Recall Hottest Design Trends Spotted At London Design Festival 2018 – London Design Festival may have ended as the event itself but the news launched by the exhibitors still endure and they are all amazing. Check the hottest ones with CovetED Magazine and be inspired!
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London Design Festival is an annual event, held to celebrate and promote London as the design capital of the world and as the gateway to the international creative community. For almost two weeks, London Design Festival celebrated and promoted London as the design capital of the world. The Festival returns to venues and institutions across the city from 14-22 September 2019.
But until then, let’s recall the best moments and the hottest trends:
2018 Landmark Projects
Waugh Thistleton Architects: MultiPly
By Waugh Thistleton Architects
Waugh Thistleton Architects and Arup have collaborated with the American Hardwood Export Council to create MultiPly, an interactive modular maze-like installation in The Sackler Courtyard at the V&A.
MultiPly will remain open until 1 October 2018.
Es Devlin: Please Feed the Lions
By Es Devlin
Please Feed The Lions was an interactive installation in Trafalgar Square by Es Devlin, known for her innovative projection-mapped sculptures that fuse light, music & tech.
Known for their playful approach to typefaces, Kellenberger–White designed a new series of alphabet chairs as a Landmark Project at Broadgate, supported by Festival Headline Partner British Land.
Scholten & Baijings: Time For Tea
By Scholten & Baijings
Scholten & Baijings invited visitors to immerse themselves in a daily tea ritual, held throughout the nine days of the Festival, on the first floor of the historic Fortnum & Mason store in Piccadilly. Using more than 80 products, designed by companies from across the globe, the installation delivered a unique take on the ritual of tea, set across a series of tables.
2018 V&A Projects
Pentagram X 14-18 NOW: Dazzle
By 14-18 NOW
London Design Festival collaborated with 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary – on a commissioned project inspired by the First World War concept of Dazzle.
Arvo Pärt X Arup: Memory & Light
By Arvo Pärt X Arup
For London Design Festival 2018, composer Arvo Pärt and Arup presented “Memory & Light”, curated by Clare Farrow, in the V&A’s Norfolk House Music Room: a unique meeting of music and design, inspired by Arvo Pärt’s words.
Henrik Vibskov: The Onion Farm
By Henrik Vibskov
Danish fashion designer Henrik Vibskov created ‘The Onion Farm’ in Room 94 of the V&A’s Tapestry Galleries.
The Tapestries Gallery is a long, narrow room kept dark to preserve the historical pieces.
In this atmospheric space are housed rare tapestries from 1425 onwards – impressive examples of weaving with rich colours, bold motifs and textured dimensions. The length of the room gave rise to the idea of a similarly long installation; around 25 metres from end to end.
Pentagram: 10 Years at the V&A
London Design Festival collaborated with Pentagram to celebrate 10 years at the V&A. With a characteristic V&A mix of heritage, modernity and design ingenuity, the V&A Members’ Room, designed by architects Carmody Groarke, transforms a magnificent top-lit gallery on the top floor of Aston Webb’s Grade 1 listed 1909 wing into a beautiful dedicated space for Members, offering a different perspective at the heart of the Museum.
The Members’ Room opened in October 2017, so 2018 was its first London Design Festival. Celebrating ten years with the V&A as the official London Design Festival hub, Pentagram transformed the space with the graphic identities created over the decade.
Michael Anastassiades: A Fountain for London
By Michael Anastassiades
The London Fountain Company presented a prototype for a new drinking water fountain designed by Michael Anastassiades, located in the Brompton Design District and at the V&A.
The first fountains were sited in the V&A’s John Madejski garden and in a public space in Brompton Design District at the initiative of South Kensington Estates. The London Fountain Co. was set up by Charles Asprey and curator Jane Withers to reduce disposable plastic bottle use by providing free drinking water. The legacy project aims to revive the drinking fountain culture that has largely disappeared from the city’s public spaces.
Supported by The London Fountain Company and South Kensington Estates.
British Land Celebration of Design Medal Exhibition
By London Design Festival
For the fourth year, London Design Festival presented an exhibition featuring the work of the four winners of the London Design Medals. The exhibition illustrates the breadth of work and scale of achievement of each of the four winners across the categories of London Design, Design Innovation, Emerging Design and Lifetime Achievement.
THE 2018 MEDAL WINNERS
PANERAI LONDON DESIGN MEDAL: HUSSEIN CHALAYAN
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT MEDAL SUPPORTED BY FORTNUM & MASON: EVA JIRICNA
DESIGN INNOVATION MEDAL SUPPORTED BY SAP: NERI OXMAN
EMERGING DESIGN MEDAL SUPPORTED BY STOREY: GRACE WALES BONNER
By Design Gallery Collective Matter of Stuff in Collaboration with sketch, Mayfair
Matter of Stuff returns to sketch, with “Blown Away”, an exhibition exploring how hand-blown glass interacts, diffuses, projects and reflects light. The exhibition presented six international designers each exploring with their works innovative ways of rendering light through handblown glass and how it diffuses, projects and reflects light around…., Introducing kinetic movement in their design defying fragility and other conventional boundaries generally attached to hand blown glass each works are a testimony to the designers unique skills and craft.
