London Design Festival – Day 2

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DAY 2: Brompton Design District, 100% Design

We began day two at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), now in it’s 5th year as the London Design Festival’s central hub.

Our guides whisked us through the various exhibits hardly giving us much time to stop and take in the exhibits much less capture a good photograph.

In partnership with Swarovski, the London Design Festival commissioned 14 designers to each find a tiny detail within the V&A and highlight it using a Swarovski lens. The project, entitled God is in the Details, takes the famous phrase coined by legendary German architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe as a starting point to encourage the visitor to discover design features that may have otherwise been overlooked.

image via Swarovski | KitchAnn Style

image via Swarovski | KitchAnn Style

Canadian Designer Omer Arbel created the 28.280 installation, suspending 280 individual Bocci 28 series handblown glass lights from the museum’s cupola to create a giant chandelier. The installation plunges almost 100 feet from the ceiling and through a hole in the floor before emerging in the atrium of the gallery.

Bocci 28.280 | KitchAnn Style

“28 Series is an exploration of a fabrication process which is part of our quest for specificity.
Instead of designing form itself, here the intent was to design a system that haphazardly
yields form, almost as a byproduct. ‘28’ pendants result from a complex glass blowing
technique whereby air pressure is intermittently introduced into and then removed from a
glass matrix which is intermittently heated and then rapidly cooled.

The result is a distorted spherical shape with a composed collection of inner shapes, one of 
which is made of opaque milk glass and houses a light source.”

28.280  and V&A via Bocci | KitchAnn Style

Other notable exhibits included V&A Designer in residence Julia Lohmann‘s installation of a huge sculpture made of seaweed, a white noise voice remixer created by Yuri Suzuki, a walk-through exhibit of 5,000 paper windmills created by Najla El Zein called The Wind Portal and The Dinner Party still life set up by Scholten and Baijings where visitors look upon a dinner scene and hear music playing softly in the background created by the objects before them by composers Moritz Gabe and Henning Grambow.

V&A collage London Design festival | KitchAnn Style

Perhaps the most breathtaking exhibit at the V&A is the Pearls exhibit running through January 19th in collaboration with the Qatar Museums Authority.

This lavish display explores the history of pearls from the early Roman Empire through to the present day and showcases some of the most exquisite pearl jewelery including the famous Mikimoto pearl necklace worn by Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor’s Bulgari pearl-drop pendant earrings.

Pearl exhibit via V&A | KitchAnn Style

To be Continued…Brompton Design District on BlogTourLondon

55 Downing Street

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Lamps Plus is one of America’s largest lighting retailers and a sponsor of the BlogTour London Trip I recently went on. For more than 30 years they have been building their business to offer nationwide customers the largest collection of function and decorative lighting fixtures, accessories, furniture and home decor. The Lamps Plus collection of websites includes Lighting Luxury Style, Builders Discount Lighting, Lamps Plus Open Box and 55 Downing Street.

If you are unfamiliar with 55 Downing Street, it launched in May 2012 in the flash sales arena.

“Over the last year, we’ve discovered what designs truly excite our customers most. So we
now scour all corners of the globe to source the latest styles,” says Manja Swanson, Chief
Creative Officer for 55 Downing Street and Lamps Plus. “From handmade Indian rugs
and pillows to furniture produced right here in California, each design on 55 Downing
Street has been hand selected on the basis of quality, value and, of course, style.”

Starting early next year, 55 Downing Street will launch the first of three exclusive house brands. The brands – Dahlia Studios, Chateau Lux and Cinnabar Road – will feature artisan soft lines, continental inspired furniture, and globally-inspired imported furnishings, respectively.

The new brand offering will coincide with a re-launch of 55DowningStreet.com. The new site will feature a new blog team and contributors to offer readers a fresh voice and insights into the latest design trends.

I’ve paired items from the Lamps Plus website and 55 Downing Street with images from the London Design Festival to demonstrate how trendy their product selection actually is.

Cox London at Decorex and Irondale Helena Bookcase | KitchAnn Style

Cox London at Decorex | Irondale Helena Reclaimed Bookcase

Brokis and Possini Euro Engels | KitchAnn Style

Brokis Pendants at Design Junction | Possini Euro Engels

Paris Wakefield Additions at tent London and Flame Chair and Flame lamp | KitchAnn Style

Paris Wakefield Additions at Tent London | Annabelle Modern Flame Chair and Flame Zig Zag lamp

Foldability and Possini Euro White Cloud Pendant | KitchAnn Style

Foldability at DesignJunction | Possini Euro White Cloud Pendant

Tony Miles mid century modern at design junction | KitchAnn Style

Tony Miles Designs at DesignJunction | Telestar Lamp

(Lamps Plus is a sponsor for BlogTour London 2013, but the views and opinions expressed on this blog are mine, and I will be honest in what I share.)