I wrote the following posts…
- Twelve at the Stockholm Furniture Fair – click here to read the post
- Woven Light: Swedish School of Textiles at Greenhouse – click here to read the post
- Fornasetti at Svenskt Tenn, Stockholm Design Week – click here to read the post
- Talk With Stockholm Furniture Fair Guests of Honour GamFratesi – click here to read the post
- Favourites from Greenhouse at the Stockholm Furniture Fair – click here to read the post
- Wood Tailoring at Stockholm Design Week – click here to read the post
- Favourites from Stockholm Furniture Fair 2014 – click here to read the post
I went to Sectie-C to meet Floris Wubben where he had opened his studio up to the public alongside 79 other designers for Dutch Design Week. Floris very kindly gave me a demonstration of how his Crown Vase is made. Launched for Design Week, it’s so new that the first ones were still warm when he put them on the plinth!
Eindhoven feels like a city of possibilities. It’s an industrial city, once populated by textile and cigar factories and latterly the Phillips empire—it’s now full of huge empty buildings. This could make it feel like its time has passed, but the creativity, optimism and confidence of this city makes it feel like it’s the brink of its big moment. Dutch Design Week offered incredible diversity – of disciplines, of new versus established designers and of applied versus conceptual work. These are just some of the things that caught my eye.
One of the absolute highlights of my trip to Eindhoven for Dutch Design Week was seeing Piet Hein Eek’s space – this is my report for American design blog, Design Milk…
Visiting Piet Hein Eek’s space was one of the most inspiring parts of my trip to Eindhoven for Dutch Design Week. In his final exam, Piet wrote: “If you want to function successfully and design beautiful objects, you need to make sure that your environment is a stimulating one and that you feel like a fish in water.” He said that creating this type of environment, your daily reality, is much more important than setting all kinds of goals for the future.
You might assume that Vlisco was a West African company selling to the Dutch, but in fact quite the opposite is true. Vlisco have been making traditional batik fabric in Holland since 1846, when Pieter Fentener van Vlissingen founded the company. Because genuine Indonesian batik was very labor-intensive and therefore expensive, he spotted an opportunity to automate the dyeing process to make the fabrics more affordable.
In October I went to Eindhoven for Dutch Design Week and collaborated with Daniel Nelson to make a short film for Design Milk about the Design Academy Eindhoven graduate show. We got the film live while we were still in Eindhoven making it the first film coverage to come out of Dutch Design Week…
The Design Academy Eindhoven graduate show was definitely one of the highlights of Dutch Design Week. Every year the Keep An Eye Foundation awards four students a grant of €11,000 to continue the work they’ve started at the academy. I spoke to five of the finalists about their work.
Joanna Ham is a really exciting new artist who burst onto the scene with the launch of her Woman series at Craft Central’s Imprint during the London Design Festival. Based in London, she is better known as the creative force behind homewares brand HAM, through which she creates bold black on white prints depicting farmyard animals taking part in uniquely human activities. Whilst beautifully created and meticulously executed, they perhaps bely the talent of this young artist, who has a BA(Hons) from The Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford University. If that’s the case, her newest work, released under her maiden name Joanna Ham, is about to set the record straight.
Gerald is a paper dog who was created in 2008 as part of a rebranding exercise carried out by British design studio Lazerian. Since then, it seems Gerald’s taken on a life of his own. Lazerian founder Liam Hopkins collaborated with fellow 3D designer Richard Sweeney to bring Gerald to life. The original Gerald was made from a flat paper pattern, which was hand cut, folded, and glued.
Bjorn Andersson spent 10 years working as an architect on projects that took him all over the world from New York to Shanghai. He has recently relocated to Berlin to open his own studio and focus on industrial and lighting design. The launch of his first product range Cutting Corners at Tent London marks the official launch of Bjorn Andersson Studio. He has already been named “Newcomer product of the month” by German architecture and design site BauNetz and now it’s our turn to get to know him…
This is Part 2 of the inspirations and making stories behind some of our favorite designs at 100% Design in which four more designers tell us about their work. It was fascinating to discover that Steuart Padwick’s Penguin Pick-Up Table was designed in just an hour in response to an immediate need.
2013 was another great year for 100% Design with the Emerging Brands and International Pavilion areas being particularly strong. We asked our favorite designers to tell us a little bit about the inspiration behind, and the making of, their products. Here are the first four – look out for Part 2.
