With more than 30 countries taking part in this year’s London Design Festival there’s a great opportunity to explore the creative offerings from cultures with which we are not familiar. How’s your knowledge of the Slovenian design scene for example? But it’s our antipodean cousins who have brought the most exciting show to these shores, with 30 Australian designers being showcased in the Matilda area at designjunction. Definitely worth a waltz through (sorry).
If first-rate craftsmanship is an international standard, then there are definitely discernible Australian qualities throughout the work on display here – it’s simple, fresh and quirky, reflective perhaps of the young, vibrant and dynamic creative scene that is coming out of a country so inspired by space, sea and sky.
Recent graduate Henry Wilson caught our eye with his reinterpretations of design classics, which he discusses below.
Charles Trevelyan’s Titanic Lamp cannot but raise a smile, Coco flip’s Coco Pendant lights are gorgeous and Stefan Lie’s Genie teapot is a beguiling mixture of the exotic and the familiar.
It may not be a design scene we hear an awful lot about, but on this evidence that may all be about to change.
- Meet the speakers: Dougal Wilson, Ewen Spencer, GraphicDesign& and Gal-dem
- Claire Hentschker: the artist who recreated The Shining as an interactive 3D space
- Rosanna Webster and Phoebe Henry’s cinematic portrait of Cuba
- Alex Hunting’s crisp editorial designs are considered and multi-layered
- Raine Allen Miller’s latest ad shows kids experiencing the “side effects” of tech toys
- Colin Pantall's warm depiction of childhood and fatherhood taken over 12 years
- Parker Day's lurid colours and grotesque characters elevate identity and fantasy (NSFW)
- Paper reveals Break the Internet take two, with Nicki Minaj shot by Ellen von Unwerth
- Bea de Giacomo photographs the wonders of pregnancy
- Matthieu Lavanchy recreates food emojis "irl" for The Gourmand's tenth issue
- Introducing Broccoli, the publication “normalising cannabis use, especially for women”
- One Step Ahead: we meet Paula Scher, the trailblazing Pentagram Partner