Highlights from the London Design Festival 2018

From a tunnel of onions to prismatic plexiglass and other visual wonders

“One in six Londoners work in the creative industries,” reveals Ben Evans, who just happens to be one of the reasons the city’s creative economy is in such good shape. In 2003, Evans and Sir John Sorrell founded the London Design Festival (LDF), and since, it’s become one of the most eagerly anticipated annual design events around the world. As LDF kicks off this year, one component …

Celebrating European Craft at Homo Faber, Venice

Far from a traditional design festival, this island event shows artisans at work

Two years in the making, Venice’s Homo Faber: Crafting a More Human Future, a new biennial fair, celebrates the range and depth of fine craftwork in Europe. On now through 30 September, the two-week event includes 16 exhibitions and an extensive program of talks celebrating not the past, but the vision of a possible future. Created by the Geneva-based Michelangelo Foundation—founded by Johann Rupert (CEO of the Richemont Group) and …

Barcelona Design Week 2018: Highlights

Exploring the pragmatic and esoteric by reconsidering various approaches to design

Design form Catalonia has an identity rooted both in regional tradition and contemporary icons. Javier Mariscals objects and characters (like Cobi, the 1992 Summer Olympics mascot), Jorge Pensi’s Toledo Stacking Chair, and Rafael Marquina’s Marquina Oil Cruet (apparently one of the most copied design objects in the history of Spanish design) are all of note. These familiar names, along with the future of Catalan design …

Best of Iceland’s 10th Anniversary DesignMarch

Now a mainstay at the global design festival circuit, Iceland’s DesignMarch makes for a gathering point of Nordic nations and a celebration of Icelandic vision. The three-day festival includes international DesignTalks at the iconic Harpa Concert Hall, live music, open studios and exhibitions. From shockingly beautiful tartan patterns to decorative objects and future-forward products for the home and body, Core77 documented dozens of highlights. Head …

Maison & Objet 2018: Wall Clocks

As a concept, time can be complex, but these timepieces are simply stunning and direct

Time is a complex concept, yet we’re all familiar with ideas about how time flies, time is money and time is a luxury. During 2018’s Maison & Objet, it was evident that time can be decoration, as well. Among the countless gadgets and design objects on display at the Parisian fair, wall clocks were not only numerous, but impressive—and sometimes transformed the way we perceive …