London Design Festival: Day One
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.
- It’s been a rather momentous year for London as the city played host to the Olympic Games and celebrated the Queens diamond Jubilee.
- Opening tonight is From Now to Eternity, a show focusing on plastics with work by a collection of designers, including FAT, Tomoko Azumi, Stuart Haygarth and Committee.
- There seems to be a crockery revival—Tent has a whole host of young designers showing ceramic work of one kind or another.