We began the second day of BlogTour with a design tour in the ever so famous Victoria & Albert museum during London Design Festival. Various designers put their unique vision on display in the midst of historical grandeur.
Walking into the Victoria & Albert museum itself was already an experience, all design aside, with walls and hallways lined with priceless sculpture, art and historical artifacts, not to mention the building’s architecture itself.
BlogTour London had been invited to a press tour of key London Design Festival exhibits, beginning with my favorite, a collection of LDF’s Moleskine Sketch Relay entries. The contest asked 70 designers the following questions:
1. What objects, items, systems, and details can you not live without in a private space or in the public domain?
2. Examine what needs improving within your personal or professional life.
3. What would you like to design that you haven’t had the opportunity to design before?
The Garden of Russolo sound machines by Japanese designer Yuri Suzuki exhibiting at the V&A for London Design Festival was a fun hands on experience using white noise to distort your voice and create various sounds. It was hard to drag the noisy band of bloggers away from this one.
The Wind Portal by Najla El Zein was such a fantastic design piece made with 5,000 paper windmills turning with a, man-made, breeze. The design changes all the time with the movement of the air and creates a gentle hum, very beautiful and serene.
Immediately following our visit to the V&A, we made our way to the Brompton Design District to visit Andrew Martin’s showroom, a furniture and antiques shop with one foot firmly planted in set design. How can you not love this quirky space with none other than Superman watching over you.
The folks at Andrew Martin introduced their new wall coverings collections which brought design pros Lisa Mende, Courtney Lake and, of course, wallcoverings guru Laurie Laizure to a screeching halt.
BlogTour London continued on to the one and only De le Cuona showroom. The team there welcomed us with plenty of bubbly, sushi and the most divine textile collections. Bernie De le Cuona, the company’s charismatic owner, personally displayed all of her wonderfully rich and elegant fabrics and was gracious enough to ask the team about certain color combinations. Needless to say Bernie has a wonderful eye for fabric, texture and color. She truly is the essence of style and creativity.
After an early afternoon on Brompton Rd. we headed to the next design show on our agenda, 100% Design. The venue was massive, however, uniquely shaped to organize each section of manufacturers with a quite the stunning entryway pictured above. The show was filled to the brim with modern design, bespoke collections and quite a buzzy atmosphere.
Day 2 of BlogTour was exceptional and filled to the brim with great design, no wonder then that at the end of the day bloggers were in much need of wine and delectable food. Duverre Hardware came to the rescue and hosted a delicious Spanish tapas dinner at Casa Brindisa in South Kensington. The food, wine, and Duverre’s beautiful hardware kept flowing throughout the evening, creating a warm and happy atmosphere, oh, and probably a food coma later on.