LDF 2014 | East | Blog 3 of 3

The Final leg of the LDF 14 marathon was East, with such a huge amount of independent exhibitions I had to be ruthless with my time and shoe leather.  Below are my top 20 picks from Eastside.  

Tent & Super Brands

Located at the Old Truman Brewery on Brick lane, this rabbit warren of a venue provides space for independent smaller companies to exhibit under the same roof at ‘Superbrands’ like Ligne Roset, Ginger & Jagger and Munna.

The exhibitors managed to remain smiling enduring sauna-like temperatures, thankfully there was a handy bar inside too!

1 – Kitty McCall – I was immediately drawn to Kittys stand and cushions, before realising I had already purchased two of her limited edition prints at ‘Pick Me up’ earlier this year.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_East (2)

2 – Daniel Heath Studio, designs and makes Wallpaper, Textile and Surface Design. His most recent pieces have taken a more architectural and art deco style; influence by buildings he cycled by in London.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_East (1)

3 – Nest Design – Siren chair. at first glance it looks like a plastic chair, but is actually  solid timber reinforced with metal, covered high gloss  lacquer in a swirled pattern.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_East (3)

4 – Marius Myking .

The 100% Norway section of Tent always has some gems, with refined designs and considered use of materials.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_East (4)

5 – Hanna Kruse . These Soe limited editions vessels, are almost jewellry for the home, hand made in Germany. Each metal top in gold, silver and copper are hand polished.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_East (5)

6 – Hannes Lundin - Lith Lith Lundin  - as well as innovative design, the studio is strict about where its materials are sourced and produced from, going no further an 50 KM. all materials used are 100 per cent renewable, biodegradable and free of chemicals. Below you can see the Glimm Stool . Which is a modern take on a traditional hunting stool, so it can be easily folded away- and is very comfortable with its leather sling seat.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_East (29)

7 – Aorta  - The Heart of Art.

All of Aortas designs are not what they first appear to be, foam veneer, cork cushions, wooden plasters and mirrored paper. Each design can be hand crafted to bespoke specifications.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_East (30)
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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_East (31)

8 – Sebastian Cox Furniture

Just a little tasty detail here of his new Mop stick shelving, using timber coppiced from his very own managed woodland. I love the tactile quality of the wood and expertly finished joints.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_East (32)

9 – Pernille Sofie Karlsen

Pernille Twist table design uses the properties of the materials, here exploiting the flex and stretch of the timber. I particularly like the simple brass fittings.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_East (28)

10 - SCP

Despite the torrential rain outside the store and unfortunate power cut; there was still plenty to see inside SCP; be it a little more dimly lit then usual!

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_East (14)

Standing bowl by Fort Standard. There are so many brilliant products within the USA based Fort Standards collection – one stand out piece is the Aluminium cast Standing Bowls; a little bit of architecture for your table top.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_East (15)

Quilts by Donna Wilson – inspired by traditional Indian quilts made from scraps of fabric. Printed and quilted to give a similar effect.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_East (16)
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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_East (27)

Ishinomaki Laboratory a community based studio pushing the concept of DIY. Above is the AA High stool, that can be used a s trestles – its also really pleasing how they sit together.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_East (17)

Ceramic pestle & Mortar by Mashiko. Honest materials with a simple execution, the grooves on the inside of the bow, have a functional and decorative purpose.

11 – Minimalux.

The Minimalux house, was an amazing hidden away retreat with in bustling Shoreditch. Formerly the home of founder Mark Holmes. Over 4 floors the Minimalux collections new and old were displayed in an uncomplicated pared down manor.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_East (6)

Their simple but eye-catching Neon lights, in 5 colours were the highlight. Using powder coated sheet metal and LED lighting, the illusion of neon strips of light were created. One of those design when you think ‘why didn’t I think of that?’.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_East (7)

Dish 60 – with its highly polished scooped inside draws you in.

12 - Established & Sons

10 years of Established and sons was celebrated with exhibition; Formafantasma: From then on. Which had a series of instillations in their East London office, which considers the passing of time.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_East (11)
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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_East (10)

Above the brush pendulum slowly polishes the strip of brass, showing time passing in seconds.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_East (8)

above the sail dial opens and closes, showing time passing in minutes.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_East (9)

above the marble disc slowly rotate – very atmospheric.

Designersblock

For their 17th Edition Designers block found yet another amazing venue to set up shop – The Old Session House in Clerkenwell Green.  with over 100 multidisciplinary designers inside, there was no time to spare.

