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Last year we visited the Shoreditch Design District for London Design Festival. After being endlessly inspired by the creative cultural event, we decided we had to head back East for Round 2!

This year we decided to visit a mix of installations and design showcases, along with talks and workshops. Below we share with you the exclusive talks and insightful discussions we had with our favourite designers and artists handpicked by the team.

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EXPLORING THE MEANING OF
HOME WITH STUDIO TUCKTITE

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BoxNine7 go inside the Idiom Show Home exploring the work of a multitude of artists
and their relationship to the home.


We returned to London Design Festival making the first stop Studio Tucktite’s Idiom Show Home, headed by Michael Czerwinski. Czerwinski presented the show home in collaboration with Design Curator, Margaret Cubbage, with further contributions from a range of design academics, designers and contemporary makers. We spoke to Michael about the themes, narratives and concepts behind the show.

 


“The theme for the exhibition this year was looking at the emotional relationship with the objects we surround ourselves with in our domestic environment. London Design Festival is very much about commercial product, and the reinvention of things we might have already, for example, a new chair, a new lamp or a new rug. But sometimes good to stop and think about why we need these things in the first place, and what their real function is. Often the function isn’t the practical one, it’s actually an emotional one.”

- Michael Czerwinski
Artist

 

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In response to this they asked 27 artists, designers and illustrators to tell them what the home means to them, by giving them the task of designing a plate with the theme in mind. Artists included the likes of Quentin Blake who was one of the first to accept.

“We have received 27 quite highly abstract and very emotionally driven responses.”

 
 

 

EXPLORING FORMS WITH
PAUL COCKSEDGE

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BoxNine7 explores Paul Cocksedge’s new installation Please Be Seated.

British Designer Paul Cocksedge transformed Finsbury Avenue Square, located in the heart of Broadgate, with his large-scale public installation; Please Be Seated. The Landmark Project is said to be one of the most ambitious of British Land’s commissions to date. The installation is made of 3 rings, replicating the motion of waves with its fluid formation.

 
 

The sculpture infuses innovation and technology, responding to the changing rhythm of the community, with the design including curves that raise up creating backrests or seats for the public, as well as space to walk under, further enhancing London’s largest pedestrianised neighbourhood. It is an intriguing creation when looking at craft and design solution, as it occupies the space, but isn’t intrusive and still encourages engagement and functionality.

To make the work, Cocksedge collaborated with Essex-based interiors company White & White, where they used 1,152 up-cycled scaffolding planks and re-using building wood.

Take a look at how artists inspire our schemes by delving into our Trend Reports.

 

 

DISCOVERING A PLAY OF LIGHT
& REFLECTIONS WITH LEE BROOM

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BoxNine7 discovers an experiential showcase by Lee Broom entitled KALEDIOSCOPIA.

Lee Broom transformed a showroom in Shoreditch, presenting his installation KALEIDOSCOPIA, an experiential showcase of 17 of his Orion globe lights and 2 mirrors.

The installation is visually stimulating and playful, transporting you into the inside of a kaleidoscope with it sequences of symmetrical illusions and reflections.

 
 

 It is an intimate experience, challenging your perception, whilst a hypnotic soundtrack of electronic music plays. The show marks the launch of a brand new lighting piece, ‘Little Lens Flair Wall Light’, a surface globe light with a detailed cross cut lens.

See how we incorporate lighting into our schemes by viewing our portfolios.

 

 

PUSHING BOUNDARIES WITH EXPERIMENTAL OBJECTS BY SCP

BoxNine7 visits SCP’s showcase ‘The Landscape of Symbols’ for London Design Festival.

For London Design Festival, SCP hosted programme of exhibitions titled The Landscape of Symbols. All aim to explore our relationship with the unmade world that surrounds us, looking at how it influences the objects we make and use. SCP presented new accessories, furniture and upholstery designs, alongside wallpaper from New York based design brand, Calico. The collection includes both limited edition pieces and those designed to be part of SCP’s permanent collection.

 

On the ground floor, SCP showcased limited-edition pieces by Donna Wilson, an exhibition by the new Raami Collection by Jasper Morrison for Littala, and new pieces from Amsterdam based ceramicist Floris Wubben. Studio Floris Wubben produces experimental ceramics and objects that seek to push the boundaries of function and sculpture.

 
 

The first floor of the showroom presented new designs from the likes of Philippe Malouin, Matthew Hilton, Donna Wilson, David Weeks and Sarah Kay. The designs for 2019 seek to re-imagine traditional typologies, an example of this can be seen with designer Sarah Kay, who created a solid oak dining table and bench, which are based on the classic barn table and bench, but are elevated through intricate and beautiful woodworking details.

 
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Along with the furniture designs on the first floor are Calico’s new wallpaper collection, Prism. The design plays with the idea of refracted and diffused light creating ambience. The designs that were exhibited in the showroom include Wabi in the Cloud colourway and Aurora in the Azure colourway.

 
 

East London is home to some of our newest schemes. We love gaining personal insight into the lives of other designers within the Shoreditch Design District. It is a place flooded with inspiration and vibrancy, exploring the area during London Design Festival always feeds our imagination and cravings for a chance to get the latest on emerging new designers, trends and hear the stories behind the pieces.

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