LDF18: South East Makers Club Puts Deptford on the Map

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/ldf18-south-east-makers-club-puts-deptford-map/design_milk_south_east_makers_club_14/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/09/Design_Milk_South_East_Makers_Club_14-810x810.jpg" alt="LDF18: South East Makers Club Puts Deptford on the Map" /></a>
                                Perhaps more than any other part of the London Design Festival, <a href="https://www.southeastmakersclub.co.uk/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">South East Makers Club</a> is what design fairs are all about. Run by a tiny team of just three volunteers and hosted in borrowed space, the venture showcases talent from Deptford – a corner of London many design aficionados might never have ventured to before. &#8220;One of the joys of South East Makers Club is meeting the talented designers, makers and businesses that are based here,&#8221; says co-founder <a href="https://www.simple-shape.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Helen Osgerby</a>. &#8220;There is a genuine shared desire to work together, to collaborate and help one another to realize bold ideas, and perhaps uniquely, to have fun doing it! Everything about the South East Makers Club relies on people being good, kind and generous.&#8221;
Sebastian Cox, who is based in nearby Woolwich, chose the event to launch his Pendean collection. “Batch produced with simple chamfer details in English ash,
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LDF18: Granary Square at the Heart of a Buzzing Design District

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/ldf18-granary-square-heart-buzzing-design-district/design_milk_granary_square_14/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/09/Design_Milk_Granary_Square_14-810x810.jpg" alt="LDF18: Granary Square at the Heart of a Buzzing Design District" /></a>
                                The move of <a href="https://www.thedesignjunction.co.uk/en/home.html" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">designjunction</a> away from Granary Square might have left London&#8217;s King Cross bereft during the <a href="https://www.londondesignfestival.com/home" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">London Design Festival</a>, but the relocation of Tom Dixon&#8217;s headquarters and flagship store to the Coal Office together with a raft of pop-up shows for the festival has in fact cemented the area as a buzzing design district.
The square gets its name from a restored granary building at the heart of King’s Cross – now home to world-famous arts college, Central Saint Martins, and the first show was Creative Unions – an exhibition of the work of the University’s recent graduates themed around the idea of design becoming an agent in the dissolution of boundaries. One of the highlights was Cohabits: Furniture Assembly for Two by Erica Jensen – flatpack furniture and assembly instructions designed specifically to suit the characteristics of individual couples interviewed by the designer. Wheels4U by Yaohan
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LDF18: From the Weird to the Wonderful – Shoreditch Design Triangle

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/ldf18-weird-wonderful-shoreditch-design-triangle/design_milk_shoreditch_design_triangle_20/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/09/Design_Milk_Shoreditch_Design_Triangle_20-810x810.jpg" alt="LDF18: From the Weird to the Wonderful – Shoreditch Design Triangle" /></a>
                                The <a href="https://www.shoreditchdesigntriangle.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Shoreditch Design Triangle</a> is a loose association of shops, exhibitions and showrooms, united by little more than geography, but it always serves up something wonderful, and often something pretty weird too. Starting with the latter, London-based Mexican designer <a href="http://www.fernandolaposse.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Fernando Laposse</a> transformed the entrance to <a href="https://www.citizenm.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">CitizenM&#8217;s</a> Shoreditch hotel into Sisal Sanctum – an outdoor seating area protected by pretty gloomy looking &#8220;giant guardians&#8221; – all entirely made out of sisal, a natural fiber harvested from a species of Agave cactus found in the South of Mexico.
Sitting somewhere on the spectrum from weird to wonderful, the Bürstenhaus Redecker Müseum is an exhibition of brushes by the German manufacturer at furniture showroom SCP. Described by the brand as a “curious world where brooms, brushes and combs take centre stage,” the traveling exhibition combines a series of surprisingly varied and niche brushes with curator Michael Marriott’s playful yet considered descriptions which blur
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Moroso’s London Showroom Unveiled an Exhibition of Furniture and Textiles by Bethan Laura Wood

