Gearing up for the London Design Festival

It’s almost time for the London Design Festival and some designers are already holding events to start off the spirit. Hendzel + Hunt will be holding a workshop this weekend surrounding their 100 hour challenge to build a number of benches along a stretch of the Regent’s Canal in Hackney, East London. The challenge appears to be inspired by a distinct lack of benches along this section of the waterway:

“Regent’s Canal is appreciated by commuters, families and tourists. On one of its busiest stretches, from Broadway Market to Victoria Park, not a single bench can be found to rest or contemplate. That is why we’ll create a 100h challenge to build 10 iconic benches which we will place during LDF.”

Limewharf multitranfbench Hackney

There will be countless fantastic events and exhibitions all over London to coincide with the festival, and while there are the obvious hot spots such as 100% Design and Tent London, a number of smaller venues will also be hosting some very noteworthy events. Our calendar feed on the right hand column of this blog will keep you updated on the hottest goings on surrounding designers specialising in sustainable and reclaimed materials. For more information about the Design Festival watch this video.

Street Art in Spring

As the first cherry blossoms are livening up the streets of London, it is a reminder that spring is almost here. After months of grey and limited sun light there are many reasons to be cheerful. Soon the trees and flowers will gain their new buds and make the world a more colourful place.

However there has been some premature colour on a number of trees in East london lately as bright knitted crochet sleeves have been wrapped around the trees standing outside Hackney town hall.

You can find street art is all over London, in places which you may not expect or notice. I cycled past this no entry sign everyday for two months before I noticed it looked a little odd.

Merging art with nature, or the few trees that remind us of nature in London, seems to be a big theme with artists integrating quirky installations with green spaces. As I was strolling around in the rain this afternoon I looked up at the miserable grey clouds responsible for my soaking wet hair and for the first time I noticed a huge block of birdhouses on a tree. The extensive structure is both striking and strange, it has been described as an estate for birds and does indeed seem to have room for quite a few species.

These quirky little details bright and obvious or hidden in dark corners make me smile when I come across them. It reminds me of the eccentric nature and creativity of this city.