LOVE FEAR EXHIBITION

Fear and love brings together eleven diverse design practises from around the world. Each has created an installation exploring an issue that inspires both anxiety and optimism. The exhibition presents a spectrum of attitudes to design and how it affects our lives.  

Fear and love steps beyond the traditional certainties of design, in which ‘form follows function’ and problems are ‘solved’. It suggests that there are no simple answers – that design is both part of the problem and part of the solution. For design to steer us through this century, it must be aware of its role in a complex world. This is new ground for the Design Museum, as it sets out to challenge perceptions of what design is and how it is presented.” – Fear and Love, Reactions to a Complex World. 

One of the displays that I liked was The Earth from Ma Ke Ma Ke was the most successful fashion designer in China. Ten years ago, she decided to stop producing commercial clothing. Nowadays she focusses on the traditional ways of making clothing. In her collection, The Earth, she presents nine sets from the Wuyong collection laid on a bed of soil. The installation represents a world in which we possess less that means more.  

Another display that draw my attention was The Pan-European Living Room from OMA/AMO.  
“In June 2016, the UK voted in a referendum to leave the European Union. At that moment, OMA/AMO rethought its plans for this exhibition to make a statement in support of Europe. The Pan-European Living Room proposes that our idea of the domestic interior has been shaped by European cooperation – between designers and manufacturers, and between trading nations. The average living room in Europe, the practice argues, is a product of that collaborative spirit. This room is furnished with pieces from each of the 28 member states.” 
It was a nice game to guess the designer and the country from each piece. 

The most beautiful display was the one from Christien Meindertsma, called Fibre Market.  
“Most of the clothes you throw away will end up in an incinerator or as landfill, while the ones that are recycled will be turned into materials of low value, such as carpet liner or movers’ blankets. One of the reasons why it is so difficult to recycle clothes is because there has been no easy way to sort them by fabric and colour. Christien Meindertsma has been working with the first generation of machines that can do that.  
Meindertsma began this installation with 1,000 woollen jumpers that had been thrown in recycling bins. She worked with two textile companies to machine-sort the jumpers by fabric and colour, demonstrating that the fibres could retain their value. Behind the fibre piles is a selection of material samples from jumpers with the original labels attached. In the sorting process, Meindertsma discovered that many of the labels were inaccurate, suggesting that consumers are often misled about what they are buying. Fibre Market is both a critique of are disposable, fast-fashion consumption habits and a proposal for a more sustainable future. 

This exhibition is really worth visiting and is still running till 23 April 2017. 

THE (NEW) DESIGN MUSEUM

In 2010 the Pawson office won the competition to oversee the transformation of the former Commonwealth Institute in London into a new permanent home for the Design Museum. The Grade 2* listed building, with its signature hyperbolic paraboloid roof structure, was designed by Robert Matthews, Johnson-Marshall & Partners and originally opened to the public in 1962. Driving the process of reclaiming this iconic example of post-war British Modernism as a contemporary cultural space has been the wish to preserve and enhance its inherent architectural qualities for future generations of Londoners and visitors to the city. The aim is a building that feels as though it has retuned itself, enabling people to experience what is already there in fresh ways. The new Design Museum opened its doors to the public for the first time on November 25th. 

The architectural process is driven by spatial and structural thinking, but it is also profoundly shaped by ideas of use. From the very beginning, the imagined epilogue of colonisation is playing out in the mind of all those involved. Lines are drawn and details developed, but all the time, it is the scope for human narrative that is being created.” - http://johnpawson.com 

I wasn’t blown away by the design, I liked it but found it not extremely impressive. I liked the simplicity, and the vertical and horizontal lines that continue throughout the building. I like the openness and the relationship with the beautiful roof structure. Spatially the design museum works although there could have been a bit more walking space on the stairs from the ground floor to the first floor where people can have a seat. Another thing that I liked is the use of materials and the use of light which created beautiful lines 

In the end, altogether, it is a nice play of volume, surface and light. Pure in its own simplicity. 

THE CHURCHILL ARMS

Every week I’m meeting with a friend to play a Belgian game called Yam. The place where our tube lines cross is in Notting Hill, so we tried to find a nice pub in that area. I found a pub on the internet called the Churchill Arms. When we arrived at the pub we couldn’t believe our eyes. I think this is by far the most decorated pub I ever seen! It’s one of my favourite pubs in London.

 

KENSINGTON - THE WALKING CLUB

The last walk we did with the Walking Club was a Kensington walk. Kensington has the most beautiful mews of London. In the early days, mews were used as horse sheds and as living places for the staff. Nowadays they are transformed into little beautiful and cozy houses. 

 

STUDENTS 4 MIGRANTS - THE GUARDIAN

“Students at the Royal College of Arts demonstrated outside the Daily Mail’s headquarters in Kensington, west London, to protest against its stance on immigration.

Miloslav Vorlíček, co-president of the RCA’s student union, said: “The Daily Mail is noted for a long history of anti-immigration headlines. We hope to shine a spotlight on this paper’s activities. Who knows, we might even convince one or two of its employees to walk away from the dark side!”

- The Guardian