London Design Festival – around the capital for everyone


The London Design Festival is an annual event bringing together the design world to see the latest innovations, trends and products in the field. This year it celebrates how design is everywhere for everyone, offering trade fairs to professionals alongside public installations. 

Organised for its 11th year, the festival promotes London as the world capital of design and as an international gateway to creativity. It expects more than 250 partners and over 300 events showcasing the best in design. As ever, the programme includes various commissioned projects, with highlights at St Paul’s Cathedral and at its hub venue, the Victoria and Albert Museum, with a number of site-specific installations, multiple product launches and also a Jamie Oliver pop-up restaurant at Designjunction.  

The London Design Festival takes place in 14 – 22 September 2013. Get ready for the global design celebration and join the discussion on Twitter @L_D_F or  #LDF13.

Relaxing time for three


Trinity HammockTrinity HammocksAs the warm weather continues to coddle us, it is time to set up hammocks and lay in the sun.

Traditionally seen as solitary relaxing stations for one, Trinity Hammocks has designed a three-in-one hammock for those who prefer to share the fun.

This new design of traditional hammocks takes consideration that not everyone wants to chill alone and a bit of comfort is required to maximise the experience. Involving an infinity ring design, the hammocks are connected through the stainless steel rings and a small table is placed in the middle where you can place a book or an ice cold drink.

When the sun gets too hot or if rain surprises you, there is also the possibility of adding a roof over the structure so relaxing can continue regardless of the weather.

Get one for yourself, invite friends over and just enjoy the day in a good company.

Monumental plant sculptures in Montréal


MIM 2013MIM2013MIM 2013The Mosaïcultures Internationales de Montréal, which opened on the 22nd June, is now in full bloom. The international competition is a showcase of the best horticultural art or mosaiculture in the world and runs until 29th September at the Montréal Botanical Garden.

The event features 22,000 plant species and cultivars distributed throughout 10 exhibition greenhouses and 30 themed gardens, producing some amazing sculptures and designs.

Here are a few of our favourites, with more being found on Flickr here.

Images from MIM.

LED flowers for film festival opening


LED flower installationLED flower installationA new LED installation has been designed and fabricated by BWArchitects for the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival.

1,600 LED bulbs were made into pink and blue “flowers”, swaying in the wind at night on the courthouse steps in NYC. 

The reusable flowers were made by hand over several days and mounted to painted wood boards held in place by sandbags. For the opening ceremony a field of the swaying LED ‘flowers’ was mounted to thin metal rods, once the lights were activated, the wind provided the movement at different rates due to the varied lengths of steel.

Justin Weiner of Studio Kenji created a short video of the installation which can be seen below.

Tribeca Film Festival Lighting Installation from Justin Weiner on Vimeo.

Sunken platform gives different view of lake


Observation platformObservation platformObservation platformAn observation platform in Vöcklabruck, Austria is giving visitors a new perspective over a picturesque scene.

The platform is set below the water level in the middle of a lake, giving those from the shore the impression that people are below the water line.

The platform is a huge attraction for visitors to the region and consists of a ramp from the shore down to the cirlular enclosure which has seating provided for tourists to sit and enjoy the beautiful views. 

‘David Bowie Is’: a retrospective


David Bowie IsDavid Bowie IsDavid Bowie IsThe V&A Museum was lucky enough to gain access to the David Bowie Archive to curate the museum’s latest attraction.

The sold-out exhibition, titled ‘David Bowie Is‘, features over 300 pieces, including costumes, photographs, album covers and video exerts from films and live performances.

Spanning the career of the Brixton-born musician, the retrospective also includes some more personal items such as never-before-seen storyboards, handwritten set lists and lyrics, as well as some of Bowie’s own sketches, musical scores and diary entries, revealing the evolution of his creative ideas.

The exhibition was brought together by the V&A’s theatre and performance curators Victoria Broackes and Geoffrey Marsh and will explore the creative processes of Bowie as a musical innovator and cultural icon, tracing his shifting style and sustained reinvention across five decades.

‘David Bowie Is’ opened on the 23rd March and will run until the 11th August 2013. Find out more here.

Clouds inside create silver-lining for artist


Indoor cloudIndoor cloudIndoor cloudDutch artist Berndnaut Smilde controls the weather and creates beautiful indoor clouds with the help of a smoke machine and dramatic lighting.

The fog machine emits dense vapour / smoke that makes contact with sprayed water and forms a small white cloud.

Smilde, who lives in Amsterdam, said he wanted to make the image of a typical Dutch rain cloud but inside. ‘I imagined walking into a classical museum hall with just empty walls,’ he said. ‘There was nothing to see except for a rain cloud hanging around in the room. I wanted to make a very clear image, an almost cliché and cartoon-like visualization of having bad luck. Indeed there’s nothing here and bxxxxcks, it’s starting to rain!”  

The few people who have seen the clouds in person should consider themselves very lucky; each cloud only exists for a moment before dissipating.  

To document the clouds Smilde photographs them; the only proof of their existence if a viewer misses them.  

The first exhibit, called Nimbus, was created by Smilde in 2010.  

Watch videos of the creation of the clouds below.



Planters resemble miniature sustainable buildings


ienamiienamiienamiienamiWho wouldn’t want to get their hands on this planter series called ienami.

Designed by Japan-based studio Metaphys, these fun planters are made to look like miniature buildings (ienami refers to a row of houses in Japanese).

