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Watch our talk with Bethan Laura Wood, Sebastian Cox and Justin Zoll for No.3 Gin

Dezeen teamed up with No.3 Gin to host a live talk with photographer Justin Zoll and designers Bethan Laura Wood and Sebastian Cox about how their work uncovers beauty in unexpected places.

Titled Design, Detail and Aesthetics, the panel discussion brought together three distinct creatives working across different disciplines to create bright, beautifully crafted and visually intricate work.

Taking place at the V&A museum in London as part of the Global Design Forum series of talks during London Design Festival, the talk saw Dezeen's chief content officer Benedict Hobson speak with Zoll, Wood and Cox about their practice and how their work reveals beauty in the everyday world and materials around us.

Portrait of photographer Justin Zoll
Justin Zoll uses a microscope to photograph objects

Zoll is a photographer from Ithaca, New York, who specialises in capturing the microscopic world using a microscope and digital camera.

Recently, Zoll has worked with No.3 Gin to create a colourful, kaleidoscopic artwork (top) by freezing the award-winning gin and photographing the crystals through his microscope.

Portrait of designer Bethan Laura Wood
Bethan Laura Wood's work is known for its focus on detail and colour

Wood has run her multidisciplinary studio since 2009, which is characterised by materials investigation, artisan collaboration and a passion for colour and detail.

Wood is fascinated by the connections we make with the everyday objects that surround us and, as a collector herself, likes to explore what drives people to hold onto one particular object while discarding another. Bethan explores these relationships and questions how they might become cultural conduits.

Portrait of designer Sebastian Cox
Sebastian Cox produces sustainable wood furniture

Cox is a furniture designer, maker and environmentalist based in south London.

He founded his carbon-counting, forward-thinking, zero-waste workshop and design studio in 2010 on the principle that the past can be used to design and make the future.

Talk in partnership with No.3 Gin

Dezeen is hosting the talk in partnership with No.3 Gin, which has been voted World's Best Gin four times at the International Spirits Challenge (ISC) and is the only gin ever to be crowned World's Best Spirit at the ISC.

It took two years to get the perfect balance of juniper, citrus and spice in the gin liquid, which Zoll has captured using his microscope to create the colourful artwork.

The Design, Detail and Aesthetics talk takes place at the V&A museum in London and will be streamed on Dezeen from 4:30pm on Friday 24 September. See Dezeen Events Guide for an up-to-date list of architecture and design events taking place around the world.

Partnership content

This talk was produced by Dezeen for No.3 Gin as part of a partnership. Find out more about Dezeen's partnership content here.