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.


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