With a limited edition cover by Torbjørn Rødland
London Design Festival 2008: Benjamin Kempton
Monday 08:00 (scroll down to read more)
My trusty bicycle will be the best form of transport when racing around the various events and shows during the London Design Festival.
Monday 08:33 (scroll down to read more)
A pile of invites detailing all the press shows going on throughout the week, including our Wallpaper* party tomorrow night at Centre Point. I will be organising the couriers and the installation of furniture this evening and tomorrow before the party kicks off at 9 pm.
Monday 12:48 (scroll down to read more)
On my way to a few shops in East London to research pieces for a shoot on Wednesday morning at the 100% Norway stand at 100% Design. Keep to the cycle lanes!
Monday 12:59 (scroll down to read more)
Arrive at KK Outlet in Hoxton Square, a new multifunctional office combining a communications agency with a retail store and gallery space. I love the strong graphic signage on the front windows and the brilliant way its set up inside..
Monday 13:10 (scroll down to read more)
The collection of books and magazines are displayed beautifully and I select several for my shoot on Wednesday.
Monday 20:38 (scroll down to read more)
I meet the couriers at the back of Centre Point and help them offload the hundreds of magazines that we will be giving out to our guests at our party the following night. There are also two large sofas and several small tables that need to be taken up to the 31st floor. Its tough work, but the London skyline looks incredible from up there.
Tuesday 12:37 (scroll down to read more)
Arrive at Centre Point on the day of our party ready to put the final touches to the space. The installers have been there overnight, so the carpet is down and the dance floor is being put in place as I arrive. I begin unpacking the 30 lights that we have borrowed from Tom Dixon. They all have to be fitted with plugs, so I get to work.
Tuesday 15:50 (scroll down to read more)
The DJ and sound technician arrive and set up the DJ booth and begin testing the sound for the night ahead. The music lifts everyones spirits and I step up the pace. Only 5 more hours to go
Tuesday 16:00 (scroll down to read more)
The Art Director and Designer cover areas of the space with cover runs from the October issue. The nights party is a celebration of this month's issue in which we asked three guests to each edit 20 pages in the magazine. They are Louise Bourgeois, Zaha Hadid and Rei Kawakubo and all have done a fantastic job.
Tuesday 17:23 (scroll down to read more)
I have one hour to dash home to gather my outfit for the night. As I leave, I glimpse out the window. I cant think of anywhere, apart from The London Eye, that one would have such a great 360-degree view of the city.
Wednesday 06:30 (scroll down to read more)
Im on my way to Earls Court this morning for a shoot on the 100% Norway stand. Its an early start and Im surprised at the energy I have after last nights celebration.
Wednesday 08:33 (scroll down to read more)
All the product for the shoot has arrived at the exhibition centre and after a brief discussion with the photographer, I begin unpacking.
Wednesday 10:48 (scroll down to read more)
We are creating an installation in the style of a pop-up shop in Brendeland & Kristoffersen Bedroom Box, a standalone two-storey bedroom element taken from the architects Svartlamoen project in Trondheim. The shot is planned for the November cover.
Wednesday 12.45 (scroll down to read more)
Our Fashion Director and Editor discuss the model's clothes and makeup with the hair & makeup artist.
Wednesday 14:16 (scroll down to read more)
The final touches are made before we start to shoot.
Wednesday 16:37 (scroll down to read more)
The model strikes a pose in the second floor of Brendeland & Kristoffersens installation. Shes a very dynamic model and has a great quirky energy.
Wednesday 21:00 (scroll down to read more)
Everything is packed up and ready to leave. As I wait for the couriers, I look over the Polaroids from the days shoot. Its gone really well and were all very happy with the final pictures. I have just enough energy and time to head to the 100% Norway opening at Designers Block.
Wednesday 21:36 (scroll down to read more)
Arrive at Designers Block in Covent Garden. I love the industrial space and 100% Norway have done a great job at displaying the work of their designers. I particularly like the table lights by Kim Thorne.
