London Design Festival: Day 3
My third day traipsing about London for the Design Festival had me venturing east again, starting my day in Clerkenwell (that's pronounced CLARK-en-well, I learned) and then, as ever, heading back over to Shoreditch for the press preview of the much-hyped Tramshed show. I'll tell you now, it was worth it. Here's what I saw.
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- As with most trade fairs, it was difficult to find dense clumps of strong design at the London Design Festival; instead gems were dispersed throughout.
- One of the best shows I saw in all of the London Design Festival was Tramshed 2011 in the Shoreditch Design Triangle.
Seeking to be a departure from conventional trade exhibitions, Tramshed 2011 will celebrate the diversity of the industry in the broadest sense. Exhibitors, seminars, talks, good food and music combine to create an engaging and influential destination.
Tramshed 2011 marks the second year of the Tramshed, a premier design event that made its debut at London Design Festival in 2010. Improving upon the successes of last year’s event, Tramshed 2011 returns to its dynamic Shoreditch location with a diverse group of exhibitors known for their vibrancy and capacity to innovate. The exhibit is open from September 22-25.
- It’s been a rather momentous year for London as the city played host to the Olympic Games and celebrated the Queens diamond Jubilee.
Leif.designpark's Lin chair represents another stellar collaboration between the Japanese design studio and De La Espada. Choose between sturdy wood frames of black oak or American white walnut and cotton or wool upholstery to match your color scheme, and we can definitely see this piece becoming the best seat in the house.
- German designer Sebastian Herkner has collaborated with many of the top international furniture brands including Moroso, Classicon, and Pulpo—a remarkable feat considering his small studio consists…
- Goldsmiths' postgraduate design community have a show at The Boiler House, Old Truman Brewery, on Brick Lane as part of the London Design Festival.
We've long been fans of gabions—those rock filled cages usually used for civil engineering purposes. They've made their way into high-design buildings (thanks, Herzog + de Meuron) and now they've become part of furniture design thanks to Britain's Benjamin Hubert. He introduced this table—which boasts an ash top and granite ballast to keep it stable—at the 2011 London Design Festival, and it couldn't have come a moment sooner.