You can see other reviews on the London Design Festival 2014 in the following posts:
History of the London Design Festival and 100% Design
Designersblock and Design Junction
A Place Called Home
by Kostas Koutoupis and Dieneke Ferguson
The Shoreditch Design Triangle was set up in 2009 by SCP with 20 participants and has been growing every year. This year it brings together a fascinating collection of designers, galleries, shops, studios, cafes, bars, brands and one-off events. And with more to see than the Shoreditch Design Triangle it was hard to decide what to prioritise. With lack of time unfortunately there was much that I never ended up seeing although in some cases I just stumbled upon them.
Here is an overview of the events we visited.
The Old Truman’s Brewery immense chimney guided our steps as we walked down Brick Lane to visit TENT London and Super Brands London 2014. TENT, a major London Design Festival destination, opened its doors to the public from 18-21 September on Hanbury Street in Tower Hamlets.
Starting off at the ground floor and the Super Brands section, we stopped at Jake Phipp’s space to admire his STELLAR screen, a design inspired by naturally forming amethyst and machine cut diamonds. Running through the folded screen’s surface, patterns of crystals offered captivating light reflections while at the same time distorting the images captured on their surface. Looking into it you could see your surroundings transform and the light effect changing based on the angle you were facing the installation from.
Moving further along in the Super Brands section we stopped by at the Custhom stand. We were very glad to chat with Jemma Ooi, an old Hidden Art member, about Custhom’s Palladian line of ceramics and really loved the way their tableware was projected in a very gentle way set against a soft salmon palette. If you love patterns and count white, blue and gold amongst your favourite colours, Custhom has many suggestions to offer.
Fans of wood and Nordic design would love the 100% Norway space. Without resorting to extravagant choices and with the Bergen Academy of Art and Design in charge of the exhibition , 100%Norway managed to make designer products stand out with their clever combination of wood, bold colours and rounded textures.
If, however, you’re more into loud and dazzling design then the Tokyo Designers Week section would not disappoint. Under the theme of “Tokyo Imagine”, the Tokyo Designers Week installation featured 17 emerging designers that blended design, art and technology to express their views on modern life in Japan. Asami Kiyokawa’s Merry-go-round was a focal point for visitors that couldn’t get enough pictures of this Japanese take on a classic childhood memory.
Another major attraction in this section was the augmented reality installation by amana. With the help of four different panels with drawings on them and the use of a smart phone camera, the visitor could actually see figures on the panels move and drawings transform by simply moving the smartphone closer or away from the screen.
Although limited to a few, the press hub, designed by Studio TILT, demonstrated a very practical approach to design. A wall of carton boxes separated the press area from the rest of the show and the inside of the boxes were given to designers to use for publicity. Inside, we had the chance to sink in super comfy Fatboy chairs, have a refreshing beer and chat with Seen PR’s David and Louise about the show and its highlights.
Ceramics in the City
Ceramics in the City starter as a small selling event in June 2002 at the Geffrye Museum.
Ceramics in the City has been organised by the Geffrye Museum and ceramicist Karen Bunting, and from 2005 up until 2007 the show has been supported financially through Hidden Art through the European Regional Development Fund. Since 2008 it has become one of the highlights in the East cluster of the London Design Festival
In addition to some known faces such as Emily Myer, Linda Bloomfield, Sophie Maccarthy as well as of course Karen Bunting it was nice to see Mizuyo Yamashita who showed new work.
For further details see here
SCP – Simplified Beauty
SCP hosted three shows from Japan, America and Britain that celebrate things made as they should be.
Makers Cafe at the Old Shoreditch Station
The Makers Cafe is a new initiative by Soner Ozenc. It aims to be a makerspace ( laser cutting and 3 d priting) as well as a cafe with barista style coffee. Presented by jaguar Shoes Collected and run by Soner Ozenc the Makers Cafe invites makers to come in, grab a coffee, sit at a table and discuss projects with peers. They can get also things made using laser cutters and 3 d printers within minutes.
For further information see here
International at DreambagsJaguar Shoes
We also saw the launch of International’s new utilitarian dining furniture range at Jaguar Shoes. International are our upstairs neighbours.
Estonian Design House
Near the Makers Cafe we saw work from the Estonian Design House. We particularly liked the upcycled clocks made from old vinyl records. They were also very reasonably priced.
The Shoreditch Design Triangle was our last stop for London Design Festival 2014. Leaving the area behind, we felt relieved that our feet would finally get some rest. This year’s London Design Festival felt bigger, some might even say overwhelming, but we are glad that we got the chance to see so much in such a short time. Now, we’ll just have to wait and see what 2015 has in store for us.