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13 -  Tomomi Koseki – I had to make sure there were people in this shot to give an idea of scale. her most recent work is about the ‘Journey of the body’. showing how the scale of clothes change as you grow from a child to an adult. The pieces on the right hand wall are part of ‘your time machine’ working with different peoples family photos from when they were children.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_East (19)

14 – Camilla Barnard – room filled with Camilla’s delightful hand sculpted day to day items. Giving a magical lease of life, with a disregard for straight lines, and fun with scale, each piece is still immediately recognisable. I loved the miniature walkers crisps and then around the corner the enormous working type righter – brilliant!

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_East (21)

15 - Beth Lewis-Williams. Her miniature globe landscapes are fascinating, you can spend forever staring into their 3d vistas. created using both 3D printing and hand carving, their delicacy has to be seen to be believed.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_East (23)

16 – Giopato&Coombes Editions – Bolle Lamp – the bulbble lights were inspired from precisely that; the lightness of soap bubbles.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_East (24)

17 – Jake McCombe

I absolutely adored the beautifully crafted bangles and necklaces by Jake McCombe, working from his Brighton based workshop he makes each piece from metal bar. The best thing of all is that he can also make the bracelets to size – perfect for the skinny wristed amongst us!

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_East (25)

18 – Plumen. The star of the show was at the very top of the building – a full size tree in magnificent surrounding; I wish it could stay there forever. A dead and dried tree had been painstakingly taken apart and rebuilt in its historical home, with the Plumen 002 blub interwoven within its branches. The glow refected from the brass chandeliers and bare plaster walls really charming.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_East (20)

Other pices spotted along the way:

19 – Anu Samaruutel exhibiting in the Shoreditch Design Triangle on Kingsland Road. Her hand painted, collage fashion illustration was beautifully stylised and unique. I’ve also got my eye on her Cubist Jewellry collection.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_East (12)

20 – Lee Broom.

Nouveau Rebel, exhibited in his flagship store Electra house; from accessories and lighting made from Marble. The Tube lighting, seen below single piece of Carrara marble, with brushed marble ends; luxury incarnate!

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_East (13)

Of course there were so many more amazing things seen during LDF14, but hopefully this was enough of a taster for those not lucky enough to make it around this year – an exhausting week, but I cannot wait until next year already!

LDF 2014 | Central | Blog 2 of 3

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Moving across the city centre now (which some might still call west), where there were some of the main LDF14 events alongside little pop-ups. Here is my top 20. Every year there design festival Landmark projects; I’m sure most people will remember the Tom Dixon EPS chair giveaway in 2006. This year Airbnb had set up residence along with the help from 4 design collaborations: Patternity, Jasper Morrison and StudioLSE.

1 -Trafalgar squareA place called home

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_Central (19)
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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_Central (8)

Above is Raw-Edges home, as you can see by the image the walls slide, so you can shrink and expand the spaces. Playful and ingenious…my flat could do with these!

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_Central copy

Next was the geometric and kaleidoscopic Patternity home. I loved the interactive element, so the visitor can actually create new patterns. As you can see I was also chuffed to have inadvertantly coordinated with this instillation!

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_Central (20)

The Pigeon fanciers home by Jasper Morrison was pared down, with a witty nod to its location; being surrounded by plenty of pigeons!

2 - Dinner with the designers

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One of my highlights was the Heal'sDinner with the Designers. For the second year running Heal's invited its nearest and dearest from the design community from designers they work with to journalists and influencers in the design industry, with special guests Philippe and Jasmine Starck. I'm privileged to be part of the Heal's team and loved talking to guest about the new Collections that have been recently launched for AW14 and also the new brand TOG which had its exclusive UK debut on the same day.

The dinner was lovely too!

3 – Aram Gallery

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_Central (23)

Zeev Aram's opinion behind his stores is that any space can be dedicated to an established designer product along side a pieces from a college graduate. The Aram Gallery space was occupied by their Future Stars? exhibit. Many of the pieces had a geometric theme; Kim Thome's Light Array uses flour cent tubes in the already existing space. 

In the above screen Kim uses diffusion lighting gels - usually used for stage lighting.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_Central (27)

Maria Jeglinska's Drawn objects; Her patterns and motifs are hand painted and scale gives them an almost tribal feel.

