This is the last weekend of the London Design Festival 2011 so if you haven’t yet attended any events then you’re still in time! I’m feeling guilty about not having posted about it sooner, but I too have been busy preparing for my company’s presence in the festival (more on that later). Fret not, however, as after the festival finishes on the 25th of September, a new one called FOCUS/11 hosted by the Design Centre in Chelsea Harbour, and participating showrooms, starts and runs until the 27th of September.
Both Festivals are a wonderful source of inspiration and invaluable hunting grounds, an opportunity to see new products and meet inspiring people from the trade. Even if you’re not in the industry it’s still great to keep your finger on the pulse of the UK’s world-class creative community. You never know, you may find some great ideas for your own home.
I’ll be attending 100% design tomorrow at Earls Court to check out latest product launches, ideas, designs and technology, and on Saturday, I’m going to make my way to the V&A , the hub of the festival, to enjoy the installations (THEY’RE ALL FREE!) and events. I’m particularly looking forward to the work of Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec called ‘Textile Field’ “their most ambitious collaboration yet, taking over 240 square metres of the gallery floor, with gentle undulations of soft fabric, creating an expansive coloured foam and textile lounge that invites visitors to spend time relaxing in front of the artworks in a much less formal way than usual.” I’m really keen to see firsthand how they’ve managed to “close the formal distance between the viewer and the artwork” especially when the room is known for Raphael’s Renaissance paintings! Looking at the photo though, I think you’ll agree they’ve done a stunning job.I’m also attending a Google design lecture at the V&A on Saturday the 24th of September discussing Living and Designing in the DIY age. I’m still not too sure what this entails exactly but I’m excited to find out! In conclusion, there is loads going on celebrating design in London and you should get involved! Even if it’s just window shopping on the King’s Road to see the preview of Designers Guild new furniture range for Spring 2012 (a project involving yours truly!).
Follow my links to browse events that you may be interested in, go on, I bet you haven’t had a cultural weekend in a while.