London Design Festival: The Wrap-Up

London Design Festival: The Wrap-Up
Vonsung's Glasshouse, at the Tramshed

Azure rounds up the top products and installations you may have missed at Britain’s largest and most eclectic design event.

With so much to see and do, London Design Week delivers an overwhelming amount of inspiration. In case you missed our 10 Best Bets for London, here are a handful of products and installations that deserve post-festival attention.

1. Branding design firm Vonsung created Glasshouse, an eerie installation at the Tramshed‘s pop-up cafe. Inside the polycarbonate walls of this pint-sized greenhouse, visitors found white ceramic rabbits displayed on clinical-looking shelves.

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2. Turkish furniture designers Autoban gave solid wood a liquid appearance with the Daisy side table and the capsular Pill Lamp, both on view at the Tramshed.

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3. Wood legs support Leif.designpark‘s Lin Pod Bench, its seat and back are upholstered in a single piece of seamless fabric. At one end, an embedded flowerpot means you’ll never sit alone.

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4. At 100% Design, a special curated section called Director’s Cut housed Kenneth Grange‘s elegant new Hero light, the latest product of his longstanding collaboration with Anglepoise.

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5. From Trussardi, Michael Young‘s 100 Collection celebrated the company’s centennial at Director’s Cut with chairs, benches, and ottomans in wood or acrylic with pleated leather, an homage to Trussardi’s award-winning cabin seating for Alitalia in 1983.

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6. On display at 100% Futures was Charlie Crowther-Smith‘s Two Halves cabinet, a form that features a rhomboid opening and profile and is enhanced with graphics by Christian Taylor.

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7. Tom Dixon was back at Portobello Dock, playing host to 25 exhibitors including Ariane Prin. Her From Here For Here pencils are made from sawdust collected from Dixon’s workshop.

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8. At Outline Editions, visitors were given the chance to make their own Noma Bar cut out using a custom press in the form of a giant bulldog. The Cut It Out exhibit displayed the range of Bar’s trademark silhouettes.

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9. An entire gallery of the Victoria & Albert Museum was carpeted in Kvadrat’s goods for Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec‘s Textile Field installation.

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10. Pushing the boundaries of green design, Cambridge University exhibited Design in Science at Designersblock. A highlight was the prototypical Biophotovoltaic Table, which captures the mild electrical currents generated by living tissue – in this case tiny pots of moss – to power an LED lamp.

See the full report on the London Design Festival in our January/February 2012 issue.

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