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Designs of the Year Show & Tate Modern

Designs of the Year Show & Tate Modern

Recently, @lauraakalemon and I took a visit to the Brit Insurance Designs Awards exhibit at the London Design Museum. The exhibit is a showcase the most innovative and forward thinking designs from around the world.

There was a range of creative products on display ranging across seven design categories – Architecture, fashion, furniture, graphics, interactive, product and transport.

Some of the products on show included the Folding Plug by Min-Kyu Choi, Grassworks by Jair Straschnow, a furniture collection of flat-pack, self-assembly structures and The Newspaper Club, UK. Created by Ben Terrett, Russell Davies and Ton Taylor and supported by 4iP but to name a few of the products that were available for viewing allowing us to take a closer look at the UK design industry’s greatest achievements.

The Unilever Series – Miroslaw Balka

Afterwards, we visited the exhibition of Miroslaw Balka’s box of darkness at the Tate Modern.

Walking into the large space that is the Turbine hall we were greeted by a giant grey steel structure which seems to effortlessly fill the great space. Walking underneath it you can hear the echoing sound of footsteps on steel and the sound of children’s laughter as they run around the large steel posts that support the great weight of the structure.

You enter via a ramp into a pitch black interior, which to the eye seems to be spanning on into darkness swallowing up any light that seems to enter the interior of the box . We found ourselves bumping into the throngs of people, exploring the darkness using our sense of touch, arms stretched out wide, feet shuffling along uneasily until suddenly you find yourself bumping into a solid wall that is the back of the steel structure,which surprisingly is soft and velvet like a contrast to the cold steel which can be felt on the boxes exterior.

Looking back to the entrance that is Miroslaw’s black box it’s surprising to find that the long journey you feel you have taken in the dark in fact doesn’t span as far back as you originally think. As your eyes begin to adjust it’s amusing to watch the silhouettes of the people trying to traverse their way through the darkness, each person experiencing their own journey through the dark.