As part of London Design Festival 2019, Viaduct has invited contributions from five companies who lead by example in the field of sustainable and socially responsible design; Emeco, Mater, Mattiazzi, Nikari and Zanat. These brands vary in size, geographic location and approach but have each forged their own unique path to producing not just beautiful objects but also lasting positive impact in terms of social, environmental and economic change.
In addition to this, over the course of the festival we’ll be showing “Broken Ocean” a collaborative project by environmental campaigner and communication designer Sophie Thomas and glassblower Louis Thompson. As well as talking with Stirling Prize nominee Dido Milne of CSK Architects, part of the team that designed ‘Cork House’; the UK’s first building to be made of a simple solid cork and timber construction.
In the words of our founder James Mair: “This year for LDF, we’re really excited to show that environmental and social issues can be catalysts for great design, rather than obstacles. Our chosen exhibitors all minimize waste and maximise potential in different forms, be it materials, energy or craftsmanship and this is part of their DNA. We hope that visitors to the show will feel inspired and absorb some of the lessons into their own lives and businesses”
Just as in the wider world, there is more that unites than divides us, and the challenges we face will require us all to stand up and be counted. We ourselves are far from perfect but we are trying to be better, and we hope this show will be the start of something bigger; part of a wider discourse about how we all as an industry can become a positive driver of societal and environmental change.
Find out a little more about our contributors below: