THE POWER OF COMMUNITY AND INTERACTION
Experiencing such a breadth of like-minded designers at Material Matters all dedicated to sustainable developments in design acted as a reminder of the power behind community in instigating positive change. This was also felt in the new Dalston to Stokey district, where Camron client Atelier100 presented a democratic display of products created by 22 emerging London creatives across fashion and interiors.
The incubator programme supports emerging designers through funding the production of their products, alongside practical workshops and mentoring on topics from production to marketing and accounting. The variety of products on show, and available for purchase, continued to champion sustainable practices through a focus on materiality and innovative technologies. Highlights included designer Rosie Stontham’s Membrane Vase (hand-blown glass into moulds made of scrunched up newspaper) and Ex-A Studio’s Garnet Ring (a combination of 3D printing and traditional silversmithing to transform ethically sourced stones and recycled sterling silver into contemporary statement jewellery).
Over in the ever-buzzing Brompton Design District, luxury lighting company Occhio created an interactive and immersive experience within the newly opened London flagship showroom. Specialising in merging technical innovation with sleek, modern and sophisticated design, Occhio – represented by Camron – invited visitors to a hands-on experience of their new project, Luna – a new series of floating, celestial-inspired glass designs controlled by contact-free hand gestures.
Defining voice in modern luxury interiors, Camron client HOLLY HUNT celebrated its 40 year legacy of innovation and craftsmanship with the debut of its new collection HH40. On show in the brands Mayfair showroom, HH40 spans artfully crafted furniture and lighting; the new range was debuted alongside an exclusive wallpaper collection created in collaboration with design studio ASSEMBLAGE.
Shoreditch Design District saw Centre 151 – an independent charity and cultural centre supporting the Vietnamese, Laos, and Cambodian communities in London – display an immersive exhibition in collaboration between Wax Atelier, the Blue H’mong craftswomen of Pa Co village (Mai Chau), and Kilomet 109. The exhibition explored community, design, and sustainability through the lens of the Mother Goddess – an ancient Vietnamese tradition of worship of female deities seen as protectors of nature. Collaborative artworks were displayed across three spaces, united by one central material: rope. The visual journey placed a spotlight on the significance of rope as a medium and metaphor to demonstrate the significance of cross-cultural ideas and skills, and the interconnection between the natural world and material culture.
Simone Brewster’s Spirit of Place featured five large-scale cork sculptures to evoke a cork forest along The Strand. Created in collaboration with Amorim, the installation draws attention to Amorim’s work encouraging the growth of trees resilient to drought, from which cork may be harvested through waste-free and restorative means. Meanwhile, regenerative design brand Osmose Studio hosted a pop-up exhibition: Mycelium Unearthed, to demonstrate the powerful role of mycelium as a sustainable design material through talks and workshops.
As this year’s edition of LDF came to a close, feelings of hope endure for the next generation of designers empowered to innovate in material developments and production practices that can not only change how we approach mass production, but also how we interact with design. The impetus behind developing sustainable materials was not only a notion felt strongly by the design community, but also by the fashion industry, too. It will be interesting to see how this develops over the next year, and what the cohort of LDF ‘24 will have to say on the topic.