Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition


The work and legacy of Stanley Kubrick, one of celluloid’s greatest film directors, is celebrated at London’s Design Museum. The Fizz takes a sneak peek…


With its futuristic sets and intelligent technology, epic 1968 sci-fi movie ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’, by legendary US film director Stanley Kubrick, has always been a firm Fizz fave. Rotating stairwells, pre-iPad tablets and spaceports with distinctive ‘Djinn’ chairs by Olivier Mourgue are just a few details which have become iconic design moments on the silver screen, while the HAL 9000 computer (arguably the movie’s biggest star) is a precursor to Alexa and Siri.

Now ’Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition’, proving a hot ticket at London’s Design Museum, goes behind the scenes to show how Kubrick created his masterpiece along with other classic movies including ‘A Clockwork Orange’, ‘Barry Lyndon’ and ‘The Shining’. Running until 15 September, the must-see exhibition dedicates a room to each film displaying handwritten notes, early scripts, costumes, props and models. Rejected designs by US graphic designer Saul Bass for promotional posters for 1980 horror flick ‘The Shining’ are on show, as is a recreation of Howard Johnson’s Earthlight Room from ‘A Space Odyssey’. The droog (gang mate) costume from 1971’s dystopian crime film ‘A Clockwork Orange’ still has a certain frisson today from its associations with ‘a little of the old ultraviolence’.

ABOVE: The gravity-defying rotating stairwell from Kubrick’s ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’
ABOVE RIGHT: Artificial intelligence in the form of the HAL 9000 computer from ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’
BELOW FROM LEFT: English actor Malcolm McDowell as chief droog Alex in ‘A Clockwork Orange‘; A droog costume in the exhibition

Kubrick liked to exercise total control over each of his projects, which almost always drove him to recreate places and spaces on a sound studio rather than go on location. Many of ‘The Shining’’s Rocky Mountains-set scenes in The Overlook Hotel were shot at the UK’s Elstree Studios as were the infamous Dawn of Man ape scenes from ‘A Space Odyssey’. An ingenious projection method was devised to create the illusion that the ape footage was shot outside, just one example of Kubrick’s many experimental processes explored here.

BELOW: The entry to the Design Museum exhibition features a montage of scenes from Kubrick’s films demonstrating his signature ‘one-point perspective’ technique


ABOVE: Stanley Kubrick directs Jack Nicholson on the set of cult classic ‘The Shining’

Kubrick’s ground-breaking design collaborations, including his work with acclaimed German-British talent Ken Adam on set designs for 1964 black comedy/political satire ‘Dr. Strangelove’, are also celebrated in the exhibition. Since Stanley Kubrick’s death in 1999 few film directors have made as big a mark as the great auteur. We highly recommend heading over to the Design Museum to discover why.

‘Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition’ is on now until 15 September 2019 at the Design Museum, 224-238 Kensington High Street, London W8. Book in advance online to avoid disappointment as select dates are selling out fast.

Pictures: Warner Bros Entertainment Inc; Ed Reeve

LDF 2018 – 10 Unmissable FizzPicks for London Design Biennale

London Design Biennale is a must for design hunters, bringing inspiring global ideas to Somerset House


One of our top tips for London Design Festival, London Design Biennale gathers creatives from 40 countries, cities and territories across six continents at Somerset House, all responding to 2018’s theme of ‘Emotional States’. Exploring ideas through design, architecture and technology – addressing social, political and environmental challenges – the second edition is a thought-provoking showcase, running until 23 September.

Influential museums and institutions are among the curators, including London’s V&A (‘Maps of Defiance’), New York’s Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum (‘Face Values’) and Milan’s Triennale (‘L’Architettura degli Alberi’). All the participants are worth a look, but here are 10 of our favourite FizzPicks…


AUSTRALIA: ‘Full Spectrum’
London-based Australian designer Flynn Talbot channels Australia’s recent referendum vote to legalise same-sex marriage with vibrant light installation ‘Full Spectrum’. A celebration of diversity, the ecstatic, immersive work incorporates an arcing curve of rainbow colour, inspired by the Pride flag, embracing the whole spectrum. Its suspended light screen is formed from 150 strands of fibre-optic light, each a different hue, using custom-made hidden LED modules and electronics. You can touch and move through the strands or simply feel the love.


