Tag Archives: British design

Ron Arad's Curtain Call: London Contemporary Orchestra

Posted on August 29, 2016 by Toothpicker

 
Do Londoners ever get tired of 'immersive' shows? There are immersive theatres, exhibitions, cinemas and installations... the list goes on. If you are bored of the traditional forms of entertainment, then these multi-sensory performances are likely to stimulate your senses in every possible way.
Last week, I attended an immersive concert performed by [...]

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New designers Part II 2016

Posted on July 15, 2016 by Toothpicker

 
Top: Northumbria university's crafted interactive products; Bottom left: Leon lighting by Lewis Power; Bottom right: Kaelin Rose Newton's CitySprout
 
This year's New Designers show Part II was probably the best that I have been to in recent years. Overall the standard was very high, and I think it was more exciting than [...]

This post was posted in London, British designs, Eco designs, Graphics & illustrations, Design festivals & shows, Design and was tagged with London, design show, eco designs, British design, New designers, illustrations


RCA graduation show 2016

Posted on July 8, 2016 by Toothpicker

Autonome by Javier Garcia Gallardo
 
I have always enjoyed discovering new talents at the annual RCA graduation show in the Kensington campus. This year, however, I was slightly disappointed with the overall show. It is not to say that there weren't many interesting projects, but somehow they were not as inspiring than the [...]

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Designs for the homeless

Posted on January 16, 2016 by Toothpicker

In my last entry, I focused on the growing issue of homelessness in London, now I want to examine the solutions designers have come up with to tackle this issue.
Last year, London architectural designer James Furzer's ‘Home for the Homeless’ project won the top prize in FAKRO's International Design Competition.
Furzer has designed [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, British designs, Social issues, Design, Homelessness and was tagged with architecture, British design, homelessness, Dutch design


Maze Hill Pottery's open studio

Posted on December 12, 2015 by Toothpicker

 
Top left: The disused ticket office-turned pottery studio; Top right: Lisa Hammond's beautiful Soda & Shino glaze pottery
 
London is full of hidden gems, not only they are off tourists' radar, but many are also unknown to Londoners. Since I live north of the river, I am quite oblivious to events that [...]

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Middleport – The last working Victorian pottery factory

Posted on November 2, 2015 by Toothpicker

  
Trent & Mersey canal
 
I had pre-booked a guided factory tour at the last working Victorian pottery factory – Middleport pottery factory the morning after my visit to the British Ceramics Biennial. I decided to take a scenic route (also recommended by the B & B owner) along the Trent [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, British designs, Travel, Traditional arts & crafts, England, Architectural conservation, Design, ceramics & potteries, British heritage and was tagged with British design, heritage, traditional crafts, Stoke on Trent, ceramics & potteries, Middleport pottery factory, England's canals


British Ceramics Biennial 2015

Posted on October 28, 2015 by Toothpicker

The former Spode pottery factory was used as the main hub of the event
 
I found out about the British Ceramics Biennial (26th September to 8th November) on the news, and it got me intrigued as I have never visited Stoke on Trent, the pottery home of England before this trip [...]

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London design festival 15 at Somerset house

Posted on October 15, 2015 by Toothpicker

Marc Quinn's 'Frozen Waves, Broken Sublimes' sculptures in the courtyard
 
My last stop at the design festival was the Somerset House, a new major destination this year. In the courtyard were four new monumental sculptures by Marc Quinn entitled 'Frozen Wave and Broken Sublime'. The stainless steel sculptures' primal, gestural shapes originate from [...]

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London design festival 15 at the V & A

Posted on September 29, 2015 by Toothpicker

Mexican pavilion: You Know You Cannot See Yourself So Well as by Reflection by Mexican architect Frida Escobedo
 
For those who have visited the V & A museum during the London design festival previously would know that 'seeking' the design installations within the maze-like museum could be rewarding and frustrating at the same time [...]

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Open House London 2015

Posted on September 24, 2015 by Toothpicker

Over the years, I have witnessed how Open House London evolved from a relatively low-key architecture event to a major and extremely popular one. Although it is encouraging to see the public's growing interests in architecture, it is also frustrating because advanced bookings are filled up quickly and long queues are common [...]

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