Thursday 10:31 (scroll down to read more)
Today I plan to look at several galleries and spaces around West London and after a slow start (three of the places I turn up to are not yet open), I arrive at Vessel Gallery, whose exhibition of Jaime Hayons work puts a smile on my face.
Thursday 10:45 (scroll down to read more)
Hayon distinctive visual language is reflected in the new collection he has produced for porcelain company Lladro. I like his use of circus imagery in his Masquerade candle holder and his over size Conversation Vase.
Thursday 11:05 (scroll down to read more)
I head down Cromwell Road and come across an exhibition titled Double Dutch: Appetites & Emotions, showing beautifully arranged still lives of tropical plants displayed with fancy china and glassware, all conceived by The Flower Council of Holland.
Thursday 13:14 - A quick lunch on the grass in Hyde Park.
Thursday 13:54 (scroll down to read more)
I make my way up Cromwell Place to The Factory where Tom Dixon is showcasing a new collection in collaboration with George Smith. Its interesting to see Toms Wingback chair in various stages of production and watching the craftsmen working on one of the chairs on sight.
Thursday 14:00 (scroll down to read more)
Toms new book The Interior World of Tom Dixon is being launched today at 3pm and is a collection of hundreds of everyday images that stimulate and influence his work. I flick through the brightly coloured pictures while sitting back on one of Toms new chairs.
Thursday 14:33 (scroll down to read more)
Before making my way to 100%Design, I pass by Piet Hein Eeks Pop-Up Shop which still has its brown paper over the windows. Its not officially open until the evening but I knock on the door and the cleaner allows me a quick look around. The shop is a showcase of Eeks furniture, lighting and ceramics. Its a great sight, seeing all his work in one space.
Thursday 14:35 - Chairs by Piet Hein Eek at his Pop Up Shop on Exhibition Road.
Thursday 15:00 (scroll down to read more)
I arrive at Earls Court and go straight to the 100% Futures area which showcases recent graduate and young designers work. I am struck by Jonas Wagells mini House and his simple functional furniture.
Thursday 15:06 - Jonas Wagells prototype kettle
Thursday 15:33 - Radio by Daniel & Emma from the Shapes collection.
Thursday 15:48 (scroll down to read more)
I pass by Sena Gus stand, a recent graduate from The Royal College of Art, and find her quirky ceramics delightful. Shown here is her Cauliflower Vase.
Thursday 16:26 - New shelving concept from Normann Copenhagen that they are planning on putting into production in a future collection
Thursday 16:45 - Sideboards and mirrors by Pearson Lloyd for Mo Martinez Otero
Thursday 17:02 (scroll down to read more)
I finish off at 100% Design and head to Tent in East London. On my way, I stop off at an exhibition at SCP which is showcasing Konstantin Grcic's Myto Cantilever Chair for Plank
Thursday 17:24 - Julian Mayor's chair structures at Tent's selection of New Talent
Thursday 17:47 - One of the highlights of Tent was Theodosis Zeniou's Memphis style wall cabinet's and fold-up furniture
Thursday 18:06 - Sony Ericsson's installation for the launch of their new Xperia phone at Tent
Friday 15:34 (scroll down to read more)
Work by Meg Shirayama sits in the Rocket Gallery. The vivid colours and bold shapes wake me up for my final day looking around the festival
Friday 16:10 (scroll down to read more)
A quick drop by Established & Sons new studio space and I'm overawed by the scale of the place. Furniture sits and hangs in front of a curved concrete wall
Friday 16:14 - Established & Sons new office space in East London is reflected in Sebastian Wrong's convex mirrors
Friday 16:48 (scroll down to read more)
I pass by The Biscuit Factory's exhibition 'From Now to Eternity - Plastic in Design' and enjoy looking at the innovative work of Committee, Stuart Haygarth and this work by Raw Edges
Friday 17:00 - Final Stop (scroll down to read more)
The cardboard Pop-up café by B3 Designers in its East End studio is the perfect end to the day. I have one of the delicious looking cakes and sit out in the sunshine to mull over the week's events.
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