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MA Graphic Design graduate works on V&A ‘Disobedient Objects’ exhibition identity

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Disobedient Objects Poster, 2014.

Marwan Kaabour, an MA Graphic Design graduate, has just completed work on the V&A’s current exhibition ‘Disobedient Objects’. With a history in political design, Barnbrook Design, where Marwan works, was commissioned to design the visual identity, exhibition graphics, book and marketing campaign for the exhibition.

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Disobedient Objects Exhibition, 2014.

We caught up with Marwan to find out more about the design process and inspiration.

“The exhibition identity was centred around a prominent theme of the exhibition; the ingenious transformation of everyday objects into weapons of social change. Intrinsic to our thinking was a hope that the Disobedient Objects will be viewed not just as activist objects but as thoughtfully designed objects.

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Disobedient Objects Book, 2014.

“In the spirit of the exhibition, the book designed to accompany the exhibition surpasses conventional definitions of an exhibition catalogue. As well as a series of how-to guides, the book contains six essays and round-table discussions that deal in rich detail with the themes highlighted by the exhibition. The essays are illustrated with images of the objects in context.

“Each essay opens with a list of (disobedient) objects that are subject to the same call to arms as the book cover and posters. The same objects are underlined throughout the book, offering an alternative reading of the texts; disobedient quotes that crudely interrupted the text. In a spirit of openness, the book features an exposed spine thereby revealing its own construction and highlighting a red thread that runs throughout.

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Disobedient Objects Invitation, 2014.

“The posters take on the technical language of a user manual with hope to empower the audience and have them create disobedient objects of their own.”

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Alumnus Daniel Chehade curates poster exhibition for LCC’s ’160′

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Daniel Chehade at work

Our current trio of exhibitions as part of London Design Festival, ’160′, has been attracting a lot of attention recently, but visitors may not know that one of the shows has been curated by an LCC alumnus.

Daniel Chehade graduated from the College’s BA (Hons) Graphic and Media Design and Diploma in Professional Studies courses and has masterminded ‘Alan Kitching and Monotype: Celebrating the Centenary of Five Pioneers of the Poster’.

The exhibition presents a unique set of prints created to celebrate the 100th anniversary of five giants of graphic design: Tom Eckersley, Abram Games, FHK Henrion, Joseph Müller-Brockmann and Paul Rand.

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Preparing for LCC’s ‘Alan Kitching and Monotype’ exhibition

Daniel founded Studio Chehade in 2012 and has undertaken curation and design for the Alan Fletcher archive, exhibition design for The Hayward Gallery, and has worked with Aram Gallery, Hidde van Seggelen Gallery and Peter von Kant.

He was first introduced to Alan Kitching during his Diploma in Professional Studies year in industry at LCC, when he worked on a memorial book on graphic designer Alan Fletcher, and then went on to work for the Alan Fletcher studio after graduation.

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Alan Kitching in his studio

Speaking about the forthcoming exhibition and accompanying panel discussion ‘Five Lives in Posters’, Daniel explained:

“Being an alumnus, it is a great pleasure (and pride) to bring this exhibition and event to LCC. It’s a natural fit for this celebration of five influential graphic designers and the collaboration between two typographic heavyweights Alan Kitching and Monotype.”

We caught up with him to hear more.

How do you feel the exhibition connects to the College itself?

“Alan Kitching and Monotype are two huge typographic forces. London College of Communication is a hotbed for up-and-coming graphic designers with typography and printing at its heart (as well as in its history). Both Eckersley and Henrion taught here whilst Alan has given numerous workshops and talks. It’s the perfect fit.”

What you would like visitors to take away from the show?

“Working with Alan Kitching during this project has been an honour. I hope visitors enjoy seeing not only the finished prints but also the glimpse into Alan’s workshop and his design process. The attention to detail in Alan’s work and his commitment to the quality of each piece has been inspiring.

“It’s also a great opportunity to look back at each of the five designers celebrating their centenary. Throughout my research I’ve become acutely aware of their significance, in how we practise and teach graphic design today.”

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Graphics for the LCC Graduate School launch earlier this year

In fact, Daniel’s work has already been seen around the College as he was commissioned by the LCC Graduate School to design its branding for the School’s launch earlier this year. So what inspired his designs?

“The identity for the Graduate School stemmed from the fact that’s a school without a fixed programme. It operates across both the School of Design and Media. The multi-disciplinary nature of the College means students share and collaborate beyond their own course and subject area.

