Top: Design Against The Clock, and Established and Sons event where designers work in public. Pictured are printing panels used by Richard Woods in his temporary workshop. Bottom: Future participants who will also Design against the Clock for Established & Sons.
There is a lot of sharing this year at LDF, it feels as though the 'mystery' of design, (and whether the mystery should exist) is being investigated and interrogated: personal agendas and manifestos are laid open for public debate, (Anti-Design Festival), special processes and techniques are shared with any passer-by (Design Against the Clock), and new collections are taken off their gallery pedestals to very public, very everyday environments (The Established and Sons Public House).Sharing techniques and thoughts might feel to some as though designers are simply under-estimating the value or exclusivity of the way they work, laying it bare for all to see and judge (and perhaps copy), but it also allows for a deeper understanding, clarity and appreciation (or not) of work. The conversations and debates sparked by these sorts of 'news' are the thoughts that help shape new ideas and directions, keeping the energy of works, debates and conversations going strong. That has to be a good thing.Â
Pictures of Design Against the Clock and the Public House follow.
Established and Sons' Design Around the Clock Event.
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.