London design festival 2012 ( part 2)

Posted on October 9, 2012 by Toothpicker There have been 0 comments

100% design at Earls Court


A rather delayed post on the London design festival, so I will keep it brief...

At 100% design, a new layout which divided the venue into different sections made it easier to navigate. Also, a lot more effort was spent on the interior of the venue, which was a vast improvement from the previous years. The talks and speakers were good but it still remained as the most 'commercial' trade show out of all the events at the festival.


Tent London @ Old Truman Brewery


Tent London has always been one of the major shows at the London design festival, with many young and international designers or design studios exhibiting here. This year, there was 'Fresh Taiwan' and a Korea section, it seemed like both places are spending more abroad to promote their homegrown talents.

As much as I love design, it was hard not to be overwhelmed by so many products in one afternoon. After hours of wandering around, the products that appealed to me the most were the least designed using the most simple and natural materials ( which I will blog about in my next post).


Design Junction @ the Sorting Office


One of the newer shows of the design festival was Design Junction at a 1960s Sorting office in Holborn, with many established brands as well as new designers exhibiting here. The space was quite impressive and well laid out, I was particularly impressed by the talks and the "Added value?" exhibition organised by the Crafts Council.

If I had to pick a bone, it would be the rather dismal toilet facility... 6 unisex cabinets for the entire building ( how did the staff cope back in the 60s?). Ironically, it was a design show full of beautiful products, yet the basics were overlooked. Did the organiser miss out on the details?


Other events in town:

Designersblock @ The Southbank

Brompton design district


Talk and exhibition @ the Roca Gallery



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