At this years LDF exhibition Mint showcased an exclusive range of crowns by London based fashion designer, Phoebe English. The luxury Womenswear label focuses on creating garments that pay attention to precision and surface engineering. By reviving lost or little-known techniques she hopes to raise the profile of construction- as opposed to decoration- and bring a new dimension to the London design scene.
The handmade crowns are crafted from abstract glass beads threaded through copper wires with a result that is both chaotic and elegant. The head piece can be worn at a special occasion or merely hung on wall as art. Below you can watch a film showcasing Phoebe’s latest AW14 collection.
It’s been a busy month for Mint’s owner Lina. Besides being on the jury for the Biennale Interieur Awards in Kortrijk, Lina was selected to be on the panel of judges for Czech Designblok, along with Milanese gallerist Rossana Orlandi & owner of the Dutch design store Frozen Fountain, Cok de Rooy. The judges had to choose between 20 finalists in the product category and after much deliberation, they decided upon Marlene Huissoud’s From Insects collection.
Coincidentally, winner Marlene Huissoud is one of the recent graduates whose intriguing & unique From Insects vases were selected for Mint’s London Design Festival exhibition, Elements of Craft. Marlene forms her vessels by collecting the bio-waste propolis produced by the common honey bee. The propolis has a similar characteristic to glass which means it can be blown and shaped to create fantastic forms as shown below. You can still catch her vases in store at Mint now.
Below you will find a selection of photographs taken from the welcome ceremony at the awards as well as photos from the after party ! Enjoy !
Designblok ran from the 7th – 12th of October 2014. For more details on the events that took place please visit the Designblok website.
Lina presenting the award for best overall design to Marlene Huissoud.
Marlene Huissoud’s ‘From Insect’ Vases as seen at Mint
As you may know, last week Kortrijk played host to one of Europe’s largest biennial design fairs, the Biennale Interieur.
Lina was selected earlier this year to be on the board of judges for the Interieur Awards who crowned Minale Maeda the winning design team for the OBJECTS category. Design duo Minale Maeda secured the title with their Keystones project that makes use of 3D printing to create a new type of structural connection for various furniture types. The Keystones table is currently being shown at Mint.
The Mint team spent time exploring the Expo site at the Biennale and then made their way to an exclusive performance of GOOSE, in the Buda Tower on the Buda Island. The intimate performance consisted of 4 band members split across 4 floors of the building allowing guests to experience ONLY one of the musicians talents live. As the performance developed a live television feed from other floors began to sync with the band member to create an simulation of the whole band playing within one space. There is a video below describing the project in further detail.
On our final evening in Kortrijk we attended the DAMN Magazine party where we were served beautiful foods freshly prepared on site accompanied by a chilled glass of wine ! We finished off the evening with a meal in the Interieur Bistro which was specially constructed for the fair.
Please continue reading for more info and a selection of photographs taken from our time in Kortrijk. Enjoy !
The Biennale Interieur in Kortrijk ran from the 17th – 26th of October 2014.
Above : The display of the OBJECT winners for the Interieur Award. If you stood at a specific point in the space you could could see a complete circle encompassing the winners products ! A very clever optical illusion.
We are excited to finally reveal the latest film from Mint’s latest exhibition ‘Elements of Craft’ by Dan Joyce. The filming began during the Mint private view so be sure to keep an eye out for some familiar face !
Soundtrack by Bonobo – Cirrus
Marcus Tremonto specialises primarily in experimental technology-driven lighting, aiming to decontextualize and repurpose traditional designs. For this years LDF exhibition at Mint, Marcus created a series of adapted objects with intricately patterned custom circuits only becoming connected when placed on an array of unique conductive surfaces. The almost living design of the Pelle Condoctivo collection further explores and broadens the possibilities of the function of surface. The hand-cut circuit pattern reflects the story of a Paper Mill and its rather desolate future, as it is expected that virtually every material will become technology-based. The Paper Mill depicted on the vases not only shows the soon-outdated way of paper production but it also represents the very technology that will cause its demise. Continue reading to see more images of the pieces Marcus created for this years show Elements of Craft.
Pelle Conductivo Wall Installation for LDF 2014
For those of you who are familiar with French lifestyle magazine IDEAT – Contemporary Life, you might be interested to know that our very own Lina Kanafani was interviewed for the Village People section in the Sept – Oct issue. Interview below and for those of you who don’t read French there is a translated version below.
If you were one of the many design enthusiastic who descended upon London for this years design festival hopefully you made Mint one of your ‘must-see’ design destinations ! For those of you who didn’t make it to the exhibition or you would like a visual reminder please continue reading for a selection of images by our photographer Inge Clemente. If you have any questions about the pieces shown in the images you can contact us at email@example.com.
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.
The beautiful & intriguing window display at Mint
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.