During a visit to Glashütte Lamberts in Waldsassen, Germany – one of the oldest mouth-blown glass factories in the world – Paris-based designer Jeremy Maxwell Wintrebert was struck by the piles of freshly made glass cylinders, waiting to be flattened out to create panes of glass. This inspired Human Nature, to be installed in the Victoria and Albert Museum's Glass Galleries for the London Design Festival 2014
Supported by Champagne Perrier-Jouët
The team reflect on the process of taking Double Space for BMW from concept to reality.
The installation “Double Space for BMW – Precision & Poetry in Motion” by Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby will be unveiled during the London Design Festival on September 13th, 2014 in the Raphael Gallery at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
On display 13 September – 24 October
Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design
Karim Habib, Head of Design BMW Automobiles
Edward Barber, Designer of Double Space for BMW
Jay Osgerby, Designer of Double Space for BMW
Dr Martin Roth, Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum
Ben Evans, Director of the London Design Festival
See http://londondesignfestival.com/events/double-space-bmw-precision-poetry-motion for further details
Sir Terence Conran, Benchmark, the London Design Festival and the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) invited ten design legends along with ten emerging talents, to design and make something they have always wanted, but never been able to find.
A stellar list of architects and designers were brought together by the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) and Benchmark Furniture collaborate to create a compelling installation, The Wish List, which will be exhibited at the V&A during the 2014 London Design Festival (13-21 September).
Terence Conran, co-founder of Benchmark, instigated the project when he wrote to his friends and asked, “What have you always wanted in your home, but never been able to find?”
Paul Smith commissioned Nathalie de Leval… Designer, Sir Paul Smith has requested a shed from bespoke furniture designer, Nathalie de Leval. Not just any shed, ‘My Shed’ – a request befitting of any man. When asked about his brief Paul Smith said, ‘Really the inspiration behind the design was to create somewhere where you can go to switch off, somewhere to relax. In today’s world where everyone is so busy, I think this is really important and very needed.’ The shed will not be stuck in the corner of a garden; rather it will sit on the top of a hill or by a forest, overlooking an amazing view.
Paul goes on to explain, ‘The shed is 3m by 3m, the same size as my first ever shop in Nottingham. Completely coincidentally, Matisse’s famous cut-out ‘The Snail’ is also the same size.’ Commenting on why he chose to work with Nathalie, Paul comments, ‘In this highly commercialised world it is so nice to discover someone who is so hands on, not only in terms of her design but also in the making of her furniture. Nathalie’s understanding of the materials she works with is really amazing, she combines this with fantastic craftsmanship to make something truly contemporary.’
The thermally modified ash for 'Paul's Shed' was kindly donated by Morgan Timber and Northland Forest Products.
Airbnb is the world’s largest community marketplace for people to list, discover and book online accommodation within people’s own homes. Now Airbnb is collaborating with the London Design Festival for this year’s Landmark Project in Trafalgar Square.
All these questions and more are addressed by four highly acclaimed designers – Jasper Morrison, Patternity, Raw Edges and Studioilse – for the project A Place Called Home. The designers have been asked to provide their own personal vision of a room to intrigue and amuse visitors to Trafalgar Square. The four ‘homes’ appear to be similar in construction from the outside, but have their own identity, hinting at the unique, creative interiors within. The project is supported by Airbnb, an organisation that believes that by blurring the boundaries between the idea of public shareability and our sense of private space we can cultivate a feeling of belonging—for anyone, anywhere.