Bio-ID’s modular tile system uses algae-laden hydrogel to filter heavy materials from waste water.
Nature Scenes, Interaction Research Studio for Brompton Biotopia, 2019
100 Chairs in 100 Days, Martino Gamper, 5 Cromwell Place, 2007
Brompton Design District, 2006 – ongoing
In 2006, South Kensington Estates commissioned us to collaborate on the development of the Brompton and South Kensington areas of London. The brief was to develop a strategy to nurture design retail in the area. We initiated a contemporary programme staged in empty shops and buildings in the area, showcasing experimental design during the London Design Festival. The project has helped to build a more dynamic design culture by linking Brompton to the V&A Museum and Royal College of Art, and helping to forge Brompton’s international reputation as a leading design destination.
Each year takes a topical theme and addresses the role design can play in exploring issues pertinent to the context, such as urban biodiversity and public water provision. In 2018 ‘Material Consequences’ showcased design projects that question attitudes to materials, waste and the shift to a circular economy. This year’s theme ‘Nature/Nurture’ considers what design can do to enhance biodiversity, and protect and learn from the natural world.
One of the most important elements of Brompton Design District’s approach is its focus on lasting impact and meaningful legacy. During LDF 2019 The London Fountain Co. unveils its first permanent public drinking fountain outside South Kensington underground station. The initiative seeks to reduce our dependence on single-use plastic bottles by restoring the city’s public drinking water infrastructure - a reflection of Brompton’s ongoing mission to use design to actively enrich the area for the future.
Photography courtesy of Brompton Design District
Light installation, Michael Anastassiades, 235 Brompton Road, 2011
Faye Toogood presents The Trade Show, The Garage, 2017
Blueware, Studio Glithero, The Garage, 2010