London Design Festival / 100% Design

London Design Festival / 100% Design

Design week was super busy for anyone in London and interested in Design. So lucky to be able to see so many amazing things in one huge week. One of the busiest 'trade' shows is 100% Design in it's twentieth edition! Here are some of the discoveries, highlights and favourite products from the show, enjoy!

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From then On / Formafantasma at Established & Sons

From then On / Formafantasma at Established & Sons

Talking about highlights of Design Week 2014 in the last few posts and there are many! Last year saw British furniture brand Established & Sons collaborate with Faye Toogood for an amazing interactive lighting installation The Conductor. Not to be outdone, this year Established & Sons have collaborated with Italian designers Formafantasma to present 'From then On'. A series of 4 kinetic sculptures that mark the passing of time using the qualities of a different material, also marking Established & Sons tenth anniversary.

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Shustov Brandy Bar / Belenko Design

Shustov Brandy Bar / Belenko Design

This 19th century cellar in Odessa, Ukraine, has been reincarnated as Shustov, a brandy museum and bar designed by Belenko Design. Wood is the material of choice here with oaken timber tables and the tops of barrels arranged all over the walls in multi-layered patterns. The show stopping ceiling has been covered with approx. 20,000 brandy bottles, creating an undulating installation of light.  Shustov’s bespoke chairs have also been designed by Belenko Design Band. It's a great example of using one material en mass to great effect. Inspiring bar interior.

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Egon Zehnder / If Architecture

Egon Zehnder / If Architecture

Egon Zehnder is a recently completed interior by Australian based If ArchitectureThe project is located in Melbourne's CBD at 171 Collins St. , the building designed by Bates Smart architects and home to BHP Biliton, Evans & Partners and of course Egon Zehnder. With an eclectic modern interior imbuded with the sense of style and freshness that Melbourne design is well known for. The timber 'branches' span the interior, creating a beautiful visual rhythm drawing you in through the space. Inspiring warm interior that doesn't feel like an 'office'.

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Serpentine Pavilion / Clara Mill Photography

Serpentine Pavilion / Clara Mill Photography

Photography by the talented Clara Mill of one of London's iconic temporary installations over summer. The Serpentine pavilion designed this year by Chilean architect Smiljan Radić is the fourteenth in the series. A semi-translucent, cylindrical structure that resembles a shell and rests on large quarry stones, this year’s Pavilion occupies 350 square metres of the Serpentine’s lawn. The very textural almost fabric like exterior of the pavilion draws you in, inviting you to experience the space more closely. The raw nature of the materials are not polished away here, but left exposed. The always inspirational experience you shouldn't miss.

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Constance Guisset / Three Conversations

Constance Guisset / Three Conversations

Chatting, watching together and kissing: three calls amid the flux of visitors. Three light boats, which offer journeys with the other and places for the dream.

Above the comfortable surfaces, mats are erected supporting a plaiting of straps and carbon circles. They stand and metamorphose in a graphic semi-transparence.

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Hanieh Heidarabadi / Make Lamp

Hanieh Heidarabadi / Make Lamp

I came across Make lamp designed by Stockholm architect and designer Hanieh Heidarabadi at Clerkenwell design week. It was exhibited as part of Platform and is the first time Heidarabadi has shown her products in the UK. The designer has created a brass pendant lamp with the intention that people will 3D-print their own shades.

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Superhero's Hideout / Simon Bush-King

Superhero's Hideout / Simon Bush-King

Great project and cool name with Superhero's Hideout today designed by Simon Bush-King Architects. An interior that doesn't immeadiately leap out and say 'budget' which is the word that puts every designer through their paces. Designing a clever space that can be disassembled and relocated, genius. The designers 'making tight design decisions that create an impact while solving more than one problem with each move'. A great sense of the character of the client and designer with this inspirational interior. More insight into the design and designers with Q&A below.

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Design Junction / A Scandinavian Midsummer at Platform Gallery

Design Junction / A Scandinavian Midsummer at Platform Gallery

The fourth edition of Design Junction returns in September 2014 and I happy to be giving you a preview today on what's to come. Exciting plans were presented for the upcoming Design Junction in the setting of an amazing birch tree forrest at Platform Gallery and it's set to be bigger and better than ever, the exhibition attracting more than 21,000 visitors.

Be immersed in world class Scandinavian design in the woodland inspired setting. The pop-up exhibition is open until the end of June, don't miss it!

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Woodspot / Alessandro Zambelli for Seletti

Woodspot / Alessandro Zambelli for Seletti

'The Empire of Light' is all about light and its power. Shadows and reflections, darkness and sudden flashes stretch the imagination to its most surreal limit. Magritte’s visionary genius also offers the starting point for our latest design story. Alessandro Zambelli has conceived 'Woodspot' for Mantua-based furnisher Seletti. The item is one of the previews of the Mantua-based company’s presence at the next edition of Maison et Objet, scheduled for 5 to 9 September 2014.

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Sodastream PLAY / Yves Béhar

Sodastream PLAY / Yves Béhar

Talking product design today just in time for summer with an appliance that makes this time of the year more fun. Sodastream are launching PLAY & one of the great things about the sodastream, besides the beautifully minimal design with subtly rounded edges that reminds you of lego - is watching it do it's job, aerating fluids. The design in a more minimalist medium allows you to see the fireworks show of carbonation and you'll feel like a kid again!

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Bonsoir Paris / Galleries Lafayette

Bonsoir Paris / Galleries Lafayette

The design Duo Rémy Clémente and Morgan Maccari founded Bonsoir Paris design studio. They were commissioned by Galleries Lafayette to create 16 window installations, the theme for the installation was “The Blank Page”. The white page is the beginning of creation, the place where things materialize. Working with only white materials is an interesting challenge, differentiating each from the other only by it's unique properties. Super cool installation from the talented team, read on for Q&A with the designers.

 

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Aesop Westfield & Harrod's, London / Tolila + Gilliland Architects

Aesop Westfield & Harrod's, London / Tolila + Gilliland Architects

There's no doubt that when an new Aesop store opens, it's going to be interesting and something that you'll want to walk into and explore. As I walked past the latest Aesop store to open in London, a collaboration with Parisian firm Tolila + Gilliland Atelier d’Architecture, I wanted to do just that. Tolila + Gilliland transform the space, formerly a jewellery store into a harmonious and beautiful space. True to Aesop's philosophy in it's tactile nature and use of materials as a core part of the design. No fake surfaces here, but a beautifully bespoke interior. Read on for Q&A with the designers and more about the project. 

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Apex tables / Hunting & Narud

Apex tables / Hunting & Narud

The beautiful sculptural Apex tables designed by Hunting and Narud were launched at Scin Gallery during Clerkenwell DesignWeek 2014 in collaboration with American Hardwood Export Council. The tables reverse the traditional supporting role of timber, here the glass supports the hardwood cone with minimal contact between the two.  The apex of the cone is the only part of the wood in direct contact with the glass, creating a sharp visual contrast whilst encapsulating and highlighting the beauty of the maple, cherry, red oak, ash, and tulipwood cones. The Apex Tables celebrate the beauty of American hardwoods and include a range of combinations using wood stains and clear as well as smoked glass.

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