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A necklace for your floor? A sofa in need of a diet? It's all just part of London Design Week

September 30, 2009 | 10:32 am



Events timed with London Design Week included a Brompton Road circuit starting near the Victoria and Albert Museum and an inspiring show called "The Escapists" at Mint, one of the city's most exciting design shops. The exhibition featured “modern day storytellers who use the medium of design and craft as the interpretive voice of imagination.”

Some of the surreal offerings included Charlotte Kingsnorth’s At One, the grotesquely compelling sofa pictured at left. It's upholstered with a skin-like material that is meant to look as if it “has been devoured by its obese occupier.”

Bling Bling Light Adornments, pictured at top, is a Penelope Batley floor lighting fixture in the form of a giant necklace made of handblown and cut glass.

Gleaming silver-plated brass trays from Fabio Novembre took the shape of Italian piazzas from Turin to Lucca and doubled as architectural models when not in use.


-- Kristin Hohenadel reporting from London

Photo credits, from top: Kristin Hohenadel, Mint, Kristin Hohenadel