This September sees us back at Designjunction Cubitt House, we hope you can join us for another exciting London Design Festival.
Just coming round this morning from a good night out with a couple of fine vodka cocktails at the SuperDesign launch party. Now in it's 5th year, the show is being held at The Dairy, Kings Cross/ Bloomsbury (one of our favourite parts of town) and is an exhibition which "seeks to emphasise the current synergy between design and the visual arts". This is an exhibition of specially commissioned studio pieces by both well known and emerging designers. Whilst some of the pieces are a bit on the high end glitzy side for our tastes, we did come across some interesting lights by Marcus Tremonto
and a low bench? by Brodie Neill which looks like it's been inspired by a surf board? (would it be stereotyping to mention he hails from Australia?)
The show runs until 17th October.
It was a brilliant exhibition in aid of a very worthwhile cause (Maggies Cancer Caring Centres) and now that The Joy of Living has been packed away and the artwork sold off, the artists and their artwork can be revealed... here are some of our favorite entries:
and finally here's our own entries:
We've been very fortunate to be involved in a wonderfully creative project curated by Max Fraser (author of The London Design Guide) in aid of Maggie's Cancer Caring Centres. Inspired by a quote from the founder Maggie Keswick Jencks who once said “Above all what matters is not to lose the joy of living in the fear of dying,” over 100 established and emerging UK designers/ architects were invited to create an artwork to be shown as part of a secret sale exhibition at Somerset House with a view to raising £50,000. Starting from a sheet of A4 graph paper the brief was to express 'The Joy of Living' and the entries, which can be seen from 15-21 March, are as varied and as interesting as they are personal. For a taste of whats on offer check out Wallpaper or better still take a trip to the Grand Lobby before Monday.
What a very inspiring start to 2011 we've had... a trip to The National Gallery yesterday led us to two small but perfectly formed exhibitons... Firstly, Bridget Riley: Paintings and Related Works.
This is a show where a number of the abstract artist's more well known pieces such as 'Arrest 3' (above) sits alongside some of her more recent works, most notably the very striking 'Composition with Circles 7', a huge mural made up of numerous large black circles which appear to bounce across and collide into each other on the longest wall of the Sunley Room. The scale of this painting, the simplicity of the circles and the sense of movement which Riley injects into them make it really quite a mesmerising piece.
And secondly, in complete contrast, a room dedicated to Ben Johnson: Modern Perspectives. Johnson is currently the artist in residence and the cityscapes that he creates are incredible (sadly lacking in human activity and projecting a somewhat sanitised view of the city but incredible nonetheless.) Each painting is made up of thousands of buildings, monuments, roads and waterways in tiny accurate detail (though they are not necessarily geographically precise) which can take many months, even years to complete. Currently working in the gallery on a view over Trafalgar Square 'Looking Back to Richmond House' Johnson and his team of assistants labour on a detailed process involving hand sketches, photographs, computer drawings, laser cut stencils and spray paint guns under the watchful eye of the gallery going public. It was intriguing to be able to watch him at work (not quite sure how he keeps his concentration in these circumstances!) and the end result is bound to be impressive.
Last Sunday I was lucky enough to be briefly shown round the Van Doesburg exhibition at the Tate just before they closed the doors. What a great exhibition of a very prolific writer, artist, designer and editor. I was amazed at the body of work that he'd been involved in, from founder and chief spokesman of the De Stijl group to his collaborations with artist and architects such as Piet Mondrian and Gerrit Rietveld to name but a few. Well worth a visit and I might even pop back myself...
Watch out for the Art Bus... We were lucky enough to see these brilliant prints by the national treasure Peter Blake down at GX Gallery down in Camberwell... very inspiring work by the god father of British Pop.