LATVIA: ‘Matter to Matter’
Visitors can leave fleeting messages on a wall of condensation at Latvia’s entry ‘Matter to Matter’, designed by Arthur Analts of Variant Studio, which shares the emotional impact of mark making. Taking its cue from the Baltic state’s humid climate, with capital Riga surrounded by forests and the sea, it’s a statement about culture, transience and nature’s power to reclaim human traces. Each message lasts only a few minutes on the green glass surface, before fading away. Complete with a wooden bench, the simple, sensory space won ‘Best Design Medal’ at the Biennale.


LEBANON: ‘The Silent Room’
Escape from city stress in ‘The Silent Room’, Lebanon’s blue-hued retreat from the pressures of public space. Enter the perforated brick-and-timber tower and a staircase leads to a dimly lit upper level. Within this fabric-lined, insulated cocoon, speakers play a field recording of quiet urban moments. ‘Silence is becoming a commodity for the privileged,’ says designer Nathalie Harb, whose private shelter offers ‘the luxury of silence to everyone, regardless of background or status.’ Influenced by her crowded home city Beirut, she hopes her soundscape provides a sensory respite from the madding crowd.


INDIA: ‘State of Indigo’
We love blue, especially dreamy indigo, but the dark history of indigo farming has remained mysterious. India’s pavilion, backed by The Gujral Foundation, illuminates the ‘State of Indigo’, sharing the colonial slavery and contemporary social issues behind this emotionally charged pigment. A natural colour created from the indigofera plant, indigo was used ‘to dye fabric, repel insects, treat ailments, disinfect, ward off spirits and even decorate an entire city’, says curator Priya Khanchandani, who wants us to experience the working conditions behind this blue beauty.


Pattern and colour can transform lives and economies as ‘Palopó’, Guatemala’s pavilion, proves. It promotes a project to paint a whole town in vibrant hues, inspired by local, ancestral textile patterns, turning it into a vast artwork to attract tourism. Led by designer Diego Olivero of Olivero & Bland Studio, Pintando Santa Catarina Palopó aims to support an impoverished town on Lake Atitlán. The London installation celebrates this social design initiative, harnessing floating geometric forms resembling the multi-coloured houses, flanked by a textile mobile by Zyle.


GREECE: ‘ΑΝΥΠΑΚΟΗ – Disobedience’
Championing the ancient Greek concept of civil disobedience, Greece’s kinetic ‘ΑΝΥΠΑΚΟΗ’ installation challenges our perception of static architecture. Designed by Nassia Inglessis-led Studio INI, its 17-metre-long wall is formed from a steel spring skeleton and recycled plastic, so it flexes and morphs around the human body. Visitors can enjoy the transgressive walkway, passing through the wall and feeling it respond in return. A boundary, but also a rebellious, exciting space to explore, it suggests a new, more dynamic shape for future city buildings.


ITALY: ‘L’Architettura degli Alberi’
Based on a 20-year study of trees, Italian pavilion ‘L’Architettura degli Alberi’ reflects a labour of love by architects Cesare Leonardi and studio partner Franca Stagi. The duo documented Italy’s trees to help landscape designers, crafting accurate, beautifully detailed drawings of different trees at a 1:100 scale. Expanding to include European and Central American trees, the book was finally published in 1982, featuring 374 evocative illustrations of 211 species. This installation presented by La Triennale di Milano shares 24 of them, ideal for inspiring parks and public spaces.


EGYPT: ‘Modernist Indignation’
Winner of the London Design Biennale 2018 Medal, Egypt’s display ‘Modernist Indignation’ charts the sad loss of the country’s once-vaunted modernist architecture, now left to rot or actively destroyed by critics. The pavilion is an elegy to that vulnerable and dying design language, featuring a contemporary reinterpretation of a fictional 1939 exhibition put on by Al Emara, the first Arabic design magazine (published from 1939 to 1959). It also includes a video shot in the house of its founding architect Sayed Karim, his manifesto and logo, gradually erased on the floor.


SWEDEN: ‘Coal: Post-Fuel’
Coal could have emotional value, becoming a desirable design material, according to this intriguing Swedish exhibit by Jesper Eriksson. ‘Coal: Post Fuel’ considers an alternative future for this Industrial Age power source, imagining its life beyond a dirty fuel for burning. His installation features furniture, flooring and objects made from solid coal, some in their raw state and other pieces processed into a black marble-like finish. Eriksson reckons ‘Britain’s most iconic material’ can be rebranded for architecture and interior design. Think organic, quarried luxury…

Fearful about food security and the future environment? Luckily, The Netherlands is on top of things, with its ‘Power Plant’ pavilion showing how design can solve the problem of population-pressured food production. A futuristic greenhouse, it uses sunlight to generate both food and the electricity needed to grow it. Designer Marjan van Aubel is behind this elegant solution, with the building’s transparent solar glass, hydroponic system, vertical growth structure and specifically coloured LEDs fostering a year-round, high-yield indoor harvest.

