100% Design Week, London (18th-21st September) – Part 2

This is the other half of my photo diary of 100% Design. The different variation of design continues throughout as well as the use of colour.

ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageI throughly enjoyed this year’s 100% Design week, especially being a part of it! I meet so many interesting and inspirational people and I hope that with this visit and experience helping out at the event, will help me within my uni course and help direct me into the career path the future holds for me!

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100% Design Week, London (18th-21st September) – Part 1

This is my photo diary for the recent design show 100% Design. This event was on a couple of weeks ago and would have been uploaded earlier, but I have been battling an illness in these past weeks, so apologies for it taking a while to be posted. I was lucky enough to be part of this event by helping out with Belgium furniture company BULO on their stand and so this gave me a chance to wonder round and see all the other companies and designers displaying their work and ideas. It was a truly brilliant show, and had a fantastic turn out!

I have been attending this show for years, but this was the first year where I was able to take it seriously and was able to gather lots of inspiration and advice that can help me out on my future career/plans after I finish university!

Below are the first selection of images I took throughout my 4 day stay at the show.

ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageThere was such a selection of different forms of design, and this year, it was nice to see it not be too dominated by furniture! Designers and illustrators really caught my attention with their use of colours, shapes and just general uniqueness! One aspect of this years event that I throughly enjoyed was the use of a lot more use of colour. At the entrance you were greeted by a light tunnel and within the show was a huge wall of light changing colour as well as different areas being highlighted with colour.

Clerkenwell Design Week Photo Diary – Part 3

ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageToday was the final day of the festival, so I decided to take one last look around all the exhibition centres and showrooms to make sure I haven’t missed out on anything. One showroom I visited was of Camira Fabrics, where they were showcasing a coloration with textile designer Emma J Shipley with a new fabric called Titus and Tangled. Emma had produced a stunning pencil illustration of a famous Gorilla and the drawings was then produced onto fabric and then made into a chair and stool. The results truly are breath-taking.

One last visit to the main exhibition centre, Farmiloe building, where films such as James Bond and Batman are filmed, gave me a chance to just admire the architecture of the building. I have never known a building to have so much character!

All in all, I have had a fantastic week attending and being part of the Clerkenwell Design Week and I very much look forward to next years festival!

My Clerkenwell Design Week Photo Diary – Part 2

ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageThese are the rest of the photographs of the Clerkenwell Design Week. I noticed throughout the week that the one thing I kept being drawn to, was Lighting. All the different shapes, colours and sizes were just crazy, nothing plain and dull!! One particular group of lighting I was drawn to was the fluorescent lights by┬áServomuto. Such an array of colours and images mixed together to create amazing lighting – truly inspiring!

My Clerkenwell Design Week Photo Diary – Part 1

ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageThis week I have been down to London to look around and be part of the annual Clerkenwell Design Week. Clerkenwell is a well known festival where the successful companies in the world that work within the interior and architecture industry, showcase their products within their own showrooms or exhibition centres.

Throughout the week, I took my camera everywhere with me and took photos of things that really caught my eye and are a great source of inspiration!

(This festival was sponsored by Jaguar so there were some very gorgeous cars placed around the exhibition centre!)

A Trip to the V&A

For a uni project, I’m having to design some work for the V&A for their new extension developments, and so this called for a Sunday trip to London, in the cold and the rain (as any dedicated student would!), to visit the museum itself. (I will apologies now that this will be a vey long post! It was a very long day, so there is a lot to fit in!)

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(Grand entrance the V&A)

This trip was about understanding the museum and what treasures it holds within its walls. I wasn’t restricted in only having to look at one certain exhibition or time period, I would look at everything! I have been going to the V&A for many years and so I have a good understanding of ‘what is where’ in the museum, and so, as I usually do, I start from the top downwards.

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(Upstairs view of the Medieval & Renaissance exhibition hall)

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(Upstairs view of the Cast Courts – These two towers are massive! – as shown in the ground floor image below)

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This is a piece of Iron work that can actually be seen from the grand entrance hall as it is perched on an open balcony. I’m not a religious sort, but I can easily appreciate and admire the craftsmanship that went into making such an exquisite piece of work.

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I am an absolute sucker for stain glass windows! They are just so beautiful with the vibrant colours and detail, design. No matter what the image is, I am always entranced.

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I haven’t the foggiest what this actually is, but it is such an intriguing piece.

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Over the years of my uni course, I have discovered I have a thing from textures, materials and detail, so being at the V&A I was in abundance of such things! I am only going to show a couple photos because if I put every texture and material up, it would take you at least 3 days to get through and finish this post!

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So throughout most of the day, I was walking back and forth, accounting every detail of the museum and its collection, and this brought my trip to the V&A to an end…but my day in London didn’t stop there…

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…firstly, the rest of my day would continue with walking up exhibition road to take a look at the Prince Albert Memorial (it wasn’t exactly pleasant with the cold and the rain, but with the light, I would be able to get good pictures of the memorial)…

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…I would then continue the day by visiting the place of my childhood, The Natural History Museum! Every time I visit London, I must always make a visit to my favourite place and seeing as the V&A and NHM are next door neighbours, it was perfect! But….I was greeted by this…

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…I HAVE NEVER SEEN THIS PLACE SO BUSY IN MY LIFE!! There was a queue from hell to get into my favourite exhibit, the dinosaurs!! I was gutted, but this was not going to ruin my trip, so I went to the next best place for a photography shoot was the gems and minerals sections, and surprisingly, it wasn’t busy at all! This is a small collection of photos I took of the collection. (None of the photos have been edited in colour so all the colours are true to the natural eye).

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(I think I stood in shock for about 10 minutes with the fact that these diamonds glowed in the dark!)

And so, to end the whole busy day off, I headed to the Mammal section of the NHM before setting off home…

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So this covers what I do went I go out to research for a project. Making sure I cover all grounds of the research needed and also going above and beyond by looking at the surrounding area and history to look at their influence on the museum. I also like to make research days always end with a bit of fun for me by visiting places that I can just go mental and take photographs that I love. I really just love going out for research!

And so thats that. The end of the post. Congratulations if you were a trooper and made it all the way to the bottom of this post without getting bored! I just had such a busy and photo-filled day, this was the best I could do to shorten the day!