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Designer bags still available after Borough Market Food with Thought show

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If you've walked through Borough Market between Stoney Street and Bedale Street in the past few weeks you might have noticed some colourful new designs above your head.

Borough Market Cookbook
Timorous Beasties took inspiration from the Borough Market Cookbook
Furniture by Kay + Stemmer made from old fruit cra
Furniture by Kay + Stemmer made from old fruit crates
Light by Tom Kirk
Light by Tom Kirk

Two SE1-based designers teamed up to organise an exhibition in the rafters of Borough Market for last month's London Design Festival.

Lorraine Statham of loophouse in Southwark Bridge Road and June Swindell of salt at Oxo Tower Wharf devised the 'Food with Thought' event in Borough Market as an antidote to the experience of exhibiting at tedious trade shows.

Keen to do something local, they teamed up with fellow SE1 designers Timorous Beasties, Kay + Stemmer, Tracy Kendall and Tom Kirk to create a food-themed product display under Borough Market's glass roof.

Lorraine and June wanted people to be able to take something practical and tangible from the show, so a range of canvas bags created by each of the six design companies was on sale in the market for the duration the London Design Festival.

These limited edition bags, printed with eco-friendly ink, are still available to buy online at

loophouse designed 'Apples & Pears', a playful range of carpet banners inspired by Cockney rhyming slang highlighting the delicious fruits in bold imagery and the vibrant colours of the market stall drapery.

salt. brought new life to existing panels by combining their intricate weave structures with microscopic references encouraging the viewer to look up through the cut layers

Timorous Beasties have taken guidance from The Borough Market Cookbook creating two light-hearted prints, "Pork in Cider" and "Spit Roast".

Kay + Stemmer have produced a range of furniture called 'Tutti Frutti' including the 'Tutti Brie' table and 'Tutti n Frutti' stool that have been created out of wooden fruit crates usually discarded or thrown away from the market. Their canvas shopper comes complete with a DIY instruction sheet of how to make the 'Tutti Melon' stool.

Tracy Kendall has taken vintage French table linen and created two panels. The first one is her well loved "Cutlery" design. The second uses text from Shakespeare's famous scene in Macbeth with the three witches around the cauldron, substituting the original grisly ingredients with recipes based on foods found in the market.

Tom Kirk's 'Creel Pendant Cluster' combines the framework of traditional pots with the fluorescent colour of the marker buoys.

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