All Images by B. Alter: The Cloud Project
Clerkenwell is an edgy part of London's east end where many of the design showrooms, architects and design professionals hang their hats. For three short days they held a mini-festival: opening their doors to the public and strutting their stuff.
The festival programme included seminars, workshops and debates along with music, street entertainment and some product launches from big design brands. Here's a little taste of what is new on the design scene...We were delighted to run into the girls who dreamed up The Cloud Project. Last seen at the Royal College of Art graduate show in the spring, they have been traveling around the country in their renovated van making air ice cream for happy artsy types. It's obscure but "an industrial-strength water spray mounted on top of the ice cream van shoots a mix of liquid nitrogen and ice-cream into the atmosphere as a fine spray, leading to flavored condensation nuclei that will seed ice-cream clouds and give the ice-cream flavour of your choice." Having tasted it, one could say it's like cold sweet ice cream.
NAP Chair by Kasper Salto
On a more grounded note, these new stacking chairs by Danish designer Kasper Salto have just been launched at the Milan Furniture Fair and are available in London now for the first time. They are moulded plastic, with aluminum legs and come with or without arm rests in a number of different warm soft colours. Sleek, good looking and quite comfortable, they are perfect for the modernist house.
Flexible Love Recycled Paper Chairs and Sofas
These chairs and sofas are made out of recycled paper in Taiwan. The edges are also paper, strongly compacted. They stretch in and out like an accordion, and can become bigger or smaller with a pull. With a honeycomb structure that will support up to 16 people, they are an easy solution to a seating problem.
Ribbon Light by MARK
These light and airy lights are made by traditional steam bending techniques in Cornwall. The wood is either loopy ash or walnut and they use a low energy bulb. MARK is the name of a range of furniture and lighting designed and made in Cornwall by a company with an emphasis on good ethical design values.
Asif Khan , Design Museum
The Design Museum had a small display, showing work by their Designers in Residence. The Harvest chair by Asif Khan is part of his series using local plants and flowers that are freeze dried. Once preserved by his unique process, the material is used to make a new furniture system.
Shoes by Tracy Neuls
Tracy Neuls is a Canadian living in London and making magical shoes. She has teamed up with the furniture company Moroso to make a special pair of shoes using fabrics designed by Patricia Urquiola and Tord Boontje.