With Sam James and Doug Inge, Jake Dyson (James Dyson fils, and the inventiveness shows) has created a dimmable LED task lamp that resembles an architectural ruler and gives a warm white light that will last more than 37 years. A visually graceful blend of its inspirations (a construction crane and a drawing board), CSYS moves like butter from front to back, up and down and rotates on its axis while its intensity can be adjusted via an unobtrusive touch-sensitive button.
For Established & Sons’s Shoreditch offices and its My London-themed events celebrating the origins of the brand, Nendo printed multiple city maps on heavy trace paper, cut them into squares and feathered the walls with them to mimic London’s legendary fog—of which there was, thankfully, none during the festival.
Tom Dixon hosted events at and near his offices at The Dock, a year-round restaurant situated along a narrow canal in West Kensington. The stand-out product, however, was a flatpack boat by two 2011 RCA graduates, Max Frommeld (pictured here) and Amo Mathies [Max is pictured in the boat in one of the photos] who milled a high-density polyethylene plastic to create “live hinges” that can be folded over and over again a minimum of 6000 times. It will retail for only 800 pounds (about $1,250) in a package that includes oars, watertight cushions and a safety device.
Instead of no rest for the weary, LDF offered some places of respite: a vast Kvadrat-lined lounger by the Bouroullec brothers inside the Victoria & Albert Museum was much talked-about but this white pipe and colored stripe-lined Illy coffee bar was sponsored by both Italian furniture maker Moroso and lighting manufacturer Flos; it was a pick-me-up that had to do with décor as much as caffeination.