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September 27, 2012

Phew! It’s been quite a week!

When thinking about what part of the london design festival to blog about, i decided that the main shows have been reviewed by many of my fellow bloggers. I always enjoy the small exhibitions best but this year only managed to go and visit two of my favourites. Today i am going to introduce you to one of them and on monday i will blog about the second one.

Let me introduce you to DesignMarketo.

“DesignMarketo is a platform promoting up-and-coming designers and diffusing their small and limited productions. We commission product, organise exhibitions, workshops and events where you can pop by and see the real thing presented in a relaxed and friendly environment. DesignMarketo slowly developed in an organic way and expanded its network of friends to a larger audience of people interested in design, food, social interaction, experimenting and having a good time. Welcome to the family.” 

I first met jerome at the london design festival in 2010.

FoodMarketo was a joint project by apartamento magazine and DesignMarketo. Both ventures were interested in the design sphere and decided to collaborate for an exclusive event at the london design festival 2010.

Entitled: coffee and friends, FoodMarketo was a pop-up café and shop offering coffee related products and workshops. FoodMarketo featured objects specifically commissioned together with products from the previous FoodMarketo milan (at the salone del mobile, 2010).

I fell completely for their ingenius thinking, quirky mannerism and fun products they were selling. One such product you will see here below. This came as a set of six glasses, where the stems of three of the glasses have been dipped in a white resin. I cherish them and love the mix and match effect!

Bar alto 2011 was the first instalment of a new series of events organised by DesignMarketo. As a direct reference to milan’s famous bar basso (visited by many designers during the salone del mobile), DesignMarketo will offer its london public a variety of specially selected brews and cocktails, including the famous negroni. For bar alto 2011, they invited maurizio stochetto, owner of bar basso in milan, to come over and teach them how to prepare negronis… negroni is basically 1/3 of campari, 1/3 of martini and 1/3 of gin—it’s a variant of the americano, invented by the count of negroni who wanted something a little stronger!

For that event they commissioned hand-picked designers to come up with a twist on the the famous duralex picardie glasses. See the limited edition versions here.

For this london design festival, bar alto 2012 was back for another event. DesignMarketo teamed up with torsten neeland to present a joint exhibition. Torsten’s latest tableware (including a serving tray and a thermos) was shown together with the growing bar alto collection of specially commissioned glasses.

Always keen to support jerome and also obtain limited editions here is my very own purchase. I think you’ll agree, it looks like it was made just for me!

I didn’t take any photos of torsten neelands stand because i had to rush to an appointment but can show you the products i bought. Just a little background here. German retailer MAGAZIN offers a well curated selection of furniture and everyday goods – but also develops and produces its own outstanding products in collaboration with various independent designers. Labeled as M-products, they aim to be thought through designs in between high-priced editions and mass-produced collections. M-products are exclusively available through MAGAZIN.

Thorsten neeland exhibited a thermos flask, as well as a bottle to carry water and a night table carafe. I’ve been looking for both a bottle to carry water in when in transit and a night table carafe for ages. Trust the germans to come up with brilliance. I’ve never come across a night table carafe with a lid. Ingenius! See for yourselves.

Here’s the bottle to carry water around….

Well, i hope you’ve enjoyed some of this and liked some of the products i showed you. As we always say, good design is key and can change the world for the better.

What was your favourite part of the london design festival? For those of you not in london, maybe you read some reviews you enjoyed and would like to share. See you monday.


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  • Reply geraldine September 27, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    Trust you Tina to come up with such a cool posting 🙂 I agree with you, some of the smaller events are nicer to go to. Those dipped glasses are awesome! I saw some crystal glasses in set of 6 with different designs at Decorex, but this beats it – with that contemporary twist. Like your choice of Duralex – very quirky cool. By the way photography is amazing – especially that frosted glass against the candle 🙂 x

    • Reply tina October 1, 2012 at 6:40 pm

      Aww, thanks love.

      I just love what they do and am delighted with my choice of Duralex… it was definitely my favourite and I believe a one-off:) xx

  • Reply annie September 27, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    Lovely glasses, I like all of them! and that candle lit shelf looks so pretty x

    • Reply tina October 1, 2012 at 6:40 pm

      Glad you like x

  • Reply Theresa September 28, 2012 at 4:51 am

    I adore those bar tumblers. My uncle has a set. I think he originally purchased them for orange juice, but we now use them for vino. You have been delivering some great posts from the festival. It’s quite evident you’ve been enjoying the festivities. (Hm, is there a post in the works from the inspiring Missoni interview? 😉 See you on Monday. Have a wonderful weekend, Tina!

