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Minka Aire Light WaveCeiling Fan - 52" White
“Your ceiling fan should feel seamless and act as a quiet contribution to your overall design!”
- B. Powers, Interior Designer
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Got the weekend free and frequent flyer miles burning a hole in your pocket? Head over to the London Design Festival for a look at the vanguard of high-concept design. A series of more than 300 installations, discussions and exhibitions taking place across the city, the event is sure to delight, challenge, even confound lovers of modern design.
The Victoria & Albert Museum hosts a series of installations, including "The Dinner Party" (pictured above) in which guests are invited to interrupt what appears to be a dinner party in progress.
Also at the Victoria & Albert is a custom chandelier by Omer Arbel hanging from the museum's cupola (pictured above). Modern crystal ceiling lights are pretty much the simplest way of creating a 'wow' factor in public spaces or in your home.
And the talk of the event is "Endless Stair" (pictured above). Inspired by M.C. Escher's surreal, physically impossible drawings, this installation sits on the lawn in front of the Tate Modern and affords views across the Thames (notice St. Paul's Cathedral in the background).
The roster of distinguished supporters for the 11th annual London Design Festival includes luxury brands BMW and Veuve Clicquot, as well as Alessi (for whom we carry a selection of colorful table lamps) and Swarovski crystal (the vaunted crystal found in many of our Schonbek crystal chandeliers).
All in all, the event showcases the best of now, always, and yet-to-come in modern design. With some luck, we'll be reporting on-location this time next year.
Images: London Design Festival, Dezeen
Brent Turner is an architecture, design and art writer who adores elegantly simple distillations of complex design problems. You'll often catch him waxing poetic about how such creative problem solving is not only the essence of a successful art and design practice, but of science, engineering, and well, life in general. A California native, Brent was educated at U.C. San Diego where he was first exposed to clumsy yet endearingly avant-garde institutional art and architecture. In the years since, he has expanded his interest base to include all types of interior, graphic and industrial design. His best personal designs are made with Legos, and it's for this reason that Brent confines his own public creative work to wordsmithing. When he isn't writing, he hosts an art and design podcast called Beer & Tall Buildings.
Brent lives in the Silverlake neighborhood of Los Angeles with his cat Buster. If you can't reach him by phone or email, he's most likely on a mountaintop somewhere and promises to call you back as soon as he descends.
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