“The Graduate School’s events programme also acts as a platform for discussion, ideas, sharing, talks, opportunities etc. The logotype reinforces this with a literal platform or underline.”

Graduate School Coordinator Holly McConnell describes why Daniel was selected for the project:

“I think it’s really important that we work with graduates on projects like the Graduate School launch. As students, they have lived and breathed LCC so their work is always reflective of the culture here. Daniel was a natural choice for this project, his portfolio showed considered, thoughtful and creative solutions that conveyed a strong sense of the subject.

“His designs for the Graduate School were no exception, creating a simple but powerful identity that has been an instant success with staff and students.  He also happens to be a very nice chap to work with!”

Read more about the ’160′ exhibitions at LCC

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Video // ’160′ at LCC for the London Design Festival

Check out this video preview of our London Design Festival exhibition ’160′, including ‘50 Years of Illustration‘, ‘Alan Kitching and Monotype: Celebrating the Centenary of Five Pioneers of the Poster‘ and ‘Stereohype 2004-2014‘.

Professor Lawrence Zeegen, Alan Kitching, Daniel Chehade and Tomi Vollauschek talk about this celebration of influential design across the past 100 years and explain why the shows are so significant to LCC itself.

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Read more about ’160′ at LCC

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LCC graduate photographer Lewis Bush explores Europe in first solo show

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European Commission Exit, Brussels, Belgium. © Lewis Bush

If you’ve seen any of our official photography during the past year – from our Summer Shows to other high-profile events around the College – there’s a very good chance you’ve seen the work of LCC alumnus Lewis Bush.

If you were studying on MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography last term, you’ll know him even better as a current visiting practitioner on the course.

Lewis is now staging his first ever solo exhibition, ‘The Memory of History’, at Europe House, Smith Square, presenting the photography he produced during a journey across Europe for his MA in 2012.

The exhibition looks at the role of the past in shaping the recent European recession and currency crisis, with images taken in ten European Union countries.

‘The Memory of History’ explores how economic hardship and uncertainty prompted difficult narratives from the past to re-emerge – with the divisive potential to threaten the continent’s future.

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Honour Guard, Vienna, Austria. © Lewis Bush

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Franco-Prussian War Monument, Berlin, Germany. © Lewis Bush

Inspired by Paul Graham’s influential 1993 photobook ‘New Europe’, Lewis travelled through France, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Spain and Portugal looking for signs of recent European history which resonated with present-day economic and political difficulties.

Lewis explains:

“We tend to see the past as something which is distant and unimportant, but our memories of history continue to shape our present behaviour in ways which can be both positive and negative.

“We forget the past at our peril, but remembering it can sometimes be just as fraught with difficulty.”

Looking back on his photographic odyssey, Lewis told us:

The trip was eye-opening to say the least. Many of the things I’d grown up believing about Europe came under question, and at times it really felt like the whole thing might be going to unravel.

At the same time I saw things that reaffirmed my belief that people are all basically the same, and that for all the bad history between them the different nationalities in the EU have far more in common with each other than they have in difference.

Set to resume visiting practitioner duties this year, he added that teaching LCC’s photojournalism students has been “an amazing combination of exhaustion and inspiration”.

“The students come in with brilliant ideas which are sometimes in quite a raw state, and then it’s just a huge amount of fun working with them to try and shape these ideas into the best pieces of work possible.”

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Fortune Telling Machine, Thessaloniki, Greece. © Lewis Bush

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One Million Mark Note, Berlin, Germany. © Lewis Bush

The Memory of History
Wednesday 17-Friday 26 September 2014
Monday – Friday 10am-6pm

12 Star Gallery
Europe House
32 Smith Square
London
SW1P 3EU

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LCC Inside Out

LCC is excited to be a part of the Inside Out Festival 2014! The festival, which is curated and produced by TCCE (The Culture Capital Exchange) in association with Times Higher Education, aims to highlight the capital’s cultural and creative kudos from the inside out.

Inside Out will showcase, for the fifth year running, the fascinating contribution made by London’s universities to the city’s cultural life. A huge number of events will take place on both university campuses and at leading London venues throughout the week.

The wider public is encouraged to participate in a broad range of activities from the performing and visual arts through to literature, design, fashion as well as the sciences and social sciences.

Here is a preview of the events that LCC will be hosting this year…

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‘Framing the Elephant’
Monday 20 October 2014

A day of pop-up drawing for people who draw and people who don’t!

This events encourages attendees to stop, look, and draw, by creating fast, fun drawings of the view from inside London College of Communication.

