"Hackney is changing" - Philippe Malouin
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Designer Philippe Malouin describes how the Olympics has changed Hackney in this movie we filmed at Dezeen Live during 100% Design.

Philippe Malouin at Dezeen Live

Above: Malouin's Hackney-based studio

Malouin talks about the gentrification of the east London borough, where his studio is based and that Dezeen featured prominently in our Designed in Hackney coverage. "We measure how fast Hackney is changing by the amount of 'blackboard cafes' selling flat white coffees that pop-up," he says. "There's a new one opening every week."

"It's also creating a giant demand which escalates prices," he continues."Inhabitants of Hackney can't necessary live there any more."

Philippe Malouin at Dezeen Live

Above: American designers Charles and Ray Eames

The second of five images he shows is of multidisciplinary American designers Charles and Ray Eames, who he cites as his inspiration. "In terms of a studio, what they represent and what I aspire to, they are the best possible example."

He then shows photos of rolling up fabric to create stools without metal frames. "Form and style are extremely important but they usually come after a long, stretched out process-led design and then we think about the shape," he says.

Philippe Malouin at Dezeen Live

Above: the making of Hardie Stools commissioned by Kvadrat 

"We're also interested in the way products inhabit spaces," he explains about the space his studio created for furniture company Artek at designjunction this year.

He finishes by showing his spinning "light paintings" made of Swarovski crystals, currently on display at the Digital Crystal exhibition at London's Design Museum.

Philippe Malouin at Dezeen Live

Above: the Artek space at designjunction

Dezeen Live was a series of discussions between Dezeen editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs and a number of designers and critics that took place as part of the talks programme at design exhibition 100% Design during this year’s London Design Festival.

Each of the four one-hour shows, recorded live in front of an audience, included three interviews plus music from Dezeen Music Project featuring a new act each day. Over the next few weeks we’ll be posting all the movies we filmed during the talks and you can watch all the movies we've featured so far here.

Philippe Malouin at Dezeen Live

Above: Blur "light paintings"

The music featured in the movie is a track called Mosquito Maps by American designer and musician Glen LibListen to more of his songs on Dezeen Music Project.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Hackney-Urban-Design-Dialogue/139305326216757 HUDD

    Malouin talks of the huge demand for housing and the resulting social cleansing of Hackney which he describes as "inevitable".
    Surely design is about solving problems, so why "inevitable"? Is it beyond these "designers" to even imagine that we might be able to increase supply to meet demand?

  • http://filliquist.blogspot.com Skip Fillippone

    I traveled to London and took time to go to Hackney and see and look into this burgeoning designer society. I was met with fear, suspiscon, tiny signs identifying studios and mostly locked doors and shrouded barred windows.

    To this I say – Dezeen, the Hackney design community you tout in the world of the internet is very nice and pretty but in reallity it does not exist in the real world if only due to the fact that the average person cannot access this revered resource. As a reader I am ever so confused and disappointed that after seeing your glorification of a district and then seeing the reality of it all. It doesn’t match up.