We headed to Central London in search of inspiration. Having previously researched (a few days before) into Scandinavian interiors, and thus moving onto architecture, I found myself inspired by the work of concrete structures and buildings. I discovered David Chipperfield; an architect who creates buildings with distinctive style, using squared shapes and straight lines with protruding sections/elements to create 3d effect.
VICTORIA MIRO, 16 WHARF ROAD, LONDON, N1 7RW
In London, we first stopped off at the Victoria Miro Gallery to view the 'Do Ho Suh: Passage' Exhibition. The Korean artist Do Ho Suh references the different places he has lived and worked with this colourful installation, which explores ideas about identity and migration. The Passage/s exhibition gives physical form to Suh's idea of life as a journey – his installation is designed as a sequence of passageways that each represent a different place he has occupied. I found the exhibition interesting due to its sculptural nature, however immediatley didn't become inspired by it. But I appriciated the small detail included in each of the installations which made me consider that attention to finishing the installation, or in my case a garment, will be crucial. As COS can often be described as simplistic, it is important that small details and finishing are considered to add interest to the garment (this is what COS do, but usually can be noticed when garments are closely studied by consumers.)
COS STORE, KENSINGTON HIGH ST, LONDON, W8 7RL
We thought it was thoroughly important for us to visit a COS store to see the garments up close, details and fabrics, as well as get a better idea about consumers, store layout and aesthetics of the brand. I initally felt that the store had a clean cut style, with minimalistic features, which replicated the designs and style of the garments themselves. Even though the store itself was relatively busy, it maintained a calm and atmospheric environment which helped emphasise the more mature nature of the brand and store.
DESIGN MUSEUM, KENSINGTON HIGH ST, LONDON, W8 6AG
In the Design Museum, we visited the Fear and Love Exhibition which explored a diverse selection of issues that define our era. "The exhibition asserts that design is deeply connected not just to commerce and culture but to urgent underlying issues – issues that inspire fear and love. This is a bold, multidisciplinary and global exhibition that aims to capture the mood of the present and establish the Design Museum as the home of design debate." To be honest, I didn't really get inspired by this exhibition, however I did enjoy the work displayed.
Whilst leaving the Design Museum, I noticed the surrounding buildings and they caught my eye. I thought they looked similar to the work of David Chipperfield, with square and geometric shapes, with use of cut out sections and protruding elements. I would like to work into these photographs and experiment by replicating similar shapes into pattern cutting and designing.