08 July 2009

A night at the Design Museum

The last two times I trekked to Tower Bridge and did the 20 minute walk-athon journey was for the Hussein Chalayan exhibition and before that it was for Tim Walkers wonderful photography. True to my selfish fashion ways I headed to the Design Museum to hear a talk by Wayne Hemmingway, one of the founders of Red or Dead, a fashion label that was huge in the 90s. After what the Design Museum director labelled as one of the 'best lectures we have ever had' we were free to roam the design museum as we pleased. Our first stop: The drawings of Javier Mariscal.

A little about the exhibition:

The first UK retrospective of Spanish designer and artist Javier Mariscal. Regarded as one of the world's most innovative and original designers of our time, Mariscal's rich and diverse body of work spans kooky cartoon characters to stunning interiors, from furniture to graphic design and corporate identities.

Mariscal’s intense relationship with drawing and illustration is central to his career and is the basis for his designs over the last 30 years. He gave Barcelona its graphic identity as it emerged from the Franco era and in 1992 he introduced the world to Cobi, the official Olympic mascot of the Barcelona games. Sketches, designs, films and photographs will be on display alongside furniture and textiles. Mariscal will also design and paint an elaborate mural for the exterior of the museum showcasing his unique vision and signature design style

The venue of the talk

When you first walk into the exhibition ...
Pop up cardboard collages mixed with 2D film montages

The inspiration: The stuffs of Mariscal

A note


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