Somewhere in the middle of 22,000 sq ft of designjunction splendour we sat down and listened to the 11 brave souls who stood between us and the free bar at Pecha Kucha. Actually, they did pretty well and we had our beers stashed away under a robust Vitra EA 105 chair anyhow. A big audience in a big space (lots more than can squeeze into Modus!) James Dyson watching from son Jake’s stand near the front, dodgy acoustics, video cameras all over the place. Enough to make even a polished speaker nervous.
We were entertained and educated in equal measure, from rioting prostitutes to overspilled sand-casting. Helen Parton kicked off with a whizzy tour of office interiors but I didn’t get to shoot her due to chat involvements. Sorry Helen. Here are the others:
:: Sam Johnson ::
“From a speakers perspective it was a tough audience! PK was designed to stop creatives talking for hours on end and to keep the audience engaged: it’s a resounding success. Next step — politicians?” SamJohnsonDesign.com
:: Barbara Chandler ::
“I don’t think my minutes on stage really qualified as ‘design’ as I was reading out the quotes that go with the photographs in my book, Love London. But the audience took their slugs of poetry and prose pretty well, I thought, though maybe it’s just because they couldn’t hear me properly!” BarbaraChandler.co.uk
:: Joseph Sung ::
“The world is over-designed. I want to ‘erase’ design by blending into the environment in which people live, breathe and function. The whole paradigm is changing in the brand design world: expensive does not mean luxury anymore. This is the Apple era — give the people the ability to do things themselves, because they want to.” VonSung.com
:: Shin Azumi ::
Shin Azumi Studio ShinAzumi.com
:: Omer Arbel ::
“Think about Form” OmerArbel.com
:: Dominic Wilcox ::
:: Marcus Fairs ::
:: Will Hunter ::
Editor at Architectural Review
:: Beau McClellan ::
:: Luke Pearson ::
Brit Leissler was over from Berlin to visit London Design Festival 2011 and do a bit of blogging for Core77 and we both gave designjunction a thumbs up. We kidnapped Beau afterwards and dragged him to the Press Room so that Brit could interview him; I’ll post the video if I can get hold of it.
Congratulations to Deborah Spencer et al for putting together the show and the brand. Looking forward to more shows from this collaboration.