London Design Districts – London Design Festival 2019

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During the London Design Festival, the city is divided into London Design Districts. The districts each showcase different designers, art projects and events.  Here is a list of the different districts and a link to the Festival page for each design district with featured events for visitors.

BankSide

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Adriana Cobo Corey

Brompton

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Nomdaic Pavilion by Jorge Penadés_BromptonDesignDistrict2019

Chelsea

Abram Games exhibition National Army Museum, London, UK
Abram Games exhibition National Army Museum, London, UK

Clerkenwell

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LA MUJER DEL ALMANZORA

Kings X

Gasholders x Roksanda - Courtyard - Photography by Jason Oddy
Gasholders x Roksanda – Courtyard – Photography by Jason Oddy

Marleybone

BUTTERFLY CHAIR AND PENNON TABLE
BUTTERFLY CHAIR AND PENNON TABLE

Mayfair

JAN KATH
JAN KATH

Paddington

HERE (2019)
HERE (2019)

Pimlico

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The Odd Chair Company Pinlico showroom London exterior and portraits of Mauritzio James Cook Victoria

Shoreditch

Victoria

London Design District

West Kensington

West Kensington Design District
West Kensington Design District

Paul Cocksedge – Please Be Seated – Installation in London

Please Be Seated Sculpture

This week Munich Artists is at the London Design Festival.  This is a temporary installation by Paul Cocksedge which uses reclaimed wood and metal from construction sites.  The wood has been left in a raw state. You have until October 11, 2019 to see it.

The art piece was created over six months and the designer was told he could not accomplish this type of design the way he wanted it.  The resulting successful art piece that fills a space organically declares that a vision can be a reality.

Paul Cocksedge has taken an art object and given it a useful purpose which makes it tread in the space between art and craft.  If you are lucky to be in London while this piece exists, I encourage you to go take a seat on one of the curves and enjoy the view of the surrounding buildings.

The installation is located at Finsbury Avenue Square Broadgate, EC2M 2PA. London

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Paul Cocksedge – Please Be Seated – Installation – Sculpture – 2019 – London, UK

London Design Festival

Today Munich Artists will begin exploring London Design Festival.  Last night I went through the guide. (which you can download here.)  and I decided to attend The Business of Design talk.

That talk is described as follows:

The business of design can be one of the biggest challenges for any designer to navigate. This panel will explore the relationship between creative practice methods and the tools and skills required to function effectively as a practicing designer today, sharing insights into different models, approaches and operational scales of practice.

The Panel discussing the Business of Design includes:

  • CHAIR: Alec Dudson, Intern Magazine
  • Sarah Boris, Sarah Boris Studio
  • Susanna Edwards, Course Coordinator Falmouth University’s flexible MA Graphic Design Online
  • Theo Inglis, Designer and Design Writer
  • Alex Ostrowski, Founder, Lovers
  • Neef Rehman, Adventure Lead, ustwo

After the talk is a workshop which is sold out.

Before heading to sit indoors, I will be hunting for a sculpture entitled Please be Seated created by Designer Paul Cooksedge.

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Rendering of Please be Seated at Broadgate by Designer Paul Cocksedge

To plan my week I will be following the Global Design Forum themes as follows:

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  • Sunday 15 September: Graphic Design

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  • Monday 16 September: Biodesign: Engineering a Future

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  • Tuesday 17 September: Design for Change

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  • Wednesday 18 September: Digital Futures

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  • Thursday 19 September: Sustainability: Revolution and Solution

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  • Friday 20 September: The Theatre of Experience

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Snowden Flood Offers Munich Artists London Inspiration

London is a great city to visit for inspiration.  As we walked down the Thames, we found Snowden Flood‘s studio store at OXO.  Snowden (that is her real name) is an artist in London who decided that visitors to London should be able to find higher end gifts designed and created in the UK.

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Snowden Flood in her studio store at OXO

At first, Snowden thought she would use the space at OXO as her studio/store but just like many Munich Artists, Snowden found that a combined studio/store space doesn’t quite work because, no matter how much you plan, the store always interrupts your efforts to be creative.

Now, the OXO space focuses on selling artwork/designs created by Snowden Flood and select UK artists that fit in with Snowden’s overall design/art concept.

Snowden’s Flood’s store is located on the 1st floor of OXO (one floor up from the ground floor.) and is one cosy room with plenty of room to walk around and see the merchandise.

 

This is the view into her shop space.

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View of Snowden Flood’s store from the outside.
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View of Snowden Flood’s store from the inside.
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Dishes designed by Snowden Flood
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Cups designed by Snowden Flood

The prices of Snowden Flood’s mugs start at 12 GBP per cup or 70GBP for a set of six. Snowden said that the mugs sell really well and that buyers are both local residents and international guests to the city.

Snowden has a few screen printed designs on aprons and tea towels and we purchased an “Extremely Nice” apron for the studio for 12 GBP.

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Packaged Apron designed by Snowden Flood
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Front detail of Screen printed Apron designed by Snowden Flood
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Cookbook  written by Jenny Linford and published by Metro Publications

I purchased the London Cookbook because it felt like a neighbourhood cookbook instead of a posh city guide to London Food.

I liked the focus on London residents and small businesses rather than famous restaurants or people. From Mrs. Lim’s Singaporean Laksa to Sini’s Cinnamon Buns from the Nordic Bakery, the book is filled with international people working and living in London and leading London lives.

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Interior of The London Cookbook
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The London Cookbook Tea Time
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The London Cookbook Soho Stories
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The London Cookbook London Bakeries

I would have preferred larger photographs or more white space but the colour saturated pages didn’t deter me from purchasing the book and enjoying the contents.

If you would like to visit Snowden’s store, you can find her at the OXO Tower Wharf. You can also purchase her designs online from the Snowden Flood’s Store.

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