Design Festival Review 2011
Welcome to our London Design festival review.
A few weeks have past and we’ve all had chance to digest the best of London Design Festival. Here we’ve put together some of our highlights, a review of the Tramshed 2011 for Plant & Moss and a little about some of our new designs that were launched at the show (which we will share more with you in our next newsletter).
The Tramshed 2011
In its second year running, the Tramshed did not disappoint, but with big names such as De La Espada, Matthew Hilton, Benjamin Hubert and Autoban, who would expect anything less?
For Plant & Moss the show proved as a launch pad for the company, with our first full collection being presented. On show were our new designs which demonstrate the high level of detailing and craft which we are proud of. Our 2011 Collection focused on traditional craft techniques, juxtaposed with industrial components, with the aim to create products with ‘character & charm’.
The show provided a hive of activity with great interest from trade, press and the public. It was great to see many of you there, and for those of you who couldn’t make it, we hope you enjoy these images.
Images by Andrew Figueira
London Design Festival review
Being so busy at the Tramshed we can hardly claim to have the most in-depth review for London Design Festival, however here are a few pieces and people that caught our eye.
Nikko, at Tent, had on show these wonderfully quirky and beautifully made plates and bowls, produced in collaboration with Bodo Sperlein. We love the 1940’s style colourings and how the glaze puddles in the middle to create a simple but interesting aesthetic.
It was great to see the bright and colourful work of Zoe Murphy on display at Tent. In her third year at the show, her work continues to add life to old and cherished vintage furniture. This year has seen the young designer work on many projects, which were being talked about at the show and you can read more about them here.
Design Junction, in its first year at the London Design Festival, following its success in Milan, was a spectacle worth visiting. The show had a focus on British manufacturing from Bench Mark, Another Country and Dead Good among others. There was input from large international design houses such as Cassina and Cappellini which were all situated in a large basement under Victoria House, giving the show an air of discovery.
It was the work of Beau McClellan and their installation of a lighting structure that caught our eye. They displayed a small sample of their Reflective Flow, which is the largest interactive lighting chandelier in the world, designed for the Al Hitmi office development in Doha, it certainly drew you in, and projected a calming and relaxing lighting affect. The original is made up of 165,000 LED’s and is 46 meters long, weighing an impressive 20 tonnes!
Versatile, inspired lighting by Plant & Moss
Arco-rod is an adjustable pendant lamp that lowers from ceiling height down to dining table level and lower still to become a reading lamp. The design was inspired by an image of a fisherman on his boat with a lantern. Arco-rod plays with tension and flex, providing a fun versatile solution to lighting, utilising a fishing rod and winch, as it is turned the cable tightens, arcing the rod and lowering the height of the bulb. Available here.
TOP BRITS at TOP DRAWER
When Plant & Moss were invited to exhibit at Top Drawer with Interior Lifestyle Futures (ILF) we welcomed the opportunity. ILF is a Midland based organisation, whose role is to promote design and craft from the Midlands. The exhibition included 13 companies who, like us, design and manufacture in the Midlands. The range of work by the companies was varied, including blown glass, leather-ware, lighting, furniture, ceramics and jewellery. At the exhibition we presented a selection of stools and lamps from our 2011 Collection including the Filter Lights, Clamp Lamp, Companion, and Tribal Stools. Also exhibiting on the stand was Saloukee, a company specialising in sculpted paper jewellery. The jewellery is made from lazer-cut paper, each paper leaf being held to the next by silver rivets and complemented by a high level of detailing.