LDF, the London Design Festival, is back in September. And we can't wait! If you haven’t been to the Festival before, this guide will help you understand what LDF is and why we firmly believe you should make time to see it. Get ready for the landmark projects, catch art destinations that are only around for a few weeks, and discover London's Design Districts.
The “Shoe that Grows” is a brilliantly simple idea of creating durable children’s shoes that expand as their feet grow, ensuring well-fitting shoes throughout childhood. It’s an inspirational story of a man who wanted to make a difference, and is doing so. But another fascinating aspect for us is how much great design thinking there is to learn from this story – not just design of the shoes, but design of the business that goes with it.
Ikebana is arranging flowers following Zen traditions of Japanese Buddhism, and is more about art and even mindfulness than interior décor and accessorizing the home. As so often with Japanese design, there is much more to it than just the initial beauty, and its deceptively simple initial appearance is full of complex subtleties and deeper meaning. Discover this exquisite art form in the Zayah World introduction to Ikebana.
Tibetan Mandala refers to one of the most exquisite, fascinating forms of art you're likely to discover. But as you'll see, very few people will ever have the privilege of seeing one in real life. We were fortunate enough to do so a few years ago, and it's a memory that will never leave us. If you know what Tibetan Mandala is, understanding more is an important part of appreciating it fully. But if you've not heard of it before, you're in for a treat.
Wearable Art Jewellery is as much an expression of creativity and imagination as a form of personal decoration. Unlike more conventional forms of jewellery, status and brand matters less here than the emotions it conveys. For us, it's one of the purest forms of jewellery, and the one we enjoy wearing, buying and of course making more than any other. We've prepared for you a curated list of ten of our favourite Wearable Art Jewellery makers from around the world. Our emphasis is on those names you're less likely to have come across before.
It's getting to that time of year when the main topic of conversation in movie circles is which movies and actors will win Oscars this year. We take a slightly oblique look at the Academy Awards, and arm you with some lesser known facts and snippets about them. If you're planning on gate-crashing an after-party, this might be useful for breaking the ice when hanging out with stars :-)
We've created 15 original Spring Colour Palettes to inspire any projects you're starting that involve colour - everything from clothes and makeup to home decor or work. If you're new to colour palettes and colour psychology, we've also provided some simple tips on how to use them without getting overwhelmed.
What happens when architects challenge conventional thinking of what a house should be? The results of their creativity can be amazing, at least for bypassers . . . We've found a set of houses that are as far as we can imagine from the stereotype of 4 walls, a pitched roof, front door and rectangular windows. We hope you enjoy looking through these as much as we enjoyed putting the lists together.
Snow& Ice Art is a combination of engineering skills and creativity to form exquisite sculptures that only last as long as the cold weather. We showcase 7 eye-catching examples, and tell you about winter festivals where you can see this amazing art in person.