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Finally, don’t miss The Refugees’ Pavilion, a temporary shelter housing objects designed by displaced people. The pavilion itself is the ‘Better Shelter’, winner of the Design Museum’s Design of the Year 2016, a structure that unpacks from two cardboard boxes, and can be assembled by four people with one hammer in just a few hours. Inside, visitors can see how refugees worldwide have customised the flatpack making it their own. Social design in action.

London Design Biennale is at Somerset House, Strand, London WC2 from 4 to 23 September 2018. Book tickets online or opt for a guided tour.

Photos: Mark Cocksedge (Australia Pavilion); Ed Reeve

Northern Design Festival 2017

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This year's Northern Design Festival in the North of England champions good design, from furniture to graphics and material innovation



Forget Geordie Shore! For exciting action up north, head to the UK's Northern Design Festival, celebrating inspiring design at six venues across Newcastle and Gateshead. Running from 3 to 8 November, the annual showcase includes 50-plus designers, nine exhibitions, installations, talks and tours, taking in products, furniture, lighting, textiles, ceramics, fashion, graphic design, illustration and architecture. 2017's theme is 'Material Matters', explored by a host of northern, national and international talents, with special commissions from designers and artists.

Major one-day symposium Design NOW kicks things off on Friday 3 November, attracting big-name speakers including Lancashire-born, Leeds-trained graphic artist, printmaker and designer Anthony Burrill, whose clients include Google, Apple, Hermès and London's Design Museum. Alongside established talent, you'll find emerging names, with shows such as 'Chairs and Lamps' presenting prototypes by five second-year students from Northumbria University's BA (Hons) 3D Design programme. 

Keen to join industry insiders on the design trail? The festival's exhibition hub is at historic venue The Assembly House on Newcastle's Watergate Road, alongside nearby Cooper's Studios. Here are six FizzPicks to get you started... 

ABOVE: Graphic design exhibition 'Unforsaken (Part 1)' was conceived by Jimmy Turrell, who worked on Beck's video (still, shown)
ABOVE RIGHT: 'Wireless' lamp by Georgina Heighton for student exhibition 'Chairs and Lamps' at The Assembly House


The Assembly House, 55 Westgate Road, Newcastle

Graphic artist and director Jimmy Turrell, who has worked with Adidas, Beck and The Guardian, will present exhibition 'Unforsaken (Part 1)', which explores beauty found in unexpected places. In 2016, Turrell rescued a job lot of 1,000 vintage books and objects from eBay, before using them as a base for screenprinting, drawing and painting. Discarded and forgotten materials, from ski manuals to scrapbooks of the Norwegian royals, are salvaged with style.

ABOVE: UK graphic designer Jimmy Turrell's vinyl record and cover design for Beck's new album 'Colors'


The Assembly House, 55 Westgate Road, Newcastle

Up-and-coming UK design talent Daniel Schofield – who has bagged an award from Elle Decoration magazine – gets a solo show and a chance to share new work, from furniture to lighting and accessories. Warwickshire-born, Sheffield-trained Schofield has previously collaborated with top British brands Benchmark, Conran and Skandium, and his simple, contemporary pieces draw on materials from brass and oak to enamelled volcanic stone, paring forms back to chic essentials. He has a background in both graphic design and carpentry, and it shows.

ABOVE: Young British design talent Daniel Schofield will present new work at The Assembly House

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The Assembly House, 55 Westgate Road, Newcastle

Known for innovative surface materials, sculptures and architectural works, Giles Miller has crafted a new installation – 'Aurora' – for the festival. Past clients of the London studio include Stella McCartney and the V&A, with creations involving a mix of high-tech and the handmade. A 'composer of materials', Miller took inspiration from the Northern Lights for his latest piece, which incorporates around 2,000 mirror-finish, stainless steel 'pennies', suspended within a structural lattice, designed to harness diverse reflections while still being visually permeable.

ABOVE: Giles Miller's dramatic new 'Aurora' installation, a sculptural lattice of mirror-finish, stainless steel discs throwing out reflections

The Assembly House, 55 Westgate Road, Newcastle

Discover iconic printed designs from the G . F Smith archives at 'Art on Paper since 1885', including work by influential contributors Saul Bass, Milton Glaser and Paul Rand. Founded in 1885 as a paper merchants, the Hull- and London-based British firm has a legacy of creative collaborations with graphic designers, artists and photographers, with promotional and marketing materials under the spotlight here. Names in the frame include Made ThoughtStudio Makgill and SEA.

