London Design Festival 2012 officially opened last week, but the multitude of events don’t really kick off until tomorrow night, when most of the exhibitions and showrooms open to the public. We’re particularly excited to visit The Tramshed at designjunction, which has been a great success ever since De Le Espada’s founding director, Luis de Oliviera, initiated it in 2010. In just two years it’s established itself as a carefully curated, yet authentic lifestyle event and has become a must-see for “a thoughtful and diverse selection of both established and emerging firms who are known for the vibrancy of capacity to innovate.”
After a recent trip to Paris, Rome and Marrakech, designer Christen Maxwell was inspired by “the incredible motifs that have been seen for centuries by millions of people – from everyday pedestrians to monarchs – and translate them into modern designs.” Specifically, Maxwell cites how a geometric pattern on a manhole cover in Rome, the ceiling of the Pantheon and the glass pyramid of the Louvre influenced a Fall/Winter 2012 collection of textiles and furnishings that mixes natural linens with ever popular metallic accents and pops of neon.
Big Ass Fans are, as their name suggests, a producer of very large fans. They’re used everywhere from dairy barns to art galleries to outdoor public installations like Wendy, HWKN’s star-shaped pavilion for MoMA PS1′s summer Warm Up series. They also make residential models, like Haiku, the latest product in their line up. Once you get over the eye roll-inducing slogan—Haiku: Poetry in Motion—it’s a really incredible product. According to Energy Star it’s the world’s most efficient residential ceiling fan, and even exceeds their efficiency requirements by 450 to 750 percent. Whereas most fans use 90 to 100 watts, the Haiku uses just two to 30 watts, costing an average of $5 per year.