London Design Fair 2017

London Design Fair at the Old Truman Brewery

There was almost too much to see, so I selected only a few pieces I wanted to talk about.

Kiri Martin’s Paper Pulp Piggy Bank: We all had one of these iconic toys as kids ( or do you still have one?). what I loved about it was the simple design, the fact that kids or grown-up kids can customize it and the use of a sustainable material. Isn’t he cute?

What are your memories of your very first piggy bank? I remember the weight of it, even empty it was quite heavy. To the child I was it had already an incredible value even if it was empty. The second thing I remember is slipping in the first coin and the sound it made when it hit the empty bottom. You could more or less guess how full your piggy bank was by the sound made by the coins falling in and the weight of the object itself. It was also a great it to break it. I think my mom let me use a hammer to do it, let me tell you, I could feel the weight of responsibility in my hand.
With Tammy, the paper pulp piggy bank, each coin worth its weight and you will probably feel better to tear him gently apart than using the old-school-hammer-ritual.

Dear Disaster Cabinets: This beautiful piece of furniture directly caught my attention. Many visitors were walking carefully with a serious expression around the exhibition. I am the kind of person who gets super excited and curious: I want to touch and try out everything, which made my friend laugh as it might be considered a childish behaviour. But this cabinet was winking at me and whispering Come and play with me. I did.

It was so satisfying, even soothing, to touch it, see it move, create a pattern. I read only about the psychological recovery concept much later but I have to say that it works. After that interaction you feel much better, it’s even hard to stop.

Here, in no particular order, are a few pieces I like for their organic feel and/or look.

Olivia Walker‘s intriguing ceramics: Here again I had to touch it, it looks soft but was actually hard.

Craig Narramore‘s lava coated furniture: the bright colours reminds you that this is man-made but you can see the wooden top which is nice. The lava coat is velvety and transforms the wood in a mushroom-like texture.

Lizan Freijsen‘s stains-inspired textiles: they can be carpets, wallpapers or tapestry, these pieces of art were created through a research based on fungi and moulds.  There was this huge tapestry hanging on a wall at the exhibition and I found it beautiful, though in our modern lifestyle we do not tolerate stains, mould and another kind of gross/ugly imperfections we desperately try to “rub off” from our lives. Lizan turns those unwanted organisms into stunning textiles. Now we are ready to pay to get some mould in our living room!

Herdwick Svelto‘s stool: I was intrigued by the mountains of wool surrounding the area where they exhibit the stools. Showing the raw material which is very soft and calling the finished product “solid wool” can only attract attention. The Solidwool tops mix very well with the oak’s colour.

Zuza Mengham‘s Lichen-inspired sculptures: The sculptures were exhibited next to photography on lichen and rocks placed horizontally on some pedestals which were a very nice display. I like the opposition of the three-dimensional abstract sculptures and the horizontally place photography create an interesting contrast. We are used to seeing pictures displayed vertically at eye-level. This display forces us to come closer to have a better look.

 

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