4 – 19 Greek Street

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_Central (26)

19 Greek Streets key ethos is Design, artistry and sustainability, which creates a fascinating curated space. The work inside the 3 floor converted building freely crosses over from, product, craft to art.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_Central (13)

Above is Vino mirror by Ilna Vuorivirta; where the two mirrors are slightly angled so the person looking in the mirror can see them selves but also the environment their occupying.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_Central (15)

I love the painterly effect  of the above Meltin Pot Table by Dirk Van Der Koij. Which is actually made from all the castoffs and left overs of thermoplastic from his other products.

5 – Wiki House 

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_Central (28)

Wiki house is an open sourced non profit organisation  -   so you can actually download, amends, print/cut and build with no construction skills! They did exactly this for LDF just by Tottenham Court Road and was totally complete in 9 days.

6 – Hay pop up

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_Central (7) 2

The Danish Brand HAY , had the ultimate 'pop-up' space for LDF, prime trading location on the home floor of Selfridges. Setting up they Mini Market populated with Hay and Wrong for Hay products.

Designjunction

Designjunction has now firmly established itself as an essential stop (for several hours) during the London Design Festival, appearing to get bigger every year with an increasing amount of established and up and coming brand clambering for space.

7 – Dezeen and Mini Frontiers. 6 cutting edge designers were tasked with presenting their visions for the future of mobility.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_Central (16)

The Little jelly like cars are Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg creation of a vehicle ecosystem.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_Central (3)

Lucy McRae, created an amazing instillation which included dance, gymnastics, audience participation and allot of silver foil! The silver materials is actually what they use for emergency blankets, the work is based on research by NASA using pressured space suits. Not highly flattering, but surprisingly relaxing if you were lucky enough to have a go.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_Central (9) 2

Dominic Wilcox created an entire driverless sleeper, stained glass car. I think this is the only way you can look up at the stars and they appear more beautiful.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_Central (25)

8 – Flash Factories - Live workshops - were visitors can see industrial and hand made production of items from upholstery, to tiles to cut crystal, which are processes usually behind closed factory doors. Above are concrete geometric tiles being hand made by Bert & May and also upholstery by the Norfolk based Coakley and Cox...here there just finishing off one of my designs; the Cocoon Chair for Heal's.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_Central (4)

9 – Dead GoodI spotted their Naked Chair by Gala Wright and Magnus Long, simple contours and very comfortable.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_Central (6)

10 – Bethan Gray for Workhouse.Workhouses aesthetic is British style and here with their new Ella Sofa Collection; part of  a modern take on the traditional chesterfield.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_Central (10)

11 – Ajoto. One for the Christmas list.Made from one pieces of metal rod (from aluminium to brass) the simple design still feels like luxury, especially the brass versions as they're so weighty - lovely!

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12 - Vitamin. Vitamin had been very busy this year, with several nee items launched at Designjunction. My favourite items were the turned wooden pots with smart shaped lids.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_Central (12)

13 – AMMA Studio. Is a collaboration between interior designer Samuel Amoia and artist Fernando Mastrangelo. There have created these amazing Drum stools, in some beautiful colour combinations. Their organic shapes and textures almost are reminiscent of Nastional Geographic aerial shots of the earth.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_Central (14)

14 –Umut Yamac.Above his Perch light. Made from folded paper and brass; the pivoting brass claws complete the circuit and the light illuminates. This pivot pint also means the light can delicately sway or perch.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_Central (17)

15 – One We made Earlier. Within the shop section of Designjunction were these great chunky necklaces...but which one to buy?!

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_Central (18)

16 – Daniel and Emma. I spotted this Auzzie pairs work back in 2010 at 100% Design with their stationary collection. They've now increased there collection in volume and scale; introducing they Mish Mash chairs hand made in Adelaide.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_Central (21)

17 - A Childs Dreaminstillation and charity auction. 19 designers have personalised iconic design pieces from the Ercol stacking chair to Anglepoise lights. At the end of Designjucntion the items were all being auctioned off with proceeds going to aid further research into SIDS, Stillborn and Neonatal Death Syndrome and support grieving families.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_Central (29)

18 – Rhian Malin Ceramics. Apologies for the blurry image - above are the Hand Held Vessels range, thrown porcelain which has then been gently manipulated into shape, to fit the users hand; making each one unique.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_Central (30)

19 – Kaymet. I have been a fan of Kaymets trays and trolleys for quite some time; even being able to vitas their humble factory in East London (blog to come). They have been and making anodised aluminium ware in London since 1947, and even though the designs haven't changed hugely, they would still fit nicely in any home; which a huge range of colours and finishes.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_Central (31)

20 - General Cafe Stop.2014 is the Year of the Bus,  funded by Modus, designed by Michael Sodeau. The benches upholstered in a TFL fabric by Kirkby Design were a welcome opportunity to rest my already aching feet!

