London Design Festival 2012
It’s been a rather momentous year for London as the city played host to the Olympic Games and celebrated the Queens diamond Jubilee. The mood of positivity and the buzz of excitement that built over the summer spilled over into this last week’s edition of the London Design Festival. Celebrating its own ten-year anniversary, the Festival was bigger than ever with over 250 projects taking place across the city over the course of ten days. Here’s what we saw and loved.
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First staged in 2003, the London Design Festival is one of the world's most important annual design events. The Festival program is made up of over 300 events and exhibitions staged by hundreds of partner organizations across the design spectrum and from around the world.
- The Sound Portal is an alien black, rubberized structure home to finely tuned audio technologies aimed at delivering pure acoustic experiences to visitors in the middle of Trafalgar Square—one of the busiest and most aurally chaotic environments in London.
- Nendo’s project comprises a series of elegant chair installations appearing in various locations throughout the V&A Museum. Working in contrast to the often ornate museum surrounding, the studio has created a simple chair archetype made from pressed and punched metal which has been finished in white to give it an ethereal, almost ghost-like appearance.
- Prism presents an alternative view of London, exposing unseen data flows in the capital through a sculptural, immersive interface suspended in the V&A’s uppermost cupola. The installation is an investigation into the virtual life of the city, and our own often ambiguous relationship with the data that controls our lives.
- Lastly, the British furniture and lighting producer Established & Sons has created a series of one-off benches to mark ten years of the Festival. Each one is made from a different material and designed by a different designer. This family of benches is exhibited collectively in the Italianate surroundings of the John Madejski Garden at the center of the V&A.
- Annually, artists from around the world come to celebrate the creative industries as London awards innovative designers at the London Design Festival.
- The 11th edition of London Design Festival introduced over 300 events and exhibitions staged across the city.
- The annual London Design Festival attracts both emerging and established creatives, who gather each fall to present their latest creations.
- Taking place over three days in May, London’s Clerkenwell Design Week has established itself as a stop on the international design circuit over the last five years.
- Architect Thomas Heatherwick unveils plans to turn a century-old grain silo in Cape Town, South Africa, into the continent's premiere museum devoted to modern African art.
- Last week, Dwell visited this year’s fall edition of the design and interiors trade show Maison & Objet.
- Over eight short years The London Design Festival has grown from a minor design-world offshoot to one of the few must-attend events.