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LDF: A Discussion On Heritage And Design

Posted on Sep 7, 2016 by

Register to attend London Design Fair this September and step back in time as founder of Warehouse Home Sophie Bush, leads a conversation on drawing inspiration from the industrial past. Preserving, celebrating and reinvigorating industrial processes and materials, our editor chairs a discussion on heritage and design.

Preserving, celebrating and reinvigorating industrial processes and materials, our editor chairs a discussion on heritage and design

Preserving, celebrating and reinvigorating industrial processes and materials, our editor chairs a discussion on heritage and design

In the launch issue of Warehouse Home magazine, Sir Terence Conran reflected on a life-changing moment that took place during a Thames river cruise in 1981:

The moment I saw those wonderful derelict warehouses on the south bank of the Thames, the party was over for me. My mind was doing cartwheels over the possibilities. The next day, I raced over to visit the site. I was overwhelmed and quite smitten by the rough and robust Victorian industrial architecture. The waterfront buildings and the streets behind had been used to grind and store spices and the air was still richly fragrant with their smells.”

The practice of breathing new life into these historic buildings, which Conran refers to as “old ladies”, has been one of the constant threads running through his career. And it was a similar passion that inspired Sophie Bush to launch Warehouse Home magazine.

Most of us share a fascination for the industrial past, reflected in heritage buildings and robust industrial designs. And that is not unique to Britain. The digital editions of Warehouse Home magazine have now been read in over 60 countries worldwide, proving the enduring and global appeal of the industrial aesthetic.

Lister Mills' contemporary zinc clad rooftop pods, by David Morley Architects, were inspired by the weave of silk threads

Lister Mills’ contemporary zinc clad rooftop pods, by David Morley Architects and Urban Splash, were inspired by the weave of silk threads.
Image courtesy of Urban Splash

Former factories, warehouses, printworks and breweries reflect the energy and entrepreneurialism of a past age. But they are also inspiring a new generation of enterprising and creative individuals and a host of contemporary designs for the home. As architects renovate and rejuvenate those historic buildings, preserving our connected to the industrial past, established and emerging product designers are also reviving and drawing inspiration from age-old industrial processes and materials.

Whether you live in a warehouse conversion, or simply like the industrial aesthetic, don’t miss this fascinating discussion about heritage, materials and craftsmanship.

Chaired by: Sophie Bush, Founder & Editor of Warehouse Home magazine

Together with: specially invited independent designers, Katie Brown (Katie Brown Designs), Nick Fraser and Jack Blake (The Shipping Press). We’re sure you’ll remember their unique designs from Warehouse Home Issues Two and Three!

Katie Brown

Katie Brown is a printed textile designer working with traditional and digital processes. She takes inspiration from the urban, industrial landscape contrasting hard-edged imagery against soft fabrics and delicate pattern.

The limited edition Shipyard Skyline cushion is screen printed by hand in a luxurious gold and blue palette

The limited edition Shipyard Skyline cushion is screen printed by hand in a luxurious gold and blue palette
Photography by Oliver Perrott

Nick Fraser 

Nick Fraser, produces a collection of contemporary interior products, characterised by re-imagining the familiar. His playful designs offer well-considered functionality, combined with character and charm.

The four holder candelabra showcases an elegant blue, thematic of the capsule collection.

The four holder candelabra showcases an elegant blue, thematic of our second capsule collection.
Photography by Oliver Perrott

Jack Blake

I am graphic designer and educator in London. I co run the shipping press, a design and print studio. The work we produce is inspired by the environment from mundane objects and discarded materials to recording of subtle movements within the locality of the Thames. We use a range of media from screen-prints, letterpress and photography within the realm of book arts, and printmaking.

The Shipping Press, established in 2014, also provides small scale letterpress, printmaking and book binding. Read about trends in wall art in issue four of Warehouse Home interior design magazine

The Shipping Press, established in 2014, also provides small scale letterpress, printmaking and book binding
Photography by Oliver Perrott

Don’t miss out! Register for free to attend A Discussion On Heritage And Design on Sunday the 25th of September as part Super Talks at London Design Fair! And while you’re their don’t forget to take a peek at our Pop Up E-Shop! We’ll see you there!

Read Warehouse Home Issue Four here! The latest issue of the internationally renowned Warehouse Home magazine is live online and can be enjoyed in full and entirely free. Read Warehouse Home Issue Four by clicking here or view in the reader below.

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