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Today Trent visits "horrible" London for the London Design Festival. While the weather might be a bit depressing, Trent made good use of his time and spent it enjoying the company of lots of talented and wonderful people. Sounds like a fair compromise! - Jenny x
So I spent a few days in London for the Design Festival, partially to be there for the opening of Matilda, an exhibition of Australian work, but mostly to catch up with some old friends and family. I stayed with my old friend from Cofa Hollie White, who is a great shoe designer living and working in London now. I also caught up with the infamous Graham Grey, a graphic and object designer who is always entertaining. It was also very lovely to see miss Fiona (Fi Fi) Ransom, an amazing fashion designer from Sydney who is also living and working in London, so many wonderful people living is such a horrible city.
Sorry, I really don't like London, I think its mostly the tube, but the weather doesn't help either.
One of my most interesting days involved meeting with the owner of Mint, Lina Kanafani. Mint is a beautiful design store/gallery in South Kensington and Lina is a force to be reckoned with, kind of like the Rossana Orlandi of London. She showed me around, we had a coffee and talked about possibly working together on something, let's see how that goes.
I scoured the London Design Festival and found one piece that I really liked at the V and A, but to be honest I couldn't find that much else that really took my eye, and it's not like I didn't try. I went to Established and Sons, Rabih Hage, the V and A Saatchi Gallery among many others. One thing that I did like was the top floor of Saatchi Gallery where Nendo had a show, along with a bunch of young British designers.
Other than that, I just ate a lot, and my wallet will not be thanking me for that.