This years NGD pavilion is officially open for business! Hopefully you can all make it down to Clerkenwell Design Week to see the marvel for itself. Those carefully painted pink ends, cute feet and the stretch of fabric flashing across all combine to create the 8th wonder of the world.
And just look at those happy and relieved faces of our volunteers who made such an amazing contribution.
…than you can shake a stick at.
Well done and thanks to all the amazing volunteers and students who helped with the NGD 2019 build over the weekend! More wood, more cutting and more drilling than any project attempted so far. And the end result looks amazing so make sure you get down to CDW this week (21-23rd May) to see it. It won’t be around for long!
We have an early release preview!
This year a timber lattice takes a ‘casting’ of the St John’s Gate. After Clerkwenwell Design week, the frame will be remounted in the nearby St James Churchyard to relocate a trace of St John’s Gate into a new, more publicly accessible context.
Like all retiring pavilions, Past/present/future dreamt of nothing else but returning to the wild to be with the birds, bees, plants and trees. And so it’s dream has been realised, finding a new home and new friends in the rolling hills of Kew Gardens. For a limited time… After which it’ll be put back in storage hopefully to one day see the outside world again.
It’s back! by popular demand Past/Present/Future has found a new home and in Kew Gardens no less! After 8 months in storage the cobwebs have been blown off and it’s been reassembled for the Botanical garden’s Easter Festival.
Be sure to get yourselves down from the 6th April – 20th April to see the beauty (along with all the other cool stuff at Kew).
And thanks to Jack at Kew, the Pirates and and last years NGD team for their hard work in putting it back together.
The London 2019 NGD workshops are over! It was beautiful, and we had some fantastic designs come through which we’ll share in due course.
In the meantime we should dwell on the fact that this year we’ll be in a new location – not in St James’ Church Gardens, but under St John’s Gate! Here are some students assessing the gate in all its majesty.
A huge well done to everyone involved in the NGD 2019 London workshops. A whopping 60 students showed up for the 2 day extravaganza(!!) which featured special guest performances from Philip Buckingham and Lionheart. Also huge thanks to our panel of judges Fiona, Peter, Roger, Sheeba.
Watch this space for more updates in the coming months and check out the project page for more info.
It is here: the snappily titled First Weekend Of The Spring Half-term. This will be the 4th (FOURTH!) year that these noble days will host Next Generation Design, the exciting start of the process before a pavilion is built as part of Clerkenwell Design Week in May.
From now on this moveable feast shall be known as Next Generation Design Weekend.
Even more excitingly than usual, rumour has it that the CDW brief has changed! Where will it be? What will it be?
We were delighted to be joined by students, volunteers and organisers last Sunday for the official ribbon cutting launch opening bonanza of A Tree Come True.
Peter Murray gave a lovely speech; the team who’s concept design was selected gave a lovely insight into their design process; and Phil and Laura aimlessly waffled about how happy they were that everyone was involved. It was all rather charming.
However maybe best to read about it on the Broadgate website, with some nice pictures too.
Many thanks again to the City Centre and Broadgate for making everyone’s tree come true this