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Vera

24th September 2012

'Vera chapter one' was one of my favourite finds from London Design festival last year so I was more than delighted when Liliana Ovalle one of this years design contributors sent me an invite Vera Chapter two during this years London Design Festival.

Vera is a project that has stemmed from a series of family photographs found in a second hand shop in Brighton. Inspired by the fictional story that could be told from the visual clues in the pictures and the story they suggest, has led to the muse known as Vera.

Each chapter expands on the fictional biography about her life and the outcome is a series of objects and stories that depict her experiences.
Orchestrated by Kirsty Minns and Érika Muller (KM & ÉM) this second chapter brings together a series of designers who have all responded to one of the photos in order to expand the materiality of Vera's world. The photo they responded to shows Vera aged seven on a bright sunny day holding a stick of candy floss on the beach front.

With 8 contributors all putting their very personal views on Vera's day at the beach the outcome is beautiful and provoking.

Liliana Ovalle writes a story of Vera's day exploring her experiences and of seeing a man at the beach with a series of boxes that he seemed to make the contents of disappear. A touch of magic, Liliana's boxes made of oak and corian explore a visual tactility through the eyes of Vera.

StudyOportable designed a sand timer that takes its shape from elements found in the picture such as the candy floss and the clouds. All of the captured shapes similarly offer an ephemeral quality that we try to capture in photographs. The sand timer is also a comment on the idea that as in the photograph, time is frozen and captured forever.











Morphe

21st September 2012

The wonderful Aēsop has recently commissioned Lucy McRae the design alchemist to create a short film which is titled ‘Morphē.

Using McRae's design sensibility for creating beautiful and intriguing visuals the film explores the aesthetics of a laboratory and the alchemic experiments through colour and texture.

inspired by the nineteenth-century scientist Hermann von Helmholtz where ‘Everything’, wrote Helmholtz, ‘is an event on the skin’. ‘At the edge of this world, the skin and hair play key roles for the female specimen fortunate enough to be on the receiving end of a new kind of super-sensory beauty treatment.'







Expandable furniture

21st September 2012

Having been particularly uninspired by London Design festival this year, I was pleased to see Dutch Designers doing what they do best at Tent yesterday. Pushing the boundaries of what is perceived as local manufacture, true customisation and a smattering of alchemy was Martijn Rigters with his Foam chair.

Adding a bit of performance to the day he was making 'bespoke' chairs for visitors to Tent.

Not the first designer to be using expandable foam for quick and customisable furniture, but the ceremony and the mini factory that was in situ added to the experience.

Only experimenting with 4 colours at the moment he is still able to vary the intensity of each colour adding to the breadth of customisation.

Using the human body as a design tool he is commenting on the issues surrounding future manufacture, machines and homogeny.





Felted fantasy

12th September 2012

Central St Martins always nurtures great fashion talent, but this year those taking the printed textiles pathway shone through.

Exploring materiality in new ways that are both unexpected and strikingly beautiful was Anita Hirlekar.

Exploring the relationship between hand felted materials and print she has created unique garments and materials that are almost pieces of art in their own right.

Her unique textiles create an organic volume that is emphasised by her garment construction of felting together all the seams. The resulting garments and fabrics are beautifully feminine in a freshly wild manner.


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