10 things to see at LDF #10: Electro Craft

Studio Tord Boontje has curated an exhibition of electronic items made by new and emerging designers for London Design Festival – from a wireframe boombox to a wearable tail and a ‘slow breeze machine’

Qu’est-ce que c’est wireframe boom box created by Yuri Suzuki for Electro Craft
Qu’est-ce que c’est by Yuri Suzuki

Electro Craft is described as a celebration of electronic craft, with 30 pieces by new designers and more established names. Items are either self-initiated or made with small-scale production in mind and include musical instruments, lights and more conceptual pieces.

“This varied collection of ideas invites electrical manufacturers to think differently about how products are conceived, designed, made and used, when the pressures and conventions of mass-production are sidestepped,” says Studio Tord Boontje.

Yuri Suzuki has created a wireframe boombox, reduced to its essential components, while Yamaha has contributed an electronic violin:

Yamaha's YEV-104 electronic violin, made for live performances
Yamaha’s YEV-104 electronic violin, made for live performances

Wonseok Jung’s The Time Belt is inspired by time belt mechanisms in vehicle engines:

Wonseok Jung's The Time Belt clock aims to capture the flow of time and is based on timing mechanisms used in vehicle engines
Wonseok Jung’s The Time Belt clock aims to capture the flow of time and is based on timing mechanisms used in vehicle engines

And Map Project Office’s Seeker for AKQA acts like a compass, pointing to a predetermined location. Also on display is a light made from real dandelion, candleholders that double as bluetooth speakers, a ‘slow breeze machine’ that offers a gentler alternative to traditional fans and a sculpture that uses movement to disperse scent.

The Seeker, created by Map Project Office with AKQA, Onformative and Kudo, is a hand-held device that points to a predetermined location
The Seeker, created by Map Project Office with AKQA, Onformative and Kudo, is a hand-held device that functions like a compass, pointing to a predetermined location

The exhibition is open until October 15 at 23 Charlotte Road, Shoreditch EC2A 3PB. For details and a list of featured projects see electrocraft.show

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