From September 13 to 21, London Design Festival filled the city with installations and design events, reaching well beyond the historic 100% Design fair. It encompassed the quirky Brompton Design District in the west, the ever-growing Designjunction event just off world-renowned Oxford Street and the colourful TENT London fair and hip Ace Hotel in the east. At the last, the colourful and talented Bethan Laura Wood created two spectacular floral installations, proving that a simple idea can be made grand with a touch of ingenuity.
The Victoria & Albert museum also hosted numerous powerful design exhibits – from the collective Wish List show to Jeremy Maxwell Wintrebert’s singular installation made of glass vessels.
Such brands as SCP, Wrong for Hay and Vitra also presented strong new offerings. For its part, British brand SCP surprised for its showcase of under-the-radar Japanese manufacturers making minimal ceramics; while Wrong for Hay hosted a pop-up restaurant in its new showroom, and presented such new pieces as Simon Jones’s simple yet flexible Trestle tables.
As is always the case at London Design Week, the quirkiest work on view got the most attention, and in this arena, Studio Job is unparalleled for mixing irony with jaw-dropping artistry. The Dutch-Belgian duo’s cast-bronze cat sculptures, shown in the Mayfair Carpenters Workshop Gallery, struck poses that were both menacing and compelling.