On show were:
– A new “Bubble Chandelier” by master glassblower Simone Crestani in borosilicate glass
– The “Echo” chandelier by Studiopluz (it’s London debut)
– A new illuminated speaker sculpture by Studiopluz.
– “Horah”, moving lights by Raw Edges
– “Rise” lights by Hideki Yoshimoto
– N28, a bespoke chandelier by Bocci, adapted especially for sketch
– “Ripple” Lights, kinetic lamps by Lobmeyr and Poetic Lab
Sotheby’s Design Highlights Exhibition
On 16 October, Sotheby’s will host its annual Design sale in London which will feature the best in Post-war to Contemporary design. This highly curated sale illustrates the infinite ways in which international Design across multiple decades can be mixed together to create a truly unique collection.
As part of London Design Festival, a select grouping of International design pieces were carefully selected to display in advance of the sale. Among the highlights exhibited is a unique sculpture by Ettore Sottsass. An impossibly rare work, this piece was executed for an exhibition based on the theme of the egg at Alchimia-Memorie e Luoghi del XX Secolo, the first gallery in Europe dedicated to avant-garde design. An important table by Salvatore Meli is also featured. A highly skilled ceramicist, Meli was described in domus as ‘an acrobat… representing a new vein of Italian ceramics’. Only three examples of the present model are known today, each uniquely glazed and decorated. A rare pair of ‘Madame’ chairs by Axel Einar Hjorth, first exhibited at the eponymous Stockholm Exhibition in 1930, are also included. These examples retain their original manufacturer’s plaques, dated 1930 and 1931 respectively.
Plan B – EXIT
By GBA&D DESIGN ROOM
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Exhibitions of Artists
It hosted various artists whose work helped you to create a vibrant atmosphere close to your mood and need.
VINTAGE & RETRO FURNITURE SHOWROOM
Sale – Restore – Reupholsterey
Here you could find lamps, chairs, desks, tables, sofas, armchairs and anything else from the beginning to the end of the twentieth century. They were cleaned, restored and reupholstered or even completely revisited in both the use and appearance ready to fulfill your aesthetic and functional needs.
Design Destinations: Tradeshows
Decorex, the show of choice for the luxury interiors and design market, returned to the historic location of Syon Park for the 41st year.
As the most international destination of the annual London Design Festival over 28,000 influential; retail buyers, architects, interior designers, press, designers and design-savvy public attend to see and specify the very latest; furniture, lighting, textiles, materials and conceptual installations from around the world.
For 2018 there were 10 country pavilions, from all corners of the world including the return of the Swedish Design Pavilion alongside the Balearic Islands, Italy, Finland, Korea and Japan. This September we will also be welcoming the return of Material of the Year, The British Craft Pavilion and our Guest Country amongst the launch of intriguing and thought provoking new features for which the Fair is now famed.
This year, 100% Design announced big changes as it adopted a renewed vision highlighting its dedication to innovation and emerging talent.
New in 2018, the show presented 100% Futures – an exhibition showcasing a selection of inspiring and innovative designs geared towards ‘Designing for London’. Spearheaded by Max Fraser, a small jury will select 20 projects, created by designers with less than 5 years in industry who have designed cutting-edge work based around the future of city living.
Alongside this, 100% Design brought together more than 400 international design brands as well as a range of innovative projects from the likes of Tesla and Riko by Starck. The highly coveted Talks with 100% Design returned in 2018, featuring keynote sessions by industry heavyweights, panel discussions, trend forecasts and more.
At the heart of the newly formed West Kensington Design District, 100% Design is the destination for architects and designers to source the latest products, discover new interior design trends and emerging brands.
Now in its eighth year, critically-acclaimed designjunction – which attracted 28,000 visitors in 2017 – is set to transport to the cultural hub of London’s South Bank with a stellar line-up of leading international brands.
designjunction showcased a stellar line-up of brands in 2018, including leading international names, such as Erik Joergensen, New Tendency, Northern, Gemla, James Burleigh, Norr11, VitrA, Icons of Denmark and LSA alongside emerging designers Emma Cerasulo, Studio Anansi, Woven Form, Ystudio and Alex Orso.
Focus/18 at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour is universally recognised as a primary destination for creative excellence, bringing together thousands of tastemakers from the worlds of interior design, architecture and style.
Now, what we truly hope is that London Design Festival 2019 comes again and fast!
KNOLL INTRODUCED TWO NEW STUNNING DESIGNS AT LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL
LEE BROOM REVEALS OBSERVATORY COLLECTION AT LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL
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