Q. What do you get when work sends you to do site visits in 15 UK and European cities in 15 days?
A. No time to visit London Design Festival. Boooo!
On the plus side though, I’ve visited some cities I’ve never been to before, returned to some favourite ones, and seen some pretty cool things along the way…
Those of you following me on Twitter (@designdevotweet) would have perhaps already seen a picture of these neons tweeted in Glasgow. Very simple and a modern take of a Charles Rennie Mackintosh reference.
Then in Westfield White City, I came across this pop-up ‘My Favourite Shoe’ exhibition by Northampton Museums and Art Gallery. Shoe designers such as Sophie Cox were asked to pick; their favourite shoe, a shoe they have designed, and to describe their influences, design approach and studio environment. What I really liked about this is the way the exhibition has been made. Plywood has been finger jointed together, with a graphical representation of each designers’ studio space printed directly onto the ply. The simplicity of the plywood, the joint detail and the monochrome stencil style print give these units a superb finish. I was really impressed.
In Paris, I saw the Eiffel Tower…of sorts. This temporary Trees and Forest exhibition in the Palais-Royal square opposite the Louvre was promoting using wood and they certainly did wherever possible from creating the flower bed perimeters to graphic stands. It was a nicely put together exhibition in a great location and attracted alot of people.
I made sure I had a quick look at the Colette and Galleries Lafayette windows before heading back on the Eurostar. On the way I passed by the Penhaligon’s window for the Iris Prima fragrance. I blogged about the styling of the fragrance launch back in May so it’s nice to see the theme go full circle into the retail environment.
Colette, which is a boutique department store selling all the latest, exclusive, limited edition offerings, is known for its windows. Their current window is celebrating My Little Pony turning 30 with 30 unique sweaters by Andrea Crews. I thought the window was quite good fun, but not completely sold on the quality of the minimal production.
Galleries Lafayettes ‘Mode in Love’ windows were brilliant- so striking. For three windows, they had a large renaissance style sculpture prop made which they cut into in different places, so the configurations were slightly different per window. It was a really good way of maximising the cost of tooling a prop like that- creating three arrangements from the one design. The matte white finish really stood out against the dark marble backdrop.
So those are just some of the things that have caught my eye over the past few crazy days here there and everywhere. Time to catch up on what I missed in London last week!
Oh, one last thing- this street name made me laugh…