All posts by Grainne Byrne


Lighting up London – Lumiere 2018

January is one of the busiest months for Team Tomorrow and our design and architecture clients preparing for key international design fairs such as IMM and Stockholm Furniture Fair and of course, Salone del Mobile. This month I took a break from the desk to check out Lumiere London, the free annual festival of light taking place in the city from 18 – 21 January. I joined the crowds and explored the eleven installations in and around Kings Cross and Granary Square and was not disappointed. Using the event’s handy app, I navigated as many displays as possible, making sure I didn’t miss out on anything.

My highlight was the stunning Waterlicht by Dutch designer, Daan Roosegaarde. Granary Square was flooded with an intense river of blue light to raise awareness of global warming and the resulting rising sea levels. It was a dramatic and moving work. DOT by Philippe Morvan (France) was a fun and lively installation with 175 lightbulbs dancing to a soundtrack composed for Lumiere as was Identified Flying Object (IFO) by Jacques Rival (France) which encased the Birdcage by German Gymnasium in a rainbow of neon light. Lumiere is a welcome addition to the January design diary and I’d recommend you check out when it returns to town next year.

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We were invited to celebrate a new collaboration between Italian textile house, Dedar and ONEROOM design studio in the recently opened ONEROOM Gallery last week. On arrival at the multi-story converted Victorian warehouse, a striking patterned entrance offset with a Paul Evans-designed metallic patchwork wardrobe welcomed us.  From here we ascended into the gallery spaces to further explore ONEROOM’s unconventional approach to design, with many unexpected style twists and turns across all four floors.   Continue reading ONEROOM x DEDAR

Monet The impressionists in London Tate Britain

The Impressionists in London

Last night, I attended the private view of The Impressionists in London, French Artists in Exile (1870-1904), a vast exhibition at Tate Britain that seeks to map the connections between French and British artists, patrons and art dealers, a devastating period in French history. A series of paintings created during the Franco-Prussian war with works by Tissot, Sisley and Pissarro provides charming insight into the perception of London as seen through the eyes of visiting French artists and the works arising during their time here. Continue reading The Impressionists in London

One Room x Bethan Laura Wood

LDF17: Shoreditch Design Triangle

Running in parallel with the overarching London Design Festival, East London’s dedicated cultural event, Shoreditch Design Triangle (SDT) brings together brands and designers from throughout the community to celebrate the creative efforts of the East End. Always reliable for a good show, the inimitable Lee Broom marked ten years in design with On Reflection, an all-out all black edit of some of his most popular designs. The showroom took on an illusory element to surprise and delight revelers that dared to look beyond the glass. Continue reading LDF17: Shoreditch Design Triangle

Jupiter Artland Cafe Party by Nicolas Party

Jupiter Artland

I took advantage of the recent bank holiday and paid a visit to Jupiter Artland, a private contemporary art museum set over 100 acres in the countryside on the outskirts of Edinburgh. In addition to the extraordinary array of permanent works by world-renowned artists such as Antony Gormley, Anish Kapoor, Jim Lambie and Cornelia Parker, Jupiter Artland have just welcomed a new permanent artwork by esteemed Argentine artist, Pablo Bronstein.

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Second Sitters at the Geffrye Museum

Second Sitters Upholstery: Evolution to Revolution at the Geffrye Museum of the Home

With last week’s London Craft Week throwing so many events on our doorstep, it would have been rude to not go along for a look, so on Friday I went along to visit the Second Sitters upholstery exhibition at the Geffrye Museum in Hoxton to trace the history of the craft from past to present. The show takes you on a journey through the history of UK upholstery through a physical timeline and map, much of the storytelling centres around makers stories in East London Continue reading Second Sitters Upholstery: Evolution to Revolution at the Geffrye Museum of the Home

Museo Picasso Málaga

Pablo Picasso New Collection: Museo Picasso Málaga

 This week on a visit to Malaga, I had the pleasure of viewing Pablo Picasso. New Collection at the Museo Picasso, moments away from the house in which he was born on Plaza de la Merced in the city’s old town. The rooms housing the permanent collection that charts the artist’s progress from the late-19th century until his death in 1973, were refreshed last month to create a more visitor-friendly and informative exhibition of works. Continue reading Pablo Picasso New Collection: Museo Picasso Málaga
iota Bedouin knitting women

iota at Salone del Mobile 2017

iota presented its collection of hand-crocheted carpets, stools, cushions and signature swings, all made from bespoke colourful yarns using traditional techniques within a gold-clad pop-up installation in the Galleria’s arcade. Tomorrow provided advice on planning the installation and worked to secure interviews for key spokespeople from iota with international press prior to and during Salone del Mobile.  Continue reading iota at Salone del Mobile 2017

Design Museum Shop

Launch of the Design Museum Shops

Tomorrow PR was appointed by the Design Museum to launch two new retail spaces in the Museum’s new home in Kensington, London. The first retail space designed by John Pawson, the designer behind the Design Museum, launched on High Street Kensington Street in July 2016 and the second Atrium store will open with the new Design Museum in November. Tomorrow has delivered a PR strategy to communicate the Kensington store opening and spread the word of the Design Museum’s “ambassador on the high street;” its curated edit of design objects and books, making it a must-visit destination all year-round. We have promoted the new store to design conscious Londoners and visitors. Tomorrow has also worked to raise awareness of the store’s events during LDF, including a window installation showcasing beautiful ceramics for Bitossi Ceramiche by Bethan Laura Wood.The project continued through into Autumn to ensure publicity of the Museum shop’s selection of objects, books and gifts, and to secure coverage in the gift guides of key titles. To date Tomorrow has secured more than 65 pieces of print and online coverage for the Design Museum Shop, its products and events. The new Shop news was featured in Wallpaper*, Sunday Times Home, Elle Decoration, Metro and Design Week. The London Design Festival Bethan Laura Wood installation was featured in UK and international titles including Wall Street Journal Off Duty (USA), Art and Houses (Russia), SEEN (London) and I-D (UK). Coverage of Design Museum products is also due to appear in the Christmas gift guides of Monocle, Homes & Gardens, ShortList, Time Out London, Country & Townhouse.