A clear highlight of last week’s London Design Festival 2011 was designjunction, the group show that made a confident debut in Milan this April, but which surpassed itself in the British capital. Having started out as a Brits-only exhibition, but now international in terms of its line-up, designjunction took up residence in the white-tiled basement of Bloomsbury’s Victoria House, an ideal space for the strong work on show to dialogue with. Proceedings were helped, naturally, by the presence of a good bar and some fine food. Well done to designjunction’s organisers, Jon Powell and Deborah Spencer. (more…)
It’s forty years since the love-it-or-hate-it, style-driven phenomenon that was postmodernism first emerged in architectural practice, soon manifesting itself in design, art, fashion and music. The V&A’s major new show, ‘Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970–1990′, examines its vibrant, playful forms and, sometimes contradictory, meaning. (by Simon Cowell) (more…)
As part of London Design Week 2011, an exhibition of Korean design, which goes by the rather cunning title ‘Korea Design’, will showcase the work of 15 companies and individuals. Covering furniture, lighting, product and textile design, the show functions as a corrective to the prevalent image of Korean design as one associated with electronics and other high-tech goods. (more…)
This airy rooftop apartment located in London’s sought-after area of Shoreditch has been realised by the British practice Tonkin Liu. Built atop an old brick warehouse, the two-storey family house boasts six bedrooms, a play area, a living room and a terrace enclosed with fragrant climbers while its fine-white-mesh and galvanised-steel façade ‘mirrors the changing colour of the sky and captures light and shadows.’ (more…)
A retrospective of the work of industrial-design master Kenneth Grange at London’s Design Museum celebrates the prolific designer’s contribution to shaping British material culture, while encouraging us to think about the purpose and responsibilities of product design today. (by Simon Cowell)
This boldly-coloured zigzagged interior of the University of London‘s Birkbeck Centre for Film and Visual Media has been realised by the British practice Surface Architects. The centre, which was completed in 2007, is located in the heart of the UK’s capital, within a Grade II listed terrace once occupied by Virginia Woolf & the Bloomsbury Group. The restructured into a two-storey volume building now encompasses a digital cinema auditorium with projection room, a seminar room, new office spaces, a viewing suite as well as an open area destined for informal meetings and social activity. (more…)
Clerkenwell Design Week – London’s most buzzed-about event dedicated to all disciplines of design returned to the British Capital earlier last month (24-26.05) for its second edition. With more than 24 000 registered attendees and 74 exhibitions from established and up-and-coming international design brands, as well as countless talks, performances and events which enriched fair’s already-impressive schedule, this year’s edition of CDW has been a great success. Thanks to Architonic’s friends at Clerkenwell Design Week, we can now share this image gallery with our Facebook fans. Enjoy!