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Painting a Clearer Picture

As art galleries reopen their doors, the SODA team highlight some of the most exciting new exhibitions coming to the capital this summer.
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03.07.20

A weekly series exploring the new and practical ways that creatives are responding to COVID19...
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Movement in Colour

An exploration of how colour is used to define different movements
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19.06.20

A weekly series exploring the new and practical ways that creatives are responding to COVID19...
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Queer Artists of Colour

To celebrate Pride 2020, SODA highlights the cultural and artistic contributions of queer people of colour to our industry.
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21.05.20

A weekly series exploring the new and practical ways that creatives are responding to COVID19...
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07.05.20

A weekly series exploring the new and practical ways that creatives are responding to COVID19...
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A weekly series exploring the new and practical ways that creatives are responding to COVID19...
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Jesper Eriksson - Transformative Materials

We sat down with the London based artist to discuss coal, fossil fuels and the nature of materials.
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KASIA WOZNIAK & LISA JAHOVIC

Photographer Kasia Wozniak and set designer Lisa Jahovic present 'Negative Mirror' ...
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PRIDE 2018

Here’s our pick of the best Pride campaigns of 2018 ...
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Photo Diary

Whilst attending Biennale Architettura 2018 Rob Fiehn documented some well known faces with his trusty Olympus OM20 ...
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'Freespace' Preview

Architectural correspondent Rob Fiehn picks his highlights to check out this summer at Biennale Architettura 2018 ...
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Gavin Coyle - man of the woods

Bobby Jewell sits down with furniture maker Gavin Coyle ...
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Christiane Spangsberg - Works In Progress

Imogen Eveson spends an evening in Sydney with Danish artist Christiane Spangsberg, as she sketches out the year ahead following three sell-out shows in 13 months ...
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Rowan Williams on Education

Designer Rowan Williams reflects on his experience of his design education ...
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14.12.17

It's our last creative news round-up of 2017 .... Enjoy!
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Adventures in Dalbergia

We paid a visit to the studio of Federico Méndez-Castro, a fine dust maker located on Granville Island, Vancouver ...
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mario macilau

The extraordinary, everyday ...
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30.11.17

'Tis the season to be jolly (almost!). Before the holiday season sweeps you off your feet take five minutes to have a look our latest round-up of creative news. Enjoy!
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The Goldloxe Effect

Creating in the shadows ...
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The Enduring Allure Of Indigo

Jenny Balfour Paul shares what makes the power and draw of natural indigo so enduring and what we can learn from its rich and magical history ...
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10.11.17

An audio visual explosion this week, plus an array of very very interesting objects from Athens ... Enjoy!
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TAKESHI MIYAKAWA

We chat to the NYC based designer about his practice, wax chandeliers & chairs having conversations ...
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Empty spaces to extraordinary experiences

Museum and interior design practice Casson Mann talk about how they create world-class innovative and engaging experiences.
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20.10.17

Ease into the start of the weekend with another round-up of creative news ...

SODA x SODA

That name sounds familiar! Rob Fiehn sits down with architectural studio SODA to find out about their Soho beginnings and how they're searching out interesting new projects.
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10.10.17

Take 5 and read our round-up of creative news ...
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the perfect equilibrium

Rethinking creative strategies to balance profit with consumer wellbeing ...
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3.10.10

We kick-off the start of October with another round-up of creative news ...
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26.09.17

Last week we ventured into the heart of London Design Festival to surround ourselves with the best the city’s creative scene has to offer. Here are some of our top picks…..
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Steven Learner

The founder of the Collective Design Fair shares his insight into the design industry ...
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Better Origin branding

The world’s first AI-powered insect mini-farm, which hopes to revolutionise the food industry has been rebranded by Ascend Studio in order to emphasise the modern problems it aims to change. The work includes a logo and wordmark, as well as a new name which seeks to establish the company more closely to a lifestyle brand, instead of resorting to environmental clichés.

Better Origin was founded by Fotis Fotiadis and Miha Pipan as a way to reduce waste in the food production industry. By 2050, it is estimated that global food supply will need to increase 70 per cent to meet demands. At the same time, the industry is a significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in the UK.

Their proposed solution to the problem is the X1 system, a repurposed shipping container that turns food waste into animal food by introducing fly larvae to the mix. It uses AI for this process, mimicking the roles that insects play in the cycle. It also means that farmers don’t have to oversee the entire process and can allow their food waste to be turn into fertiliser and re-enter the agricultural process.

To convey these complex ideas, simplicity was key according to Ascend Studio creative director Paul Croxton. The updated positioning hopes to establish the brand as “the missing link in a broken food cycle.”

Still from 'Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser'

London’s V&A museum has launched its first-ever VR event, a sneak preview of its anticipated upcoming show Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser, with live effects that bring the psychedelic wonders of the rabbit hole to life. The free event taking place on 22 October at 2pm and will take place in a digital landscape inspired by the V&A’s environments and the well loved characters of Alice in Wonderland. Visitors can in effect embody these avatars and interact with one another in weird and wonderful virtual scapes.

This first foray into virtual reality represents a landmark for the museum, which is one of many to experiment with VR and digital platforms as a way to innovate events and reach audiences during and post lockdown. Curator Kate Bailey said in a statement: “Since their creation, the Alice books, with their mind-blowing ideas and concepts, have been a source of inspiration for new technologies from silent film to CGI”. We can’t wait to see how this event uses inspiration from the books and considering the bizarre happenings, VR is the perfect vehicle to bring wonderland to life.

Index.01’ running trainer

French sports company Salomon have thrown their hat into the renewable sports shoe ring this month with the launch of the ‘Index.01’ running trainer. They follow big-hitters Adidas who earlier this year released their ‘Clean Classics’ collection – a remake of the renowned Superstar and Stan Smith trainers, among others, using only sustainable materials – whilst brands such as Allbirds and Veja continue to make noteworthy contributions to the ‘green’ footwear market.

Although not available until Spring of 2021, the design innovation behind the Index.01 will enable the high-performance running shoe to be recycled by using its materials (for which there are only two: recycled polyester and foam) to produce future products. Regional collection centres will be utilised to regain used and no longer wanted trainers in order to send them back to Salomon’s factory. Here, materials such as the shoe’s foam sole, for example, can be ground up and used to create the shell for Salomon’s popular ski boots.

LDF 2020 branding

“The show must go on” is very much the sentiment of this year’s London Design Festival, which takes place this week. Ranging from virtual workshops to outdoor installations, the 18th edition of the annual festival focuses on supporting the design community during a time of immense pressure for the industry and taking a step back to listen and learn. This year’s LDF is spread across “local clusters of design” to offer a platform to smaller neighbourhoods and practises that went under the radar in previous years.

Hosting an event as iconic as LDF is not easy during the age of coronavirus, but “It is important the design community must stand together in these challenging times,” says Sir John Sorrell, chairman and co-founder of London Design Festival. Having removed the membership paywall on its website, alongside creating a bespoke portal for freelancers to share their work, the festival has made a clear effort towards diversity and accessibility this year. At a time when the design community needs inspiration and collaboration more than ever, LDF could not have come at a better time.

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