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/morosos-london-showroom-unveiled-an-exhibition-of-furniture-and-textiles-by-bethan-laura-wood/bethan-laura-wood-moroso-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/10/Bethan-Laura-Wood-Moroso-1-810x540.jpg" alt="Moroso&#8217;s London Showroom Unveiled an Exhibition of Furniture and Textiles by Bethan Laura Wood" /></a>
                                During the <a href="https://design-milk.com/tag/London-Design-Festival/"  rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">London Design Festival</a>, Italian brand <a href="http://moroso.it/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Moroso</a> presented at their Clerkenwell showroom new furniture and textiles by <a href="http://www.bethanlaurawood.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Bethan Laura Wood</a>. The <a href="http://moroso.it/london-design-festival-2018/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">exhibition</a>, entitled Mono Mania Mexico, was a dramatic display that filled the two-story showroom which was the perfect way for it to make its UK debut. The work brings Wood&#8217;s trips to Mexico to life through bold colors and expressive patterns, most inspired by the stained glass windows found in the new basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. Her vision of that building, along with a nod to the embroidery from traditional Otomi textiles, led to the vibrant series that was unveiled.
The exhibition features new fabrics, furniture, and rugs (in collaboration with Golran) that were designed by Bethan Laura Wood for Moroso in partnership with Italian textile house, Limonta. Photos © Adam Dale.
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LDF18: 100% Design – Now in Glorious Technicolor

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/ldf18-10-years-va-stories/design_milk_100_design_04-3/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/09/Design_Milk_100_Design_04-1-810x810.jpg" alt="LDF18: 100% Design – Now in Glorious Technicolor" /></a>
                                It&#8217;s amazing what a colorful carpet can do – <a href="https://www.100percentdesign.co.uk/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">100% Design&#8217;s</a> bright approach to its flooring seemed to light up the whole show, with a stronger selection of brands and a better mix of features, showcasing new design talent and innovative ideas, than in recent years.
Print and textile designer Diane Bresson was part of the Design Fresh – a selection of new talent partly curated by Barbara Chandler and partly an edit of the graduate show New Designers. Diane’s colorful wallpaper fitted the general vibe of the show perfectly. “I am interested in the relation between craft and technology and in exploring how they can be combined together to create playful and dynamic patterns,” she says. London-based Emma Chesterman (otherwise known as Dead Mary’s) designs “furniture for life” such as In Memory – the chair bench combo above – the chair is angled so the person sitting on
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LDF18: 10 Years at the V&A and Other Stories

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/ldf18-10-years-va-stories/design_milk_va_brompton_02-2/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/09/Design_Milk_VA_Brompton_02-1-810x810.jpg" alt="LDF18: 10 Years at the V&#038;A and Other Stories" /></a>
                                2018 marks the 16th <a href="https://www.londondesignfestival.com/home"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">London Design Festival</a> and the 10th consecutive year of working with the <a href="https://www.vam.ac.uk/festival/2018/london-design-festival-2018?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIv93U2NvW3QIVhbTtCh2Q4wjcEAAYASAAEgLju_D_BwE"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Victoria and Albert Museum</a>. &#8220;I still have to pinch myself that they let us come and play in their museum,&#8221; said the director of the London Design Festival, Ben Evans. &#8220;It&#8217;s a very special relationship.&#8221; Senior curator Vicky Broackes added, &#8220;We have a very exciting programme here at the V&amp;A and it is stunningly, notably, international.&#8221;
Before even setting foot inside the museum, the first installation to be housed in the new Sackler Courtyard was MultiPly – a collaboration between the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) Waugh Thistleton Architects and structural engineers Arup. The installation, a cross between a maze and a treehouse, demonstrates the capabilities of cross-laminated timber (CLT) to solve both the environmental crisis and the housing crisis. “This is a live experiment – we’re testing, learning and feeding back
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LDF18: Hole & Corner Champion Craft at the London Design Fair

