In September, after Maison&Objet, the spotlight has moved to London, where the world of contemporary design and its actors have rushed... Indeed, during the London Design Festival 2018, several independent shows and exhibitions join the ranks to help us find out what is best in the niche. Between well-known studios and emerging designers, discover the selection of the best:
The work ofAngela Willemsen is nothing but delicacy. Indeed, the designer focuses her work not on the object designed but on the effect it has on its environment. For example, all the subtlety of the sculptures marble murals Segments lies in their projected shadows. These vary depending on the time of day, tearing our interiors to a certain monotony. It is the same for the Shift Mirrors series in polished stainless steel, which, by their folding, open up new perspectives and visions on the space that surrounds us.... Photographs by Roza Schous, illustration by Elisabetta Bongiorni.
Designers Boris de Beijer and Benedikt Fischer have collaborated on a unique process allowing them to create a new material from resin and melted found objects. Thus giving birth to the Menhirs, astonishing totems and luminous landmarks, the designers explore the possibilities of design by taking good care to add their signature as jewellerydesigners... A universe that is at the very least surprising and that goes along with our thirst for discovering new creative minds during this London Design Festival 2018.
Industrial Craftthe collection of objects and furniture in recycled materials by Charlotte Kidger has been talked about a lot during this edition of the London Design Festival 2018. Selected as a finalist for the Cræftiga prize along with other talented young designers, the work of Charlotte is a whole, a reflection on the principle of recycling but above all, what to do with waste and how to make sure that their production is restricted. Thanks to a smart alloy of polyurethane foam and resin, the designer is able to create a sustainable matter arousing both curiosity and admiration, but above all a collection with very sculptural properties and made consciously. Good work.
We appreciated the minimalist and efficient outfit of the Lunar Chair, designed by English designer Felix McCormack. The chair is well thought out, comfortable, and perfectly marries the shape of the body in order to get a real moment of relaxation. Its sleek and elegant silhouette could also become a classic of a great Scandinavian designbrand, for example. Because just like Felix does, these brands have the peculiarity of offering pieces with a very functional and honest design.
Of all the studios we met, Forever Studiocomposed of Bienke Domenie and Sara Degenaar, is undoubtedly the one who emits the most poetic vibes... Driven by a constant desire forexperiments in order to create one of a kind pieces, designers have offered our eyes something to widely marvel. First of all, the duo presented the Beam Light, very hight light sources with a slender look, allowing to make the connection between floor and ceiling, or, in a more narrative way, to finally occupy invisible boundaries. Also, speaking of boundaries, their astonishing Shallow Sculptures are exploring 2D and 3D dimensions,
alternately passing them off as solid colors or objects, only by folding. Original and remarkable.
The company Huguet Mallorca, specialized in the manufacturing of tiles and other concrete pieces for renowned architects (Herzog & De Meuron, Lievore, David Chipperfield), has gradually adapted the work of terrazzo, a matter that has been dear to our eyes for a few years now. In this edition of the London Design Festival 2018, the manufacturer included the Terra Objects collection, designed by SMS ArchitectsThe company's goal is to explore the properties of recycled terrazzo while demonstrating their valuable expertise.
It's been a while since we've been following and enjoying the work of Johan Viladrich. In London, the designer presented CB01, a bench made of four copper plates, whose brushed appearance probably reveals the best of this outstanding material. Raw and sophisticated at the same time, this simple assembly of several copper elements provides a very sculptural look, and whose unbalanced proportions make it passing off as impracticable or even inappropriate, whereas, the object is unexpected but absolutely functional. Good work.
During this London Design Festival 2018We were pleased to see the work of the designer Martijn Rigters. His collection Cutting Edge was exposed, a sculptural collection with irregular shapes and whose ripples of the material related to the movement, were created in order to highlight the process of hot-wire cutting. An impressive work, where it seems that each piece was carved within the matter. In addition, the designer has teamed up with Namuun Zimmermann to participate in the Horror Show, in honour of the bicentennial anniversary of Frankenstein with fifteen other artists and designers. They presented the same collection and process but with a thermochromic coated twist, visually revealing some aspects of the author's story in a surreal light… Fantastic.
