Posts tagged as 'London'
Detail view of the ‘Hyde’ stool by Assemblyroom
London-based design duo Assemblyroom have recently unveiled their latest product, this minuscule, vibrantly-coloured stool called ‘Hyde’. Launched at designjuction during the London Design Festival, the fully-upholstered stackable design is produced by specialist automotive manufacturers known for their high standards and top-quality work for the British luxury car manufacturers such as Jaguar or Bentley. (more…)
Super Brands London at the London Design Festival 2012, as captured by Architonic
Our special LDF 2012 partner, Super Brands London, put the super into, well, Super Brands, at their off-Brick Lane venue last week. In addition to hosting the inaugural exhibition of Architonic’s new partner company Materials Council (with attendant gin-soaked launch party, of course), Super Brands London was also home to a high-calibre selection of international design labels. Weren’t there? Fear not. Here’s the whole shebang in pictures…
view Architonic’s photo tour of Super Brands London, London Design Festival 2012
Before Vignelli there was Matter: Herbert Matter’s old logotype for Knoll in the window of their West End showroom during the London Design Festival 2012
While the London Design Festival’s big-top design destinations, such as Super Brands London, Tent, designjunction and 100% Design pulled large crowds, a number of design brands used their city showrooms as spaces for serving up fascinating slices of design-historical culture. Here’s some of what was on the menu. (by Simon Keane-Cowell …yes, he’s back!)
read the ‘Internal Culture: design history revisited at London design showrooms during LDF 2012′ article in full on Architonic
view Architonic’s photo tour of 100% Design, London Design Festival 2012
100 % Design 2012, as seen by Architonic
Everyone loves a comeback. And they seldom come any bigger in design terms than 100% Design, which, this year, under new management made a very clear statement of intent – to put the creativity and excitement back into this London Design Festival regular through a more considered, almost curated kind of approach to mounting a design trade show. More, please.
Architonic’s photo tour of 100% Design, London Design Festival 2012
The Wahaca Southbank Experiment by Softroom Architects and a mural by Tristan Manco; photo by Joseph Burns
Eight recycled shipping containers have been converted into a new pop-up branch of London’s popular Mexican eatery, Wahaca, by the London-based practice Softroom Architects. The brightly-coloured, riverfront structure was erected on Southbank, right in front of the contrastingly monolithic Queen Elizabeth Hall, to coincide with the Southbank Centre’s summer-long Festival of the World. Boasting a dining area spacious enough to accommodate 130 guests, the Wahaca Southbank Experiment will remain open until at least January 2014. (more…)
Close-up of the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei; photo © Iwan Baan
Following their iconic National Stadium conceived for Beijing’s Summer Olympics 2008, the acclaimed Swiss architectural practice Herzog & de Meuron and the ubiquitous Chinese artist Ai Weiwei have joined their creative forces once again, this time designing the recently-opened Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012. Featuring a sky-reflecting floating roof suspended 1.4 metres above ground, the cork-clad Pavilion features eleven columns representative of all previous Pavilions commissioned by the Serpentine Gallery to date. Watch the Pavilion captured on film in the video below. (more…)
The Belvedere is the highest point in the Village and features a stibadium where people can gather to take in the views
Among and around the buildings that will house hockey players and hurdlers, cyclists and swimmers throughout the duration of this summer’s Olympic Games in London are public spaces that strive to meet the exacting Olympic standards of excellence and performance, but which have a much more longterm goal. Architonic speaks to Vogt Landscape Limited, the architects behind a public realm project that has been a challenge of speed and endurance, but that they hope is fit for both Olympians and for generations of future inhabitants.
read Alyn Griffiths’ ‘Olympic Landscapes’ article in full on Architonic
Josef Albers and students in a group critique at the Bauhaus Dessau, 1928-29. The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation. © Phyllis Umbehr/Galerie Kicken Berlin/ DACS 2012 © Otto Umbehr (Umbo
‘Junge Menschen – kommt ans Bauhaus!’ read a 1929 promotional brochure written by the Swiss architect and second director of the Bauhaus school Hannes Meyer. Now, more than eighty years later, the same slogan has been inscribed above the entrance to London’s Barbican Art Gallery where a new, extensive exhibition surveying the world’s most famous modern art and design school has opened earlier this month. Set among customarily black, red and white walls, the Bauhaus: Art as Life is an impressive showcase (the biggest show dedicated to the 1919-founded school and its masters to be held in the UK for more than four decades) of more than 400 works spanning across the mediums of architecture, product design, furniture, painting, textiles, photography, film and theatre. (more…)