London Design Festival 2010 by Michelle Linden

TAF Architecture


Stuart Haygarth

Lightbulb Umbrella

Ineke Hans

Brian Steendyk

Bouroullec Brothers

A few years ago C and I went to Italy and timed the trip so that we could attend the biennale. It was really a fantastic, inspirational experience, and I think I'm ready for it again. It is too late for me to make it to London for the design festival, but maybe I'll make it next year!

Hanging Chair by Michelle Linden

A friend of mine sent this to me because she knows my affinity for coat racks... I have to say, I love this design. I probably wouldn't want more than one, but I think this folding hanging chair would be a fantastic valet. I know that we could certainly use one. It would be great for preparing your clothes for the next day and perfect for small spaces where you could hang up the valet when done.
And the plywood edges... well, that just looks cool!
By Phillippe Malouin

Freya's Golden Cabin by Michelle Linden

This project somehow manages to be quite lovely, while still bordering on kitsch. The simple materials and form keep you from being overwhelmed by the story and cut-out tree imagery. I have to admit... the more I look at the project, the more it grows on me. Freya's cabin, designed by Studio Weave takes advantage of new technologies to giving new form to a fairy-tale typology. Wouldn't it be great to see this cabin in a new updated version of the Brothers Grimm?

How Embarrassing by Michelle Linden

So, the World Expo 2010 is taking place in Shanghai, and many of the world's best architects have contributed designs. Many countries have hired the best architects found in their own country, while others have ventured out beyond their borders... but most designs have something in common... trying to articulate the priorities and passions of their home country, exuding confidence and creativity. Of course, I say most because the US is one glaring exception. What does our pavilion say about us? We could be locate along any highway in any suburb. We value conformity and corporate culture (which we can directly link to many of the problems plaguing our nation). We don't really have any place for innovation or creativity and we certainly don't value our architects, which is why we hired a Canadian to design a metal panelled representation of an eagle (there is that lack of creativity and ingenuity again).
Very Frustrating. An expo is not an office park.

South Korea