Sinan: The First Starchitect exhibition has opened in London. The exhibition, exploring 16th century Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan’s mastery of the art of building, from his use of ceramics to his designs of mosque complexes and urban infrastructure, is open to the public until 10 June 2016 at the Building Centre in London.
The V&A Museum of Childhood’s major autumn exhibition – Game Plan: Board Games Rediscovered – will be a celebration of the joy, excitement and occasional frustration of playing board games.
Taking place in the basement of the stunning Moroso showroom in Clerkenwell, the final talk saw Clark Pickett, architect and interior designer from global design powerhouse NBBJ. Known for the design of environments that are functional, imaginative and meaningful, Pickett titled his talk ‘beauty in the time of the machine’.
A passionate and enjoyable speaker, Pickett explained how important data, analytics and being able to read the behaviour of people has become to creating and designing buildings. Indeed, physical spaces can become like networks themselves. He stressed however the importance of making sure humans have the final say:
‘Algorithms should never make decisions, only provide information and solutions.’
NBBJ, (with their new Samsung headquarters under construction in Silicon Valley, above) bring to the table a sense of community in addition to vast knowledge of technology and how it can help create a communal and well-used space. Worryingly, he stated that ‘every day humans create as much information and data as we did from the beginning of time until 2003.’ Yet, does this need to be as terrifying as it sounds? Could we not embrace this technology and use it to make informed decisions about the way humans behave- especially within work environments?
What’s perhaps most interesting is the way NBBJ use algorithms to allow people’s working day to be a lot more enjoyable. Pickett spoke about placing toilets further way from desks so workers walked a lot further, but food and drink closer, encouraging people to dwell together and talk. NBBJ believe that chance encounters create innovation.
The landscape of a building is also something that NBBJ take great care to get right. Using rapid prototyping that they have worked to develop, they are able to prove that workers efficiency will increase if the natural environment they are working in is peaceful.
Top tips from Pickett and NBBJ:
NBBJ have drawing classes- the rise of technology and rapid prototyping shouldn’t mean that architects and designers lose this talent.
They often design furniture for the spaces they create, thus making an overall theme complete- as in the case of the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation.
INTERNI Design Aperitivo ran across 5 nights between 19 and 25 September for London Design Festival 2015, with Salone del Mobile, Milano
To read more on the INTERNI programme click here
British design superstar, Lee Broom’s debut collection of Vases, ‘Podium’, has launched this week.
He has transformed his flagship store into ‘The Flower Shop’, an immersive floral display where Podium will take centre stage. Broom also presents his 25 piece collection ‘The Department Store’ for the first time in London, following the recent award winning Milan exhibition.
Available exclusively at the store, the ‘Podium’ vases will take centre stage in an immersive floral display across the space, which has been completely re-designed for the event.
Hanging Hoop Chair.
Broom’s 25 piece new collection is also shown for the first time. Furniture, lighting and accessories will be presented in glass display cases and on marble plinths surrounded by a sweeping display of fresh flowers.
Crescent Table Lamp.
See the collection at: Shoreditch Design Triangle, Electra House, 95 Rivington Street, London, EC2A 3AY.
Despoke revelled in the sunshine in Islington on Saturday, popping into Aria to see Camille Walala’s take over of the front window.
The powerful and explosive prints and patterns felt like a clash between a 1980’s and 1960’s art studio.
Head there now for pattern and colour: www.londondesignfestival.com/events/walala-house
The LDF’s head quarters for the week are at the V&A and houses a number of one off commissions. Inspired by the Art Nouveau movement, renowned Austrian design duo mischer’traxler have collaborated with boutique champagne house Perrier-Jouët to bring a sensual, interactive installation to the V&A’s Norfolk House Music Room.
New last year, the Queen’s Park design district is now a well-loved part of LDF. A top pick is Bill Amberg Studio who are hosting an open studio from 21-27 September, where they will be showing their Common Collection of benches and stools. This furniture features the Studio’s signature combination of traditional leather techniques and technology.
Our faves from Clerkenwell Design Week, The Goldsmith’s Centre are back with A Sense of Jewellery. The show brings together outstanding examples of modern jewellery by forty artists and designers made in Britain over the past forty years, setting out to rediscover British jewellery design and celebrate the quality of design thinking and material innovation in this period. http://www.londondesignfestival.com/events/sense-jewellery
As if LDF isn’t enough, the weekend just gone was Open House London. Upper Street Islington’s Union Chapel was spellbinding, with a free music gig also going on. www.unionchapel.org.uk
Plan your LDF here.