What do you think were the unexpected highlights of London Design Week?
London Design Week is a smörgåsbord of inspirational nutrition – nothing less than great craft was showcased this year. One of the highlights for me was the Designersblock – Illustrate show, over in Highbury. The quality and range of the work was outstanding. From paint to pen, and from posters to fabric, you walked away from this exhibition creatively charged. A refreshingly human exhibition. Pass me a pencil, I must create!
Leon Ostle, Head of design, Glue London
The week is traditionally dominated by three-dimensional products, so it was refreshing to see the slightly anarchic new illustration show organised by Designersblock in Highbury. Well-known illustrators featured alongside newer talents and punters straight off the street. They were united by the power of the pen and left to adorn all the surfaces of the empty commercial units, resulting in everything from intricate drawings to full-blown graffiti. The resulting atmosphere was electric and injected some cultural focus to a changing area of the city.
Max Fraser, Design author and curator
I really enjoyed Pentagram’s ’35 Years of poster design’ at its London office in Notting Hill. A fantastic idea opening up the offices like that, with poster art from floor to ceiling. It was gre
at to see all its work in one place, from two-colour screen prints to high-end varnishes, highly corporate to colourfully cultural. I thought it was awesome, and Dominic – our resident French Canadian – thought it was even better than that.
Ian Hambleton, Director, Studio Output