Friday, September 27, 2013

London Design Festival

September has been an inspiring month in London with over 300 events and exhibitions all about design. Griffin + Sinclair attended many of the London Design festival events.

Inside design with PearsonLloyd
This design duo create seating solutions for offices, aeroplanes and public spaces. When given the opportunity to take on the magnificent atrium of Notting Hill's Great Western Studios, what they came up with was an ever changing grouping of long box benches which moved every day. The idea was to see how people interact with seating. Across the two week exhibition, studio holders would have to adapt around the new layout each day.

Design here there & everywhere - The V&A is the hub of London Design Festival and it was great to see some old friends exhibiting there. We really enjoyed the oxford university chair project where three finalists designed some stunning seating in the hope to be picked for the huge task of kitting out the Bodleian Libraries.

SCP - We saw some great new products this year. There was a lovely shelf which incorporated solid oak and leather. They have had a bit of a revamp in their shoreditch store and it looks great.
The press breakfast at Tom Dixon's Dock was very inspiring, Tom's wide range of products and use of modern technology got us thinking about new avenues yet to be explored. We highly recommend getting hold of a copy of the Dixonary. There are lots of images where you can see what inspired some of Tom Dixon's most recognised work.

Heals - We stepped it up a notch at the Heals party where there was live performances of opera. We particularly liked the range of designs by Matthew Hilton. His attention to detail when adding curves to the backs and arms of his chairs make them extremely comfy.

Design Junction - full of raw talent this year with young designer makers from all around the world.

All in all it was a great week and has really inspired us all to focus on what is important... Inventive design, beautiful craftsmanship and thinking creatively.

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