With time running out the next phase of my LDF adventure was East.

LDF 2014 | West | Blog 1 of 3

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9 days over 300 events across the city, it was time to set my out of office, charge my camera and put my walking shoes on!The London Design Festival is one of the key events in design calendar and this year firmly established the capital as the premier destination to its international visitors. Time and geography got the better of me over LDF so I only managed to see a fraction of the amazing events, instillations and product launches. Across the next 3 blogs I’ve included my 20 highlights ; which was no mean feet to narrow down!

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_west (19)

V&A

The Victoria and Albert Museum is always a key destination during LDF and this year was no exception, with many temporary exhibits creating a truly sensory experience and inspiring environments. After a pot of tea and large scone I was ready to explore.

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1 - Double Space, for BMW. I have never experienced and instillation on this scale before. There are two huge wing-like structures suspended from above; with a highly polished surface, reflecting and distorting the amazing architecture and Raphael cartoons. The forms then gracefully independently move; revolving; constantly changing the space. This mammoth project is residing in the Raphael Gallery until the end of October and definitely worth a look.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_west (16)

2 – Candella. As you step into the Tapestries room, your eye slowly adjust to the muted lighting and you discover a futuristic green disc seemingly floating in the entre of the room.  Totally hypnotic and immersive in this atmospheric space. The Candela (named after the standard unit of luminous intensity) is the brainchild of a multi-disciplinary team, Felix de Pass, Michael Montgomery and Ian McIntyre. Using the same technology as the glow in the dark parts on the arms of a watch; the disc rotates while a hidden strip of light ‘charges’ the surface, creating and endless flow of patterns that slowly fades.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_west (17)

3 – Wish List. Walking through from the Architecture rooms of the V&A you are greeted by the beautifully crafted pieces of the Wish List. As collaboration instigated by Sir Terence Conran, Benchmark Furniture and American Hardwood Council.  10 highly esteemed and established creatives/designers were teamed up with up and coming designers/makers to create what they’ve always desired.

Above is the beautifully crafted Cocoon desk for Terence Conran made by Sebastian Cox. This is exactly what I need; a place to escape while designing with no distractions! also you can see a huge turned table by Barnaby and Day for Alex de Rijke; the video is truly worth a watch.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_west (15)

Ves-el; commissioned by Zaha Hadid, designed with Gareth Neal. One of the hardest briefs of all”…Wooden tableware, but not as you know it”.  The signature flowing lines of Hadid’s work has been captured in these vessels; designed using advanced 3D modeling software and  manufactured using 5 axis CNC machine. I like the contrast of the modern with the timeless material and visible grains.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_west (18)

4 - Human Nature. Created by Jeremy Maxwell Wintrebert. Reminiscent of large glass cannelloni, these huge tubes have been created using the same process which was traditionally used for making flat sheet of window glass. The composition of piles and lines of glass become almost architectural or sculptural, making a fragile material appear strong.

100% Design

Celebrating its 20th year 100% Design resided for its last time in Earls Court. Attracting over 30,000 visitors across trade, press and the public, it was a must on the to do list. Not only for the design stands but also for the talks and guest speakers frequenting the Auditorium.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_west (7)

5 – Talks. I wish I had time to catch more but I managed to attend the pecha kucha; Speakers included Jaime Anley, Tomoka Azumi, Nick Crosbie, Ella Doran, Luke Pearson, Russell Pinch, Dick Powell, Nina Tolstrup and Gareth Williams.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_west (1)

One of my highlights was DM25 - What Next for Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, hosted by Design museum Director Deyan Sudjic. It was fascinating to hear first hand about their recent Design Museum exhibition “in the Making” and also have a brief incite into the challenges on their largest project yet; the trains for Cross Rail. Their enthusiasm is unbounded, and makes me want to set up a design studio now!

