London Design Festival kicked off for Despoke at the 1st of Interni Magazine’s Aperitivos. Taking place at the gorgeous Valcucine showroom on Great Portland Street the event saw David Chipperfield discuss the place museums have in society, with the Royal Academy’s Kate Goodwin.
INTERNI Design Aperitivo is a series of five talks during London Design Festival 2015, run by world-renowned Italian design magazine INTERNI and Salone del Mobile.Milano, the leading Italian furniture trade fair. Interni will be hosting 5 different talks across LDF, find out more here.
Picture by Ashley Bingham. Gilda Bojardi introduces David Chipperfield and Kate Goodwin.
Interni editor Gilda Bojardi
Picture by Ashley Bingham.
There were queues round the block as people crammed into the showroom, desperate to see Chipperfield talk about public spaces and the difficulty that comes from the frequent lack of design consciousness in investment buildings.
Chipperfield spoke for some time about the difficulty UK public funded buildings have in allowing architects to be creative. He found his feet and fame in Japan in the 1980’s and was allowed and indeed encouraged to create buildings that were beautiful as well as functional and whose premise wasn’t just to meet funding targets.
Chipperfield spoke about the vast differences in the planning processes when designing in England, as per his experience with the Henley Rowing Museum and in other parts of the world. He highlighted the problematic planning application process in the UK and the weakness of RIBA in architectural competitions in recent years.
However there was a certain optimism to the state of modern architecture: ” Modern architecture is now far better than it was even 10 years ago”, stated Chipperfield when asked about the reason members of the public often oppose so massively to an area changing architecturally. He talked briefly about his practice’s wining proposal for the Nobel Centre in Stockholm and how they aimed for it to be as light and unobtrusive as possible to allow the prize itself to do the talking.
Kate Goodwin spoke about the Royal Academy and Chipperfield’s winning submission asking how important it was for the architecture of a building to reflect and encourage the artwork inside it. She raised an interesting point for discussion, when saying how often the public thinks they long for a traditional, calm and quiet art gallery and for the architecture to be thus, when frequently the art it contains is far from traditional and quiet.
Top quotes from Chipperfield:
“I’m not worried about the London skyline as such, as I am about what’s going on on the ground.”
“Architecture shouldn’t push for novelty”
“You often get very different opinions from the art and architecture communities when you present your museum ideas to them. Always listen to the artists as it is their work that the building will contain.”
“The problem with a consumer society is it becomes fundamentalist and is all about delivery. Say anything else (about the project) and you become irresponsible.”