Posts tagged as 'London Design Festival'

'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.

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'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.

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'Awkward' tables by Marte Frøystad, as part of the Furuhaelvetica project

Pine. When it comes to furniture design, it’s not really the kind of wood to set the heart racing. Think of pine and a raft of rather negative images comes all too readily to mind: bargain furniture outlet stores, student accommodation, cheaply made 1980s kitchens. You get the picture. But it’s all in the application, as a group of young Norwegian designers, collaborating as part of an ongoing workshop called Furuhaelvetica, proved at this year’s Designersblock show during the London Design Festival.

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'Fabricate' by Henny van Nistelrooy will be exhibited at the Brompton Design District during this year's LDF

The Dutch born and London based designer Henny van Nistelrooy recently unveiled this new series of pendant lights, which are based on a simple but all the smarter principle.

‘Fabricate’ is currently on show at the group exhibition ‘Variability’ at the Brompton Design District during the London Design Festival 2010.

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'Fire' pattern for Kvadrat pillowcases by Cristian Zuzunaga

His impressing colourful visual landscapes were discovered by one of the best textile companies. Kvadrat will launch a new collection of textiles designed by the Barcelona born and London based pattern designer Cristian Zuzunaga.

His cushion collection, ‘Squaring of the Circle’, consists of three designs, named ‘Spirit’, ‘Soul’ and ‘Fire’, which are all constructed from pixels – the designer’s trademark pattern. Each cushion will be unique thanks to the repeat of the printed fabric. This as well as Cristian Zuzunaga’s curtain collection ‘Skyline and Cityscape’ will be presented during this year’s London Design Festival at the Kvadrat showroom, 10 Shepherdess Walk, London N1 7LB.

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The installation of rolled steel profiles by Zieta Prozessdesign

Our friend Oskar Zieta just sent us the first images of the brand new installation he recently completed in the courtyard of the V&A in London. Commissioned by the London Design Festival and with the support of the Polish Cultural Institute Zieta Prozessdesign created a highly flexible structure based on – how could it be different – FiDU technology.

“‘Blow and Roll’ is made of large-scale steel elements of different lengths up to 20m and of different heights. The problem and also the challenge was to bring it to the garden in one piece, like all the other pieces of the Museum’s exhibition. To achieve it, pieces were transported to London and brought to the garden flat and rolled, and then they were inflated with air to the final shape”, Zieta explains.

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The Tramshed Guide

Get the guide for the new venue at this year’s London Design Festival: The Tramshed. At the old disused electricity power station in Shoreditch, one of the LDF hubs, 25 exclusive international design brands, including Studioilse, Scin, Autoban, Another Country, Bocci, Michael Sodeau, Dezeen Watch Store, Matthew Hilton and Kvadrat, were invited to showcase their latest collections.

The Tramshed Live is programme of seminars, curated by design critic, writer and conference producer Aidan Walker, designed to challenge, provoke and engage with 21st century design. Leading creative thinkers including Patricia Urquiola, Ilse Crawford, Luke Pearson and Theo Williams will lead discussions on specific topics.
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Upholstered version: 'PLC' by Modus

The London based design duo PearsonLloyd will present their newest creation for the British label Modus at this year’s London Design Festival within a beautiful installation at the Modus showroom. ‘PLC’, a modern version of the archetypal wooden café chair will be showcased as an installation that features up to 36 unique colours exclusively produced for the event. Each design will be auctioned through sealed offers online and in the showroom, 28-29 Great Sutton Street, London EC1V 0DS.

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