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Located conveniently in the heart of the Brompton Design District, Mint is a perfect starting place for exploring the venues for London Design Festival, each being in walking distance. The V&A hosts a number of exhibitions with Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby’s kinetic sculpture entitled Double Space for BMW being one of the most impressive ones. Moving reflective structures change the visitor’s perspective of viewing the works by Raphael which are on display in the room. Walking from the V&A towards The Conran Shop presenting Best of British Craft and Design, stop by B&B Italia to see the new collection of contemporary designs by some of today’s biggest names in the industry. Turning back in the opposite direction, discover The Map House located within a stone’s throw of Harrods and marvel at the art of cartography led by Icelandic designer’s Kristjana S Williams new pieces.  Mint’s exhibition ‘Elements of Craft’ is open until Tuesday 30th of September.

_1010836_2The beautiful & intriguing window display at Mint

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For  this years LDF exhibition, Lina curates an exhibition focusing on the influence of craft in design. Pieces by Angelo Mangiarotti and Roy McMakin present classics from the 70s & 80s that are set against works by over 40 established and emerging designers to create a visual harmony of contrasts. The exhibition opens from 10.30am on Saturday 13th and runs until Tuesday 30th of September.  We look forward to seeing you all during the festival !

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Commissioned by Bloomberg, London-based Silo Studio created a range of unique furniture making use of Bloomberg’s own waste for their annual series of design projects “Waste Not, Want It”. With a handcrafted approach to their work, they decided to turn the Bloomberg’s refuse into design objects using the keys of their keyboards. The individual keys were taken out, separated by colours and melted down into surfaces forming table tops and seating. In some cases, the words on the keys can still be read.  Please continue on to see more images of the unique and inspiring collection.

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Japanese architect Jo Nagasaka designed a collection of resin and wood furniture for Established & Sons in which he aimed to find new purposes for old discarded objects through pioneering & innovative techniques. In his Udukuri collection he removes the layers of the surface of Douglas fir to expose the grain, before encasing the wood in brightly coloured epoxy resin, creating a smooth table top finish, combined with simple geometric frames. The title Udukuri refers to a traditional Japanese craft technique in which the surface of the wood is made uneven by removing the softer parts of the wood and leaving the harder parts.

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Among the other artists and designers featured in Mint’s spring exhibition Light Reflections we had some very unique & interesting pieces by ceramicists Fenella Elms, Bee Flowers, and Nicholas Lees. Please continue reading to find out a little more about the artists.

04-MINT-SPRING14-2Image above shows Fenella Elms ‘Wall Flow’ & Nicholas Lees cast objects sat upon a steel table.

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Becoming an intern at Mint has brought me to South Kensington, an area abundant in architectural gems. My first impressions after my arrival to London have been formed by seeing staggering examples of diverse architectural styles and reinforced when taking a walk around the area of Mint.

I discovered the beauty of buildings such as the Michelin House with both Art-Nouveau and Art-Deco parts known for its decorative design or the Victorian building of the Natural History Museum with an ornate terracotta facade. Walking towards the Kensington Gardens, I stopped to have a look at the impressive Royal Albert Hall and then continued to both the Serpentine Gallery and Serpentine Sackler Gallery. Watching people enjoying the good weather in the park and using the pedal boats at the Serpentine lake has made for a pleasant ending to my day.

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Tristan Girard the creator of the Constructed Nature series seeks to deconstruct our understanding of when raw materials in nature become objects. His relationship with nature is ultimately in competition with God, so he questions how we perceive nature now given that materials are in essence the final product in themselves. Perhaps, he is suggesting by employing a 3D scanner that he will retain the beauty of nature as it exists, whilst simultaneously giving the piece of wood purpose outside of its natural habitat.   Check out the video below and continue ready to see some examples of Tristan’s work.

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One of my favourite exhibitions we saw during this years Milan Salone was the ECAL ‘Delirious Home’ exhibition.  The ingenious , yet humorous inventions that were being shown in the ECAL space varied from a clock that can mimic your arm movements to a collection of screaming cacti!  To understand a little more please watch the video below.

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To all our friends within the press and publishing industry,

Please put Thursday 12th of June in your diaries as Mint will be taking part in the annual Brompton Design District press day.  If you are new to Mint please bring along your business card so I can add you to the press contact list and you will then receive all of our future press releases.  If you continue scrolling down the Mint News page you will see  various posts about our current exhibition ‘Light Reflections’ which celebrates the unique and hand-crafted.

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Another Italian haven we explored during this years Milan Salone was the unique and humbling space of Mari n’ Co.  This family run catering space has been a priority spot for Mint since we were first invited back in 2012.  Mari n’ Co has been the chosen location for many high profile exhibitions and fashion shows as the large atmospheric space lends itself well to these functions.  During our visit, we were treated to a selection of freshly picked vegetables, moist riccotta cheese and a chickpea and calamari broth ! I personally cannot wait until our next visit !

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