September 13, 2016

The EJP Design Festival Edit | Part One

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Working in both the PR and blogging worlds brings a busy few weeks for me with both the London Design Biennale and London Design Festival spanning over the latter part of September. My inbox is full to the brim with press releases, invites and I’ve got my own We Blog Design itinerary to plan and host over the next few weeks – Wake me up when September ends springs to mind. 
There’s plenty of clashes along the way and quite frankly the number of events is overwhelming so I’ve sieved through emails, Twitter and the LDF programme to bring you the two-part EJP edit where Graphic Design meets interior meets culinary experiences. Be sure to share your own top picks and hey, if you’ll be around, let’s grab a coffee and connect.
Friday 16th September 2016

Eatopia by Taiwan
Beat the weekend crowds and check out this brand new event at Somerset House. With over 30 countries exhibiting there’s plenty to see and each one has interpreted their own installation based on the theme of ‘Utopia by Design’. Book onto the immersive culinary experience of Taiwan’s Eatopia, send your wish away in Turkey’s Wish Machine and admire the beautiful typographic display complete with mirrored flooring in India. It’s only on every two years so don’t miss out on it for 2016.

Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA, until September 25th. 
Saturday 17th September

Brixton Youth Design Trail
Spend the first official day of LDF down South in the newest design district full of Brixton creatives. Excitingly, Brixton-based Eley Kishimoto will once again be decking out the streets with their Flash pattern as well as the Brixton Windmill and Crafty Fox Market will be hosting a special edition showcase at The Dogstar where you can also drop-in for some screen printing. With music such a massive part of Brixton and of course the legendary David Bowie starting off life here, sound is a vital element to the trail this year and you’ll find a number of music based events going on around the town. I’ll particularly be on the lookout for participants in the Youth Design Trail who have been issued with a number of briefs to respond to based on how design can be used to imagine and shape our rapidly changing city – In fact, if you’re also going to be around on Saturday 24th the Studio Moross x Philip Normal T-shirt workshop looks an absolute treat!

Brixton Design Trail, 17th-25thSeptember 2016
It’s becoming increasingly frustrating to witness the number of advertisements for interns and volunteers in what looks like it should be a paid position. Join Confessions of a Design Geek founding editor Katie Treggiden and a panel of Ella Doran, 2 Lovely Gays and Alec Dudson for a debate on the matter and a culmination of a Manifesto for Design Internships which interns and employers can sign up to. 

Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, SE1 9PH London
Sunday 18th September
As always the V&A will host a range of immersive and darn right beautiful exhibitions. 50,000 mirror-finish stainless steel panels will form ‘FOIL’, a collaboration between designer Benjamin Hubert and Braun, while multi-disciplinary designer Mathieu Lehanneur has created ‘Liquid Marble’ where a large piece of black marble has been sculpted into a static representation of the movement created by the ocean. I’d also highly recommend taking part in Type Tasting with graphic designer and writer Sarah Hyndman where you can drop in and create your own letter based on a particular moment in time.  I think that needs to be it for Sunday – day of rest and all that and if you really do take that quite literally the V&A late night opening will take place on Friday 23rd.

V & A, Cromwell Rd, London SW7 2RL; Until September 25th
Monday 19th September

Blend by Raw Color
As a recommendation of Present & Correct I had to add this to my to-do list. Dutch studio Raw Color will be presenting ‘Blend’, a dynamic mix of interactive installations, materials and visuals that describe its multi-disciplinary practice. The concept mixes graphic design and photography to create the outcome and colour and material are vital to studio’s work and process..
You can also pop downstairs at ARAM where Monocle will occupy some of the showroom, selling coffee alongside the Monocle collections of accessories and publications, all displayed on USM storage systems and guaranteed to be a brilliant selection.

The Aram Gallery, 110 Drury Lane, WC2B 5SG; Until September 24th
Tuesday 20thSeptember

Emily Forgot at KK Outlet
Tuesday brings the start of the vibrant Shoreditch Design Triangle and a whole host of events that I’m especially excited about from graphic artist & multidisciplinary designer, Emily Forgot’s Neverland exhibition at KK Outlet to Lee Broom’s Opticality – a post modern display of optical illusion in interiors, YES BLOODY PLEASE! I’ll be working away in the Vitra Furniture pop-up office and lounge (because that Konstantin Gracie designed HACK desk is to die for) and stopping for lunch at The Hoxton where Rockett St George have turned the courtyard into a tropical paradise complete with palm tree and cowhide accessories. To kick-start the late night I’ll be heading to Modern Society a.k.a favourite shop ever, to look at their latest kickass collaboration with Terrapin Stationers and who knows where all the cocktails will proceed to take me?! 

Shoreditch Design Triangle, until September 25th(late night opening-September 20th)

Stay tuned for Part Two in the next couple of days and please feel free to send in your own tips! 


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Emma Jane Palin is a freelance art consultant, interior stylist and multi-award-winning blogger residing in Margate, UK. She has worked with various home and lifestyle brands not limited to West Elm, Apple, John Lewis, Habitat, MADE, Caran D'Ache + No.3 Gin. Emma is also a regular contributor to Hunker where she writes about design trends and interior advice.

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