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_west (3)

6 – Naomi Paul – Constructed textile design, crossing over into home lighting. Originally with a background in couture fashion, each light is hand crocheted, and the large loops allow light to emanate and diffuse though the cotton.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_west (4)

7 - 20 20 VisionBarbara Chandler. Anyone in the design industry who has exhibited their work during LDF would have surely spotted the familiar form of Barbara Chandler with her SLR camera draped around her neck and poised for the next designer or product to capture. Here in her 20 20 exhibition 20 designers have been selected who have exhibited across the show’s history and photographed with their products or in their studio/workshop spaces. Inspiring to see so many establish names in the design community and truly shows what a platform 100% design can be. I was fortunate to be captured by Barbra in one of her Design Portraits while exhibiting at Maison et Object back in 2010.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_west (5)

8 - Silo Studio. known for their innovative use of material and process, their most recent project is Newtons Bucket. Where these beautiful bowls are created using centrifugal force.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_west (6)

9 - Sandro Lopez – Parallax table. The balletic base reminds me of a ray gliding underwater. Simple in its conception and beautifully executed. Design London also agreed, selecting it as one of their stand out items.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_west (8)

10 - Mathias Hahn – Runcible. I’ve been a fan of Mathias’ work for quite some time; being drawn to it without even realising it is his; Runcible is no exception. Made from hard maple, these kitchen utensils, these simple forms have been created sop the user can potentially have several uses for each piece.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_west (20)

11- The Makings UK. is a not-for-profit initiative to connect makers with the design world around them. I spotted these beautifully crafted objects by Joseph Hartley; the sprung lid clip has a traditional feel with modern lines.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_west (21)

12 - Orolog by Jamie Hayon. Lots of square a watches popping up at the moment; being slightly watch obsessed, I’m always looking for something new.  The embossed quilted face, was interesting…overall to big for my little wrists though!

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_west (22)

13 - Faeridfaerid.com.  I really liked the aesthetic of these Berg nesting tables; it encapsulates to big trends at the moment; concrete and graphic geometric pattern.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_west (23)

14 – Get Clug. This is a clever tidy solution for the cycling addicted; with limited space. Get Clug is funded with kick starter; hopefully not long until mass production.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_west

15 – Heal’s Discovers. Of course I had to include the Heal’s Discovers 2014 stand. At 100% the products were able to stand alone as their own collection; giving trade and press the opportunity to see the products first hand and actually speak to the designers face to face about their designs.

Habitat Design Reunion

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_west (9)

Habitat was celebrating 50 years, so 6 designers they have previously worked with were invited back to create something new, and exhibited at their Platform Gallery on Kings Road.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_west (10)

16 – In a dimly lit cluster of corridors I came across Aaron ProbynsSmithfield armchair, with a deep seat and soft blue leather it was hard to get up again from a day of walking!

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_west (11)
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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_west (24)

17 – Lighting – I know its slightly cheating having 2 lights, first is the Crystalline light by Claire Norcross, and the other is Tord Boontjes Bouquet in characteristic floral cutouts.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_west (13)

18 – Conran. My first spot in the window was the Neat dining chair by Magnus Long, made of stained oak and powder coated metal tube; a modern classic.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_west (25)

19 – SKandium. Studio Skandium was celebrating is 15th anniversary, and up and coming designer Daniel Schofield designed several new pieces; including the above sofa.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_west (26)

20 – Mint. Last but not least; Mint shop. Which is an interiors and design store, that has an eclectic mix of international high end design that almost crosses over to art.

Next to venture into the city to see what LDF treats can be uncovered!

London Design Festival 2013 - 3/4

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Emerging Talent AwardsI love searching out new designers, trends and materials at Graduate shows; so I was very excited to be able to curate MADE's first Emerging Talent Awards (ETA's) you may spot some of the finalists from my Graduate 2013 blog* kirsty Whyte_Made.com_Emergint Talent award 2013

The five finalists were then whittled down to: Mona Tripp Tom Gottelier Josie Morris Emily Philips Josie Shenoy You can see a cool video below of the awards evening; edited by the Talented Deborah O.

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The short listed designs we're uploaded to the website for the public to rate their favourite. Josie Morris and her Range Table collection won the award receiving the highest average star rating. Although I'm sure this won't be the last we see of the other finalists.

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Here are a few photos from the awards evening.

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Josie Morris with her proud Mum.

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The award itself.

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Mades Creative Director Chloe Macintosh talking about the award, with guests looking on.

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Me talking about why each design was shortlisted.

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The finalists alongside Steuart Padwick and Chloe who presented the award.

