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Colour, materials and finishes: London Design Week 2017

posted: October 2017

The Amtico Design team have always kept a strong eye on the ideas that transcend from London Design Week; this year’s highlights were no exception. The festival is a frenzy of activity, trade and innovation across the whole capital: here are their highlights. 


Above: Bram Vanderbreke ‘New Primitives’ (Left) and Isherwood and Co's botanical display (Right)

Material Sculpture

Above: Parts, Antenna and Pleat’ are miniature manipulations of material and colour, created by Tijmen Smeulders

‘Dutch invertuals collected’, curated by Wendy Plomp offered high structure and material treatments that caught our eye at London Design Fair. Strange combinations and unusual structures left us wanting to know more. Concepts explored manipulation of man-made materials to create new value.  Curation played a crucial role too, scenes were refreshed, moods changed by living botanicals.

Lynne MacLachlan’s contemporary jewellery, developed into brightened, metal three-dimensional wall tiles at the beautifully constructed Scotland: Craft & Designpavilion

Above: Entangle wall tile parts by Lynne Maclachlan

Meta colour

We also visited London’s Design Museum during the week to experience some colour therapy. Or more accurately, colour theory.  Hella Jongerius' 'Breathing Colour' exhibition was incredible. It challenged us to re-consider our views on how lighting conditions shift colour, or metamerism and how we could innovate through exploring this phenomenon.   Another chromatic event was the exposures of blue and red light, in Flynn Talbot’s ‘Reflection Room’ at the Victoria and Albert Museum which was like basking in a friendly future-inspired light show.

Above: Breathing Colour.  Installation’s looked at the way colour behaves across shapes, materials, through light and shadow.


Right: Jongerius created wall hangings that represented the way light hits objects through different periods of the day.


Paired surfaces

Colour, material and finishes were combined cleverly by many. Uncommon pairings of materials in close tones, sprayed and powdered finishes and colour weaves amounted to surface design eye-candy for the obsessives that we are.

Below: Reflection Room at Victoria and Albert Museum (Left) and Packaging Room, London Design Festival (Right)


Above: Objects by: Petra Lilja (Left) and Reiko Kaneko (Right)

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