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/ldf18-hole-corner-champion-craft-london-design-fair/bcp_design_milk_01/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/09/BCP_Design_Milk_01-810x810.jpg" alt="LDF18: Hole &#038; Corner Champion Craft at the London Design Fair" /></a>
                                The phrase &#8216;hole and corner&#8217; means &#8216;a secret place or a life lived away from the mainstream&#8217; and seemed a fitting description for the British craftsmen and women that were the focus of the <a href="https://www.holeandcorner.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">independent magazine by the same name</a> when it was established five years ago. However, the phrase can also mean &#8216;insignificant&#8217; – and today nothing could be further from the truth, as evidenced by the <a href="https://www.londondesignfair.co.uk/features/british-craft-pavilion-0"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">British Craft Pavilion</a> curated by the magazine&#8217;s editors for the <a href="https://www.londondesignfair.co.uk/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">London Design Fair</a> (formerly known as Tent).
Based in St Ives in Cornwall, Dor & Tan create quiet homewares made from local clay using sustainable production methods. “The story of Dor and Tan began with a desire to break away from the disposability of modern life, to create objects with a more personal connection,” they explain. “We want our items to become cherished memories, that favorite cup you always pick when boiling
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LDF18: The London Design Fair Provides an Eclectic Mix of Craft and Design

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                                Likened by one design commentator to a &#8216;Moroccan bazaar&#8217; the <a href="https://www.londondesignfair.co.uk/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">London Design Fair</a> (formerly known as &#8216;Tent&#8217;) is an eclectic show, sprawling across three floors of the Old Truman Brewery in London&#8217;s East End, with work spanning disciplines and exhibitors ranging from recent graduates to fully-fledged design companies and even entire countries – the acoustic panels above were part of the Finnish Pavilion &#8216;Nordic Happiness&#8217; by Icelandic industrial designer, Katrín Ólína, for Finnish design house <a href="http://www.madebychoice.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Made by Choice</a>.
At the other end of the spectrum, the Lunar Chair is by Falmouth University graduate Felix McCormack. “This chair is about a commitment to simple geometry and really exploring the nuisances of what makes a chair comfortable,” he says. “I called it Lunar because of the hanging circular seat; it’s actually an ellipse to accommodate the curve of the backrest but is a perfect circle when you look at it straight on
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LDF18: 100% Forward Highlights New Talent

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/ldf18-100-forward-highlights-new-talent/design_milk_100_design_14/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/09/Design_Milk_100_Design_14-810x810.jpg" alt="LDF18: 100% Forward Highlights New Talent" /></a>
                                <a href="https://www.100percentdesign.co.uk/100-forward"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">100% Forward</a> is a new section at <a href="https://www.londondesignfestival.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">London Design Festival&#8217;s</a> trade show <a href="https://www.100percentdesign.co.uk/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">100% Design</a>, curated by design journalist Barbara Chandler who asked seven established designers, each of whom launched their career at 100% Design, to nominate seven rising stars. &#8220;Since 100% Design started in 1995, our stellar UK designers have created a world-famous design industry, and continue to do so,&#8221; says Barbara. &#8220;But all industries need new talent. Who better to spot it than the successful design entrepreneurs who launched their careers in the ‘90s at 100% Design?&#8221;
Surface print designer Ella Doran, known for her pioneering use of digital print technology, nominated Kyla McCallum’s origami and pleat inspired homewares (above). “I first met Kyla at designjunction in 2013,” says Ella. “I was struck by her display of folded and pleated papers, which seemed to echo in 3D form a similar source of inspiration to my
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Lee Broom Unveils His Final Installment of Observatory for London Design Festival 2018

