As with NYC's ICFF and Milan's Salone del Mobile, the tentpole events of London Design Festival are predominantly trade-facing affairs. Whereaas 100% Design caters to interior designers and architects, designjunction balances contract with the indie, up-and-comer spirit of Shoreditch. Meanwhile, the nooks and crannies of South Kensington — known as
Aside from the inaugural biennale at the Somerset House, the 14th edition of London Design Festival felt like business as usual. Indeed, the introductory text to the official guide to LDF2016 only makes a passing mention of the Brexit. Similarly, only one exhibition in East London explicitly addressed the results
Of all of the nods to utopia at London Design Festival this year, one exhibition captured the spirit of egalitarian optimism, forgoing the allusion to the 500th anniversary of Sir Thomas More's book altogether. You wouldn't know it by looking at the results of Martino Gamper's modest experiment, displayed in
There was nary an Arduino in sight at Electro Craft, a dense London Design Festival exhibition in the heart of Shoreditch Design Triangle. A showcase of design at various points where arts and crafts meet technology, the jam-packed show gives a first impression of overstimulation, with nearly 30 projects —
With upwards of hundreds of events and exhibitions during any given design week or festival, companies and organizations often err on the side of spectacle — most recently, in the case of London Design Festival 2016. When Instagrammability is the order of the day, “immersive” “dynamic,” or otherwise “experiential” installations
Arguably the most minimal booth in the entirety of designjunction was tucked away in an unassuming corner of the Cubitt House exhibition hall. A shelf, mounted on a wall at eye-level to emphasize its drawing-like simplicity; another beside it, and a darker variation on the floor below. Upon closer inspection:
As one of the oldest craft techniques, ceramics nevertheless endures as [an area] for design experimentation. During this year's London Design Festival, a pair of independent design studios joined forces to stage Particle Particular at Studio 1.1 in Shoreditch. While Prin London and Studio Furthermore share a mutual interest in
First, there was the likes of Studio Neat, Craighton Berman, and Don Lehman; then came Scott Wilson, Pebble, and Yves Béhar. Fast forward a few years, and products are among the most successful projects of all time — albeit not without the proverbial “risks and challenges” that a new company
With an acronym that sounds like a college radio station or killer Scrabble word, the new King's Cross Creative Quarter launched during London Design Festival 2016. Spearheaded by designjunction, which now calls the KXCQ home, at least one tenant has already settled in nicely. Central Saint Martins moved into the
Cycling has long been hailed as a kind of all-purpose urban panacea, an all-purpose solution for congestion and the first-and-last-mile—getting people to and from a transportation hub. Now, Beijing's People's Architecture Office has designed a bike — by a slight stretch of the imagination — into a destination in itself.
Dutch Design Week is intended to be a celebration of “Dutch Design” writ large: Not by designers who happen to be born and raised in the Netherlands but rather those who work with a distinctly concept-, process-, or material-driven approach that underlies nearly all of the thousands of projects that
Considering that some 2,500 designers exhibited during Dutch Design Week 2015, we can only hope to publish a tiny fraction of the projects on view. If the Graduation Show sees the majority of the proper debuts, it is the neighborhoods of Strijp and Sectie C — former industrial areas undergoing
Dutch Design Week is arguably the most unique annual design event, a perfect storm of time, place, and raw creativity, that attracts some 275,000 visitors over nine days in the middle of October. That the attendance figure surpasses the population of Eindhoven — the quiet city in the south of
Materials suppliers have long sponsored workshops in the interest of raising awareness about their vendors' offerings, but Baars & Bloemhoff’s “Transitions” was noteworthy both as the Dutch company's first designer collaboration and a strong showing from six of Holland's most promising young studios. Conversely, although many designers — including all
Like it or lump it, ceramics were shown in force during Dutch Design Week, ubiquitous in the subtle way that both a tabletop landscape or a single sculptural artifact can be presented in a space without dominating it. Ease of transporting ceramics behooves exhibitors and visitors alike, making them popular
This is the second of two photo galleries from Beijing Design Week 2015. At first blush, this photo gallery from Beijing Design Week would be the more prosaic of the two, loosely divided into the “ground-up,” grass-roots-y exhibition areas of Dashilar and Baitasi — maze-like neighborhoods that reward those willing
This is the first of two photo galleries from Beijing Design Week 2015. A simple geographical distinction coincidentally maps onto well-worn bywords for a greater hemispherical binary: East and West. In the case of Beijing Design Week 2015, it happens to be a simple heuristic for organizing the exhibition areas
