Anab Jain at the Global Design Forum 2012.
Anab Jain at the Global Design Forum 2012.
Anab Jain, Indian-born, London and Ahmedabad based designer and futurologist, founder of Superflux consultancy.
She explores a world in which multinational corporations and the world wide web conspire to render idea, brand, product and service meaningful for the 'global market', while a strong current of opinion places the emphasis on the individual, the local and the personal. How can design contribute to a creative confluence of these apparently inimical trends?
London Design Festival 2012
First staged in 2003, the London Design Festival is one of the world's most important annual design events. The Festival programme is made up of over 300 events and exhibitions staged by hundreds of partner organisations across the design spectrum and from around the world.
Mimicry Chair by Nendo at the V&A Museum 2012
"An installation for London's Victoria and Albert Museum, home to more than four million items of historical and contemporary art and design. We pressed punched metal to create a transparent chair with a seemingly soft back rest, and placed it in the main entrance and ten other locations within the museum including galleries, staircases and corridors. For each location, we modified the chair to mimic the particular space and objects with which it was placed, so that it accords with its environment. We hoped that visitors might discover a new side to the museum's appeal by sitting on different chairs to observe, absorb and appreciate its collection."
BE OPEN: Sound Portal at Trafalgar Square
The ambisonic clamour of sea shanties, clattering percussion, classical guitar and lush synthetic vocals flooded the space inside the BE OPEN Sound Portal on Trafalgar Square today.
To see the whole article by Wallpaper* Magazine go to http://bit.ly/QHsAmm
BE OPEN SPACE: At The Dock with Tom Dixon. A Wallpaper* Film
"Tom Dixon's west London canal-side HQ was the venue for BE OPEN's first off-schedule event at the 2012 London Design Festival. Following BE OPEN's theme of exploring the five senses and described by Dixon as a flash-market showcase of young design talent, BE OPEN SPACE consisted of eight site-specific raw-wood stands conceived by designer-engineers Pan Studio and JailMake. Each of the huts showcased one of the five senses, while their solid, practical construction made reference to pine art-transport containers and the old trade stalls of Florence's Ponte Vecchio."
See the full article by Wallpaper* Magazine at http://bit.ly/OMgLXt
Google hangout: Matthew D Siskin back stage at the Global Design Forum
Max Fraser deputy director of London Design Festival talks to Matthew Daniel Siskin, creative director and founder of designedmemory, back stage at the Global Design Forum 2012. They discuss the 'digital self' over a Google Hang Out with questions from two members of the public.
London Design Medal 2012
Now in its sixth year, the London Design Medal has become one of British design's most coveted accolades supported by Coutts and Veuve Clicquot, awarded each year by the London Design Festival to an individual who has made an immense contribution to design and London. Previous winners include extraordinary talents Marc Newson, Paul Smith, Zaha Hadid, Thomas Heatherwick and Ron Arad - this year it was awarded to Rosario Hurtado and Roberto Feo El Ultimo Grito.
Accepting the London Design Medal, the Spanish designers said, "This is a real surprise for us...Our work crosses many boundaries and London is the place where we can make it happen."
In another exciting moment the London Design Festival presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to Sir Terence Conran, who said "the award inspired him to keep working and not give in to retirement just yet."
Two new awards were given this year: the first to Jane ní Dhulchaointig for Design Entrepreneur as the inventor of Sugru she said "Amazing, amazing, amazing. Five years ago I started my journey with a material that I invented at college - its development has taken me off into the broader areas of business to develop it, commercialise it, market it etc so it means a lot to be recognised at the creative forefront of the design industry. My hard work has been validated with this Entrepreneur award and I'm so grateful and excited for what it represents during the London Design Festival 2012."
And finally Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg for Emerging Talent said "I'm new to the industry and my output traverses design, art and science. To be presented with the Emerging Talent award means a lot to my continuing practice and is an encouraging boost for my next stages."
The stunning flower arrangements were generously provided by Indoor Garden Design.
Global Design Forum 2012
The Global Design Forum is a new one-day event held on Tuesday 18th September, that brings together a star-alliance of design luminaries, organisations and talents to debate the issues and pressure points that are really affecting the design industry.
Global Design Forum: 18 September 2012
Design is increasingly important for all of our futures. How do we make sure we make the most of what design can offer?
"It's time to talk," says Sir John Sorrell, Chair of the London Design Festival.
Robox by Fabio Novembre
Video of the product designed by Fabio Novembre Produced by Michele Bonechi, more info at www.michelebonechi.com