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100% Design London |

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100% Design is always a good collection of corporate brands and small retailers. There were various zones all under the one roof at Earls court, Workplace, Emerging brands, Interiors, Eco, Design & Build, International Pavilions, materials and features.

The entrance was designed by Thomas Matthews and Studio Design UK.

Below are some of my top picks:

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The Walnut set by DDQ Design, The Nottingham based  studio had some beautifully industrial and well made pieces. Using the still very on trend, walnut and brass. They also have a really cool pen top which no executive table should be without.

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Some very pleasing stools from Zeitraum; I really like the crisp edges and smooth contours.

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I also have a small addiction to wall hooks. If my walls weren’t full already I would try to squeeze in these Geometric hooks by Plant & Moss. I think they work great as hooks and also wall art.

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Faceting is still very on trend and these hand made mirrors by Toby House are no exception. Shaped like Emerald-cut diamonds, they add a simple elegance to any space.

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Some candy sweet lights and cups by ceramists Ji-Hyun Chung from Seoul, South Korea.

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Great idea of stackable coasters by Beeen Company Limited inspired by traditional Korean crafts and motifs.

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A CNC 3D miniature world was constructed in the International Pavilion; Worldscape by Atmos studio.

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The international Pavilion area had a Paper Space, made from huge loops of paper, creating a great centre piece designed by Studio Glowacka.

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Mixing of materials and colour still draw me in ; above ‘Crack Vase’ by Taiwanese Designer Jacky Wu. The wood was soured from a factory scrap pile, as the wood had split and cracked during the drying process, for Jacky this is the most interesting element that he wanted to emphasize with coloured lacquer.

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Looking up at the Willow Lamp, by Christina Pacini of South Africa. This was a modern take on a a traditional chandelier;  each delicate drop was actually from metal chain; which would normally be more in place in a bathroom sink! Mesmerizing and tactile.

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This year Designersblock were at the amazing Southbank Centre, with the majority of work positioned in the Clore Ballroom; I had a wander around.

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Eric Calderon’s typographic Sphere used letters to create a layered text artwork.

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The multi Talented Reeps One also know as Harry Yeff has really developed his own graphic identity in the last year or so, these strong graphic shapes look great on the mural created especially for the Designerblock even.

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Gerald the Dog and pals took over a huge area, the 3D canines created by Lazerian Studio . Made entirely from a sheet of A1 paper each dog is assembled by hand. Each dog was displayed in a custom made kennel and rather than fur they were covered in exceptional artwork from artists all over the world.

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Man made crystal structures by Sara Lundkvist.

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Rosa Cobrizo , little boat shaped treys were inspired by the trajineras, thin wooden boats from her native Mexico.  The oxidized materials and verdigris are key trends that will continue on into 2014.

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The Royal Festival Hall also has a mini exhibition on the Festival of Britain; with some safely kept mementos dating back from the opening in 1951. well worth a look.

London Design Festival 2013 - 2/4

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Two days in to LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL (LDF) 2013 and this year I wasn't exhibiting anything personally at 100% Design; but that didn't mean I escaped the stress setting up a display and covering myself in paint!

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Made.com was representing at 100% Design; with a small selection of products from Simon Denzel's Lichen shelves to Steuart Padwicks Fonteyn Dresser.

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A dab hand at designing the stand and painting it..not bad for a 7 day turnaround from being offered the space to set up!

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LDF was firmly underway and so we're the evening events. Celebrating the newly refurbished Heals flagship store was event 1; and what a transformation. With a new layout and high end feel; it's lighter brighter and encourages you to discover all the floors.

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All the items from the acclaimed Heals Discovers 2013 were on display. As well as Sebastian Cox, Matthew Elton and Ian Archer, Heals have collaborated with CASS and their third year graduates selecting their top three for customers to vote for.

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There were also showcases in the window for their existing designers; its great to see Heals optimizing on their current design talent, they certainly know how to treat them as their Designer Dinner shows!

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Plenty of Prosecco and designers to rub shoulders with; also some unusual musical drama from Silent Opera, David Irwin, certainly seems moved!

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Tuesday was already here; next job taking French and Italian journalists around LDF pointing out trends, products and designers to promote the Brits abroad. First stop the Design Museums "The Future is Here" exhibition. Where the crowd sourced Love bird sofa for Made.com was featured alongside, 3D printers, modular housing and personalised lemon squeezers.

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Up on the 3rd floor was a display from the Designers in Residence,below Objects – Identity parade.