Even as the mall meets its demise in America, the one-stop retail megaplex rises anew, bigger and better than ever, in the Far East, with the gravitational pull to bring design week into its purview. The narrative is altogether too obvious; the artlessness fitting, in some ways, for China, but
Design schools have long taken to their hometown design festivals to capitalize on a broader audience for their work, and the China Central Academy for Fine Arts is no exception. From the Visual Communication department's “Museum of Bicycle Parts” in 2013 to last year's Industrial Design student showcase “Everyday Issues,”
The use of wood is by no means a trend, at least not in the sense that it is a new phenomenon. After all, China has a 7,000-year tradition of sunmao, or mortise-and-tenon joinery, dating back to the late Neolithic era, when it was used in Chinese timber-frame architecture, and
As hype cycles go, the interest in 3D printing has been waxing and waning since, say, Martha Stewart got her hands on a MakerBot. As other manufacturers have been struggling to find their footing, the upstarts at Formlabs have been expanding on all fronts—settling their legal issues, launching a handful
Obvious though it may be, seeing the forest for the trees is a felicitous reference point when it comes to describing BioLite, a Brooklyn-based company that develops innovative products for two disparate off-the-grid communities. After all, the metaphor is as felicitous for recreational campers as it is in the world
Those of you visiting for NYCxDesign may have noticed, as New Yorkers surely have, that iOS autocorrects "tribeca" to the rather more awkward "TriBeCa"; neither abbreviation nor portmanteau, the unusual capitalization connotes its coinage. The neighborhood may be Below Canal, but it's shaped more like a trapezoid than a triangle;
Well, here's a rather fun self-proclaimed "stupid pet project"—a literal brief if there ever was one—by SVA IXD student Max Kessler. As a kind of analog random number generator, "Coin Flip" is rather more purposeful than this brilliant gizmo, and the drinking-bird-meets-desktop-trebuchet invariably offers a more delightful user experience than,...
Last time we checked in with Case Studyo, the Belgian limited-edition art purveyor, we took note of Grotesk's "6FT - 6IN" lamp. Now, just in time for the holidays, sometime Core-llaborator Andy Rementer is pleased to present "People Blocks 2," his second artist sculpture series comprising four winsome characters. From...
L: The Fluidigm Juno, designed by fuseproject; R: Quirky+GE's "Tripper" sensorAs an editor at Core77, I often find myself attempting to explain what industrial design is, and I'm sure those of you who are actually practicing designers often find yourselves in find yourselves in the same position. It's regrettable that...
This thing is making rounds and we'd normally be too embarrassed to post what by all means must be a hoax, but for the fact that this souped-up bike helmet is a compelling example of design fiction. As Bike Snob pointed out, Toby King's "Smart Hat" essentially turns a cyclist—specifically,...
Photos courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (via Hyperallergic)As a website and resource for industrial designers, we're always curious to learn about new materials and methods that may be of interest to our audience; it so happens that a lot of those same techniques can be applied to art...
Premium coffee is kind of a thing these days, thanks largely to the likes of Stumptown and Blue Bottle, and the nuances of brewing a perfect cup hits a sweet spot of quasi-gastronomical experimentation... not least because it's something that many of us do on a daily basis. Now, as...
Now that jack-o-lantern season is behind us, we can look forward to two months of bacchanalian gluttony can begin (followed, of course, by the guilt and sobriety of yet another new year). But if you miss the warm glow of foodstuffs that have been 'creatively repurposed' as lamps, Japanese designer...
Factory in China, via Wikimedia CommonsIn fairness to the much-derided MeezyCube—a case for the MagSafe Power Adapter, a.k.a. The Apple Accessory We Never Saw Coming—I should note that I haven't personally put a MagSafe through the paces; 99% of the time, it's just sitting on my desk. If the laptop...
Surely some of you remember the toy called Shrinky Dinks, the polystyrene toy that allows users to turn pieces of plastic into smaller pieces of plastic. (According to Wikipedia, 90's alt-rockers Sugar Ray were originally known as 'Shrinky Dinx' until Milton Bradley threatened a lawsuit—more nostalgia than you asked for...
Hot on the heel-plate-attachment-points of Noonee's "Chairless Chair," the team at Mono+Mono has launched the "Sitpack" on Kickstarter. The Copenhagen-based design consultancy has developed what they're calling "the world's most compact, foldable resting device," and they're looking to bring the pocketable monopod to market via a crowdfunding campaign. Designed in...
I can't for the life of me recall where or when, but I once heard that you turn a bicycle ("cornering," as we call it) not by steering with the handlebars but by 'pointing your belly button in the direction you want to go.' It comes naturally to anyone who...
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