Following the lead of Phoebe Philo, who promotes a return to simplicity at Celine, the design world has also decided to play the neutrality card: with atonal, almost humble, materials and colours, a recurring theme of wood and the return of Scandinavian principles, it all seems almost too good to be true! Design critic and curator Alice Rawsthrorn refers to this genre as ‘Quietly Excellent Design’. « Good, quiet design reveals exactly what its name might imply: it is not necessarily innovative or iconoclastic but it fulfils its function in a manner that is subtle and unpretentious, bringing us a genuine source of pleasure”, she explains in an article in International Herald Tribune dated May 8, 2011. Here we reflect on the highlights and new talent of the latest London Design Festival.
Thumb : Topp Lamp by Hallgeir Homstvedt
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