Conceptual Italian food designers Arabeschi di Latte will invite guests to select a hand-painted egg, and then an egg-based dish or drink will be prepared in front of them. In the adjoining space, visitors will be able to unwind amidst giant sculptural building blocks, each hand-painted in hues influenced by the modernist palette.

Designed to be up-and-running from Sept. 21 to 27, The Dock aims to capture some of the Portobello Markets’ weekend foot traffic, as well as the design crowd. Dixon, who moved into the neighborhood about a month ago, also will be showing off the gazebo he designed for Veuve Clicquot earlier this year. Tokyo Bike will use the occasion to launch its urban-focused bikes in the U.K. In addition, Oliver Guy-Watkins’ “Vehicle of Doubt” installation, a car covered with the doubts of 4,000 people, will be on display for the last time this summer.

PEDAL POWER: Fast-growing and stronger than steel, bamboo has made its way into a host of unexpected places, from an Ai Weiwei art installation in London to spa treatments at Equinox spas in the U.S. and ROEWUarchitecuture’s forest house outside of Taiwan.

Now Ross Lovegrove’s bamboo bike for Biomega will be front and center through Sept. 6 at Copenhagen Design Week, a mecca for long-lasting and sustainable design-related ideas. With its high-end design, the bamboo bike is meant to be displayed as a wall decoration at night. The Welsh-born Lovegrove, based in Notting Hill in London, is a fan of using digital technologies in design. His work has been shown at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Pompidou Centre in Paris and the Design Museum in London.

A third of Copenhagen’s residents are said to commute by cycling, and local leaders aim to up that figure to 50 percent by 2015. The fact that COP 15, the United Nations’ conference on climate change, will be held in the capital city in December, is providing added incentive to make Denmark even more cycling-friendly. COP 15 delegates will have Biomega bikes at their beck and call since the brand is the event’s official bike provider.

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