Inspired by minimalist style buildings with roof gardens, these contemporary micro homes look good with delicate plants like soft mosses and small succulents.

Alley, Plaza, Tunnel and Zig Zag are the four designs included in the collection.

Make your drawings come to life


3Doodler3Doodler3Doodler3 Doodler is a new kind of pen that will draw in 3D. It will allow users to create sculptures or designs in 3D, either by drawing free hand, or by tracing sketches on paper then ‘welding’ the pieces together.

Currently only available by backing the project on Kickstarter for $75 or more, the pen uses 3mm ABS or PLA plastic as its “ink”, which is heated and cools quickly to build solid structures and shapes.

Although there is not a date for general release, nor a suggested price, from the Kickstarter page we can see that the lowest price they ask is $75 and the upper is $99, with plans to dispatch the finished product in February of next year.

To showcase the capabilities of the pen, the makers, Pete & Max from Wobble Works, worked with some wire artists on Etsy to create some special pieces and templates for backers.

The 3Doodler has seen a lot of press since it was made public and the project has received almost $2.1M in funding, 70 times more than the $30,000 goal.

Find out more on their Kickstarter page or watch the video below.

Annual reports becoming marketing tools


Brands are always looking for that new, inspiring way to connect with people; whether it be that amazing advert, viral video or clever copy.

Now brands are utilising the power of annual reports.
At the 2012 Cannes International Festival of Creativity, the judges were put into a child-like frenzy when they were given what appeared to be a plain, white book. But when they took the book outside into the sunlight, it became the annual report for solar energy company Austria Solar. It had been printed on specially treated paper that reacted when exposed to the sun and it’s rays.

The Report earned accolades across the awards circuit, and it still does today recently named as a contender for The Design Museum’s Design of the Year.

It is not the first time that an annual report has been creatively produced; Croatian agency Bruketa & Zinic has built a reputation on brilliant annual reports for it’s longtime clients Adris Group and Podravka. For Adris Group they created an annual report that glows in the dark, another that weighed a lot more than it looked, and most recently one whose pages changed colour and revealed more details when touched. For Podravka, who are the largest food brand in Southeast Europe, they created a report that could not be read until it had been baked in an oven.

Brands and agencies have started to see reports as a new way to generate visibility and interest. By creating these innovative reports they raise brand awareness and can have a positive impact upon their investors, delivering a message of innovation and forward thinking. The trend is towards changing the way that annual reports are delivered and with many appearing online interactive elements are being included such as video, links and rollover text. However, it is still only the brave that break the mould and push the boundaries where finances and investment is involved.

The Rainbow Igloo


Igloo CompleteIgloo halfwayIgloo FoundationsWhile spending time in Edmonton, Canada with his girlfriends family, New Zealand engineering student Daniel Gray was given the task of trying to build an igloo from ice blocks his girlfriend’s mother had prepared for his arrival.

To make the blocks, Brigid Burton, mother of Gray’s girlfriend, poured water with food colouring into empty milk cartons then froze them.

Gray took on the task over 5 days with help from the family and neighbours and this was the result.  

Check out the full story with more images here

Winning advertising at the Cannes Lion Festival of Creativity


Chipotle Winning AdvertisingCanal + Winning Advertising CreativeThis year’s the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity saw many of the world’s leading advertising agencies win awards for some fantastic creative.

There were 15 individual winners for ads out of the 5,195 entries, a demonstration that the advertising industry is still producing some outstanding quality productions.

See three of the winning entries below or visit Adweek to see all 15.  


Chipotle “Back to the Start” – Agency: Creative Artists Agency, Los Angeles

Canal+ “The Bear”,  Agency: BETC, Paris

The Guardian “Three Little Pigs”, Agency: BBH, London

The poster that changes your colleagues’ music choice


Music Poster DesignHave you sat in your office and cringed at your colleagues’ awful taste in music? Then the “Change the Tune” poster, invented by Agency Republic will have you cheering.

The agency plays music via Spotify over their sound system and have rigged up a poster with a motion sensor that changes the song when it’s hit by something. A great idea but watch out for unidentified flying objects and the Health and Safety squad.

Heineken asks young designers for nightclub of the future


What will the nightclub of the future look like? That’s the question posed by Dutch beer company Heineken, which has selected 19 of the world’s most promising young designers and briefed them to come up with their dream club, the best of which will go on show as a ‘pop-up’ nightclub at next years Milan Furniture Fair.

Launched earlier this year, Heineken Open Design Explorations Edition 1: The Club auditioned hundreds of promising designers, eventually selecting the best 19 from four countries – Japan, Brazil, USA and Italy. The chosen designers have now been put into groups, each of which will a present a design for a new nightclub concept.

The nineteen selected designers, who come from motion deign, graphic design, product design and interior design backgrounds, all demonstrated a love of nightlife and an exceptional level of creativity. Yukihiro Shoda, a motion designer from Tokyo, shared his enthusiasm at being selected saying, ‘The project has given me an exciting opportunity to work with designers from across the world and from other disciplines. The collaboration element will allow each of us to really explore our potential, and the input from consumers is something that will help inspire me to push my ideas to new levels.’ Graphic designer Sandra Garcia Pagola from of New York City said, ‘To present the conclusions of our journey during Milan’s famous design week is an unbelievable opportunity for any designer. I feel really lucky that Heineken has created this opportunity and selected me alongside the other designers to showcase our work on such a revered global stage.’

To follow the designers and read the full article visit The Interior Design Blog

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