The London Design Festival

The London Design Festival was recommended to me from a few artist’s exhibiting in this years New Designers a year on exhibition. Within the design festival it included design junction, which was also recommended.

I’m thrilled I went there are a great variety of extremely original designs. Using unusual materials, it was truly inspirational.

Firstly I visited Design Junction

‘The critically acclaimed designjunction presents the third edition of its flagship London show this September during the London Design Festival.designjunction, which last year attracted more than 17,000 visitors, will showcase the very best in furniture, lighting and product design from around the world, presenting an edited selection of leading global brands and emerging enterprises. designjunction showcases design against a stunning industrial backdrop, striking a balance between creative and commercial, while offering a much-needed alternative to the traditional trade show.

This year, designjunction returns to the centrally-located 1960s Postal Sorting Office, where a powerful line-up of renowned international brands, smaller cutting-edge labels, pop-up shops, large-scale installations, eateries, flash factories, seminars and screenings will be presented across three floors of the impressive 120,000 sq ft venue.designjunction will feature more than 150 brands – making it central London’s leading destination for contemporary design and the most important global meeting point of the Festival.Since its inception 2011, designjunction has achieved global success, transporting satellite editions of the show to other destinations including Milan and more recently New York.’

There were four designers, which caught my eye because of there innovative designs.

http://www.sharonmarston.com/Collection.htm

As soon as I walked into the room these spectacular lights caught my eye

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http://www.wigwork.com/tex-tile/

When I first saw these unusual tiles I was intrigued at the making process and wanted to know more!

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http://www.davidtrubridge.com

The amazing shapes these lights included blew me away also the interesting shadows they created, David Trubrige also has an amazing background. He sailed out from the UK for 5 years with his young family before he was recognised as a designer.

 

His pieces are environmentally friendly the lighting shown in these images are produced from Bamboo, which are sold flat packed in a environmentally friendly box. 

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http://www.fenellaelms.com

Fenella Elms use of ceramics is fabulous you see porcelain in a completely different way, it certainly draws you in to her work.

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Next I visited an exhibition in Regent Street called Anthropologie – 365 a year in cups by Gwyneth Leech

The effect the hanging gave made the cups look as if they’re floating which was truly magical.

 

http://www.gwynethleech.com

Gwyneth Leech’s statement:

“I like my coffee or tea in a paper take-out cup, like millions of fellow New Yorkers. Even better than the contents, I like the used cup as a surface on which to draw and paint. And before I begin, I write on the bottom the date, location, occasion and the beverage consumed so that every cup becomes the record of a social moment.

For Anthropologie in London’s Regent Street I am showing 365 of my original cup artworks, each representing a daily caffeine break. The installation makes visible largely unconscious patterns of consumption; this is what one simple take-away purchase looks like over the course of a year, this is what would usually be thrown away. It can be seen as a measure of time gone by, of money spent, of space to be taken up in a landfill.

But as I upcycle each used cup into an artwork, it becomes the measure of other things as well: an artist’s regular habit of generating new ideas, a diary of time spent with friends and colleagues, and the cumulative positive effect of doing something small and manageable every day.”

 

After that in imago gallery there was a student exhibition included in the design festival – CAMAC Design.

 

‘Showcasing designs from winners and shortlisted students alongside specially commissioned pieces from established and emerging designers. Each reflects inspiration drawn from archival resources including those at the Fashion and Textile Museum, the Warner Textile Archive and Sanderson’.

Some of the designs just wowed me how intricate the patterns were. Also some were 3D or had beads included on them which is a great twist.

Then the final place we visited was Fortnum and Mason where they had an small event for design festival. 

‘The Society Of Revisionist Typographers (SORT) are proud to announce that we will be working with Fortnum & Mason to celebrate the history of the store. We will be running a series of demonstrations and interactive events in-store with a recreation of our letterpress workshop’.

The prints they included were simple but looked very effective, especially pinned up. 

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