Celebrating its 15th year in 2017, London Design Festival will take over the capital throughout 16th-24th September. A democratic festival for Londoners, visitors and the design industry alike, London Design Festival includes extensive production in the months leading up to the launch meaning it quite literally changes the capital’s landscape over the nine day period and this year there will be eight Design Districts from East to West; North to South. The home to key designers recognised globally for their work, it offers a platform for both emerging and established designers to present their work and showcases London as a key player in the design industry. The LuxPad takes a look at the London Design Festival 2017 highlights…
1. Villa Walala by Camille Walala, Broadgate Circus
Landmark project Villa Walala by Camille Walala will be installed at Broadgate Circus and has been commissioned especially by London Design Festival and headline partner, British Land. The renowned textile designer has created an exuberantly colourful and unexpected architectural landscape constructed from vinyl, sealed PVC inners and high-strength nylon. Described as a soft-textured ‘building block castle’ the components are pinned to the ground and inflated by fans transforming them into an immersive temporary island of shape and colour waiting to be explored. Designed for playfulness, relieving stress and adding colour to an otherwise grey landscape, it will inject a little joy into all visitors.
2. Transmission, Ross Lovegrove at the V & A
The V & A are hosting a vast calendar of exhibitions and events for London Design Festival and one of the key highlights is Transmission by Ross Lovegrove. Inspired by the Devonshire Hunting Tapestries also on display at the V & A, Lovegrove has created Transmission, a spectacular 21.3m-long fluid and free-standing three dimensional tapestry. It has been crafted from Alcantara®, a tactile and sound absorbent material used as an alternative to animal based textiles. With soft undulating folds, it highlights and merges both colours and forms of the medieval tapestries and the versatility of the material can be seen through the different methods of treatment from colouring to digital embroidery.
3. Rado Star Prize UK Exhibition
This is the first year the successful Rado Star Prize will come to the UK. Celebrating and supporting young, unestablished designers this year’s submissions came from across the Britain and hailed from the interior, industrial and technology design industries. The Rado Star Prize UK shortlist was announced in August and the projects will now be showcased at London Design Festival 2017. Exploring the theme ‘design meets time’ the shortlisted projects are each a masterpiece in their own right placing it firmly on the list of London Design Festival 2017 highlights.
4. Reflection Room, Flynn Talbot at the V & A
An immersive coloured light experience, the Reflection Room will be the first London Design Festival installation to be housed in the V & A’s Prince Consort Gallery. Created by lighting artist Flynn Talbot, the vaulted space will be lit at each end to highlight and define the dramatic 35m length of the gallery. In Talbot’s signature shades of blue and orange lighting, the large black reflective panels are used to expand the width of the space and offer a fragmented view of shifting colours, faceted reflections and light.
5. Set in Stone at the Design Museum
Set in Stone at the Design Museum, Kensington is a selection of works by eight designers who have been invited to explore the potential of marble and limestone. Displayed across the museum both inside and out, it includes items for public use such as seating by Eduardo Souto de Moura, graphic pieces by Sagmeister & Walsh and domestic objects by Jasper Morrison and Michael Anastassiades. An investigation into the qualities of stone and the technical means through which it is cut and shaped , it explores how millions of years of formation produces unique and unrepeatable patterns.
6. ‘The Gateways’ by Turkishceramics at Granary Square
designjunction is a key part of London Design Festival each year with its main hub at Granary Square, King’s Cross which will be filled with eye-catching installations many of which are London Design Festival 2017 highlights. For the first time, designjunction will collaborate with Turkishceramics to present a fully immersive ceramic installation. Artist Adam Nathaniel Furman will present ‘Gateways’’, which will include a series of colourful tiled gates that will invite visitors to take a journey through the rich history of ceramics in Turkey. Each gate will be four metres high and encompass a different design story including: the Classic Gate, the Timber Gate, the Retro Gate and the Metro Gate.
7. Bloomon Installation at Granary Square
Showcasing exquisite blooms direct from Dutch fields, flower delivery service bloomon is set to create a whimsical walk-through in Granary Square, King’s Cross. Adorned with foliage inside and out, the walk will consist of a tunnel with a canopy of flowers with a pastel coloured passageway. Closed at one end with a hidden door, behind this a flower-filled room will host intimate floral workshops and talks, providing intrigue and inspiration.
8. Campari Creates, King's Cross Waterway
Italy’s iconic red bittersweet aperitif, Campari, will be hosting a two week residency in King’s Cross which is one of the must-see London Design Festival 2017 highlights for any cocktail lovers. Recreating the spirit of Milan’s chic Navigli canal district, they are customising a narrowboat for the Granary Square waterway for the duration of the festival and it will focus on bringing two of Milan’s greatest exports to the area: Campari and creativity. A series of Campari Creates Masterclasses will be on offer where attendees will be able to get creative whilst sipping one of the brand’s signature serves.
9. Remote Possibilities by Maynard at Granary Square
Three glass pavilions by new initiative Remote Possibilities will house designjunction’s main reception and will be highlights themselves during the showcase. The focal point for the show’s visitors, it marks the entrance to Granary Square and sits alongside the other key installations. Remote Possibilities design and build creative spaces that can be used anywhere, from garden studios to pop up galleries and these boxes will be the place to start your journey through this year’s designjunction.
10. Renault UK at Granary Square
A must-see highlight for car design lovers, Granary Square will also be a platform for a new collaboration with Renault UK and will house the car maker’s award winning concept TreZor car inside a bespoke interactive structure. Discover Renault’s unique design philosophy and learn about their recent collaboration with Central Saint Martin’s UAL (CSM) to challenge design students to design a car for the future with the results on display during the show.
London Design Festival 2017 will operate events across London between 16th-24th September with individual shows and exhibitions like designjunction running at different points within this time. Visit the London Design Festival website for more information on when the shows, talks and exhibits you want to see will be opening and to book tickets now.