Walking along the Thames a few of weekends ago I stumbled upon Bargehouse, drawn to its textured warehouse facade covered in type and neon tubes.
That weekend it was host to Designersblock - part of the London Design Festival showcasing over 100 designers on 5 floors. Here are a few of the things that caught my eye...
Peter Ibruegger's moustache and bow-tie mugs and glasses:
Brick Habitats - modular birdhouses, birdbaths and planters to to encourage mini ecosystems in the city. By Chooi-leng Tan:
Flock felt wall tiles in bold colours by Hive:
4th Monkey light by Kandabi. You've heard of "See no Evil, Hear No Evil and Speak No Evil", but what about "Do No Evil"? This '4th monkey' is represented here by the strategically placed bulb:
Sea urchin inspired bone china Cel lights by Brighton based Ulrika Jarl:
A Ghost of a Chair - an eerie and beautiful polyester piece by Valentina Gonzalez Wohlers:
My favourite exhibit - Make Your Mark by YOLO. Dozens of pencils hung suspended from the ceiling by helium filled black balloons. Visitors were encouraged to pick one and draw upon the undulating gridded paper below:
[pullquote author="YOLO"] The pencil is used as a metaphor for a person's life.
One pencil. One life.
Surreal yet serenely blissful, the floating pencils represent lives detached, potential unrealised and dreams suspended. Our exhibit explores the tension of indecisions that lure us from leaving a trace on life’s canvas. All of us have a legacy to leave on the canvas of life, let us make a mark.
You only live once. Make it count.