Been meaning to write up the rest of my london design festival week goodies and haven’t had the chance what with a last minute work experience fabric styling shoot and starting third year (eek!) at WSA. I only scrapped the surface of what was out there to see during LDF but I managed to visit the V&A (see last post) Origin, Tent, the Design Museum and see a few smaller things like the SCP Design Department Store which housed ranges from Donna Wilson (one of Donna’s armchairs is on my xmas list - a girl can wish), Gubi, Michael Marriott etc.
For me I found Origin a little disappointing, smaller than I imagined and although the designers are all very talented it seemed like a lot of the same things; maps, butterflies and birds. There was only a few things that seemed to jump out for me, one of which was designer Dr. Tine De Ruysser’s work. The pieces were like wearable origami; something that I have never come across people. More than just pleats the origami look added another element to the design, a 3D textured look which added to the spiral design. The origami work on the skirt looked as if it may change when worn and adapt according to the movement of the wearer, making it a lot more than an everyday printed fashion piece. www.tinederuysser.com/Site/Home.html
Kerry Hastings exhibited some beautiful ceramics pieces, the outer look and surface of the vessels reminds me of the smooth grey pebbles you find on the beach with a vein like line running through them. She uses natural tones of blues and greens for the inside of the vessels, continuing the smooth, tactile surface. www.kerryhastings.com/index.htm
Personally I found Tent London far more interesting, Tent showcased a wide variety of contemporary interior products including textiles, furniture, lighting etc. My favourites were Penelope Jordan’s 3D felt textile art pieces, contrasting brights combined with geometric patterns - there’s nothing I like more! www.penelopejordan.com. Inspired by the Margate seaside Zoe Murphy jazzes up recycled furniture, decorating the front, top and even lines the draws. www.zoemurphy.com. Ercol furniture, the smooth, natural finish of the timber appealed to me and the style of the furniture itself, those printed cushions are just a bonus! www.ercol.com Last but not least Brown & Cox’s rocking robin chair, oh how much fun would we of had having these at school instead of those shabby plastic chairs. www.guyandbrown.com/
(NB not all my own photos)