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.
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
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.