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’50 Years of Illustration’
Monday 20 October 2014

Professor Lawrence Zeegen, Dean of the School of Design at London College of Communication, presents his book ’50 Years of Illustration’, charting contemporary illustration’s rich history, in a lecture accompanying a major exhibition.

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‘Is Silver Surfing the Solution for Social Isolation?’
Tuesday 21 October 2014

This expert panel debate brings together leading researchers, practitioners and industry professionals to discuss how digital and social media can tackle loneliness and social isolation amongst people over the age of 65.

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’72-82: Richard Wilson in conversation with William Raban’
Thursday 23 October 2014

This screening of ’72-82′ will be followed by a discussion between the film’s creator and LCC Professor of Film William Raban and Richard Wilson, renowned sculptor. ’72-82′ tells the story of the first ten years of Acme Studios and their groundbreaking work providing artists’ housing and studios in London.

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Elephant & Castle: A freshers’ guide to south London’s creative heart

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London College of Communication, Elephant & Castle

As LCC’s brand new students arrive and settle in to life in and around Elephant & Castle, we explore the area’s essential attractions for anyone passionate about design, media and the arts.

The College’s single site is right in London’s creative heartland, close to internationally renowned museums, galleries, studios and other arts venues.

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This year’s BA (Hons) Sound Arts and Design Summer Show at Hotel Elephant

Within a few minutes’ walk from the College is Hotel Elephant, a versatile warehouse gallery space and studio behind 40-42 Newington Causeway regularly used for LCC student shows.

Independent arts complex Corsica Studios is just behind the Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre and focuses on breeding local creativity and culture.

Also immediately accessible from the College is the Imperial War Museum, which recently reopened following a £40m transformation and includes collections of aircraft, photography, art, weapons, films and posters among much more.

The Cinema Museum on nearby Dugard Way charts the history of cinema from the 1890s to the present day, while Southwark Playhouse on Newington Causeway promotes and stages work by the next generation of theatre-makers.

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Graduating LCC students celebrate outside the Southbank Centre

LCC final-year students graduated in July at the Royal Festival Hall, part of the world-famous Southbank Centre arts complex, which is just 20 minutes’ walk away. Southbank’s Hayward Gallery has played host to exhibitions by LCC Research staff including Jananne Al-Ani’s Excavations earlier this year.

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BA (Hons) Film and Television students and staff gather for a graduation showcase at BFI Southbank

This section of the Thames is also home to BFI (British Film Institute) Southbank, where this year’s departing film and television students screened their graduation films in June.

Not far away is the world-famous Tate Modern, with which LCC regularly collaborates – for example, in a series of recent Sonic Trails created by sound arts students.

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BA (Hons) Sound Arts and Design and MA Sound Arts students work at Tate Modern

Just a little further east is the Design Museum, the world’s leading museum dedicated to contemporary design from graphics to furniture, architecture and industrial design.

Directly south of Elephant & Castle, Peckham has a thriving and expanding art and design scene, including the South London Gallery, which has a fantastic reputation for contemporary art exhibitions and events.

Print fans and practitioners should explore Peckham Print Studio, an open access and commercial screen printing enterprise which also hosts workshops and events.

LCC students have displayed their own work at The CLF Art Café aka The Bussey Building, a 120-year-old warehouse space and events venue, while charity-run gallery Peckham Platform presents community- and place-driven contemporary visual arts.

South Kensington is only minutes away from Elephant & Castle on public transport and is home to many museums including the V&A, who have commissioned an interactive installation for LCC’s Mini Maker Faire in November.

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LCC design students exhibit their interactive work at the Science Museum

The neighbouring Science Museum dedicated much of its gallery space to LCC’s interaction design students during a Lates event this year, with our budding designers creating fun and dynamic exhibits that demonstrated medical concepts to museum visitors.

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BA (Hons) Media Practice students gather for their graduation showcase at the Prince Charles Cinema

In London’s West End, just a short trip from the College by bus or tube, the busy Prince Charles Cinema opened its doors to media practice third-years in June for an all-evening showing of their final work.

The centre of the city is of course also packed with creative agencies, galleries and studios of all kinds and provides inspiration and opportunity to all of LCC’s undergraduates and postgraduates.

We hope that our new and returning students enjoy the best of what creative London has to offer – these are just a handful of the highlights. The possibilities are endless so get exploring!

View the UAL Freshers’ Festival 2014 events programme

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LCF Alumna Camilla Elphick prepares collection for London Fashion Week

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LCF News caught up with Camilla Elphick, alumna from LCF’s BA Cordwainers Footwear: Product Design and Innovation course, to discuss her SS15 collection which will be showcased at London Fashion Week.