ABOVE: Printed works, spanning promotional and marketing materials, from 'Art on Paper since 1885' showcasing the G . F Smith back catalogue

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Part of a growing movement committed to social design and enterprise, New Boosbeck helps the unemployed, community groups and public to build furniture, with more than 130 people gaining valuable work experience and skills to date. Led by artist Adam Clarke, and inspired by Boosbeck Industries, a 1930s initiative to tackle unemployment with creativity, it produce bespoke pieces for sale. Check out the results here.

ABOVE: A wooden chair created by members of social enterprise group New Boosbeck, celebrated at Northern Design Festival

Selling show Design Source is your go-to for a spot of design shopping, with furniture, lighting, products, ceramics, wallpaper, textiles, and jewellery from across the North of England. Selected by industry experts, designers involved include Deadgood, Nick James, North Sea Collaborations and Susi Bellamy. There's also a Pop-Up Shop. 

ABOVE: Selling show Design Source includes work by northern talents Deadgood ('Bute' armchair), Susi Bellamy (cushions, lampshade, ottoman and wallpaper), Godfrey Syrett ('Low Ken' stools and circular 'Harry' table), Nick James (lamp base) and Dove Street Pottery (bowls and jug); European oak 'Fluted' cabinet by Nick James, with fluted doors and drawer fronts; Handmade 'Oak' bench with subtle curves and rounded corners by Nick James; 'Working' table, 'Setter' chairs and 'Pop' rug by Deadgood
Northern Design Festival 2017 runs from 3 to 8 November 2017. All the events listed here are on show at The Assembly House, 55 Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, (entry £2.50; see website for opening hours, and other events at alternative festival venues).

Pictures: Sasa Savic, Guy Archard

New Designers 2015 – Part 1

Thirty years ago, London's New Designers fair launched to create a high-profile platform for UK design graduates to come together and exhibit their work. Soon the cream of this year's crop will share that stage again in search of fame and fortune. Will the next Thomas Heatherwick please stand up... 


DesignFizz readers can purchase day tickets in advance for just £9.50* instead of £15 on the door. Book online now at 
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2015 is proving to be a landmark year in the design community. SCP has just turned 30 and marked the occasion with a special show at the Design Museum (see our post) and New Designers, the London exhibition dedicated to showcasing the year's best design graduates, has just reached its 30th birthday too. So there’s bound to be a celebratory mood when Islington's Business Design Centre opens its doors for New Designers 2015, ushering in more than 3,000 young talents over two weeks, and an excited audience of design fans, buyers and media scouts on the lookout for the next big thing. 

Split into two parts, Part 1 (24-27 June) focuses on craft-based design such as ceramics and glass, textiles and fashion, jewellery and precious metalwork, while Part 2 (1-4 July) features furniture, product and industrial design, graphics, illustration and digital design.

One Year On is a specially curated section within each week's show that represents designers who are in their first year of trading and are forging links with industry. Each designer has been specially selected for the quality of their work and their entrepreneurial flair. One Year On is a great chance to see how these rising stars have honed their fledgling business skills and how they’ve developed creatively since graduating.

ABOVE: CHLOE MELLEN One Year On Chloe Mellen's eye-catching and elegant 'Perception of Time' collection of jewellery and accessories is inspired by how the passage of time has affected her life, actions and emotions. Made of copper, brass, leather and Swarovski crystal, these are deeply desirable pieces with bags of chutzpah. Seen above: 'Handheld Monocle'

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The highly anticipated New Designers Awards will also reward the most Fizztastic students with accolades including the coveted New Designer of the Year Award which is given to the most innovative and skilled graduate in each of the week's shows. Look out for award certificates pinned proudly on the best stands or pick your own favourites.

So, we’ll certainly be raising a glass or two to celebrate 30 years of New Designers, but before we do here's a sneak preview from Part 1…
New Designers 2015 Part 1, 24-27 June; Part 2, 1-4 July. Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, London N1

Five Fizzpicks at New Designers Part 1

ANNA TRAINOR Ulster University
Anna Trainor's bold geometric prints simply fizz with energy. Inspired by architectural structures and optical illusions, these vibrant colour fields are digitally translated from hand-dyed and hand-cut paper designs on to silky cotton sateen. Not for the faint-hearted and all the better for it.

