One of my absolute favourites at Tent this year here in London, has to be the outcomes produced at Everyday Delights and the JJAM Curators Collective's "challenge to London based designers to reinvent the classic yellow duster in a way that we never imagined before." "The project aimed to use the most banal everyday object - the duster - to promote the creativity of London's contemporary design scene." The work is superbly produced, its wonderfully humorous and I couldn't think of a better way to spend my time than looking at the outcomes from this group - incredible. My favourites, well, they all look wonderful, but for me, the tea set complete with tray (below) and of course, the knuckle dusters (above). What a wonderful sense of humour these guys have, and I would like to see some of this stuff in some of the major retailers in town. If you don't snap these guys up soon, what on earth are you doing?
If you haven't been to Tent yet, what are you doing? This show is visual porn, and you know how much we like that - incredible stuff. OK its not exactly porn, but you know what I mean. The best and sexiest stuff you will find in London right now can be found here at the Truman Brewery. This is not an area of London that I frequent that often, although I am beginning to wish that I did. If you want to be with people who are inspired, who will inspire you and just want to share their passion, then get yourself down there. Without exception, every part of this show is stunning. The people are so wonderfully friendly and I can see so many potential collaborations with retailers and commercial visual teams here that you must be completely bonkers, and quite frankly uncreative not to see the potential in the guys here and the opportunities that they present. So, get ready to shred that dreadful spiral bound manual sent to you by head office somewhere in a distant land on how to hang a graphic and get to the show to cleanse yourself of all that dull corporate branding malarkey. Let the accountants, marketing, PR and HR departments remain committed members of the 'dead hand gang' of design (we all know how much they like to think they are designers - yeah right) and bathe in the creativity of this show. So come on, burn that corporate bra, shred that corporate Bible and walk into the light, I promise you wont regret it.