A highlight of the London Design Festival will no doubt be this staircase at the Tate Modern designed by architects dRMM. The design is inspired by the work of artist M.C. Escher who’s images of endless stairs are endlessly fascinating.
This “Endless Stair” is made from laminated tulipwood and will give visitors wonderful views over the river Thames, as well as a visceral sculptural experience.
At its highest level, the stair is 7.7m tall and can be walked every day from dawn to dusk. At night, the piece becomes an illuminates sculptural art work.
Christopher C. Hill.
Images: Rafael Viňoly Architects.
The tower under construction at 20 Fenchurch Street London, is known colloquially as the “Walkie Talki”. Designed by Rafael Viňoly Architects, it was first unveiled in 2007 to some controversy owing to its unusual form and what was considered its excessive height. The global financial crisis delayed construction, but now its super structure is around three quarters complete, it is back in the headlines for the wrong reasons.
Modes of living have varied with the age and the prevalent culture. Recent trends suggest that evermore single people will live alone in small apartments, but this is not sustainable. More interestingly, some single people are beginning to challenge this paradigm, thanks in part to popular TV shows that depict fashionable young, and even older people, enjoying this way of living.
The problem to date has been that most accommodation is converted from larger houses, but this project by Naruse-Inokuma Architects is a new build. The opportunity has therefore been given to consider what shared accommodation could actually be like. Read more
Images: Eyal Gever.
Billowing smoke and gas are beautiful in their fluidity, but are difficult to catch in a photograph. Artist Eyal Gever has found a way to capture that complexity using layers of images creating a sculpture. Read more
Photographer: David Sandison.
One of Australia’s bright young talents, Christina Waterson, is an artist and maker who has also trained as an architect.
After winning a Churchill Fellowship in 2010, she travelled to Kyoto, Beijing, Istanbul and London, studying the origins of patterns, an interest of hers since early childhood. In those countries she also worked with craftsmen who descend from generations of masters.
Interpreting this ancient knowledge with her contemporary design sensibilities, gives her work a particular quality. No doubt informed by her architectural training, and knowledge of three dimensional geometry, it is also spatial.
The weavings and foldings of hard materials that she creates, are beautiful, full of skill, and utterly mesmerising. Read more