Clove co-curates talks for London Design Festival

Join us on 18 September at the Delfina Foundation as a range of designers, architects, artists and cultural commentators discuss the past, present and future of design


London Design Festival will take over the British capital later this month and, for the occasion, Clove has teamed up with design brand Tiipoi to put together a pair of talks. Taking place at the Delfina Foundation in central London on Wednesday, 18 September, the event will bring together speakers such as Delhi-based ceramist Shirley Bhatnagar and London-based architect Sam Jacob to debate the power of objects, craft-based practice and the role of context in shaping projects and ideas.

Co-curated by Clove’s founder Debika Ray, Tiipoi’s founder Spandana Gopal and Manijeh Verghese, head of public programme at London’s Architectural Association and current curator of the British Pavilion for the Venice Architectural Biennale, this is the second iteration of the Tiipoi Talks – the first took place at London Craft Week earlier this year. Read more about the panels below and grab your tickets here!

The Talks


5pm: The Object: The Age of Reusemass production, reclamation and the season-less wardrobe

  • Ruohong Wu is an artist, architect and publisher based in the Netherlands, educated in the UK and born in China. Her current artistic work often deals with the “cultural gap”, the sudden jump from sophisticated classic craftsmanship into mass-produced duplicates

  • Ishan Khosla is an Indian artist-designer who explores various facets of the contemporary Indian milieu. Among his recent projects is Construct-Deconstruct-Construct, which questions the role of pre-fabricated, mass produced furniture brands such as Ikea in a land where cost saving through reuse and hand skill is commonplace

  • Dal Chodha is the London-based editor of non-seasonal fashion journal Archivist, the only printed matter to be nominated in the Fashion category at the Design Museum’s Designs of the Year 2015. He contributes to various international titles including ModernMatter, AnOther and Wallpaper and is a consultant to several luxury brands

  • Chair: Riya Patel is curator of The Aram Gallery, an independent gallery in London dedicated to new and experimental design. She is a contributing editor at Icon magazine, and writes for several publications including Disegno, Wallpaper* and The Independent.


6.30pm: The Craft: Remaking memories – how the creation of objects and architecture draws on history, tradition and cultural memories

  • Shirley Bhatnagar is a Delhi-based ceramist who creates humorous, anthropomorphic sculptures that comment on politics, society and history. As artist in residence at the British Ceramics Biennial, she is revisiting the cultural linkages between India and Britain with reference to a book by historian William Dalrymple

  • Sam Jacob is principal of Sam Jacob Studio, a practice whose work spans scales and disciplines from urban design through architecture, design, art and curatorial projects. Among his current commissions is the £2.25m overhaul of the Victoria & Albert Museum’s main entrance on Cromwell Road

  • Ella Bulley is a material designer based in London whose work crosses the realms of textiles, product, art and set design. During her recent period as designer in residence at London’s Design Museum she translated the memories and experiences of Ghanaian expats and ‘repats’ into tangible objects

  • Fernando Laposse is a product and material designer who works between Mexico and London. His work focuses on transforming natural materials that are often considered waste into refined design pieces. Among these is the acclaimed totomoxtle project, which is on display in the Victoria & Albert Museum’s Food: Bigger Than Plate exhibition

  • Chair: Debika Ray is founder of Clove and contributing editor at Crafts magazine. Previously senior editor at Icon, she writes for several publications including Frame, Blueprint, Disegno, Wallpaper, Kinfolk, Architectural Digest, Metropolis, Apollo and Design Anthology