Top: Londonewcastle Project. Bottom: Works by Harry Malt and Stuart Semple.
The first Anti-Design Festival has taken over the area surrounding Redchurch Street in East London. The organisers promise an event that brings 'anarchy, art and antagonism' to 10 venues over the next 10 days.
ADF turns away from commercial outcomes and finished objects, choosing to focus of process, mistakes and manifestos. At the Londonewcastle Project (28 Redchurch Street) there is an 'Open Spike' wall, designed by Martino Gamper, displaying an growing collection of manifestos from various practitioners, promoting debate and critique within the industry.Around the corner at Idea Generation Space (11 Chance Street), the 'Mistakes and Manifestos' exhibition continues with works presented by Harry Malt and Stuart Semple of 'artists on the edge'.
Screen printers Heretic Printmakers have moved their equipment into Neu Gallery (30 Redchurch Street) for an onsite printing factory, where passersby are encouraged to contribute drawings while sitting on bench tables taken from the courtyard they usually share with Okay Studio in Stoke Newington (designed by Tomas Alonso).
Expect two fingers up at prettiness and a studious rejection of safe solutions, ADF is a brave and challenging analysis of design and its products. And if you are offended by four letter words, this one is not for you!
Open Spike Manifesto Wall by Martino Gamper and Daniel Charny
Alon Meron Sandbag and Megaphone Lighting
David Amer's Cut-Up Benches.
Interactive Wall piece using black and white cups to turn pixels on or off, by Therese Morch.
Shai Akram met Andrew Haythornthwaite while studying at the Royal College of Art, the two now run their own design practice and are also members of the Okay Studio collective. Her projects cover creative direction and design for interiors, events, and furniture/product ranges. Shaiâ€™s work is a combination of practice and theory, translating research and ideology into objects and visual language. Her work has been exhibited internationally and projects have taken her to China, New Zealand and Italy- although Shai loves to travel, she secretly wishes she would stay in one place long enough to have a cat.