A Champagne bar of the future?

Futuristic bus stop, giant shower cap or a lunar lander for Homer Simpson? No, this is The Comet, created by Design Research Studio under the direction of British designer Tom Dixon and appearing as a pop-up installation during the London Design Festival (19-27 September).  

This portable shelter is inspired by the shapes of the cellars where bottles of Veuve Clicquot Champagne are stored in France, and is, says Dixon, a natural evolution from the Comet Lamp which he unveiled at this year's Milan Furniture Fair.

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Produced in Veuve Clicquot's distinctive colours, The Comet will be displayed in the glass fronted canal building at the new Portobello Dock development overlooking the Grand Union Canal in West London.

It will form the centre piece of The Dock, a temporary emporium of creative talent curated by Dixon for Design Week that will include exhibitions, installations, pop-up shops, a cafe and Dixon's first showroom displaying his full collection.

And if nothing else, it will provide a novel - and sheltered - spot for a restorative glass of bubbly.