Celebrating the best of art and design, London Design Festival always has been a place conceived to celebrate and promote London as the design capital of the world and as the gateway to the international creative community. We’ve picked some of the best exhibitions and installations, as well as some images of the best products and parties across the city taking place in this nine-day event. See our selection:
Multiplex by Tom Dixon
Multiplex at The Old Selfridges Hotel is expected to be an immersive, multi-sensory department store of tomorrow. Visitors will be able to explore departments dedicated to technology, home, fashion, beauty, jewellery, as well as a food hall.
The space will host an eclectic range of events, installations, pop-ups and interventions. “The Multiplex is a prototype shop for the future, a multiple stage for new ideas”, said Tom Dixon.
My Grandfather’s Tree by Max Lamb
After cutting down an old ash tree at his grandfather’s farm, designer Max Lamb decided to extend its life by dissecting it at regular intervals along its length. Hoxton-based Gallery Fumi will present the 130 logs – sized so they can be used as stools, tables and chairs – at Somerset House, a new venue for the festival this year.
The Flower Shop by Lee Broom
To showcase his new collection of Podium vases, designer Lee Broom is transforming his Shoreditch showroom into The Flower Shop. Thousands of flowers will be installed all over the space during the festival, and his Department Store collection will also be on display.
Plants Out Of Place by Coloni and Studio Aikieu
The Plants Out Of Place exhibition in Queen’s Park will aim to promote the common weed, showcasing examples of how the unloved flora can be used to create food, scents, medicines and products.
Mise-en-abyme by Laetitia de Allegri and Matteo Fogale
Designers Laetitia de Allegri and Matteo Fogale’s “colourful and immersive” installation is set to be one of the highlights inside the Victoria and Albert Museum this year. A tunnel made from vertical sheets of tinted transparent acrylic will span the bridge over the Medieval and Renaissance galleries. The panels with be positioned to visually overlap from certain angles to create an illusion of exaggerated depth across a tiled floor.
Connected by Pattern by Patternity
Another of the rooms at Somerset House will be filled with graphic monochrome patterns by Patternity, as part of the 10 Designers in the West Wing exhibition. The installation is based on the same shapes that decorate a range of invitations designed for Paperless Post, which will be released during the festival.
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Robin Day – Works in Wood by Jane Withers and Assemble
The centenary of the birth of Robin Day, one of the most significant furniture designers of the 20th century, will be celebrated with an installation by Turner Prize-nominated collective Assemble – part of an exhibition focused on the 20th-century designer’s fascination with wood at the V&A.
A Bullet From A Shooting Star by Alex Chinneck
Known for his architectural installations that involve visual trickery, Alex Chinneck is set to balance a telegraph pylon top-down at a site on the Greenwich Peninsula so it appears to have fallen from the sky. The 35-metre-high structure will be visible from a number of locations on and around the peninsula, including North Greenwich station, Canary Wharf and the Emirates Air Line cable car.
100% Norway at Tent London
Some of the best examples of contemporary Norwegian design will be showcased alongside the country’s crafted mid-century furniture at 100% Norway, which aims to highlight the country’s manufacturing industry. Products and prototypes including furniture, lighting and homeware from 33 of Norway’s strongest young designers and studios will be on display at a space within the former brewery.