London Design Festival

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To stay on top of our game and to ensure that we are providing our customers with products that are integral to their home, it is important that we spend time out of the studio to see what is happening in terms of design. A large percentage of our work stems from what we expect to be a trend in the coming years and shows like London Design Festival are a fundamental element to our research.

The London Design Festival is a nine day festival celebrating a range of contemporary design from events, exhibitions to pop-ups. This year it took place in September and the Mira Showers team ventured to the design capital to experience what was on offer:

  • A Bullet from a Shooting Star

In collaboration with the Hong Kong based property, Knight Dragon, London Design Festival commissioned sculptor Alex Chinneck on a project in the Greenwich Peninsula where the firm is currently developing a new district with 15,000 homes.

Known for his temporary public artworks, Chinneck is renowned for elevating everyday objects and scenarios to surreal monuments such as Telling the Truth Through False Teeth and From the Knees of my Nose to the Belly of my Toes. His work this year was created to emulate Greenwich’s rich industrial history and act as a sign for what the future has in store for the residential site.

  • TENT London

Every year the festival sees over 1,200 international and UK members of lifestyle press make their way to the capital and TENT London is a key design trade show where they are all able to view works from well-known brands along with independent designers from across the globe.

With 250 exhibiting designers, brands such as Heinekein, Studio TILT, Afroditi Krassa and MG Motors were all on hand offering showcases and exhibitions. A key highlight came from a concrete bar called The Mixer, designed by Liane Russ and Phil Henshaw, allowing visitors the chance to mix their own concrete using raw materials whilst drinking “artisanal” cocktails.

  • Somerset House

New to the festival scene this year was the cultural setting of Somerset House which provided a key cultural destination with a rich historic background where original work comes to life. This year, paint brand and champion of colour, Dulux, used the space to launch ‘Colour Futures’ – an annual exhibition to announce the much-anticipated Colour of the Year.

The colour of the year for 2016 was announced as Cherished Gold along with four key trends including: Heritage and Future, Light and Dark, The Grid and Letting Go and Words and Pictures.

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Simon is responsible for the executive leadership of Industrial Design and has overseen the evolution of design thinking, process and practice since joining the business in 2009. In this time, Mira has been internationally recognised for design excellence winning a series of consumer and industry awards. The team were accredited with both iF and Red Dot awards for design excellence in 2014.

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