At a special (and rather fancy) reception last night at Claridges, co-hosted by The London Design Festival and Beijing Design Week (BJDW), the cities of Beijing and London formally announced a partnership that will see London become the official guest city at BJDW 2011. Following a pilot effort in 2009, BJDW will launch in 2011 […]
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.
Matilda unearths the best in Australian and New Zealand product design as yet unseen in Europe. Conceived by the wonderful Jenni Carbins, it will ensure that 13 of Australia’s leading designers will gain the international recognition they deserve. It marks the beginning of an ongoing commercial proposition for the designers to have permanent commercial representation […]
Its official. Thomas Heatherwick has been awarded the London Design Medal! I can’t think of a more deserving winner. He’s talented, pushes boundaries like few of his generation and a thoroughly nice bloke to boot! Thomas Heatherwick commented: “It’s a huge honour and a great surprise to be given the London Design Medal. London is […]
The showcase installation in the Madejski Garden at the V&A (above). Clever to watch – Zieta has welded sheet metal, sealed the edges then pumped water, then air into the gap between the sheets to force the robot-produced shape into a custom and perfectly shaped 3D object. Here you can see him using […]
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 […]
Chris Bangle. Ex-Design Director of BMW. What a thinker. Listening to him is a bit like holding your breath underwater in the bath; it tends to focus you on just one thing. In this case, the power to think differently about how we move about on our planet, to escape the rigid confines of your […]
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.