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Then onto the ever expanding DesignJunction at the old sorting office on New Oxford street; with a huge queue for entry despite the poring rain I knew it would be good!

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Designjuntion was the most superior show of all LDF for me; especially at its size (competing with 100%, Tent and Decorex). With just a good mixture of established brand, small independents and new creative talent.

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Farrow and Ball had a little instillation of their new 2014 colours, there was also a talk on Pattern & Colour in the Home; very informative, although my skirting board now needs painting!

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Lighting |

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Foldability’s  new The Sonobe CollectionOrigami lights which creates complex and beautiful layering of tones of lights, emanating from the centre.

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The modular lampshades of Apollo by International. Designed by Marc Bell and Robin Grasby, each piece is independent and can be mixed and matched to create a multitude of shapes.  The instillation looked great.

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Blown SW3 by & Tradition explores the shadows created by patterned glass.

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Looming above this mini room set of carefully crafted maquettes is the Turned and Spun lamp by Magnus Long Studio.

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Some modernised retro lampshades by Shepherd Wheel.

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Homeware and Accessories |

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Absolutely love these dinky anodized letter tidies by Gavin Coyle.

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From VW+BS comes the Stilt collection, created from purple clay; a traditional Japanese teapot material.

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The textured and faceted wood trend continues; I have my eye on one of these highly crafted vessels from the Experimenta range by The Andes House.

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Wood and polished copper also runs though many projects, Studio Brava based in Chili use local resources of both materials. The design concept is so the inner and outer can either be used as one piece to save space or separated into to two.

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Ali Miller had some of her new customised pieces on display, displayed by some eye-catching wallpaper in her signature style.

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One of my highlights of all of LDF was the Patternity stand (I been an avid follower of the blog and Instagram for a few years now). Which had some beautiful striped ceramics, created in collaboration with Richard Brendon. one for the Christmas list.

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Furniture |

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Dare studio was out in force with a large stand and furniture for every room. New to the Stand was the Katakana dresser, with  cleaver little mirror with hidden storage.

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Barnard debuted with 4 brand new pieces.

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Midcentury Modern has its own zone at the show, with multiple companies , I have blogged about before – lovely stuff indeed.

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Modus Furniture presented the strongly named Norse Chair by Simon Pengelly, following the trend of wooden curved back feature chairs, they come in  a selection of colours but I favour the wooden finish.

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They also extended the successful Noughts and Crosses range by Michael Sodeau into completing tables.

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Simon Pengelly was also busy with his own collection.

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I liked the colours used on these funny little units by Dean Brown, Callum Brown and Namyoung An.

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Another Country; have successfully moved away from their signature rounded leg furniture. Creating another original collection in the form of their new ‘Dining Table Three’ the tables trestle base is influenced from industrial furniture; so it can be used in commercial or domestic interiors.

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The interactive Poke Stool by Kyuhyung Cho for Innermost, adds a nice bit of fun and colour, to a simple product.

And other things that caught my eye |

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Brilliant courier backpack made from English Oak Bark Tanned Leather by Amble; tangible quality.

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The Sorting office itself is a great space with some of them remnants from its past life still present.

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Joy of Design exhibition featured photos by Barbara Chandler a best selling photographer and design and interiors journalist.  The photos were for sale and the money raised will go towards Out of the Dark a furniture restoration workshop for disadvantaged young people.

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Hi-tec 3D printing and crowd sourced design; you can’t escape it!

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Not as hi-tech but highly skilled and made by hand, Brooks, the saddles are a piece of art, which could be mounted on a wall as well as sat on!

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I originally spotted the Lovely Pigeon notepads in the Design museum, and I was pleased to discover the rest of the design collection was just as fantastic!

I had to make a little purchase of some Copper Triangles earrings – lush!

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Following the mint theme, the pleasingly shaped Monocle speaker by Native Union.

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These exquisitely delicate vessels and art, made from Porcelain by Fenella Elms.

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The FAO shop with their new exclusive lines in their monochrome glory.

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The talented Lindsey Lang extended her successful floor tile range.

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One of the 6 pop-up cafes was The Camden Town Brewery Bar in association with TFL, the benches were upholstered in this great moquette design.

Next stop the ETA awards.

London Design Festival 2013 – 1/4

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The London Design Festival was my first stop after returning from China a year ago.12 months have flown by; but it's great to see how companies and designers have developed fresh new designs to exhibit this September.

Now autumn is firmly here I dosed up on cold and flu tablets eager not to miss all the design action on its opening weekend.