    • Reply tina October 1, 2012 at 6:47 pm

      It’s so funny, but wherever you go you will see the Duralex glasses. It’s interesting for me that DesignMarketo takes a mass product that we all know and gives it a twist and puts it in the foreground.
      The funny thing was that Jerome was trying to show me how resilient they are and that when you drop them they don’t break (hence why lots of bars and restaurants have them). Well. he took one and let it drop on the floor. Smashed in a thousand pieces:)) I think the odd one probably does that.

      T, loved the Missoni interview but like with Paul Smith I don’t have enough visuals to include and I also sometimes want to listen instead of worrying about taping etc.
      All I can tell you is that she is a remarkable woman and at 82 (I think) she looks wonderful and is full of life. As a massive fan I probably knew most things she told us and also, remember, I went to listen to her daughter Angela earlier in the year…. I could write a book on them:))

  • Reply caroline @trend-daily September 28, 2012 at 10:05 am

    Ah-great to see another element from design week sweetie-love your purchase! Great post-as ever. Happy weekend! xx

    • Reply tina October 1, 2012 at 6:48 pm

      Thanks, yes, most bigger shows have been covered expertly, so glad you guys enjoy something more eclectic! xx

  • Reply Holly September 30, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    The glass you purchased was most definitely made for you! I love the shape. And Magazin is awesome!!!!! I can’t believe I didn’t know of them. Thank you so much!!! Will have fun looking through their range later 😉

    Great overview of Design Marketo, what a wonderful concept.


    • Reply tina October 1, 2012 at 6:50 pm

      Hello gorgeous. You’re in the middle of moving so thank you for taking the time to comment:))

      Magazin is pretty cool and not very well known over here. I’m sure there’s a blog post for you in there:))

      Glad you like DesignMarketo. They are crazily wonderful xx
      Get in touch when you’ve surfaced!!!

  • Reply Catherine Bedson October 1, 2012 at 6:02 am

    All of these products are so gorgeous! Love your purchase, will look very stylish in your home. The candlelight is so pretty..can’t wait to hear more you must have so much to tell about last week! xx

    • Reply tina October 1, 2012 at 6:54 pm

      I either like very well designed products or sometimes I love quirky, out of the box thinking stuff that tickles my fancy. The glassware I bought a couple of years ago tickles my fancy every time I use them. Thy are fun to use.

      London Design Festival was huge and it’s difficult to cover a lot. No doubt you will find 100’s of blog posts on the various shows and exhibitions. I
      I hope you like my new post. For foodies, but with a twist!! xx

  • Reply leah of sang the bird October 2, 2012 at 2:31 am

    so inspiring! awesome glasses. i love all of them!
    this is the first blog post i’ve read in over 2 and 1/2 weeks. a totally unplanned break, but so good to spend time with my boy…
    can’t wait to catch up on all your posts. much love honey xx

    • Reply tina October 2, 2012 at 12:36 pm

      Thanks honey. You have been missed!
      Really glad you had a great time with your boy and indulged in your family! Precious…


  • Reply Gerard @WalnutGrey October 2, 2012 at 9:32 am

    A very nice review Tina. These types of exhibits are often the cool places at LDF. I really need to focus on them more next year.

    I love those glasses with the stems dipped in white resin. V cool. Those carafes are also great. Very simple & quite elegant. I much prefer them to your rather bizarre cup, which I hope you enjoy.


    • Reply tina October 2, 2012 at 12:39 pm

      It’s difficult with only a few days and so much going on to see everything. There are a few things I’ve missed and regret but hey, that’s life!
      Yes, next year, try and see some of the smaller gems. They get less hype but I find them more refreshing and enthralling!
      Oh, surprised you like the glasses with stems dipped in white resin but NOT surprised you don’t get my wonderful new take on a D tumbler.
      Thanks G xx

  • Reply Arianna October 3, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    Fab post Tina, I sadly missed this but reading through your blog as made me experience what I missed. Fab photos too 🙂 x

    • Reply tina October 4, 2012 at 10:45 pm

      Hello Bella,

      Thank you so much. If you think this will wash while you’re in sunny Italy, think again!!
      Glad you came along on the ride xx

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