Archive for September, 2009

London Design Festival

Posted in Uncategorized on September 22, 2009 by starkbot

Well after sleeping in a mini-cab stand for my first night in London, I think I’ve recovered quite nicely. I couldn’t get a hold of my first contact here in London when I arrived here on the 17th Sep at 1:00am. I had to walk to find a 24 hour joint to ask for a place to sleep. The first place I found was a mini-cab stand, and they were very helpful and I’m grateful they were so nice about it all. Thanks to Kahn Baba for feeding me fruit and doughnuts and letting me sleep on his tiny ass chairs!

The London Design Festival is in full swing this week. This was amazing timing as far as my trip is concerned. There are hundreds of exhbits, features, talks and lectures going on this week over the entire greater London area. I took a short day yesterday and checked out a couple of small things. I have much bigger things planned for Wed. and Thurs. Unfortunately today the tube experienced a fire of some sort so getting to where I want to go would be a pain in the ass. So I’ll take today to take care of a few more important things.

This was the Thomas Heatherwick exhibit. It’s the world’s first continuous, single piece of furniture extruded by machine. The exhibition included five completely different, polished, aluminum benches that were made to stand alone without fixtures/fittings. They were also, quite obviously, created by the worlds largest extrusion machine.

Very cool typography used outside of the exhibit.

The longest of the five benches. Amazing work. Simplicity is king!

Edge detail on the back/bottom side of one bench. The U-joint on the bottom presumably hooks into the extrusion machine.

I found a few gems that I wasn’t expecting as well. I ran into the Levis x Original Fake callabo “teeth” jeans exhibit. KAWS (owner of Original Fake) being one of my top Artists/designers this was a real treat. I also ran into crazy-styled designer Jeremy Scott and his Adidas pop-up store. This place was intense and very well designed for such a tiny little space. I especially liked his triple-tongue neon kicks. Pictures to follow.

Foam Party

Posted in Uncategorized on September 13, 2009 by starkbot

Ian and I arrived in Belgrade on the 11th after a couple of very long train rides out to Bucharest and then to Belgrade. We’ve managed to find a very kick ass hostel and ended up sleeping on the floor, on our pads, for much cheaper than a bed.

We arrived at the hostel just in time to join everyone for a BBQ on a river in the middle of nowhere. We met up with some local Serbs who lived in the village and grilled the most meat I’ve ever seen in one place. Many drinks were consumed whilst trying to communicate via hand signals and broken english with the Serbs. They loved Ian because he’s Serbian and spoke the language and they loved me for what was apparently a brotherhood because I’m part American Indian.

We’ll be headed out tonight for some sort of epic weekly foam party here in Belgrade. Word on the street is that it gets completely mental.

I look forward to my train to Budapest and flight to London coming up as well.

Cheers,

Starkey