Monthly Archives: September 2010

London Design Invasion

It’s time for the London Design Festival, nine joyous days dedicated to design that will animate the streets of London from September 18th through the 26th. More than two hundred events will be hosted in just as many hot spots throughout the city. Take a look at the guide to decide what you would like to see. The program can be completely personalized online with My Festival, which lets you tag the events that interest you the most.

I suggest that you start out at the hub, which is to say, the Victoria and Albert Museum, where a packed schedule of shows and breakfasts will give you the opportunity to meet the designers. On one of the museum’s staircases you will find a very cool installation by the artist Stuart Haygarth. It’s called Framed. In effect, Haygarth has covered the stairs with colorful wooden frames.

In Trafalgar Square, until September 24 only (so make a note of it), you can admire the robots of Clemens Weisshaar and Reed Kram.

Don’t miss Tent London (September 23-26) and Brompton Design District, two sections dedicated to young talent. At Tent London the creators of Florence Design Week, the Florentine expo-show dedicated to design, will present the project I-DES – CONTEMPORARY ITALIAN DESIGN SHOWCASE, an initiative dedicated to Design Made in Italy. Designers coming from regions all over Italy will have the opportunity to display their work and gain exposure on the European level. The partnership Florence-London will be reinforced by the presence of international designers at next year’s Florence Design Week, which will take place between May 24th and 29th, 2011.

The festival will end with the fair, 100% Design (Earls Court, September 23-26), a state of the art production.

For those of you who will be in London for the event, don’t forget to pay a visit to our LagoStore on Baker Street. Spencer and his team will be ready to tell you everything, but really everything, about LAGO!

For those who instead must remain at work, do follow the event on Twitter: #ldf10

Build your own seat at Sustainable Design Week!

From August 26th to September 19, the road leading from Venice to Verona will be teeming with eco-sustainability. I am talking about Sustainable Design Week, a sustainable design initiative that kicked off in Venice during the preview of the Biennale and arrives in Verona Saturday, September 11th on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the “Abitare il Tempo” exposition.

What is it about? It’s a new way of talking about sustainability. One event divided between two great cities of the Veneto (Venice and Verona) with the aim of reawakening consciousness of eco-sustainability through design, art, music and entertainment.

In Venice, through this weekend, you will find “Newcode Design” in the Architecture Biennale and Pavilion 8 of Abitare il Tempo: a traveling exhibition dedicated to sustainable design and curated by Elogico in collaboration with the Associazione Fuoriscala.

The second part of the Festival, “Onirica 2010” will open in Verona next Saturday.
From September 11th through the 19th in the Palazzo della Gran Guardia you will be able to visit exhibitions of designers and artists who have advanced the cause of eco-sustainability and participated in debates, workshops and laboratories on the life cycle of products and environmental impact, in order to better understand how to not overburden the ecosystem.

LAGO will also take part in the events with Ricciolo, an eco-sustainable roll-up stool.

But this time the package won’t be put together for you in advance! To show you that it really doesn’t take much to be eco, we are having you put together Ricciolo yourselves! The instructions are very simple: take the cardboard, roll it, stick on the label and try out the seat. Perhaps it won’t be excessively comfortable, but it’s without a doubt environmentally friendly!

Speaking of which, since you’re already here, calculate your impact on the environment! You might discover that you are much less ecological than you thought…

Back to work!

We’re back. Gone are the days of sunbathing, of long restorative swims, of picnics and hikes in the mountains. But we are not feeling blue, we have lots of new things in the works, starting with the AIR sofas that you saw in a sneak preview at the Salone del Mobile. We are working on the catalog, on fabrics, on new compositions…have patience! Doing things well takes time. Good wine doesn’t age in a day!

And then there is the Appartamento project! We continue to receive a ton of candidates. Soon it will be time to inaugurate the Bologna Apt! For now it’s all top secret, but I’ll send you the invitation as soon as possible…

And then? And then there is our community, the virtual piazza where consumers can strike up a conversation with us and find little solutions for the organization of their living spaces, like Nicola who asked us how to arrange the living area, or like “butta78” who forgot to tell me his/her name, but in compensation showed me the future kitchen of his/her house drawn by hand with a straight edge and a pencil!

Speaking of houses, in the section Casa Tua you can upload photos of your LAGO-furnished home, like this one below from Roberto, the latest protagonist of “A casa di”…check it out!

And then? And then two new stores are about to open, of course! La Rochelle and Luxembourg. The inaugurations will be in September!

And then? And then there are some new faces at work…and in fact, maybe we are looking for you! Here is our list of LAGO job openings. Doesn’t hurt to try, right?

And then? And then, and then! And then enough. We are back.