The Design Milk team spent a lot of time on the road in 2018 scouring the globe looking for the best modern design on display at various events, exhibitions, and shows. Since not everyone is able to attend these events and others might have missed some of our coverage, we rounded up all of the design shows we attended so you can see them all in one place. Take a look.
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IDS Toronto \\\ January 2018<br />
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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. “One of the joys of South East Makers Club is meeting the talented designers, makers and businesses that are based here,” says co-founder <a href="https://www.simple-shape.com/" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Helen Osgerby</a>. “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.”
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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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’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’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.
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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’s</a> Shoreditch hotel into Sisal Sanctum – an outdoor seating area protected by pretty gloomy looking “giant guardians” – 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
<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’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’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.
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It’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’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
Design reporter Gunseli Yalcinkaya picks out some of the most eye-catching furniture, lighting and homeware presented at this year’s London Design Fair, including a lamp that resembles a long-necked bird and a double-mouthed vase. Read more
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The Apple Watch, and to a lesser extend Android Wear, have garnered the most attention for incorporating a slew of communication and monitoring technologies into a watch form factor. All the while Sony has been quietly working in the background on something more singularly focused on the app-front – the <a href="https://www.sony.co.uk/fes" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Sony FES Watch U</a>, a completely customizable watch with an electronic ink face and strap display.
Although Apple and Android watches permit a degree of customization, the Sony FES Watch U raises the stakes to a notable degree by allowing wearers to upload and convert nearly any image from their smartphone via a compatible Sony Closet App to crop and position into a monochromatic design that stretches from watch face all the way across the length of the straps. This bit of customization magic is all made possible thanks to the same display technology found inside the Amazon Kindle e-reader.
Digital artists R Luke DuBois and Zach Lieberman have both created installations to reveal the primitive nature of facial-recognition technology that is used by organisations all over the USA. Read more