Design Week’s event selection for December

Things to see this month include a pop-up store from Yinka Ilori, an exhibition of “non-traditional” Christmas trees made by designers, and an introduction to design businesses emerging from RCA’s Creative Brands Accelerator.

Pop-up: Introducing the Royal College of Art…

Jo Miller. Image credit: Martina Lang

A two-day pop-up introduces 20 creative businesses founded in support of the Royal College of Arts’ (RCA) Creative Brands Accelerator program, which offers mentorship, business training and advice to RCA alumni.

Folium, an independent, artist-led publishing platform, designs on display homeware, fashion, jewellery, ceramics and textiles, including Farphoria, a zero-waste brand that produces jewelry from plants soaked in liquid porcelain, and Official e-ternity. Digital fashion platform for trading virtual garments and NFTs.

The event will take place in the new RCA building designed by Herzog de Meuron in Battersea.

Introducing… It will take place on December 7 and 8 at the Hangar Gallery, Studio Building, RCA Battersea, Howie Street, SW11 4AS.

Exhibition: Long Live the Christmas Tree! Harewood House, Leeds

The tree of Yasemen Hussein. Photo credit Tom Arber

Eleven designers, artists, creative studios and producers have created “traditionally unconventional” Christmas trees for Harewood House in Leeds, drawing on its history, surroundings and setting.

Phoebe McElhatton created a plaster installation drawing on the Robert Adam design of the House’s Old Library ceiling; carnival costume designer Hughbon Condor designed a large-scale tree inspired by winter festivals; Juli Bolaños-Durman collaborated with carpenter Jonny Taylor on a tree made of recycled wood and glass bottles from the surrounding area; Yasemen Hussein designed a rotating tree of copper and crystal that refracts light throughout the Music Room; and set designer Simon Costin built a Pagan-inspired tree using antlers and natural materials from all over the Site.

Meanwhile, a “Sound Christmas tree” was created by the composer and accordionist Martin Green in collaboration with Opera North.

Long live the Christmas Tree! At Harewood House, Leeds, LS17 9LG until 2 January 2023, visit website for more information and tickets.

Talk: Still Life at the V&A Dundee Plastic Lab

A talk at V&A Dundee’s Plastics Lab that explores the ways Aaron Ziggy and Will Jenkinson, founders of Glasgow-based design studio Still Life, make furniture and objects from recycled plastic and locally sourced Scottish Hardwood.

Still Life built its own plastic recycling machines using open source designs from Precious Plastic. In the talk, the duo will introduce their processes and techniques, starting with plastic collection and progressing through sorting, design, melting and finishing.

The molds used during melting and forming and various prototypes from different stages will be visible, while Dundee-based furniture manufacturer and designer Camilo Feuchter will conduct a Q&A.

The talk is free to attend and will take place on December 7 from 13:00 to 14:00 at Plastic Lab, V&A Dundee, 1 Riverside Esplanade, Dundee DD1 4EZ.

Pop-up store: Yinka Ilori

For her first pop-up designed during the pandemic, designer Yinka Ilori brings an immersive retail experience inspired by West African architecture to Club Row in East London. The store has new launches with products targeting the whole family as well as designs from its latest collections. A variety of home furnishings and lifestyle items seem to encourage playfulness, while references are made to Ilori’s Anglo-Nigerian heritage and local London landscape in her signature boldly colored tableware and fabrics.

Says the designer: “High street plays a crucial role in our communities, but we’ve seen a sharp decline in recent years with many independent businesses struggling. With this pop-up, I wanted to bring retailing back and design a fun, engaging space that tells a story. I want to start a conversation about the future of our stores, how we organize these spaces, and what experiences we can create to make deeper, more meaningful connections.”

A percentage of the profits will be donated to the homeless charity Shelter this Christmas, given the growing pressure on families from the cost of living crisis.

The pop-up store will be located at 9 Club Row, London E1 6JX until 3 January 2023.

Podcast: Emergency Design

Design curator Paola Antonelli and design critic Alice Rawsthorn launched a podcast series “to explore the potential of design to help us build a better future” following the release of their book of the same name from Phaidon earlier this year.

The first guest of the podcast, which started broadcasting on November 23, 2022, is Ghanaian-British architect David Adjaye. Talking to Rawsthorn, she discusses the challenges of responsible design in “the vast, complex, and highly eclectic African continent,” and traces her practice to important cultural sites, including designing friends’ homes, to the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC and today. He commissioned the Ghana National Cathedral and the Edo Museum of West African Art in Benin City.

The rest of the series will introduce us to inspiring and ingenious designers whose achievements in tackling the great challenges, from the climate emergency and refugee crisis to ensuring that new technologies affect us positively, not negatively, Antonelli and Rawsthorn say. hope for the future”.

Design Emergency is hosted by Acast and is available on Apple, Spotify, and other podcast platforms.

Title image: Introducing Minelgaite Studios, RCA.

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