Best of British

GurleyIt is the year to celebrate all things British, especially home grown talent on our doorstep! On Sunday we ventured out for a view of accomplished London based artist Gurley’s work at Anise Gallery in Shad Thames.

Her work is a build up of mixed media, which are then transferred to silk screen. Each piece of work is unique, emotional, in-depth and deeply personal.

It was a real privilege to have Gurley there on the day, who was holding live screen printing demonstrations. Needless to say we came away with one of a kind printed T shirts and shopping bags.

One of our favorite pieces was “Lauren” which is a screen print of a little girl holding a red balloon, and it was lovely to hear the story behind the piece. Lauren is Gurley’s niece, and Lauren was photographed on the day that Gurley had taught her to say “Helter Skelter”.

The exhibit is on until the 8th July –

Design History Lesson!

As we sit in front of our beautifully designed imacs all week, it is easy to forget that there is a wealth of British design history on our doorstep, so off to London we went!

When it was announced that London had won the 2012 Olympic Games, the V&A decided to put together a exhibition celebrating the best of British design from the austerity games of 1948 right up to the present day.

The exhibition is vast with over 300 objects, from textiles, furniture, ceramics, glass, graphics, photography, to architecture & sculpture. Highlights include original Alexander McQueen gowns, Concorde, the Sex Pistols God Save the Queen album art, the Olympic Torch, and the iconic road signs & font by Margaret Calvert.

British Design 1948-2012 – is on at the V&A until the 12th August and is definitely worth a visit.

Make Over!

Gold phone boxSomething that has caught our eye recently is the BT Artbox project – in fact you have probably seen a few of the funky designed phone boxes on display around London. Names such as Julien Macdonald, Ted Baker and even Harvey Nichols have all been transforming the good old red phone box to celebrate ChildLine’s 25th anniversary. A selection of the boxes are to be auctioned by Sotherby’s at the National Portrait Gallery on 18th July 2012. Our favourite has to be the “Ding a Bling” by Ted Baker but you can check out the full gallery;

Design Awards 2012

Design Awards WeekLast night we celebrated the best of design at one of the biggest parties in the design calendar, The 2012 Design Week Awards.

Our friends at Streamtime, who were the main sponsor invited us as for the event at the new venue – The Artillery Garden at The HAC.

It wasn’t just your standard awards ceremony, aside from the inspirational design work, there was also a Fairground with games, dodgems, a Ferris wheel and a carrousel.

Best of show went to The Allotments’ re-brand of ‘White Logistics’ a West Midlands based haulage business, with a brave and innovative branding solution. You can check out this years winners here;