London celebrates design & ideology with new biennale

London is in the midst of quite a creative moment. The Design Museum is soon to open in the £83m conversion of the former Commonwealth Institute in Kensington, and the V&A has announced plans for a second museum of visual culture in east London’s Olympicopolis at the south end of the Olympic Park where there will also be a Sadler’s Wells and Washington DC’s Smithsonian outposts. But before all this kicks off, the city will experience... Read More

Highlights from Clerkenwell Design Week 2016

London is alive with creative energy and it is sometimes hard to keep up with the sheer volume of exhibitions and fairs celebrating visual culture. This week saw Clerkenwell Design Week celebrate its seventh year. The three-day event in May sees international brands, individual designers, and emerging young artists exhibit their latest creations in one of London’s oldest neighbourhoods – creating a striking contrast between the local... Read More

Highlights: London Design Festival 2013

London is experiencing a design renaissance and events like the 2013 London Design Festival that kicked off earlier this week highlight the city’s incredible creative energy. This is not to say all the designers featured are locals – as the show once again illustrates, London is a gateway for talent from all over the globe. The exhibits this year are an intriguing, lovely and spirited collection spanning from the purely conceptual to the... Read More

Designs on Chocolate

Five leading designers and chocolatiers have created a range of intriguing sculptures referencing London, and made entirely from chocolate. Designs on Chocolate at The Dock  – up the road from DT headquarters – forms part of London Design Festival which sees a host of designers, showrooms, design organisations and retailers participating in events across the city. The exhibition sees the collaboration between The Dock owner Tom... Read More

Designer Talks: Tom Dixon

Tom Dixon discusses the parallels between nationality and creativity at the 2012 Milan Furniture Fair. In the latest video from Nowness experts Carlo Lavagna and Roberto De Paolis the British industrial designer talks of his likes of Lee Broom, La Chance, and Noé Duchaufour Lawrence. Watch the video here. Design Talks | 5 – 25 Scrutton Street | Old Street | Shoreditch | London | EC2A 4HJ?W | www.d-talks.com |Bookshop | Published by Banksthomas All... Read More

London Design Festival 2011 higlights

At the Grand Entrance to the Victoria & Albert Museum sits a giant installation cascading down the steps – the dramatic and soaring Timber Wave responding to the museum’s vast, ornamental and multilayered façade. This is the work of London firm Amanda Levete Architects who, with the help of structural engineer Arup, has created this complex three-dimensional latticework spiral from American red oak, using lamination techniques normally... Read More

Marek Reichman on Aston Martin’s Cygnet

Luxury, bespoke, customised – overused words that run the risk of losing their true meaning. But what does it really mean to design a car in today’s saturated market that encapsulates all these words yet is relevant to our changing world? Aston Martin has created such a car – co-created is probably the more accurate definition given that the base is the work of Toyota. In a nutshell the Cygnet is a very small commuter runaround designed... Read More

Dixon, Hadid, Béhar, Baccarat, Aston Martin at Milan

The global design community descended on Milan last month to celebrate creativity as established and new voices presented their latest innovations at the coveted Salone Internazionale del Mobile, the international furniture fair. We have reported on some of the highlights including Zaha Hadid and Mini in Mutant Architecture & Design, Royal College of Art’s Intent and BMW, Flos and Paul Cocksedge’s Sestoseno. Here are some... Read More