LDF: Top Ten Small Shows

So Sottsass at Darkroom.

While Designjunction, Tent and 100% Design continued to be the mainstays of London Design Festival, there was plenty more to see around and about London’s streets. Here’s what we saw.

1 So Sottsass at Darkroom
This beautifully curated design store on Lamb’s Conduit Street came over all postmodern for Design Week, clashing shapes, patterns and colours that Sottsass himself would’ve been proud of.

2 100% Norway
Serious talent from Scandinavia – Lars Beller Fjetland and Kristine Five Melvaer were favourites  – on display in a minimal and colourful exhibition design by Hunting and Narud (see no. 7)

3 The Special Relationship at SCP
SCP celebrated new British and American design, transforming its Shoreditch store into a wonderland of talent. Our picks were American Design Club and Donna Wilson´s Africa-inspired range of woven products.

4 Carwan Gallery Pop-up at the Mosaic Rooms
The Beirut-based gallery served up pieces by Philippe Malouin and Oeuoffice alongside an exhibition of student objects inspired by the idea of home.

5 Perfume, Sir? By DesignMarketo
Completely original and a delight for the senses, Design Marketo’s show presented objects (as well as drinks and dinners) inspired by the scent of pepper.
Photo © Amandine Alessandra for Designmarketo.

6 Cabinets of Curiosity at Mint
The Brompton shop is always full of surprises: this year, pieces by Ingo Maurer and Alicia Ongay Perez.  
Photo Richard Hanson.

7 Hunting & Narud at Libby Sellers
Copper Mirror Series speaks about the earth and what’s beyond – raw materials reflect Norway’s mining industry, and pivoting metal discs appear to point to the sky like a lens or satellite. 
Photo by Gideon Hart.

8 Zig Zag Criss Cross at The Aram Gallery
Bethan Laura Wood’s first solo show at The Aram Gallery was further proof that the designer’s star is in the ascendency. Pattern, colour and fun – the opening featured cocktails inspired by Wood herself.

9 Loose Thread
A tiny space above a Ben Sherman shop was the setting for works by OKAYStudio, a collection of curious pieces inspired by the everyday.

10 Overnight by Odd Matter at Vessel Gallery
Odd Matter’s strange collection of objects uses copper-plating to grow the metal seams between coloured plates of glass. 

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