A hands-on highlight from London Design Festival was Faye Toogood's The Cloakroom for the V&A. She created a customised trail of the museum that ultimately showcased materiality and craftsmanship that started at their Cloakroom. Or as it was eloquently described in the literature a journey of discovery through the Museums collections.
Sunday, 4 October 2015
Today I'm remembering Norwegian artist Ida Ekblad's A Day of Toil, Acrylics on unprimed linen canvas from Frieze New York on the countdown to Frieze Art Fair London starting in 10 days. So compelling and incredibly easy to live with.
Friday, 2 October 2015
I really filled up my dance card at this years London Design Festival and yet still only managed to see a small fraction of it. If I could do the week again (and without family a crisis) I'd have stayed up in London for more than 1 night to squeeze more in. Its difficult to do when you've got to get back for nursery pick up times. An exhibition that captured my imagination and was sheer joy to see was the 'small Discoveries' series for Perrier-Jouët at the V&A museum. Curiosity Cloud by mishler-traxler’s suspended buzzing insects in hand-blown globes by renowned Viennese crystal maker Lobmeyr. It was a delight to be in such a beautiful room at the V&A and then to see something that just gets your brain engaged. Inside each globe there was a variety of hand fabricated beautiful insects.
Monday, 28 September 2015
Elsewhere this week on interiordesign.net you can find me talking about the 20 best in show new products at Maison & Objet and the emerging trends. I was particularly taken with the Tired Man armchair shown in navy and the kudus brass bowl by Lassen (top picture). The Unico Vase by Kähler Design stopped me in my tracks which is no mean feat when you're stomping through 8 halls of furniture and home accessories.
Thursday, 24 September 2015
London Design Festival is without doubt a daunting feature in the calendar. Why? Because there is SO much to do and see and it encompasses a whole myriad of events and venues. When I speak to people about what they’ve been up to during the festival an overlooked aspect seems to be the “talks”. There are literally talks happening all over town, amazing opportunities to see and hear leading designers, architects and thought leaders express their views. I had the great pleasure on Wednesday evening to attend the third in a series of five INTERNI Design Aperitivo talks.
Alison Brooks with Gilda Bojardi and Michelangelo Giombini of INTERNI
Created by the renowned Italian design magazine INTERNI, Salone del Mobile.Milano, the leading Italian furniture trade fair and the Italian Trade Agency, the talks were headlined as British Architects meet Italian Design. In fact each of the talks is being held in a London outpost of an Italian design company and Wednesday’s event took place in the relaxing surrounding of the Natuzzi showroom on Tottenham Court Road. The guest speaker was none other than Alison Brooks from Alison Brooks Architects. Her talk on ‘Crafting Experience: A New Collegiate Architecture’ was a case study review of her practices Exeter College Cohen Quad in Oxford.