As usual during the festival the installations, amazing structures in their own right, lead you through the museum and responded to their immediate environment, encouraging the viewer to look at their surroundings differently.
For this year’s London Design Festival, the Chelsea Design Quarter Design District has selected the theme ELEMENTS from which Deirdre has chosen WIND as the inspiration for a bespoke runner to be displayed during the event (16th – 24th) and until the end of September.
Architect of our 554 Kings Road gallery, Timothy Hatton, has loaned some of the wonderful 3D printed leaves produced for his Human Nature installation at Aqua Shard last December which will be displayed with the WINDSWEPT runner and has kindly donated a display box of five 3D-printed leaves for us to give away to one lucky winner.
To enter the competition simply follow us on Instagram@DeirdreDysonLLP, upload a picture that encompasses WINDSWEPT, tag us in the image and use #WINDSWEPT and #LDF17. The competition will run during the festival period and we’ll post the winning image across social media.
These 3D leaves were sold to raise funds for Sir David Attenborough’s Fauna & Flora International charity and can still be purchased here to support this worthwhile cause.
Edison continues his occasional series on interior design, this time he looks at the inspiration and styling tips to be gleaned from window displays which you can be applied to your home.
You may have noticed that window displays are big business these days, particularly at established departments stores such as Selfridges and Harrods. These displays can often be flamboyant, whimsical, avant-garde or be created as an art installation in itself.
Many well-known artists and designers are invited to create these one-of- a-kind installations. Primarily to act as an enticement to passers-by, window displays are also meant to cause a reaction, be aspirational, create illusions and inspire creativity.
Many window displays access different disciplines which are often mixed together such as architecture and fashion, fashion and graphic design or interior design and engineering.
What is great about all of this is that you can take inspiration for free and apply them to yourself and your home. Take reference from forms, colour, scale and the placement of objects and explore these in your own time and space.
These two examples from fellow Chelsea Design Quarter member Guinevere Antiques, use their window displays to maximum effect. Bold patterns and forms, and a mix of classic modern vintage and antiques, grabs the attention and showcases what is achievable.
Our window display during LDF week was well received and not only tells a short story about the relationship between art, materials and colour but it also emphasises how we skillfully mix colours to create a carpet that will compliment your interior space.
Fine art interpreted through the brush and the loom
From Tuesday 20th – Saturday 24 September 2016, Deirdre Dyson will hold a one-off exhibition of her fine art at the Deirdre Dyson Gallery 554 Kings Road, London SW6 2DZ.
Lady Dyson will curate a small selection of her artwork to hang alongside her carpet designs, bringing to life the concept of Walking on Art – depicting, through realized pieces, how she interprets her artistic vision through both paint-brush and loom.
“My passion has always been to explore form and colour and this is a key part of my approach to carpet design. I aim to create something that is more a work of art than simply a carpet. I recently wrote a book, entitled “Walking on Art”, which talks about the processes and techniques that go into creating my carpets and rugs. Through this exhibition, I hope to bring alive some of the content of the book – it’s very exciting.”
Visitors will be able to see paintings such as ‘Paper and Stone’ and ‘Pinched Vase and Grasses’, as well as other large-scale pieces of art. Deirdre Dyson’s latest collections of contemporary carpets will also be on display throughout the four-storey Gallery, completely transformed last year by architect Timothy Hatton. The roof terrace will be open for browsers to contemplate everything on display and relax a while before heading off to see the other design treasures our neighbours in the Chelsea Design Quarter have to offer.