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/lee-broom-unveils-his-final-installment-of-observatory-for-london-design-festival-2018/lee-broom-observatory-london-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/09/Lee-Broom-Observatory-London-1-810x981.jpg" alt="Lee Broom Unveils His Final Installment of Observatory for London Design Festival 2018" /></a>
                                Last month <a href="https://design-milk.com/lee-broom-is-set-to-launch-3rd-and-final-installment-of-observatory-collection/"  rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">we shared</a> the brand new pieces that make up  <a href="http://www.leebroom.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Lee Broom&#8217;s</a> third and final installment of his Observatory lighting collection and now the British designer has unveiled images from the exhibition that opens today at Broom&#8217;s showroom in Shoreditch. The <a href="http://www.leebroom.com/exhibition/observatory-milan-and-new-york-design-weeks-2018/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">exhibition</a>, which marks the launch of the London Design Festival 2018, presents the new stellar-inspired lighting collection in the UK for the very first time giving fair visitors an opportunity to tour the transformed showroom for a peek.
To see the Observatory exhibition during the London Design Festival 2018, visit Lee Broom’s showroom in London at 95 Rivington Street until September 23rd.
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A Shadow-Inspired Drinks Cabinet by Hugh Miller Furniture

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/a-shadow-inspired-drinks-cabinet-by-hugh-miller-furniture/in-shadows-drinks-cabinet-hugh-miller-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/09/In-Shadows-Drinks-Cabinet-Hugh-Miller-1-810x1228.jpg" alt="A Shadow-Inspired Drinks Cabinet by Hugh Miller Furniture" /></a>
                                <a href="http://www.hughmillerfurniture.co.uk/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Hugh Miller Furniture</a> spent approximately 1000 hours hand-making the &#8216;In Shadows&#8217; Drinks Cabinet which debuts during the London Design Festival. The labor-intensive piece combines Japanese bamboo, solid brass rods, and British elm wood that&#8217;s been stained with black Japanese calligraphy ink, resulting in cabinet that focuses on craftsmanship.
The cabinet’s name comes from the Japanese essay ‘In Praise of Shadows’, a piece on Japanese aesthetics with a part about lacquerware and how it’s designed to be seen in dim light. The diagonal bamboo pieces on the doors along with the diagonal brass rod screens cleverly disguise a Japanese coffee set, by Japanese ceramicist Saiko Fukuoka. The set can be seen within the shadows and light that filter through the gaps. ‘In Shadows’ came about after a trip to Japan that immediately resulted in a collection called The Coffee Ceremony. Since that initial launch, he’s been incorporating new materials and methods
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Lee Broom Is Set to Launch 3rd and Final Installment of Observatory Collection

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/lee-broom-is-set-to-launch-3rd-and-final-installment-of-observatory-collection/lee-broom-observatory-ldf-1-orion-pendant-black/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/08/Lee-Broom-Observatory-LDF-1-Orion-Pendant-Black-810x572.jpg" alt="Lee Broom Is Set to Launch 3rd and Final Installment of Observatory Collection" /></a>
                                After shows in Milan and New York City, British design phenom <a href="http://www.leebroom.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Lee Broom</a> is presenting his third and final installment of his <a href="http://www.leebroom.com/exhibition/observatory-milan-and-new-york-design-weeks-2018/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Observatory</a> lighting collection during the London Design Festival. Broom will transform his Shoreditch showroom with the celestial-inspired fixtures &#8220;that play with proportions of vertical and horizontal space, and the refraction and reflection of light,&#8221; marking the first time they&#8217;re shown in the UK. Observatory comprises five <a href="http://www.leebroom.com/lighting/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">collections</a> – Orion, Lens Flair, Eclipse, Tidal, and Aurora – each outfitted with concealed LEDs that emit soft, diffused light from their sculptural silhouettes.
Orion is a modular, tube-like design with contrasting opaque and solid spheres that can be hung in various configurations for a custom, horizontal and vertical constellation of lights. At London Design Festival, a new black finish will be on display (see initial image). Lens Flair is a spherical fixture inspired by telescopic lenses and horizontal and vertical refractions.
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Liqui Contracts Unveils the Theodore Bench Desk System

