London Design Festival '16News
6 October 2016
London Design Fair was our first destination, the umbrella brand including Tent London and Super Brands London. Held at the Old Truman Brewery, the Fair sat in the vibrant centre of the Shoreditch Design Triangle.
Curated by Max Fraser, 100% Norway showcased some of our favourite pieces at the fair. Bringing together 17 Norwegian designers and studios, the exhibition explored and celebrated the contemporary design story of Norway. We especially loved Kim Thomes hand spun aluminium vases, and Anna Einarsen’s two-tone ceramic planter series, Rolla.
Featuring four exhibition spaces and over 200 brands, we were looking forward to seeing what designjunction had to offer. We weren’t disappointed, some clever collaborations fuelled a brilliant exhibition with an inspiring application of materials, colour and form.
16 designers, including Anthony Burrill, Tom Dixon, and James Joyce, each created customized versions of the Modus Casper stool for charity project Who’s Casper? As well as being on display at designjunction, the stools will be sold in an online auction at whoscasper.co.uk
The Bethan Gray for Shamsian Collection stood out to us, merging traditional craft with modern, contemporary designs. Celebrating intricate techniques, exquisite patterning, and beautiful colour pallets, the Collection is one of a unique and beautiful aesthetic.
Never failing to disappoint, the V&A museum was our last stop and well worth the rush.
Benjamin Hubert collaborated with Braun to create the immersive FOIL installation. Sat inside the tapestry room, a 20-metre-long undulating ribbon made up of 50,000 individual metallic tiles captivates its audience. Light reflects off the mirrored surfaces to create a slowly changing pattern of light across the gallery walls. The juxtaposition of modern technologies and ancient tapestries provided an additional layer of intrigue, creating a truly engaging, sensorial experience.
Glithero’s monumental Green Room installation was another major highlight. London design studio Glithero partnered up with luxury watchmaker Panerai to explore the passage of ‘time’. Suspended within the 17-metre-high stairwell, a cylindrical curtain made up of 160 cords gradually undulated up and down in response to the clock mechanism attached high above. An inspiring way of approaching a brief, with a mesmerizing and inspirational output.