London Design Festival 2016


The Good Home set up an exhibition hosted by the Digital Catapult Centre between September 19th and 23rd 2016 and at the V&A Digital Design Weekend on September 24th and 25th to coincide with the London Design Festival. 




The Good Home comes to London at a time where things are in motion, but we’re unsure about whether the capital is swaying forwards or back. It’s certainly a different kind of home here. Fears of immigration coupled with sky-high house prices making owning anything in the capital the stuff of fantasies.

To build a home here is not child’s play but it’s with youth we start our exploration. Perhaps in the search for some new ideas. Often forgotten in the design of homes we explored the role of families in shaping what happens in a home. Parents, children, all interacting, bouncing off the walls, shaping the experience of space and what you need versus what you should throw away. Children also need to develop in this home, share their experience with the space too. Kai Turner brings us the Whole Child Play to address the role of new technologies in childhood development. It’s not quite changing the walls to suit a child but Peg Modular by 16 year old Jude Thomas brings us furniture designed by a young person for other students. Flexible, cheap, adaptable, it makes student life easier. Because these days being 16 years old in Brexit England is bound to provide a special kind anxiety at home.

Katya Krasner, Grit Hartung and Natalia Dovhalionok responded to our call for submissions on designing a poster for the bedroom of a teenager. Before they start a revolution though, Leonardo Amico & Mike Shorter have them distracted with radios that respond to their mood. Time for some Nirvana?

We move on to the grown ups and grown up things we do in London homes, like trying to find asparagus that don’t come from Peru with Made Near You by Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino. I mean don’t they grow in England? If we can’t control where our food comes from we also can’t manage our own data.

Wayback Machine by Peter Bihr, Vladen Joler, Martin Skelly and Rachel Uwa will push us to think about what bits of our house are actually private. In the same breath, Data Brick by Mark Simpkins and Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino asks what kind of data actually belongs to your home. We finish our exploration with Good go(o)ds by Marta Monge, Guilia Liverani, Fabrizio Garda and Marco Signoretti who explore our religious-like behaviours towards some of our smart home products.

Always keep an eye on the sky though with Raincloud by Tom Metcalfe, Martin Charlier & Devraj Joshi because things are moving around you. Homes become more flexible with Simon Saint and Travis Perkins. It’s complicated isn’t it. But that’s what home is about. Gentle complication.


Where we were:

Digital Catapult Centre between 9am and 7pm on the 9th floor, 101 Euston Road, NW1 2RA

V&A between 10:30am and 5pm in Seminar Room 5, Level 3, Cromwell Rd, Knightsbridge, SW7 2RL





Many thanks to our host