We headed over to Shoreditch, London’s hub for culture and creativity, for the London Design Festival. The festival promotes London as the design capital of the world and is the go to place to find new and established design talent. Here are some of our favourite exhibitions and installations of the week and why we love them!
by Camille Walala
BoxNine7 talks bold colours and shapes with Camille Walala
After Camille Walala’s famous, colourful maze at Now Gallery, she has come back to London Design Festival with another bright and bold number. Tucked away behind Liverpool Street Station was Villa Walala, an inflatable castle reminiscent of your childhood that will put a smile on anyone’s face! Camille spent a little time talking the BoxNine7 team through the installation and what inspires her designs. Her design style, which include bold, block colours and print derive from her influences, the Memphis Movement and the South African, Ndebele Tribe. The idea behind Villa Walala is to strike a contrast between work and play for city goers. At BoxNine7 we believe bold artwork and pops of colour in a scheme can transform a space and make it spectacular. Take a look at how we do it in our recent scheme at Queenstown Road.
GREEN HOUSE CAFE
Rhonda at Darkroom chats to us about bringing the outside in
Are you a fan of plants like us? We spent time at Darkroom’s pop up event ‘Greenhouse’ in Shoreditch to talk nature. Rhonda Drakeford, the co-founder of Darkroom London describes the stores aesthetic as ‘hard edge, graphic and bold with use of natural materials’. It’s a store that is just full of surprises. We talked to Rhonda about her hand painted planters and our shared love of bringing the outside in. It is needless to say; using plants in your interior is a great way to spruce up, add colour and incorporate nature to your humble abode. Did you catch our blog post, ‘Bringing the Outside In’?
X YINKA ILORI
The quality of furniture and life with the Restoration Station
We may have missed Prince William by a few minutes but hey, we had a ball with the team at Restoration Station at London Design Festival. Steve Coles, the CEO of Spitalfields Crypt Trust, told us the ins and outs of the not for profit social enterprise. Restoration Station help people through their recovery from addiction by teaching them new skills in reviving furniture and wow, there were some show stopping pieces there. Yinka Ilori who has other installations throughout London Design Festival also, has collaborated with Restoration Station and headed workshops about expressing meanings through design, colour and pattern. We understand that well crafted furniture and design go hand in hand, see what we have to say about craft and collaboration.
WOMEN MAKING WAVES
IN DESIGN BY W.A. GREEN
We met with Zoe Anderson to talk Californian interior design at W.A. Green
Minimalists look away now! W.A. Green, an exciting homeware boutique located on Charlotte Road, Shoreditch is definitely a place to visit if you like quirkiness and pattern. Zoe talked us through how she pulled inspiration from Californian design for her store and personal style. The dust pink store with golden touches and pops of greenery, funnily described as ‘dopamine for the home’ features a range of eclectic and irresistible pieces from established and upcoming designers. Its safe to say that Zoe knows a thing or two about styling and so do we! From our dress and rental to our interior design schemes, read how we dress to impress
BY UNIVERSAL DESIGN STUDIO& THE OFFICE GROUP
An inspirational meet with #OnRepeat
Creating a free flowing environment inside and out of work can be hard, but we have a plan for you to implement. The Office Group and Universal Design Studio collaborated to create the striking installation ‘On Repeat’ on Rivington Street, with repetition being the main focus and solution towards a peaceful environment. On Repeat held a number of repetitive and calming activities throughout London Design Festival. We sat down with programme leader Kuan Chi Han to create paper forms to hang up in the pavilion and talked about the importance of providing functional and free flowing spaces for us to live and work. We get it, we all need a time out from the hustle and bustle of city life, which is why our designs are carefully thought through and personalized to fit your lifestyle. Your home is your sanctuary, have a look at some of the ones we have brought to life here!