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Dutch Design at London Design Festival 2013 rushes around London Design Festival to visit the wide range of Dutch designers on show during the nine day event.

By Katie Dominy / 19-09-2013

The V&A museum is the festival headquarters again this year and among the displays set up for the event is Scholten & Baijings' The Dinner Party, to be found in the highly-decorative Norfolk House Music Room that forms part of the British Galleries. Objects from the museum's archives, such as glassware, ceramics, silverware, furniture and carpets, are displayed as if midway through a dinner party, allowing the pieces to be seen in new ways. Even the V&A's cleaners have been instructed not to tidy up certain sections of the installation. 

Also on show at the V&A in the Fashion Galleries is A Measurable Factor Sets the Conditions of its Operation by Marloes ten Bhömer. The designer has researched the necessary structural engineering requirements needed to support a women's foot while walking in high heels and how this purely mathematical concept contrasts with the emotive and cultural references. Marioes ten Bhömer's work is also on show over at Designjunction, in Craft Council's Real to Reel exhibition, a pop-up cinema designed by architects Carmody Groarke. The exhibition showcases the films made by designers exploring the process of making and the juxtaposition of craft and technology.

The exhibition also includes the work of the Glithero duo Sarah van Gameran and Tim Simpson. Glithero's film is entitled Woven Song and features two master craftsmen - weaver Wil van den Broek and Leon van Leeuwen, a maker of organ 'books'. In both cases, a series of punch cards drive the machine, whether a loom or a classic street organ. This film is also the centrepiece for Glithero's exhibition entitled Made to Measure at Zuiderzee Museum in Enkhuizen that opened last Saturday and runs until 30 March 2014. 

Over in the Brompton Design District, we popped into the Blanks in Between exhibition organised by Workshop for Potential Design and featuring Study O Portable, who are Bernadette Deddens and Tetsuo Mukai. The duo are showing Hammer Shapes – 'a reflection on the earliest distinction between a rock and a hammer'. A white Carrara marble hammer head is teamed with a chisel steel handle, while type metal (used for letterpress) is given a maplewood handle and blue casting wax a casting bronze (used for lost wax casting) handle.


Study O Portable can also be seen as part of  Loose Thread by Okay Studio & Friends at Mod_ular Blanc at Ben Sherman in Shoreditch, alongside Jorre van Ast and others. While in East London, take in Magnetic Fields at the Tord Boontje store where the designer has  reworked his graduation project from 1991 which was an investigation into interference pigments. In this new work 3-D patterns of  electro magnetic movement are created onto resin-coated surfaces for wall-panels and furniture.  

Also East, dive into Tent at the Truman Brewery for Nicolette de Waart and her hand-made furniture and furnishings, this edition the new product is a Corian Writing Desk in Corian and oak. Super Brands next door sees Lex Pott who is exhibiting the collection Transience. Pott's work can also be seen in three other locations during the festival: True Colours Vases and True Colours shelf at Libby Sellers, Reflections at Design Exquis and Table mirrors Phases at Design Marketo. 

Odd Matter Studio, who are Els Woldhek & Georgi Manassiev, are exhibiting their OverNight Collection at the Vessel Gallery in Notting Hill Gate. OverNight is a lighting collection using stained glass and copper using electro-plating to create unique shapes and frames, so that no two pieces are ever the same.  

Tuesday evening saw the Home Office event organised by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Dutch Centre. The talk focused on the relationship between home and the office as seen by Dutch designers. The speakers included  Sue-An van der Zijpp, Curator of Contemporary Art & Design at the Groninger Museum; Robert Bronwasser, vaunted designer and the founder of SMOOL and designerPatrick de Louwere of the London-based Studio Lawrence.



1 & 2-  The Dinner Party, Scholten & Baijings, Susan Smart Photography

3 - Still from Material Compulsion, 2013, Marloes ten Bhömer, Real to Reel 

4 - Still from Woven Song, 2013, Glithero. © Glithero

5  - Hammer Shapes, Study O Portable

6 -  Transience, Lex Pott

7 – OverNight, Odd Matter Studio

8 -  Magnetic Fields, Tord Boontje 

9 - Corian Writing Desk, Nicolette de Waart 

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