Visual Highlights of 2013

There have been many design highlights from 2013 and looking forward to many more to come in 2014. I'm already keeping my eyes open, it looks like there's a lot of great things to come.  But first a look back at some visual highlights, some coming from Design Week. The first is a visit to the Moooi showroom during Design Week, visually inspiring setting, furniture & lighting. Who knew breakfast could look so amazing, no one wanted to eat it for fear of destroying it. Thanks for all the inspiration, here's to many more.

I popped into Benjamin Hubert's exhibition Antecedents, the studio’s first solo exhibition in the UK, held at design retailer Aram Gallery during Design Week. With prototypes and working models on display as the title suggests, about 'what comes before'. The exhibition highlighted the studio’s focus on research and experimentation through prototypes, sketches, models, and material studies. Telling the story of how the studio approaches design.

Banjamin Hubert / Antecedents

Benjamin Hubert / Antecedents

Benjamin Hubert / Antecedents

Not to be missed, certainly can't be missed from the street is the visual presence of cutting edge 19 Greek Street. Housing exhibitions and furniture over five floors, cutting-edge with an experimental attitude. I took a look at the space.

Wallpaper Handmade exhibition in Harrods windows was a highlight for me. Using cutting edge materials and production techniques, a marriage of craftsmanship & design. The exhibition included a lighting installation by Moritz Waldemeye ' Revolution' , a unique collaboration with Jaguar, in one word - inspiring.

‘Revolution’ lighting installation/ Moritz Waldemeyer, sponsored by Jaguar, inspired by Jaguar Design

‘Revolution’ lighting installation/ Moritz Waldemeyer,
sponsored by Jaguar, inspired by Jaguar Design

Diptych: Landscape II, 2013 / Fredrikson Stallard, sponsored by Jaguar, inspired by Jaguar Design

Diptych: Landscape II, 2013 / Fredrikson Stallard,
sponsored by Jaguar, inspired by Jaguar Design

‘Revolution’ lighting installation/ Moritz Waldemeyer, sponsored by Jaguar, inspired by Jaguar Design

‘Revolution’ lighting installation/ Moritz Waldemeyer,
sponsored by Jaguar, inspired by Jaguar Design

Visual inspiration always comes from a visit to Tom Dixon at the Dock.

Alessi at the V&A, showing a rare insight into the production process and inspiration of each of the products on display. Exposing the making skills of its factory by picking key pieces from their archive to embellish each story. The installation itself is reminiscent of the workshops at the brand’s factory in Crusinallo, Italy. Pieces are displayed in their production cages.

Paul Smith's new store on Albemarle Street, London with bespoke cast iron exterior & exhibition at the Design Museum, both not to be missed.