See how London’s old industrial districts are transforming into live/work centers for artists and makers.

Executive Director at Pollards Thomas Edwards architects Andrew Beharrel speaks about the history of London’s industrial districts, and how they are slowly becoming cheap places to work and live. In “Out with the Old, in with the Art” from a special “Made in London” PechaKucha event held during London Design Week 2014, Andrew tells us how his firm is working to renew these historic buildings, and cultivate local arts communities.

“So we’re working with these small businesses, making a big impact.”

Holly Lewis from We Made That, goes into depth on what her organisation does to endorse local shops and companies in the greater London area. In “We Made That” from a special Made in London Powered by PechaKucha event held at London Design Week, we see that Holly’s work involves working with local businesses to  make them more accessible to the public by clarifying what it is they do, which in turn helps everyone.

The Heineken Pop-up City Lounge opened in London last month. The exciting new space is Heineken’s latest iteration of ‘social design’, a design exploration that went back to the drawing board and asked people what they really wanted from a lounge bar. Tens of thousands of crowdsourced Instagram images were submitted from across the globe, providing inspiration for Heineken, and the young emerging talent it collaborated with, to explore what lounging in the future could be like.

Designed to provoke conversation, this Pop-up Design Lounge is a place of discovery, with the aim of creating physical social networks. Visitors can experience a series of different sized ‘conversation cocoons’, providing spaces for small and large groups of friends to relax and enjoy their privacy, while at the same time, being in touch with the rest of the lounge.

A core element of the experience is the exploration of new serving and drinking rituals. Theatrical and extravagant bespoke ‘hoptails’ were on offer and visitors were able to experience the latest innovation from Heineken, The SUB®, a sleek, stylish home draught beer lifestyle appliance that has been created in collaboration with award winning designer Marc Newson. As an accompaniment, cuisine featuring some surprising flavor combinations is served at the bar.

Watch the Lounge’s first appearance in London here:

As you've been seeing on the front page of the site all week, we've been having an amazing week in London, for the London Design Festival. Here's a great panorama shot (see it bigger here) taken at last night's "Powered by PechaKucha" event at 100% Design, and we hope to have more to share in the coming days.

The Pop-up City Lounge is the latest Heineken ODE project, unveiled today as part of the London Design Festival. The Lounge saw a group of worldly design talents from Mexico City, Singapore, Warsaw and New York collaborate to inject the concept of ‘lounging’ with a fresh energy.

Inspired by Instagram images from thousands of global Heineken fans, the designers will debut innovations across architecture, fashion and product design. Ideas range from ‘conversation coccoon’ seating, angled to optimise social interraction, to beer trays constructed from ice that ensure drinks are served at just the right temperature. Constructed within two forty-foot shipping containers, The Lounge is a portable installation that will embark on a world tour throughout 2015 after its debut in London. Look out for it in a city near you.

The Lounge opens in London – watch the trailer here:

As you'll notice if you visit the front page of the site right now, PechaKucha will have a big presence at next week's London Design Festival, with 4 events hosted by PechaKucha co-founder Mark DythamTOTO x PechaKucha (16th), Made in London x PechaKucha (17th), 100% Design x PechaKucha(18th), and Heineken x PechaKucha at TENT LONDON (19th). You can visit our London city page to see all of the event pages.

Yesterday we posted about the "TOTO Toilet Architecture" event that will be taking place at next month's London Design Festival. In the same week, you'll also find PechaKucha presentations at the NLA's "Made in London" event, which will also be hosted by PechaKucha co-founder Mark Dytham. Visit our official event page for more details, or this page on the NLA website -- and you can register to attend the event here

Toilet Architecture at London Design Festival

PechaKucha will have a big presence at this year's London Design Festival (September 13-21), with multiple "Powered by PechaKucha" events, many of them hosted by PechaKucha co-founder Mark Dytham. On September 16, the TOTO London Showroom will hold an event event on "Toilet Architecture," with a lineup of presenters that so far includes Professor Barbara Penner (Senior Lecturer in Architectural History at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL), Alex Mowat (Founder and Creative Director at Urban Salon), Carolyn Trevor (co-founder of Trevor Lahiff Architects), Philippa Turrell (Editor of Kitchen and Bathroom News), and Floyd Case (Specification Manager TOTO UK). Visit the event page for more details.

What if your chair could prevent theft?

In today's Presentation of the Day "Design Against Crime" from PKN London Vol. 1, designer at the Design Against Crime Research Centre Spike Spondike argues that designers and criminals have a lot in common: they look for opportunities, they're risk-inclined, and they have a "wonky way of thinking."

She asks: Can the design of shop furniture, products, packaging, retail space large and small, display areas, security procedures, retail management and the myriad of other factors in this environment – even the experience of shopping itself – reduce shoplifting and improve ambiance without turning a small newsagent or a large department store into Alcatraz?

It's that time again -- here are the top 5 viewed PechaKucha 20x20 presentations for the month of June 2013!





First off, we have Ideapreneurs; a presentation on the development of new education methods for creatives.

Second is A Quest for Adventure: hear what it's like to ride your bicycle around the world, walk the length of the Kaveri River in India, and canoe 500 miles down the Yukon. 

In third we have Table Talks presentation Crossover Innovation, in which we hear of the design processes behind disruptive, iconic products.

Coming in fourth is Guilty Pleasures -- herein we learn that pleasures (that don't harm others) ought never make us feel guilty.

And finally, rounding out our top 5 in June is Curiosity Leads to Creativity: see how one woman's inquisitive nature has lead her down countless creative paths.

To see more fantastic 20x20 presentations, kick back for a quick six minutes and forty seconds and check out the PechaKucha WATCH page. 


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