Pentagram for London Design Festival
9 September 2014
by Marion Lean
We are looking forward to London Design Festival in the office, it kicks off on Friday so we thought we would share some of the shows and events from the festival.
Brompton stalwarts Study O Portable are always a must see. With work from Peter Marigold, Michael Marriot, Gemma Holt and Bernadette and Testuo themselves this show promises thoughtful and beautifully made work.
A collaboration between Swiss-born product designer Laetitia de Allegri and industrial designer Matteo Fogale of brose~fogale, we're intrigued to see a new stone-like material made from reclaimed industrial waste.
Crafting Narrative: Storytelling through objects and making - Crafts Council
Looking a design as a medium to tell stories, Onkar Kular brings his conceptual curatorial take to bear on a works by an impressive roll call of designers including Åbäke, Carl Clerkin, Martino Gamper, Cecilie Gravesen, El Ultimo Grito, Hilda Hellström, Hefin Jones and Noam Toran.
Future Stars? - The Aram Gallery
This independent gallery above the Aram Store are always ahead of the curve, working with some of the most emerging names this cross-disciplinary show dissects seven new designers experimental and multi-disciplinary work. If you are looking for ones to watch you will find them here.
Curated by Karna Sigurðardóttir and Pete Collard this exhibition is the culmination of a project exploring the possibilities for small-scale design and production in East Iceland, using locally sourced materials and craftsmen. The cross-cultural dialogue between designers such as Max Lamb, Julia Lohmann and Þórunn Árnadóttir sounds right up our street.
Super Stimuli and Fabrica Extra-Ordinary Gallery at Ace Hotel
With interiors designed by Universal Design Studio, Ace Hotel is establishing itself as a key design location with two shows - Super Stimuli presents installations by Bethan Laura Wood, Martino Gamper, Fabien Capello and Michael Mariott and Fabrica, one of our favourites from Milan this year, reinterpret everyday objects with their typical research-based twist.
Always a thought-provoking show Sustain RCA brings Royal College of Art students and researchers together to tackle the big environmental, social and political issues facing design. Critically-engaged and truly innovative, this show gets to the heart of what design is for.
For us no design festival would be complete without a good helping of graphic design. Head down to the V&A, the hub of the design festival, this weekend for workshops, demos and talks. While you're at it check out The Wish List and Barber Osgerby's Double Space for BMW.
If you are after something off the beaten track head off to Blisters this weekend. Graphic designers and illustrators aplenty all producing new, music-inspired prints. Friday night promises to be a good knees-up with cocktails, burgers, music and live printing.
The last of the typographic trio and a tip-off from the guys at It's Nice That, Dan Tobin Smith has been hoarding colourful objects in his studio to create this installation. On choice nights you can book a five course dinner complete with signature cocktail created exclusively for the installation.