30th January 2013
by Kate Melhuish
2012 was arguably one of the most memorable years in recent British History. There were so many major events, such as the jubilee and the Olympics and Paralympics. Particularly in the world of design, it was a great year, as it was heavily tied to the Olympics and Paralympics, and there were great design events throughout the whole of 2012.
In June we saw the arrival of the Queen’s Jubilee- a celebration of 60 years on the throne. This was a great event for people to get ready for the Olympics as people were in a celebratory mood. Especially for the people participating in the Stoke Newington Jubilee dog show.
Olympics and Paralympics
Soon after the Jubilee we saw the arrival of the Olympic Games. In terms of design, one of the most prominent designs of the Olympics was the Olympic torch. It was one of the most visible icons of the London 2012 design icons in the run up to the games. The Barber Osgerby consultancy’s torch managed to visit within 10 miles of 95% of people in the United Kingdom. On the 21st of July, the Olympic torch finally came to Hackney. Everyone was joining in with the carnival-like atmosphere and there were many children from different schools to help celebrate. You can view all the pictures and read more about it here:
For the first time in 64 years, the games came back to the UK
July 29th saw at last the grand opening of the Olympic games in the Opening Ceremony, created by Danny Boyle. This was a great start to the weeks of games and celebrations that would follow.
It was at this event that Heatherwick’s Cauldron was shown at the place it was designed for. It was another example of how important design was in the UK during 2012, and was a very popular design with the public.
London Design Festival
September saw the arrival of the 10th London Design Festival. It has arguably come along way since the first festival. There were many different places to visit during the festival all over London, and Hidden Art members could be found at most of the events on during the festival.
100% Design was in its first year under new ownership and began with a spectacular entrance entitled “Inspiring Connections” and many Hidden Art members were at 100% Design.
Design Junction was another venue at the London Design Festival, but with a more industrial feel than other venues, as it was held in a renovated post office sorting office and many designers chose to light their products with lamps instead of conventional lighting- creating a unique experience.
Following the success of the Jubilee and the Olympics, the London Design Festival served as a way to continue the 2012 celebrations which meant that the festival was very lively. Record numbers attended, and at 100% design, registration topped 50,000 people. It was also not uncommon to see people queuing up for venues. It was also a great opportunity to see everyone at all the different venues.