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.
- Meet the speakers: Hollie Fernando, Andrew Rae, Raine Allen-Miller and Random International
- Political illustrator Ellie Foreman-Peck on her unfortunately abundant Trump back catalogue
- Deep Throat Studio, a graphic design practice with a name and portfolio to grab your attention
- Photographer David Gomez Maestre captures the romance of sun-blushed landscapes
- ECAL grad Jean-Vincent Simonet’s “totally twisted” image-making
- Benedict Brink is shaking up fashion photography
- BBC’s new typeface BBC Reith is designed to improve legibility on screen
- Life through the lens of enchanting photographer Vicki King
- The New York Times Magazine’s new cover is actually a painting
- Illustrator Ram Han’s Alice in Wonderland dreamscape
- Ikea uses ASMR technology in 25-minute, tingle inducing advert
- Designs of the Year 2017 shortlist includes Wolfgang Tillmans’ Remain campaign, the Refugee flag and Me & EU