With over 180 brands spread over two venues, this year's presentation at designjunction was a diverse celebration of design. With the main event taking place at the former Central Saint Martin's building in Bloomsbury, visitors had a unique experience of inhabiting the hallways and studio spaces that incubated the ideas
Design schools have long taken to their hometown design festivals to capitalize on a broader audience for their work, and the China Central Academy for Fine Arts is no exception. From the Visual Communication department's “Museum of Bicycle Parts” in 2013 to last year's Industrial Design student showcase “Everyday Issues,”
The Victoria & Albert Museum was once again a center of activity and specialty commissions during this year's London Design Festival. From mischer'traxler's poetic "Curiosity Cloud," an immersive and interactive kinetic sculpture, to the fantastic treasure hunt for Faye Toogood's cloaks—wrought from a variety of materials and scattered around the
The use of wood is by no means a trend, at least not in the sense that it is a new phenomenon. After all, China has a 7,000-year tradition of sunmao, or mortise-and-tenon joinery, dating back to the late Neolithic era, when it was used in Chinese timber-frame architecture, and
Like every year, the Victoria and Albert Museum is the central hub of the London Design Festival. The longest queue of the day here rewarded visitors with an immersive experience of mischer'traxler's collaboration with champagne brand Perrier-Jouët . Upon approaching the V&A's Norfolk House Music Room on the second
South of the Thames, 'Bankside' is LDF's newest design district, and home to the iconic Oxo Tower Wharf, which is filled year-round with over 30 independent retail design studios, exhibition spaces and shops offering furniture, jewellery, homeware, and fashion. In its 18th edition this year, Designersblock was situated in
As a new addition to LDF's dedicated design hubs in the city, Somerset House made a notable entrance this year as the home to various exhibitions and events, amongst them Ten Designers in the West Wing, and the winners of the competition Powered by Tweets. The spectacular location on
Fine leathers and live stitching presentations drew visitors to London's North-West, where Bill Amberg Studio showcased their latest projects in the Queen's Park Design District. The studio specializes in high-end architectural leather services, as well as bespoke interior work and signature accessories. Sweet with the unmistakable smell of leather, and
Occupying the Imperial College Union Building and its leafy courtyard just south of the Royal Albert Hall, scientists, designers and engineers showcased their projects aiming to enhance the basic ingredients for a better life. Research topics included 'Freedom to explore', 'A place to call home', 'Space to create', and 'Health
Remember Reinier de Jong's expandable REK bookcase? The Rotterdam-based designer's super-chunky construction made the nesting function visually obvious: Reinier de Jong's REKNow Japan's Nendo has unveiled a sideways-expanding shelf series, the Nest Shelf, with a considerably more airy design. Nendo's Nest ShelfWhereas de Jong's piece was made from laminated MDF,
In true Berlin style - DMY Berlin came back this year for its 13th edition taking over the historic Kraftwerk Berlin. The former industrial plant (previously used to power the eastern regions of Berlin) turned historic techno club.. turned event space housed hundreds of objects, furniture and conceptual design
Madrid-based designer Jorge Penadés has been working on ways to salvage wasted leather. We don't mean old leather that's been discarded, we mean brand-new leather, fresh off of the factory floor. "Leather is a beautiful material but very inefficient in terms of its manufacturing process due to its natural origins,"
ICFF's vast exhibition space at the Jacob K. Javits center offers a dizzying encyclopedic landscape of design today. This year, the event's 27th anniversary, the show was bigger than ever, taking over 247,000 square feet with more than 700 exhibitors. The comprehensive survey presents a cross section of design today
With over 20 countries represented at WantedDesign this year, the event has solidified its standing as a forum for creating dialogue among varied design communities. Exploring the interplay between history and craft, a series of focused national pavilions examined the contemporary status of design in their respective countries. Yet there
For the first time, the London-based design fair opened its doors in New York City, introducing an international cast of exhibitors to New York Design Week. Highlights included Rosie Li's wonderful new lighting collection and Modus' new seating collection from Michael Sodeau.
It seems the momentum has picked up for Collective Design Fair, which closed its third edition on Sunday. The annual showcase, spearheaded by Founder and Creative Director Steven Learner, has carved a unique space for itself in the design landscape as a platform for both design innovation and
Modernist thinking is often represented by the grid: order, repetition and the march of identical forms. Office space tends to adhere to these outdated standards, especially in the corporate sector, and most everyone has experienced the unpleasantness of overhead fluorescent lighting. One innovative solution, by New York-based Rich Brilliant Willing
The cavernous feel of ICFF, this year boasting a lineup of more than 700 exhibitors jam-packed into 165,000 square feet, can at times be overwhelming. Moments of calm reflection are extremely difficult to come by, until you stumble blissfully upon them. Hanna Kruse, exhibiting this year as part of ICFF
Of the 700+ exhibitors at this year's ICFF, a select group of nine design schools were invited to showcase student work. We were intrigued by the concepts presented at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) booth, Face to Face: Searching for Authentic Experiences, featuring the work of six current
In its second year, Sight Unseen OFFSITE has already grown considerably in size and following, and has quickly established itself as the quirky relative of long-established design fairs like ICFF. This year's OFFSITE took place at Hudson Mercantile over two floors that spanned over 5000 square feet each, proof that
The Lexus Design Award 2015 centered around the theme 'Senses,' showcasing an array of projects related to sight, smell, touch, taste and hearing this week in Milan. The award—developed to encourage broard thinking around the topic—never fails to yield an impressive group of projects and diverse thought from fashion to
Inspired by the radical approach of Studio Alchimia in the 1970's, Singapore Design: The Alchemists presents the work of 15 young Singaporean designers who are leveraging technologies, processes and unusual materials to develop, as the co-curator Stefano Casciani posits, "a more contemporary attitude for designing in the global context."
The annual DesignMarch, or HönnurarMars as the locals call it, is Iceland's most important design festival organized by the Iceland Design Centre. This year the design festival was hosted in collaboration with the Embassy of the United States in Reykjavik and took place for the 7th time from March 12-15.
This year's Design Indaba Expo—part tradeshow, part retail market—was a grab bag of work. From pedestrian fashions to objet d'art, emerging creatives to corporate establishments, there was a bit of this and that for everyone. The standouts from this year's exhibitors came primarily from the Design Indaba-curated sections, specifically the
Young designers presenting work in progress provoked a wide-ranging conversation about design for the future.
Corinna Sy and Sebastian Daeschle from cuculaEvery January, the international furniture and interiors show IMM Cologne covers a vast area of exhibition space along the Rhine with more than 1,200 exhibitors showing their work to over 120,000 visitors. While parts of the show can become a little monotonous...
Our first stop during Cologne's design week is Passagen, a collection of 190 exhibitions scattered throughout the north part of the city. Off the beaten path for people who are more used to strolling through more established hubs and brands, the chilly walk lead...
Marking its 8th successive year the 'other' LDF took over the Polish city of Lodz with some great original wares on show. Highlights included a design challenge to reinvent the humble radiator, the Make Me design competition, and Daniel Charny's prototype Fixhub space.
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