These delicate looking crumpled vessels are tougher than they seem. Emily Patricia Wiles has converted the soft folds of fabric into elegiac porcelain sculptures that yearn to be allowed to collapse in on themselves. The sophisticated colour palette of off-white and grey reveals every subtle ripple and crease. Understated and extremely beautiful, we predict they'll be popping up in chichi galleries very soon.

DANIELA EVANS Arts University Bournemouth
There's something of the theatrical about Daniela Evans' work. Her intricate textile designs are inspired by the circus and as such are show-stopping pieces in their own right. Evans uses complex structures and patterns to create striking and elegant pieces that demand attention. We think Gaga should get in touch pronto...

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Sofia Dawe's high-octane, pattern-tastic accessories fuse the richness of Persian rugs with the energy of urban street art and graphics. It's a culture clash that works particularly well here as Dawe's keen eye for contrast and colour manages to pull these disparate elements together to create a distinctive range of digitally printed cushions and scarves.

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ABBIE CHILTON Bath Spa University
We love this triangular jigsaw/sculpture by Abbie Chilton. The use of different woods creates a dynamic rhythm across an ordered grid which also employs 3D pyramid shapes to halt the eye and create subtle drama. Angles and triangles hold a particular fascination for Chilton who also channels them into elegant hanging sculptures made from thin steel rods.

New Designers exhibition picture by James Champion

SCP – The Arrangement of Furniture in a Museum

London's Design Museum is celebrating 30 years of SCP with a show that reminds us of the Brit design brand's greatest hits. Are you ready to go back to the future?


Ah, 1985... we remember it well. Dead or Alive had their first and last number 1 with ‘You Spin Me Round’, Queen was reborn and Bob Geldof swore live on TV during Live Aid. In Soapland, Den and Angie fought like cat and dog as EastEnders graced our screens for the first time, and Krystle and Alexis battled over the Carrington mansion with big hair and even bigger shoulder pads in Dynasty.

ABOVE: 'Tam Tam Tom Tom' tables by Konstantin Grcic, 1992
ABOVE RIGHT: Pete Burns from Dead or Alive; the cast of Dynasty; Bob Geldof at Live Aid; Freddie Mercury at Live Aid; Angie, Den and Sharon Watts in EastEnders

Amid this maelstrom of activity a young Sheridan Coakley launched a new UK furniture brand, SCP. Coakley (left) started SCP with the idea of seeking out and selling classic furniture from the Modern Movement, but swiftly moved on to producing and manufacturing new pieces in the same spirit with up-and-coming British designers including Jasper Morrison and Matthew Hilton.

Well, Den and Angie, shoulder pads and Live Aid may be consigned to the past, but 30 years on SCP is still alive and kicking and in seriously good health. Coakley’s desire to go against the grain and do things on his own terms has served him well. His maverick nature has attracted like-minded designers such as Michael Marriott, Konstantin GrcicRobin Day and artist Rachel Whiteread, whose offbeat talents have produced items that have become SCP classics.


ABOVE: SCP's 2015 Milan show, 'The Arrangement of Furniture in a Room'

At this year’s Milan Furniture Fair, SCP eschewed the glitzy showroom and adopted a more guerrilla/street style approach to exhibiting. In a small side street in the new design district of San Gregorio Docet, specially selected prototypes, re-issues and new products were displayed upon vintage items of furniture in a typically quirky fashion. Curated by British designer Michael Marriott, the show played upon the juxtaposition of the old and new and the stylistic relationships between the pieces. 

BELOW: 'Missed Daybed', Michael Marriott, 1998; 'Oscar' sofa, Matthew Hilton, 2009; 'Mono' side table, Konstantin Grcic, 1995

ABOVE: 'Daybed', Rachel Whiteread, 1999

This temporary pop-up show has now been given a more elevated status by London’s Design Museum. To coincide with the launch of 'SCP Classics', a new collection which sees the most coveted pieces from the SCP archives relaunched or re-imagined, Shad Thames’ temple of modern design will recreate Marriott’s original show where Londoners can preview the Classics collection for the first time. Titled 'The Arrangement of Furniture in a Museum', it showcases more than 40 pivotal products spanning SCP's history, composed by long-time collaborator Marriott.

Not many things really stand the test of time, but three decades later SCP is still forging its own path and delivering modern design classics. Sheridan, we salute you…

'The Arrangement of Furniture in a Museum' runs from 24 May to 6 June 2015.
Design Museum, 28 Shad Thames, London SE1.