The London Design Festival gets bigger and bigger each year. There were over 300 individual events this year – enough to give you pavement paralysis hopping from one foot to the other, unsure where to turn next. For the first time since the festival’s inception though, I really felt like it paid to be far […]
The perfect pewter penguin! Cast out of cuttlefish at Arup’s best Penguin Pool event yet. Material scientist Mark and his team at the pioneering Institute of Making thoroughly entertained us all with their tales of materials, now and in the future. Imagine a time when structures will heal themselves? Bridges won’t crack, power stations won’t […]
Large erection of light spits out delight…! Or so we were promised. The Shard fired lasers from some of its 95 stories at eleven of London’s best known landmarks including St Paul’s Catherdral, Canary Wharf, the Houses of Parliament and the Tower of London. The thing is, nobody could see them! What a letdown.
UK design practice Paul Cocksedge Studio presented to us ‘A Gust of Wind’, exhibited for one day only at the V&A Museum. 300 curvaceous pieces of Corian – perceived to be a heavy material – were transformed into lightweight ‘ pieces of paper’ seemingly blown into the air by a gust of wind….breathtaking.
TENT and TENT Digital confirmed itself as the most diverse event of the festival. From Alex Randall’s taxidermy rat lamp to Jung Myung Taek’s sprung metal furniture, many of this year’s exhibitors have combined traditional techniques with new technologies.
The penny has finally dropped…fully installed and growing by the minute, this delightfully interactive sculpture by Paul Cocksedge Studio attracts people like a magnet, literally. For every copper donated by the public, a pound will be donated by Orange to Barnardo’s.
The capital is revving up for this year’s festival, launching this Saturday. There are the usual suspects, from 100%design to TENT, but this year there seems to be a discernible wobble. With the future of the Design Council under threat and Neville Brody’s Anti-Design Festival creating a rumble, it will be interesting to see how […]
What a superb venue – the Royal Exhibition Hall – housing all sorts of marvels, cleverness and objects of delight. Wonderful to see so much support for the design industry. I’m proud to be one of this year’s festival ‘ambassadors’. This promises to be a GREAT festival.