This year Livingetc hosted a design masterclass at the KLC School of Design. Celebrating modern design, the event was hosted as part of Focus/11 at the Design Centre Chelsea Harbour. Sarah Meek was there to experience the workshops, visit the showrooms and soak up the atmosphere…
This first talk was held by Diana McKnight, Director of Studies KLC School of Design. Using images to illustrate the use of proportion, scale, emphasis, balance, harmony, unity, rhythm and variety, Diana explained how design ideas can help to overcome problems. The presentation was a tool-kit of design principles accompanied by inspiring images to illustrate each principle in action.
Lucy Martin from John Cullen Lighting showcased the latest developments in modern lighting design. From ways to use the right lighting to new advancements in technology, Lucy addressed both design and details, including ideas on the fittings, the lamps, the aesthetics and how to achieve an energy-efficient scheme.
Lucy Martin highlighted the changes in building regulations which came into effect a year ago. The overview also addressed the benefits of using LED lights in buildings and homes, an example being this Ladbroke door.
Abigail Ahern, whose quirky style is known for rule-breaking, hosted the final event of the day. The designer talked about a room's overall look from the large items, such as walls and windows, right down to the details in accessories, such as books and flowers and how they contribute to a space.
In her introduction to the day Jenny Gibbs, Principal of KLC School of Design said that by using tools you can 'push the boundaries a little bit and create a look that works for you'. And the event certainly helped those involved find the tools and optimism to tackle a new design projects.