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PearsonLloyd 1:1 Inside Design at Great Western Studios |  A selection of new products of key recent work selected to illustrate the PearsonLloyd design language.

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At the preview evening we were treated to an intimate Q&A with Luke Pearson and Tom Lloyd, everyone was gathered on the 20, 3 metre long plywood boxes; which were modular and could me moved to suit the spaces purpose.

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First stop on Sunday 15th the Victoria and Albert museum. Quite a few small installations at the V&A this year but no show stoppers like the Bouroullec Brothers; Field of 2011.

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God is in the details | One of the best parts of visiting the V&A during LDF is exploring the space and discovering contemporary design exhibits mixed within the permanent collection; in vast Victorian spaces.

14 Designers were asked to pick their particular favorites, following the theme of Designer is here there and everywhere.

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The Swarovski lens allows the viewer to focus in on the minute details, that a passer by might usually miss in the overwhelming assortment of what the V&A has on offer.

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ALESSI Made in Crusinallo|A display of prototypes and behind the scenes of the processes used to manufacture and design the Alessi collection.

Is was great to see some hand made models a contrast to the ever increasing 3D printing.

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Above | ‘Resonance’ Centrepiece and ‘harmonic’ baskets designed by Abi Alice.

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Above | Ally Capellinos “Bums on Seats” . Using the standard Bauhaus tubular steel stacking chair; Ally looked at the way the sitter positions themselves on the chair (to get comfy) the leather slings are then customised to suit the particular seating position.

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Design of time | People discovering what makes a Panerai watch tick.

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One of the highlight of this years displays were; the vertical lighting instillation that covered 2 floors by Omer Arbel for Bocci.

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Obligatory stop in the Ceramics and glass and furniture floor.

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Above | Finalists of the Bodleian Chair competition. The competition was to design a new chair for the historic Bodleian Libraries in Oxford.

The six shortlisted finalists were;  AL_A & Herman, Barber Osgerby & Isokon Plus, Hugo Eccles & Race Furniture, Matthew Hilton & SCP Ltd, Michael Sodeau Partnership & Modus Furniture, TNA Design Studio & Benchmark.

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Above | Julia Lohmann Worshop with prototypes of the Oki Naganode  installation. Which can be seen in the Leighton Room of the V&A a structure in Japanese Seaweed, cane and aluminium.

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This is the full scale piece.

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Wind Portal by Najla El Zein | 5,000 handmade paper windmills, that have been installed and move ever so slightly from the drafty breeze of the huge V&A corridors, each upright tube is actually synced with a computer program so the movement flows though the piece. I great combination of low-tech and high-tech marrying together.

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Final stop the Moleskin sketchbook relay| I was privileged enough to be one of the 70 London based designers invited to take part in the collaboration with Moleskin. A brand I am an avid fan of as my shelf of filled classic pocket sketchbooks will illustrate!

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The theme of this years campaign  was "design is here, there and everywhere".

LDF13_blog_VandA_Kirsty Whyte (6) Using 5 pages of the Japanese concertinaed A5 Moleskin we we're asked to respond to the following 3 questions: Illustrate what objects, items, systems and details you cannot live without in a private space or public domain. Examine what needs improving within your professional or personal life. Draw something you would like to design but haven't had the opportunity to design before.

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It was so interesting to see how different creative minds responded to the same brief; some analytically, some literally and others conceptually. It was great to be associated alongside establish design names like Russel Pinch, Bethan Gray, Simon Pengelly, Michael Sodeau, Tomoko Azumi and Luke Pearson to name but a few.

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I decided to got for a literal answer for each question; adding in answers, colour and pattern true to me...even if that meant I admitted my orange squash addiction! I only had 3 hours to complete the sketches before I was off traveling again; I found the blank pages quite ominous to start with; knowing I would my pages could be sandwiched between anyone! Here are a few photos from the sketching stages…

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…to my chuffed face at the V&A.

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As a bonus surprise; each designer received a goody bag as a thankyou – a good addition to my Moleskin collection.

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Squint | After the V&A there was just enough time to squeeze in a quick visit to Squint. A patchwork sensory overload from fluorescent velvets to shiny lamay fabric; plastered all over chandeliers to dining chairs.

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I really liked this little hallway storage piece.

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The Graffiti interior really helped add to the visual spectacle.

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With Sunday over the task of day job and trying to see as much of LDF began!