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 the derelict but beautiful Bargehouse, showing multidisciplinary work from over 100 independent designers over three floors.
Designersblock at Oxo Tower Wharf. The Kirigram collection by Constanze Schweda.
Inspired by Kirigami, the Japanese art of cutting and folding paper, Constanze Schweda has designed a series of furniture that creates three-dimensional furniture from flat steel sheets. The sheets are laser-cut and then extruded by man-power into tables, mirrors and lamps for the Kirigram collection.
Enter a caption (optional) Laser engraved wooden printing blocks by Kate Probert-Jones.
Surface pattern designer Kate Probert-Jones uses an eclectic mix of hand drawing, digital pattern making, laser engraving and traditional wood block printing to create intricate multidirectional patterns.
Landscape colour series by Sophie Southgate.
The graphic shapes of Sophie Southgate's continued exploration of the object and the vessel are inspired by landscapes, which she pares back to create basic geometric forms as an abstract interpretation of space.
Popcord charging cable colour range.
With a successful crowdfunding campaign, raising more than 200% of their target, Popcord kickstarted their launch last year, and started shipping early this summer. Now the "Charging cable that is always with you" keyring is available to buy for everyone, and was appropriately presented in the jewellery design section.
'100 days of need and greed' by Kristina Schultz.
For her Konstfack graduate project '100 days of need and greed', Kristina Schultz got rid of everything in the flat she inhabits in Stockholm with her partner and her two kids. As a kind of grassroots approach to explore our relationship to the objects we own and use, she then created everything as and when it was needed from scratch. The resulting products and their iterations neatly showed how starting from zero influences a designer's approach to form and usability.
The knife that resulted to be the easiest to use. Spoons, plates and forks, reduced to their minimum requirements.
UCA School of Craft and Design occupied the gallery@oxo, and showcased design work by new graduates and staff including product, ceramics, glass, jewellery, textile and metalwork.
Connections by Leona Read
BA Ceramics student Leona Read explores the connections between strength and fragility, light and shadow. Inspired by bone structures, she creates designs that are complex and fragile during the process of creation, but become extremely strong when fired and rigid.
'Time' by Yu Wen Chen.
Yu Wen Chen combines everyday objects with clocks and watches for her MA in product design, aiming to raise awareness of how we manage our time.
'Dazzle Ship London' by Tobias Rehberger.
While not exactly part of the Oxo Tower Wharf, Tobias Rehberger's 'Dazzle Ship London' was docked directly opposite on the Northbank. The artist wrapped the HMS President (1918) in a modern take on First World War dazzle camouflage designs, which were then used to confuse the enemy at sea.