I have loved Sian Elin’s work since she launched at Tent London last year, so it was great to see her back one year on still going strong – and even launching new products. I thought it was about time I found out a bit more about what makes her tick. We talked eastern inspirations, what defines good design, and favourite colours
My big project at the London Design Festival this year was BRINK, a collaboration with Tent London. I scoured graduate shows up and down (and outside of) the UK and curated my selection of 2013′s design graduates. Wonseok Jung studied robotics before doing his Masters at the Royal College of Art. The Bird is absolutely mesmerizing—the movement of its wings is slow and accurate. People were constantly wandering up to the stand with their heads tilted upwards, unable to take their eyes off it!
Having explored the V&A and the Young Creative Poland exhibition, the next stop on my tour of the Brompton Design District was Mint. Founded in 1998 by Lina Kanafani, it’s a must-visit in this part of town. Mint had curated an exhibition called ‘Cabinets of Curiosity’ for the Festival in collaboration with the Czech gallery, Krehky. New limited edition cabinets and the curiosities within them had been designed exclusively for Krehky. Each piece was selected by Mint based on its ability to incite wonder.
I met Kangan Arora when she was exhibiting with other Central Saint Martins graduates at Pulse last year, so it was great to see her with her own stand at designjunction. We talked inspirations, childhood dreams, 60s Bollywood music and masala chai… here is the designer describing her work in her own words:
My country inspires me endlessly. I like visuals more than words. My work is about colour, print and pattern… and a bit more colour for good measure.
Designersblock was back at the Southbank Centre for the second year and this time with a much larger presence extending right across the venue. Designersblock favorite, The New English was in the Clore Ballroom, with a typically quirky display – this time mugs on heads and plates on mannequins – of course!
I think Tent was my favourite show at the London Design Festival again this year – it has loads of natural light (a rare treat during a week spent in basements, exhibition centres, and repurposed industrial buildings), a lovely relaxed festival vibe fuelled by good music and good coffee, and crucially a slew of new talent alongside established independent designer-makers.
My role as Editor at Large for Design Milk involves hopping all over Europe covering the design trade shows, and of course, this includes the London Design Festival. Here is the post I wrote covering one of the ‘big four’ designjunction…
designjunction returned to the London Design Festival for its third iteration (its second in the former Royal Mail sorting office) with a cacophony of design, color, pattern and texture that was at times almost overwhelming in its intensity. Providing a moment of calm amongst the chaos, Thorody’s new fabric (above) is named after the founders’ cat Ivor!
Every year at the London Design Festival there is one new designer who appears to be everywhere, one young person who bursts onto the scene with such gusto that they cannot be ignored – the ‘man of the match’ if you like. This year, that man was Alexander Mueller.
One of my favourite shows at 2013’s London Design Festival was Imprint, an exploration of the medium of print, at Craft Central. This is the post I wrote about it for American design blog, Design Milk…
Imprint at Craft Central was a celebration of print in all its forms. It showed that print can be more than just ink on paper – and it also showed that ink on paper can be pretty impressive in its own right. Even the poster (designed by Turnbull Grey) impressed with on-trend neon orange and grey and a gorgeous printerly quality.
Ognisko Polskie is on 55 Exhibition Road in Brompton’s design district. The Polish Hearth Club, as it translates, was opened in 1940 to provide a meeting place for emigrants, both during the war and in the following decades, after a communist regime was installed in Poland. “If the spirit of pre-war Warsaw has survived anywhere it is in the rooms of the Ognisko Polskie,” wrote historian Norman Davies.
It’s the 10th anniversary of 100% Norway and co-curators Henrietta Thompson and Benedicte Sunde have really pulled out all the stops to make this a stand-out show. In this short film, they talk about their curation of 10 established Norwegian designers alongside 10 rising stars.
On a cold, rainy day in London, I turned a corner into what Dan Cruickshank described as “one of the most evocative and most famous of London’s 18th century streets.” I found my way to number 16 and was ushered inside to another world.
I’ve been a fan of Mini Moderns for as long as I’ve been going to the London Design Festival—I think the secret to their success is that they are constantly upping their game; constantly pushing themselves. Remix is the best example of this yet and a really exciting project.
Part of my role as Editor at Large for American design blog Design Milk is to cover European trade shows, which of course includes the London Design Festival. This is a post covering the best of the V&A…
The theme of the 11th London Design Festival is “Design is here, there and everywhere” – an attempt to remind us that all things man-made have been designed. The V&A is the LDF hub again this year, and the installations both stand alone and draw attention to the incredible design already within the V&A.