September – Month of Design and Inspiration

September is a great month for design and architecture, with the start of the London Design Festival tomorrow, as well as Part 2 of the International Architectural Showcase and London Open House allowing people to look around London’s most significant buildings.

The London Design Festival will be hosted at numerous venues all around London, including the Southbank Centre, the V & A. It will feature over 300 events and exhibitions demonstrating the best of design from all around the globe. The designers range from fashion, ceramics to landscape design and architecture.

Keiichi Matsuda’s Prism at the London Design Festival

The wide variety of events allow you to look at vastly different areas of design and see how these may relate to or complement each other. One of the main pieces to look out for is the immersive rubberised space in the centre of  Trafalgar Square. The space is created by BE OPEN together with the London Design Festival. It plays with the idea of “design you can’t see” (mock up shown below).

“design you can’t see” in Trafalgar Square

The main hub of the festival will be the V&A, watch the video below to see what events and exhibitions the museum will be hosting.

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Tomás Alonso at the V&A

V&A tables and chairs

Tomás Alonso is a craft designer and co founder of OKAY Studio. Originally from Spain, he settled in London after completing his Master’s at the Royal College of Art. His work comprises furniture, lighting, product and exhibition design.

His range of chairs and tables for the V&A were designed as unique pieces for the event ‘One Part Chef Four Parts Design’.

The V&A table and chairs are made out of a single powder coated metal frame and reclaimed wooden boards.

The pieces share a slightly unbalanced appearance which comes from the combination of materials and can be attributed to the asymmetry and the way they are connected.

The sustainable theme as well as the colours and contrast of materials allows the reclaimed wood to be incorporated into the simple functional design.

The range of furniture has a subtle playful feel while still retaining an elegant structure.

Alonso’s furniture is also included in the permanent collection of the Design Museum in London.