LCF News: Tell us what your SS15 collection is about?…

Camilla Elphick: The collection “You got the Luck” is inspired by all things lucky. With mood-boosting shoes sure to bring you good fortune and happiness, the collection consists of twelve show-stopping styles in fun colours and prints for every occasion. Key pieces from the collection include the ‘Lucky 7′ high-heel sandal in red glitter, great for making an entrance. Another glamorous pair is ‘Gold Dust’, a red-carpet heel in gold-dusted material. Then there are the ‘Black Magic’ pointy flats, and the ‘Lucky Duckies’, which are perfect for poolside!

LCF News: Who would be the ideal wearer of your designs?

CE: A woman who wants her shoes to be fun, frivolous and to make a statement to any outfit. As for celebrities I would love Diane Kruger and Mira Duma to wear my shoes!

LCF News: How do you feel London as a city influenced you creatively?

CE: It was fantastic to study in London! I was born in London so I feel I know it well but having to go to different LCF locations for classes meant travelling around the city a lot which was great to discover new places. There is a great creative atmosphere in London, especially in East London – I now have an office in Shoreditch which is a very inspiring place to design!

LCF News: Why did you feel inspired to study BA Cordwainers Footwear: Design and Development?

CE: I have always had a passion for shoes and accessories. A great pair of shoes can make a simple outfit complete and can lift your mood too! I think people are definitely drawn towards statement accessories which is why I wanted to create my own designs.

Once I was set on studying in this subject area, I went to visit LCF on an open day. Whist looking around the college I met a very cool guy working on a pair of beautiful shoes, he told me how he also interned at Terry de Havilland. He assured me that this was the course for me – it was very inspiring and I haven’t looked back since!

LCF News: Who or what has inspired you creatively in your life?

CE: As an only child I quite often had to entertain myself so I was pretty creative! I used to draw, style, make, build, and paint anything I could get my hands on. However now I find inspiration in everything, a gallery visit, a headline in a magazine, something I’ve seen out and about and through lots of online research!

LCF News: What did you enjoy most about studying at LCF?

CE: I enjoyed the fact that the course was very specific and tailored towards a career in shoe design and fashion at the end of it! I loved that I was also able to intern with footwear designers throughout my time at LCF. This worked well alongside the course and helped me get my foot in the door after I graduated. There were also lots of industry projects and competitions which was exciting and broadened my perspective while studying.

LCF News: What is most important to you when designing?

CE: I think it’s most important to try and create something I would like to wear myself and most importantly a design that people would love to wear!

LCF News: What are your plans for the future?

CE: To build the brand and keep designing. I am now working on my Pre-fall 15 collection which I am really excited about.

LCF News: What advice would you give to someone wanting to study your course at LCF?

CE: If this is the course for you, do it! It is a very exciting career to get in to and this is really the best course in the world to study shoe design…maybe I am just biased!

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Introducing: Luke Bullen & Jana Dahmen for Fashion Scout Graduate Showcase

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LCF News caught up with BA14 graduate, Luke Bullen, as his collaboration with Jana Dahmen has recently been selected for the Fashion Scout Graduate Showcase. The two BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear alumni only graduated this year. Luke told us what to expect from the pair for London Fashion Week SS15.

Proof that amazing work can still be created on a budget, Luke used his passion for creative writing and illustration to create an innovative collection.

LCF News: Tell us what your SS15 collection is about…

Luke: My SS15 collection came from a long road of changes and different ideas. I like balancing contrasts and so I was playing with the idea of using cheap materials but using them in a way to make them look luxurious and also not having much of budget I hand painted all my illustrations onto the garments which where all telling different parts of a story I had written over the summer. So initially the collection was about creating garments around characters I had written about in a fable. Taking part in a lot different projects around LCF and being selected for the BA14 Runway Show further pulled my collection in a lot of different directions.

LCF News: How do you feel to be included in Fashion Scout’s Graduate Showcase?

Luke: I was and still am absolutely flabbergasted. I still can’t quite believe my collaboration partner and I were chosen. It’s such a great honour and most of all it’s just very moving to me that other people or someone else liked the collection enough or sees something in it. I’m very lucky.

LCF News: Why did you feel inspired to study Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear?

Luke: I come from a fine art background and was interested in learning about fashion but also wanted full creative freedom, so I decided to choose womenswear.

LCF News: Who or what has inspired you creatively in your life?

