around london [a/w 2015]

mind the gap

i’ve just about survived my first twelve months in london.

i thought i’d settled down by the summer but i decided to take on a new challenge at Dior halfway through my first year here. this was a big move for me and i was heading full steam into something new: a new role in a new office in an unfamiliar industry. it was exciting but i felt like i was starting all over again. i had to take a step back and i realised in the space of five years my design career was going in all sorts of directions:

engineering/products → interiors/furniture → fashion/retail

not only have i jumped from one design discipline to another but i was increasing the physical scale of the work (i started out on products, then rooms…then products in rooms). each time ive been broken down and rebuilt as a designer but i dont feel like i’ve lost anything in the process. any gaps have been filled in with things i’ve picked up along the way and its been interesting applying the skills from one area of design to another unrelated one.

to jump from platform to platform has tested me but i’ve coped because i like to be inspired by the things around me. not just the people and projects at work but anything outside of the regular circles. a satisfying part of my work is pulling inspiration from unlikely sources: architecture, sculpture, music, dance, lighting, installations, products, tech, retail, public transport, fashion, materials, history, photography, biology, illustration… by experiencing and soaking up as much as possible i can make a mental map of ideas and moments and its proven to be a great resource.

i don’t think i’ve settled down and i don’t know where i’m heading in the next five or so years. but i do know is london is a great place to see things and prepare yourself for the next stop on the journey. this post concludes my previous around london blog for the start of 2015. below are some of the things that have inspired me in (and out of) london in the last 6 months:

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Carsten Nicolai  unicolor at The Vinyl Factory at Brewer Street Car Park

Carsten Nicolai – bausatz noto ∞ at The Vinyl Factory at Brewer Street Car Park 

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Shoes: Pleasure and Pain at V&A 

Aaron Koblin and Ben Tricklebank Light Echoes at The Curve, Barbican 

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Barbara Hepworth  Sculpture for a Modern World at Tate Britain

Summer Exhibition 2015 at Royal Academy of Arts

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London Design Festival – designjunction

London Design Festival – Ten Designers in the West Wing at Somerset House

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London Design Festival 2015  Tower of Babel at V&A

London Design Festival – Tom Dixon presents MULTIPLEX

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[out of london] Louis Vuitton Paris Champs Élysées

[out of london] Birmingham New Street Station/Grand Central

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Louis Vuitton Series 3 at 180 The Strand

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Mademoiselle Privé at Saatchi Gallery

M.C. Escher – The Amazing World of M.C. Escher at Dulwich Picture Gallery

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Ai Weiwei at Royal Academy of Arts

Alice Anderson – Memory Movement Memory Objects at Wellcome Collection

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Ann Veronica Janssens  yellowbluepink at Wellcome Collection

The World Goes Pop at Tate Modern

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Despacio in the Jungle at Roundhouse

Hot Chip at 02 Academy Brixton

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Palladium Design at RIBA

Architecture Open at Pop Brixton

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Fred Deakin presents: INTRAVOX at Lethaby Gallery

Charles and Ray Eames – The World of Charles and Ray Eames at Barbican

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John Hoyland  Power Stations Paintings 1964 – 1982 at Newport Street Gallery

[out of london] Leeds Corn Exchange

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[out of london]Works to Know by Heart: An Imagined Museum at Tate Liverpool

[out of london] Museum of Liverpool

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Ragnar Kjartansson – The Visitors at The Vinyl Factory at Brewer Street Car Park

Michael Craig-Martin: Transience at Serpentine Gallery 

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Jamie Hewlett – The Suggestionists at Saatchi Gallery

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Cycle Revolution at Design Museum

Alexander Calder – Performing Sculpture at Tate Modern

all photos shot on iPhone 5s/6s. edited in VSCO Cam

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