I had plans to be in Beijing this week for the 4th Beijing Design Week 2012, but had to go to London for work instead and was so fortunate to have a few hours to catch the #LDF2012 instead.
I remember agreeing to sponsorships in 2009 at The Opposite House Beijing, the first ever Beijing Design Week, which was a partnership and collaboration with London to showcase young emerging talents from both China and the UK. I didn’t think I’d be fortunately enough to catch the exhibits in London and that reminded me of how much I miss living in Europe.
The hook was a interactive food exhibit “Wundertute” I wanted to see by Design Marketo x Arabeschi di Latte with many of their projects relating to food and the sociological aspect of it. More than half the ingredients we Asians (or at least me) consume regularly from lotus roots to kumquats, persimmons and umeboshi (sour plums) and you can pay for a fun mixed plate of “lucky cakes”.
“The heart of Kopiaste lies in its origin as a Greek word tradtionally used in Cypriot culture as a welcome and invitation to ‘take the trouble to come, sit down and share’.”
I only had a few hours before getting on my flight back to Hong Kong, but there’s a great showcase of works from young designers at 4 Cromwell Place from industrial designer’s work processes to objects with literary narratives and the notion of ‘culture snacking’ in bite size portions and “Out of Print” pulling headline news from top news sources and then printing them the old school way-with printing letter blocks.
Some photos from the Brompton Design District 2012 for London Design Week and my couple of leisure hours in London. The fun starts this week as they wrap for the festival, so you should definitely stop by if you’re in London!
London Design Festival 2012