Luke: Anything and everything can trigger an emotion and idea or a story that I then try to capture in a piece. Before studying fashion, I only knew of a few fashion designers and one in particular, which was Alexander McQueen I was greatly impressed by. So much so, that after years of developing and exploring my own style, I think my own personal aesthetic still gravitates slightly towards a McQueen aesthetic.

LCF News: What is most important to you when designing?

Luke: This is hard to put into words – I usually illustrate more than actually designing as I like to create a developed person and personality and mood for the garment to tell a story. But when doing a design, the overall shape and proportion is the most important thing to me, to get an overview of what you want to develop or create. I try to not take it too seriously as it should be fun and that’s when sometimes the best ideas come to paper.

LCF News: Who would be the ideal wearer of your designs?

Luke: For my graduate collection it would be my slightly eccentric friends in London with a penchant for the dramatic. I designed the whole collection considering if it would be wearable, as I wanted the garments to have a life after graduation, in the wardrobes of my friends but as for the BA14 Runway Show, that was more of a show collection exploring further ideas and concepts.

LCF News: How do you feel London as a city has influenced you creatively?

Luke: I think greatly because whether consciously or not, you will feed from your environment and you are pushed and challenged by the standard and creativity of others and with London being the creative and cultural melting pot that it is, there is a lot to be inspired by.

LCF News: What are your plans for the future?

Luke: I don’t have any plans yet as such, I will try and apply for some jobs and take it from there. Whether I end up in fashion or not I will still always be doing my own projects on the side as I still have a lot I’d like to explore.

LCF News: What advice would you give to someone wanting to study your course at LCF?

Luke: Be passionate about what you do, be prepared to work extremely hard and most importantly don’t forget to have fun with what you’re doing.

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Introducing: Min Wu, Fashion Scout’s One To Watch

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LCF News caught up with MA Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear graduate (2013) and Fashion Scout’s One To Watch for London Fashion Week ss15, Min Wu.

LCF News: What was the highlight of your MA?

Min Wu: I really enjoyed the development. It was the nicest thing ever to look at something beautiful that was actually created by myself.

LCF News: What is it that inspires you?

MW: The small details in everyday life. Everything I met on the streets of London was so inspiring in itself.

LCF News: How did you feel when you were selected as Fashion Scout’s One To Watch?

MW: Being selected as Fashion Scout’s One To Watch is such an amazing opportunity for me, and it encouraged me to go forward with my designs, which are very important to me.

LCF News: What advice would you give to people looking to study your subject area?

MW: Don’t forget that you can always find something to learn from the people around you!

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Fledglings: UAL Design Graduates

 

Fledglings is one of the freshest and most exciting events in designjunction 2014. Showcasing the work of a selection of graduates from London’s most creative design courses (BA 3D Design at Camberwell College of Arts, MA Design: Ceramics, Furniture and Jewellery at Central Saint Martins and BA Sculpture at Wimbledon College of Arts), the Fledglings stand presents these graduates as budding design professionals.

Works ranging across the spectrum of design will be showcased in this vibrant and engaging display. Products that are ready to be taken to the market will be seen alongside more experimental approaches. These include Katharina Gross’s wax made furniture and Dunia Tigris’s Lone Diner project that uses marquetry juxtaposed with construction grade
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Deceptively simple design coupled with wit, imagination and craft all feature in the Fledglings’ work. Si Taylor makes exquisite bespoke bicycle-inspired furniture, from steel bicycle tubing and saddle leather. His Randonneur Chair will be shown alongside Sophia Mepham’s Equilibrium, a well-crafted high-end wooden bench made out of oak and meranti that eases into the form of the human body when you sit on it.

Many of the graduates have already gained media interest, including Gigi Barker (9191 Studio), who makes skin-like furniture that mimics roles of fat. Meanwhile designers and makers Happenstance Workshop who will be showing their SACK System are currently in talks with an online retailer to stock their work.

Designjunction is the most important global meeting point of the London Design Festival and a selection of the participants work in Fledglings relates back to their homelands. Ana Jiménez Palomar’s wooden furniture is made from extracting and analysing the traditional extravagant Mexican mask culture, while Yoshika Kobayashi’s sophisticated designs draw on her Japanese heritage.

Fledglings:
Gigi Barker, Erika Braccini, Katharina Gross, Jungeun Han, Ana Jiménez Palomar, Yoshika Kobayashi, Rie Machii, Rhian Malin, Sophia Mepham, , Evodokia Savva, Si Taylor, Dunia Tigris, Amanda Tong, Jordan Watson.

Designjunction 2014, 18-21 September.