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/liqui-contracts-unveils-the-theodore-bench-desk-system/liqui-contracts_theodore-bench-desk-system-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/08/Liqui-Contracts_Theodore-Bench-Desk-System-1-810x540.jpg" alt="Liqui Contracts Unveils the Theodore Bench Desk System" /></a>
                                <a href="http://liquicontracts.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Liqui Contracts</a>, a British furniture and lighting manufacturer, is set to launch the <a href="http://liquicontracts.com/theodore-bench-desk-system/#Theodore_Desk_Bench_System"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Theodore Bench Desk System</a> at next month&#8217;s <a href="https://www.100percentdesign.co.uk/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">100% Design</a>. The design gets its name from the Theodore Roosevelt desk, a legendary desk designed by architect Charles Follen McKim in 1903 that&#8217;s been used by many of the United States&#8217; presidents. The original desk still exists after more than a century and the Theodore Bench Desk System is designed with the same regard – to be both a durable and functional space for all of your work-related duties.
The modern desk stands out with its minimalist aesthetic that’s designed to be used as a two-seater workstation. The system allows for multiple workstations to be connected to fit a number of people working in an open office setup. The Theodore desks can also be ordered with optional acoustic foam dividers for added privacy. Each desk is made in
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ecoBirdy Creates Kid’s Furniture Made From Old Plastic Toys

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/ecobirdy-creates-kids-furniture-made-from-old-plastic-toys/ecobirdy-upcycled-children-collection-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/08/ecoBirdy-upcycled-children-collection-1-810x739.jpg" alt="ecoBirdy Creates Kid&#8217;s Furniture Made From Old Plastic Toys" /></a>
                                Plastic continues to be a growing problem around the world, and while more is being done to reduce consumption (think drinking straws and plastic bags), it seems like one genre hasn&#8217;t quite caught up – children&#8217;s toys. It&#8217;s almost impossible to go to anyone&#8217;s home that has children and not spot a dozen oversized plastic toys that parent&#8217;s hate and kids love, or take a stroll down the toy row at your closest big box store and see that 90% of the options are ugly plastic. Longing to do something about it, two Antwerp-based designers spent two years exploring ways to sustainably recycle old plastic toys and the result is <a href="https://www.ecobirdy.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">ecoBirdy</a>. The new European brand crafts really cool design <a href="https://www.ecobirdy.com/product-category/design-products/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">pieces</a> for kids that are made using 100% recycled plastic waste from unused toys.
The collection, which includes Charlie the Chair, Luisa the Table, Kiwi the Storage Container, and Rhino the
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Toru Uses Leather in New Ways for a Collection of Unique Seating

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/toru-uses-leather-in-new-ways-for-a-collection-of-unique-seating/toru-leather-furniture-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/08/TORU-leather-furniture-1-810x599.jpg" alt="Toru Uses Leather in New Ways for a Collection of Unique Seating" /></a>
                                <a href="http://www.toru.barcelona/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Toru</a> first caught our eye in <a href="https://design-milk.com/wanteddesign-manhattan-2017/"  rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">2017 at WantedDesign</a> and since then the Barcelona-based designer has expanded his collection of seating that uses vegetable-tanned leather in experimental ways. Leather is typically used to upholster pieces of furniture but Toru uses the material itself for backrests and seats on chairs and stools. Each piece is handmade by local craftsman using the highest quality of leather that&#8217;s tanned with chestnut, mimosa, and quebracho extracts, which helps keep the original raw look and color of the material.
Babu is a floor-based chair that was inspired by travel. The easy-to-move design is made with sheets of leather and brass and it offers a spot to relax and meditate. The Clop lounge chair features three legs and a folded leather back that was inspired by the simplicity of a clog shoe – half wood and half leather. The Clop table chair is much like the
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