London Design Festival celebrates and promotes London as the design capital of the world. Now in its fifteenth year, the Festival will be returning to venues and institutions across the city between the 16-24 September 2017. A major feature of the Festival is an ambitious programme of over 450 projects and events, offering Londoners and visitors to the city an opportunity to experience world-class, innovative, and challenging design across the capital.
Learn all about the different Design Districts here.
London Design Festival
16 September to 24 September, 2017
London Design Districts // Victoria & Albert Museum
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London, United Kingdom
#LDF the Landmark Projects
The Landmark Projects have become the public face of London Design Festival, spectacularly punctuating the fabric of the city. They serve to showcase the ambition, creativity and experimentation that have earned London a reputation as the world’s design capital.
These major installations, first introduced in 2007, involve commissioning the world’s best designers, artists and architects, as well as exciting new talents, to create something extraordinary in response to a variety of stimuli such as a particular material, a theme or a location. Over the years, projects have appeared in some of London’s most prominent and best-loved spaces, including the V&A, Tate Modern, Chelsea College of Arts and Trafalgar Square.
MINI LIVING WITH SAM JACOB STUDIO
MINI LIVING is a long-term research project by MINI which explores the future of urban habitats based on creative use of space through innovative design. This year, the MINI LIVING team has designed a micro-house, ‘URBAN CABIN’. It consists of a clever module reflecting its environment and featuring distinct London characteristics created by local architect Sam Jacob.
Unique features include a shared kitchen and a micro-library where visitors to the space can share and swap literature that focuses on the history of living in London ranging from classic literature such as Dickens, Keats and Shakespeare as well as design bestsellers.
CAMILLE WALALA’S VILLA WALALA
Villa Walala is an exuberantly colourful and unexpected architectural landscape in Exchange Square, Broadgate. The component shapes are pinned to the ground and inflated by fans, transforming them from flat forms into a vast and immersive temporary island of shape and colour that begs to be explored, invites playfulness, relieves stress, and visually dominates the area.
Accompanied by squeezy stress balls and other surprises, the Villa is intended to inject a little joy into what may otherwise have been just another day at the office. Camille Walala – a ‘purveyor of positivity’ – transforms materials and spaces through her characteristic use of exuberant geometries and bold colours to inspire and stimulate her audience.
#LDF at the Victoria & Albert Museum
A unique collaboration between the world’s leading museum of art, design and performance and London’s foremost contemporary design festival. Over the past nine years, London Design Festival at the V&A has gone from strength to strength. This year’s programme once again fills the museum with an extraordinary range of design installations large and small, intricate and majestic.
ROSS LOVEGROVE’S TRANSMISSION
Transmission is a 21.3 meters long fluid sculpture of folded material. Presented by Alcantara®, Ross Lovegrove’s installation is an intuitive and evocative response towards the immersive physical atmosphere of the V&A’s tapestry room.
Transmission is highlighted by a fluid and elegant merging between the colour saturation of the Alcantara® material, its digital printing, and digitally generated embroidery. The structured chiaroscuro of the tapestries is here translated into the soft undulating folds of the installation itself. Gold and silver thread will be used to capture the existing light in the space and reveal the line of the form, whilst the aged dyes within the tapestries have been faithfully replicated and morphed into a new digital skin (created by London based artist Ila Bo).
FLYNN TALBOT’S REFLECTION ROOM
Refection Room uses 56 custom-made stretch membrane Barrisol panels in gloss black. Woven within the panels are Tryka LED profiles emitting vivid orange and blue hues. The resulting play of verticals serves to transform the space into a vivid refective space of coloured light made with a futuristic textile, paying homage to the history of the room itself, that previously housed over 30,000 textile samples.
London Design Festival has a full website and app for you to browse all the events, activities and exhibitions programmed for this year’s Festival. Check it out here.