Brompton Design District boasts a thriving community of independent creative businesses who come together for events like London Design Festival and offer some of the grass roots events that the festival wouldn’t be complete without.
Squint have taken up residence at 1 North Terrace in the heart of Brompton and created what they describe as their “flagship emporium.” It was the explosion of color and pattern that you can always rely on founder Lisa Whatmough for.
4 Cromwell Place was a new venue for 2012; a 19th century double-fronted townhouse curated by Jane Withers. The first exhibition on entering the building was Vera Chapter Two, an interdisciplinary installation orchestrated by Kirsty Minns & Érika Muller, in which designers responded to the photo above and then creative writers responded to the resulting designs.
Designers included Adrien Rovero, Arlette Ess, Committee, Érika Muller, Giorgia Zanellato, Liliana, Ovalle, Martino Gamper, Study O Portable, Tomás Alonso and the responses above are by Daniel Emma, Philippe Malouin and Kirsty Minns (from left to right).
Even the lighting was part of the show, with this installation, winding its way up the stairs, designed by Martino Gamper.
Designmarketo were providing fun half-way up the stairs – a roll of the dice could win you a bag of goodies – randomly collected up from around their studio.
Upstairs, Out of Print explored the relationship between digital and printed media. A live printing installation by James Cuddy, Roma Levin, Danilo Di Cuia and Goldsmith’s BA Design students, it used an electronic app to randomly combine news headlines, which were than hand printed onto posters – with often amusing results.