Architect Mariana Pestana organised a forum for designers to sell their creations at this year’s festival. The catch? Money was not allowed.
From the polished showrooms of Bloomsbury and Brompton to the edgier venues in the east, this year’s London Design Festival was brimming with new talent and exciting product launches. Here’s our pick of the best.
This is supposed to be the design capital of the world, and we should have an essential festival. But this year's was disparate, provincial and missable.
To anyone who wants to be a guerilla designer the message is get yourself an orange reflective jacket. They’re the perfect camouflage for the battle zone of the urban environment. Enemy territory is occupied by local authority planners, property developers, utility companies and people with clipboards. Operating legitimately is a battle for permits and permissions. To blend in, you need to look official.
"No photographs!" The young designer rushed over waving her arms angrily when she saw our camera. She clearly thought we were spies from China planning to rip off her lamps and flood the market with cheap imitations.
Another year, another round of design shows. But which are the must -see events and, just as important, which have the best parties? We asked globe-trotting design junkie Max Fraser to round up the most prestigious ones, and rate them in terms of quality and fun.
We've had a busy month. First, we trudged round London visiting 100% Design and all the rest. Then we headed for the design shows in Valencia and Tokyo. Below we try to sum up the mood of the cities' design festivals...
"We've got no money." That's what Piers Roberts and Rory Dodd - aka designersblock - say when you ask them why they live and work in a dilapidated former pub in a shabby backstreet off Kingsland Road in East London. But the building is the perfect base for a company that is the raw antidote to the slick commercialism of much of the contemporary design scene.
This month marks the largest confluence of design-related events ever to be held in London. Established events Designersblock, 100% Design and Open House are joined by the first London Design Festival, the World Creative Forum, and the first European Design Biennial at the Design Museum.