As much as the London Design Festival is about big-hitting installations, there’s also a slew of less headline grabbing stuff that nevertheless takes the capital’s creative pulse. The good people over at Dezeen today launched the Dezeen Space in Rivington Street, east London, which showcases their fabulous new Book of Ideas, a selection of watches to make your own timepiece feel frustratingly frumpy, and a selection of great art and design which changes daily. Check. It. Out.
Perhaps the most interesting element of the pop-up shop is the Dezeen Platform, a white one-metre-by-one-metre plinth that will showcase the work of a new up-and-coming designer every day. For the launch it was Sivan Royz’ laser-cut silk purses and handbags – delicate, beautiful and surprisingly practical.
Dominic Wilcox’s Moments in Time sculptures are also well worth seeking out, minutely-styled on the hands of watches. They are tiny, satirical creations that make some pleasingly big statements despite being rendered on such a small scale. I wads particularly taken with the man so engrossed in his Iphone that he is completely unaware of a monkey-topped juggler right next to him. Dominic says that was a sculpture based on his own experiences: “I find that I regularly walk down a street using my phone unaware of what is going on around. It’s dangerous but that text must be read and replied to.”
The Dezeen Space at 54 Rivington Street is open until October 16.
- M/M (Paris) and the ongoing conversations that define its practice
- Mari Kanstad Johnson's wonderful work picks apart complex narratives
- Bradley Pinkerton’s projects combine handmade gestures with scanned-in textures
- Roberts Rurans uses acrylic paint to add depth and warmth to his illustrations
- The prodigal return of “iconoclastic” artist Danny Fox
- Jump into the world of Ben Jones’ post-internet, psychedelic paintings
- Polaroid’s creative director Danny Pemberton introduces new brand Polaroid Originals
- Artist Dominique Pétrin on creating her very own domestic product
- Universal Everything animate emotive wallpapers for new iPhone devices
- Herburg Weiland’s meticulous editorial designs are typographically-driven
- The Visual History of Type author Paul McNeil selects and dissects his six favourite faces
- Breakdown Press’ Joe Kessler picks out his most-treasured books