Portable homes popular at London Design Festival
The London Design Festival is currently focusing on the housing crisis. Innovative designers are presenting ways to tackle the shortage of affordable homes.
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
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A celebration of creativity in the
design industry, the London
Design Festival is currently
focusing on the crisis affecting
the capital – housing.
Innovative designers are
presenting ways to tackle the
shortage of affordable homes.
Space and costs are the issues affecting
many Londoners today, so portable new
homes are becoming popular at the festival.
The Decorex trade interiors exhibition, from
20th-23rd September, will host the launch of
Bert & May’s first box house at Syon Park,
The Bigger Box, part of the interior design firm’s
prefabricated home range, is factory-built within 14
weeks and assembled on site in just a day. All buyers
need to do is find the land or a flat roof.
Source: Homes &
“We wanted to recognise that space
itself is a big thing. And prefab has had
the association of being cheap and
lacking in design.
“The boxes were born out of a desire to
provide really amazing prefabricated
living spaces.”1 –
Lee Thornley, co-founder of Bert & May
The 540 square foot home will be displayed at the entrance
to Decorex, where the public date is Tuesday 22nd
September. Interested buyers can contact Bert & May for
tickets and book a private tour of the home, which has two
bedrooms, an open-plan kitchen/living area and a
The box house on show will be auctioned at the event by
sealed bid with a strong reserve price. The new owner can
expect delivery within a week. Visit the company’s website
for more information: http://www.bertandmayspaces.com
In Bloomsbury, two recycled shipping
containers have been converted into an
energy-efficient smart home installation,
providing around 310 square foot of living
space, costing about £25,000 to build.
Source: Homes & Property
Named A New House for London, it has
been fitted with voice activation systems
and automated lighting. It will be displayed
on Store Street, WC1, from 21st-27th
The interactive prototype is perfect for
daring Londoners who wish to build their
own homes for a much smaller price now
that planning rules are being relaxed and
building on brownfield sites is supported.
The property was designed and backed
by planning and engineering firm Arup,
Carl Turner Architects and The Building
Centre. Brazilian mining and tech
business CBMM has also supported the
project. Find out more here: