British interior and product designer Lee Broom has has designed over 40 bar and restaurant interiors across the UK, has won a whole bunch of awards, and The Times called him ‘The pin-up of British manufacturing’ not too long after he formed his own company in 2008. So, without further ado, here is the talk with the slides that he presented at PK9:
Lee Broom at Pecha Kucha London [podcast-slideshow-youtube thing]
Lee takes us through his childhood in Birmingham, dramas at the Royal Shakespeare Company, college at Central St Martin’s, having Vivienne Westwood as a mentor, undressing Kate Moss, designing bars, setting up his own design company and exhibiting at Milan. Whew!
Designersblock 2012 is happening right now, underneath the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, until this Sunday 23rd September. These are my iPhone photos. (This page is in progress until I get quotes from the designers. If you know any of them, tell them to email me!)
Designersblock is about to celebrate turning 15 years old at London Design Festival 2012 with a birthday party in a little-used space underneath the Queen Elizabeth Hall and sundry other corners of the Southbank complex, including the Royal Festival Hall shop.
You are all invited.
Rory Dodd: ‘I always liked the Southbank; it’s a real crossroads kind of place. It’s got Londoners and it’s got tourists. It’s busy, multicultural, with a really wide mix of cultures and ages coming here or passing through.’
Thomas Heatherwick and his team of architects, designers and makers work from a studio in King’s Cross, just down the road from this year’s Global Design Forum for London Design Festival 2012. Here he talks about about the process of creating, designing and then executing three large scale projects: the Olympic cauldron, a New Bus for London, and the Shanghai Expo Seed Cathedral.
The first golden wings of summer spread over Clerkenwell Design Week 2012, a warm embrace gathering Pecha Kucha to it’s breast at the closing night in the Farmiloe Building on St John’s Street. The free beer and £1 off Sipsmith gin helped a little but mostly it was down to the weather, the exhibitors and the organisers who, year after year, are making CDW into something special: A serious design week for people who are so serious about design, they actually think it should be enjoyed.
Devised by he Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham to stop designers and architects from talking for too long about their beautiful projects, the format allows the speakers to talk about any subject they choose using 20 slides shown for exactly 20 seconds each in sequence. Results range from profound to hilarious and include most points in-between.
7 o’clock slipped by and the yard filled up with people as our chosen ten assembled on the balcony for PK3.
:: Christopher Turner ::
Icon magazine editor Christopher Turner was Master of Ceremonies for the evening…
The Italian authorities have seized Camorra mobster Nicola Schiavone’s Naples apartment and videoed the whole thing, providing us with a vicarious glimpse into the design sensibilities of Campania’s monied underworld.
Embarrassingly, I can dimly remember featuring some bits of not-totally-dissimilar décor on the shopping pages of Spaces magazine back in 2003. Either I do a post-ironic analysis of the changing face of kitsch or I just bury it deep?
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.
The format allows the speakers to use 20 slides for 20 seconds each played mecilessly on a laptop and projected on a large screen. Devised by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham to stop designers and architects from droning on for too long in front of their beautiful presentations. The first one was in 2003 and if you haven’t been to one yet, you should go. Pecha Kucha is Japanese for chit-chat.
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
I shot this double page spread at the end of a long fashion and design shoot at The Wapping Project in the East of London. Charles Trevelyan arrived in a transit with his huge, slanted bookshelf sporting and integrated chair; definitely cut on the bias, this one. Lucy and Hannah had sourced a great selection of products at very short notice and we set the whole thing up against the old pumping machinery in the back of the restaurant area in an hour, which was all we had before the evening’s diners arrived.
Shelflife bookshelf and Titanic lamp by Charles Trevelyan at Viable. Hoch Tassen glasses, Milkii milk jug all from Places and Spaces. Squint fabric covered teapot, Liberty. Drink Me lamp, Pint glass vase, candle holder, goblet and ashtray, Emiko Oki. Cyclone limited edition bowl, Orrefors. Orange Slice chair in Horses Stampede fabric, Giant cup and saucer, Flames gas candelabra, Places and Spaces. Based Upon The Grain titanium dining table, Based Upon.