Posts tagged as 'London Design Festival'
Ercol's reissued 'Studio Couch', an iconic design by company founder Lucian Ercolani
In a recent interview with Architonic, respected British designer Matthew Hilton, known for the restraint and quality of his work, described Ercol as one of the very few good British furniture manufacturers around today. The fact that the heritage brand, equally known for the restraint and quality of its products, is held in such high regard can only be strengthened by the company’s decision to reissue its classic ‘Studio Couch’, which was first introduced in the late 1950s.
British furniture designer Matthew Hilton: 'It's nice to show the things you've been slaving away on. It's part of the reward.'
British furniture designer Matthew Hilton’s work manages to walk that very fine line between restraint and expressiveness. It’s probably why his designs, offering as they do a kind of reassurance, are so respected by so many. But the path hasn’t always been a smooth one, as Architonic discovered when we met up with Hilton at this year’s London Design Festival.
Italian design manufacturer Cappellini's art director, Giulio Cappellini, described by British design studio BarberOsgerby as 'the single most important man in design'
This year’s London Design Festival, now in its eighth year, was not only bigger than ever, it was also more international in complexion, with a significant number of non-British brands exhibiting in their permanent showrooms, in pop-up spaces and at the somewhat-past-its-sell-by-date 100% Design fair. Part of this foreign presence, but by no means a new one in relation to the UK, came in the form of Cappellini’s exhibition at the V&A Museum, which reflected on the manufacturer’s collaborations with British designers for over two decades. Architonic was there to talk to the company’s art director and creative-talent scout, the ever dapper Giulio Cappellini.
'Iconoclastic Plastic Chair' by Pernilla Ohrstedt
Flock is a London based female design collective founded by Catherine Anyango, Simone Brewster, Raquel Damas and Pernilla Ohrstedt. The objective of this collective is to push topical debate surrounding design and other creative fields and exploring it from the female perspective. During this year’s London Design Festival Flock showcased their most recent works within their exhibition ‘Adorn’, curated by co-founder Simone Brewster.
Claire-Anne O'Brien's knitted 'Stools' use scale playfully to create sculptural forms that acknowledge the structure of knitting
Young Irish-born, London-based designer Claire-Anne O’Brien is not the first person to apply knitting to product and furniture design. But what’s particular about her work, shown recently at Designersblock during the London Design Festival, is its compelling formal quality. O’Brien creates pieces that border on highly defined sculpture, but which don’t conceal the stuff of their construction; instead they celebrate, in a humorous play on scale, the very structure of knitting.
'RAISE ME UP' power board by Yoo Kjung Shin
Korean-born, London-based young designer Yoo Kyung Shin has designed an electrical-power board that allows you to remove plugs from it easily. A conventional socket board requires the user to place one hand on it, while using the other to pull out the plug. ‘RAISE ME UP”s design enables this everyday task to be done with one hand.
'Kink II' stool by James Smith
Active seating principles, which serve to encourage good posture and increased concentration, have, over the years, produced a number of, often aesthetically questionable, products, including unappealing chairs, cushions and inflatable balls. Exhibited at this year’s Tent show during the London Design Festival, however, young designer James Smith’s ‘Kink II’ stool works with these principles in a far more playful and visually engaging way.
'DALT' bookcase by Kenyon Yeh
Can’t work out those diagrammatic assembly instructions that come with your IKEA flat-packed product (let alone lay your hands on an Allen key)? Young, London-based designer Kenyon Yeh, who studied in Taiwan before completing a master’s in product design at London’s Kingston University, has created a collection of furniture pieces called ‘UNIKEA’ that introduce difference into sameness by deliberately going off-piste in construction terms.