So, here we are again. Delicious mulled wine, present wrapping, and the ubiquitous, endless supply of Cadbury Heroes… December is here.

Outside of all the novelty offerings, the last month of ‘18 also provides design devotees something to enjoy in between all the battling of will power over one last round, honeyed root vegetables, and family tensions.

Beazley Design of the Year 2018

Design Museum, now until 6th of January

The 11th annual championing of the year’s most pioneering designs. Although open since late Summer, we at CADA are determined to catch it one last time.

This year saw Aric Chen of M+ museum in Hong Kong take curatorial lead, opting not to display items in product category order, instead presenting the designs in groups defined by their relation to current world issues; political, social or economic.

Included in the exhibition are no less that 87 shortlisted projects spanning six disciplines including architecture, product, and graphic design. Also not to miss is the accompanying reading room filled with Phaidon treasures.

https://designmuseum.org/exhibitions/beazley-designs-of-the-year-2018

Photo courtesy of YCN

Photo courtesy of YCN

Luke Edward Hall Pop-Up

3rd floor Liberty London, until Christmas

Since graduating from Central Saint Martins in 2012, designer Luke Edward Hall’s career to date has seen him wear many different, all gorgeously colourful hats. From curator to swimwear designer, ceramicist to interior designer, Edward Hall has worked with many heavyweights (Burberry, Christies, and Anthropology, no less) building a career notably contemporary by nature – the epitome of a multi-disciplinarian.

The pop-up collaboration between the designer and Liberty is one of the most naturally fitting collaborations we’ve seen in a while, given the gloriously maximalist, vibrant and layered nature of both the Liberty brand and store and Edwards Hall’s catalogue of works. The pop-up consists of interior designs of his own making, a selection of his favourite things from others, and a few vintage treasures nestled in.

https://lukeedwardhall.com/

Photo courtesy of blog.anthropologie.com

Photo courtesy of blog.anthropologie.com

Code Builder

Sir John Soane Museum, London 5th December-3rd February

A live installation piece from East London-based Architects Mamou-Mani, poetically titled ‘A Robotic Choreography’.

The prototype kit, based on spider cams and pick-and-place technology, will construct and de-constructs designs by translating the architectural drawings into code. Of the technology, the firm hoping to lead the way to the future of construction explain “this revolution in the way we make buildings will impact not only how we design but how we think. Our intention is to anticipate this inevitable shift and lead the way towards a positive robotic age”.

https://www.soane.org/whats-on/exhibitions/code-builder

Illustration courtesy of Soane Museum

Photo courtesy of Mamou-Mani