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Plastic Free July

Plastic Free July round up
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A creative roundup of the week
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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.
Art & Design

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.
People

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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Make Good

A weekly series exploring the new and practical ways that creatives are responding to COVID19...
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New Year, New SPLASH...dive down into our creative roundup!
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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.
People

KASIA WOZNIAK & LISA JAHOVIC

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

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 ...
People

'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 ...
People

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 ...
People

Rowan Williams on Education

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

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 ...
People

mario macilau

The extraordinary, everyday ...
People

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 ...
People

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 ...
People

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 ...
People

Empty spaces to extraordinary experiences

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

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.
People

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 ...
Opinions

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 ...
People

19.09.17

Another selection of creative news ...
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Mark Denton Esq.

We sat down with Mark Denton Esq. Ad Man Extraordinaire ...
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Kraftwerk 3D, photo by Peter Boettcher

The Outside Art Project

If you don’t fancy wearing a mask on your next trip to the gallery, The Outside Art Project is the one for you. Located in King’s Cross, London’s largest permanent outdoor gallery will showcase various exhibitions throughout the coming year and marks a new future for the capital's art scene. Displayed across 15 benches, each two metres apart (of course), artworks will be dotted around the space for visitors to engage with at their leisure. Completely free to view and always open, The Outside Art Project injects new life into an area left empty during the months of lockdown. The inaugural exhibition, Games We Play, “captures the joys of summer with a witty and subversive lens” and is now open. Featuring photography by the likes of Julie Cockburn, Luke Stephenson and Weronika Gęsicka, the exhibition creates the perfect opportunity for a socially-distanced cultural experience.

Camille Walala's installation in White City

Les Jumeaux

Another installation for those of us who would prefer to spend our time outside during London’s heatwave is Camille Walala latest installation in White City. The installation is in the form of vibrant and uplifting road crossings, called Les Jumeaux, or in English, ‘the twins’. The installation is in the New London Fabulous style and was commissioned by Stanhope and Mitsui Fudosan as part of the continued regeneration of the old BBC Media Village in West London. Walala said in a recent interview with Dezeen that she is ‘deliberately using colour and pattern to disseminate joy, positivity and pride to as many people as possible’ which is evident through the vibrancy and energy of her new installation. She has reflected the crossings surroundings through the geometry and blocks found in the piece while also using her own unique artistic style to bring a new landmark to the borough.

Tanaka’s miniature calendar

Tatsuya Tanaka’s Miniature Calendar

Disposable face masks, toilet paper and thermometers. All essential items that are synonymous with 2020, a year shrouded in safety, precaution, and staying indoors. But what if they could be repurposed and used to inspire the very opposite. What if they could spark the imagination and conjure up memories of happier more carefree times? Well that’s just what Japanese artist Tatsuya Tanaka’s ongoing series of work titled Miniature Calendar, aims to achieve. The work uses these 2020 essentials to build whimsical, miniature scenes that look to remind you of life before the lockdown. A folded mask serves as a swimming pool and the ocean waves, toilet paper descends from a wall holder inlace of a snowy ski slope and a thermometer outfitted with wheels transforms into a speedy race car about to careen around the track. In times such as these it sometimes really is the little things that can help bring a smile to your face.

For more of Tanaka’s miniature scenes head to Instagram, where he publishes a new piece daily.

Coral Carbonate 3D printed coral

Coral Carbonate

Coral Carbonate is a research project with a difference. Developed by US design workshop Objects and Ideograms the studio is in the business of 3D printing to create sustainable underwater "houses" for coral reefs and marine life to grow. These coral reefs are one of the most vulnerable ecosystems on Earth and the project intends to facilitate the restoration and proliferation of these underwater sanctuaries. The structures themselves are made from calcium carbonate and modelled on the form of natural coral skeletons, which are also made from the same material. Alex Schofield, the architect and design technologist who heads up Objects and Ideograms explains, "the goal of Coral Carbonate is to print the scaffold for a 'house' that biological organisms will inhabit and grow their own new homes and communities". What sets this project apart is that where other solutions currently available are often made from unsustainable, manmade materials, ‘Coral Carbonate’ uses those native to marine ecosystems. We’re still in the early days of what may be possible with 3D printing and with new innovations every year we wonder what other ecosystems might benefit from this technology.

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