LAUNCHPAD CELEBRATES GREAT BRITISH DESIGN AT PULSE LONDON 2012. Sandwiched between the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London 2012 Olympics, Pulse London promises to fly the flag for British design with its strongest line up yet of UK talent. While the V&A Museum celebrates the best of British post-war design with their major exhibition: British Design 1948 – 2012, Pulse London will be providing the launch platform for numerous new British product designs.
This year visitors will be able to see over 500 hand selected designers and manufacturers. The show is stylishly curated into five easy-to-navigate zones: Home, Gift, Fashion Accessories, Wellbeing and Launchpad.
Launchpad is the beating heart of Pulse epitomising everything London’s only summer design show is about – innovative design, young & fresh talent, and unique new products. There are over 130 exhibitors that are forming Launchpad 2012. This year’s truly unique exhibits offer authenticity and lasting appeal yet taps into a range of current trends, including products that celebrate all things British.
Above: James Brown.
Mr Wingate Print will be showcasing his London-centric ‘The East End Pub Crawl’ and ‘Old London Town’ cushion series, both of which brilliantly illustrate our familiar architecture from Buckingham Palace to more common place George & Dragon public house. Sought after illustrator and printmaker James Brown will be exhibiting his distinctive prints. His past collections have been snapped up by numerous quality galleries and influential shops that include Heals & Liberty. At Pulse James will be presenting his latest work ‘The Wick’; a new print that celebrates the area that the Olympics are keen to shield from general view. It’s the most stylish and alternative 2012 Olympic memento.
London influences are also coming to Launchpad from further afield. Papero paper-craft toys are designed and manufactured by a young team in South Korea. These brilliantly designed and wonderfully innovative self-assembly toys, which require no craft knife or glue to construct, are a contemporary-modern take on Airfix models. The collection features a number of vehicle designs including a limited edition London bus.
Above: Kate Clarke
We are also delighted to welcome the return of repeat exhibitors who will be presenting new work including Michelle Mason, Susan Bradley, Paperself, Thornback & Peel, Lush Designs and Chocolate Creative.
Above: Lush Designs.
Also firmly established within Launchpad are a number of exhibitors who are specialists in high quality contemporary craft and innovative design. The selection of ceramics, textiles, metalwork and glassware being showcased is truly inspiring, with much of it being shown for the first time.
Victoria Delany will be launching new colourways of her ‘CandleStack’ collection as well as a new series of cork-backed table mats featuring exquisite hand drawn illustrations of patterns taken from traditional silverware. Welovekaoru will be launching several new products including the new ‘Basilica’ English bone china beakers. Inspired by 17th Century Venetian church tiles, the series includes six different monochrome designs printed by traditional silk screen masters of Stoke On Trent and hand-painted in 22 carat gold by skilled artisans. Central St Martins designer Jim Rokos will be exhibiting his RED DOT award winning decanter.
Another designer who chooses to celebrate and help preserve our rich heritage of the Potteries by manufacturing her products there is Reiko Kaneko who will be showing her latest products Petal Bowls, Arctic Tumblers and Jumpy Mugs.
This year will also see fresh collections from makers such as Tina Vlassopulos, Makiko Nakamura Ceramics, Linda Bloomfield and Lok Ming Fung.
Above: Makiko Nakamura Ceramics.
“We are inspired by the edited line-up at Pulse this year. Launchpad’s offering is the strongest to date and has grown by over 20% in just one year.
Over 148 design talents will show off cutting edge products in this exclusive zone, giving retailers the chance to buy brand new designs that cannot be found at mainstream trade shows. The 2012 London buzz, Launchpad designs and Pulse timing makes for a compelling and must visit event”
Registration for the show is now open at www.pulse-london.com