So here it is part 2. of what I got up to at London Design Festival 2016, lots more from some very interesting Design Districts I have never been to before as well as some old favourites that I make time for ever year.
Islington is one of those places that is a hub for great independent design-led shops, showrooms and eateries. IDD collects them together to celebrate their talents, organised and spearheaded by lovely Lizzie at SMUG who makes each year varied & fun.
I always visit Brompton Design District but only to wander through to get to the V&A, never really making time to see whats on offer . This year I had spare time to make just a few select stops.
Mint at 2 North Terrace is a showcase of international talent both established and emerging, offering new concepts through its collaborations with design-led institutions. Favourite artists included Talia Mukmei & Studio Oddness were my favourites. With a little glass blowing going in with the Czech institute just next door.
The Victoria & Albert is the official festival hub of LDF and acts as a beacon throughout the week for anyone wanting information, a place of contemplation and of course a tour around some inspiring installations. Using the historic museum buildings architecture to its advantage with these impressive contemporary design achievements.
Here are a couple of Camille Walala installations I had to see, as the most in-demand graphic designer at the moment she was very prominent during the festival.
Taking over the Vinyl lounge at Clerkenwell London, Camille’s wall to floor design was made up of a bold geometric pattern to dazzle. This concept destination was booming with LDF creativity, celebrating innovation and craftsmanship through its use of unique retail spaces.
Natuzzi on Tottenham Court Road had not just Camille but Eley Kishimoto & Patternity interpret their brands core values, including harmonious living, on to 3 of their white leather Re-vive reclining chairs.
I couldn’t leave Tottenham Court Road without getting to see HAM‘s lovely window displays at West Elm.
Architect Alison Brooks’ Landmark Project was a 34m long, 3m high upside down arc made of wood, perfectly balanced in the courtyard of Chelsea College of Art & Design. Her project was stunning to see but also inviting as you could walk inside it and marvel at the views it offered.
Brixton has just this year become an official Design District having risen to take its place as a creative hub of London. Their contemporary offering see’s to promote the areas community and highlights its vibrance.
There we are, fin. That was a pretty full LDF if I do say so myself and there was still more I was sad to miss out on. The talent that is brought together in our capital each September some how manages to keep me inspired for months. What were your favourites? Even now weeks later what sticks in your mind? Love to hear from you, here at Design Curator.