London Design Festival 2014

The London Design Festival - which I wrote about in my September column, above - is on right now. I'll be in London most of this week checking out various events. The official launch at the V&A last Friday was very inspiring - there are some fantastic installations here's a list including one in the Raphael Gallery by Barber Osgerby and BMW which has to be seen to be believed. It's a giant, reflective, kinetic sculpture which slowly rotates and casts rather beautiful shadows and completely changes the feel of the room as it turns. As the designers said: "it's an experience, not a series of objects; it's meant to distort, to feel like you're floating". 

Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby explaining their extraordinary installation in the Raphael Gallery at the V&A

Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby explaining their extraordinary installation in the Raphael Gallery at the V&A

It's an amazing thing to behold, but impossible to photograph. Here's my best iPhone attempt. 

It's an amazing thing to behold, but impossible to photograph. Here's my best iPhone attempt. 

I also popped in to see the Hay and Wrong For Hay collections on show at a fancy address in Queen Anne's Gate, St James where the art of display was very much in evidence (see above and below).  Hay is a cult Danish brand run by a husband and wife team Rolf and Mette Hay who design beautiful everyday items at not completely crazy prices. The best bit of news is they are doing a pop up shop in Selfridges - the Hay Mini Market - until Christmas so you can actually buy stuff, like their bold cushions by Nathalie du Pasquier of Memphis Group fame and their Tela glasses with a textile print surface. 

I also popped in to see the Hay and Wrong For Hay collections on show at a fancy address in Queen Anne's Gate, St James where the art of display was very much in evidence (see above and below).  Hay is a cult Danish brand run by a husband and wife team Rolf and Mette Hay who design beautiful everyday items at not completely crazy prices. The best bit of news is they are doing a pop up shop in Selfridges - the Hay Mini Market - until Christmas so you can actually buy stuff, like their bold cushions by Nathalie du Pasquier of Memphis Group fame and their Tela glasses with a textile print surface. 

Hay hired ex-Wallpaper journalist Benjamin Kempton to do the styling. which was beautifully done.

Hay hired ex-Wallpaper journalist Benjamin Kempton to do the styling. which was beautifully done.

Wrong for Hay and Hay are popping up in Selfridges till Christmas 

Wrong for Hay and Hay are popping up in Selfridges till Christmas