Coming across real gems, both in product and designers, is what drives us to come back every year on design shows. This year, we were thrilled to discover the Swedish studio Nilsson & Lundberg who unveiled its fabulous and delicate N/L Lamps, consisting of eight flat plastic parts held together by bending, and without any screws of course. A work of rare freshness, without complexity, and where the true intelligence of designers Lisa Nilsson and Kristina Lundberg allows their projects to stand out. Well done.
Designers Hans van Sinderen and Fabian Briels have collaborated on this project to highlight both lightness and strength, by analyzing the properties of reinforced glass. Indeed, if the product is actually reinforced by a metal structure, its appearance and the perception of it is none the less delicate. The object is visually flowing and resistant and adapts easily to its environment: on the ground, on the wall, as a suspension. Reinforced Light Object also possessed great graphic qualities and is deeply different from what one used to see: we love it.
Studio Anansi revealed its latest creation, the Chisel Mirror, on the London Design Festival 2018. Made from sycamore wood, the object has aprimitive looking offers a beautiful opposition between raw material with rough feel, and the smooth and immaculate surface of the mirror. A beautiful sculptural object with a surprising base which will undoubtedly find its place as a table mirror within private as public interiors.
This year in designjunction, the Uruguayan design was in the spotlight with many of its representatives. First, we spotted the small extra tables Dos by Estudio Diario, whose fine metal structure supports two trays that can be arranged wherever we like. A minimal and attractive look that works.
MUAR Diseño presented Cosah, a small console-bar which is probably one of the most original pieces we've seen during the London Design Festival 2018. The metal structure of the object is concealed behind a fringe curtain causing an interesting play of light on the object and its environment. A game of seen and unseen that we deeply like.
Designers duo Augustín Menini and Carlo Nicola presented the chair Restwith a view to offering a 'space' that is finally conducive to rest in a society that never stops... Able toreverse a negative and stressful situation, the graphic red structure of the object is particularly enjoyable.
Alice Walton creates ceramic sculptures that have the most anticipated effect – from the moment you go in search of Art and Design – i.e feeling intensely. Indeed, if the designer explores textures and colors in order to arouse the curiosity and therefore the greatest interest of the visitor, she emphasized above all objects that seek all our senses. We find ourselves with a desire to touch Pushkarna II and Mirasi Union II – among many others – trying to get an idea of their weight and find out what these strange and fascinating subjects are like... An extraordinary creative eye and a unique style. Photographs by Tom Hains.
On arriving at Mint and despite the crowd in this little space, we immediately noticed the work of Lucas Muñoz. Indeed, the Tubular Chair is derived from materials specific toarchitecture, with massive and uncommon proportions. Their application at the scale of furniture changes the perception of a simple metal pipe, and irrevocably giving it visual properties, not to mention the graphical intervention ofAntigoon on its structure. Great piece.
It is difficult to reinvent marble at an event such as the London Design Festival 2018... And yet, Giorgio Bonaguropaying tribute to the painter and sculptor Athos Bulcao, gave birth to the auxiliary tables of the same name, perfect alloy between white Carrara marble and Brazilian Azul Macaúba granite. A work of great finesse to tackle both a master and a material...
The duo Thier & van Daalen presented at Mint a singular console, SOLID/LIQUID, made from scraps of kitchen working surfaces. It is by facing themselves the number of losing scraps during a kitchen project that the designers have looked at the issue, while giving birth to a unique and strong design piece. A promising advance in the goal of large-scale waste reduction, and a skilled work in the large family of sculptural design.
*Due to the large number of designers to feature, we are still waiting for some work that will be published upon receipt!
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Originally posted 2018-10-01 15:05:30.
Chloé founded Huskdesignblog in 2016. Ever since, she is decoding every nook and cranny to find the best interiors and furniture ideas for her beloved readers and followers, eager for beautiful things.
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