London Design Festival 2017 is celebrating its 15th edition, and we’re certain that is not going to disappoint. With over 400 events including 100% Design 2017, London Design Biennale 2018 and Decorex International 2017, the festival features striking installations across the city. To help you navigate your way through the marvellous mass of design-related happenings, these are our top six installations and artists to keep an eye out for at this year’s Festival.
First on our list, and perhaps the most obvious, is Camille Walala’s contribution to the extensive festival. A ‘soft-textured building block castle’, Villa Walala is an energetically colourful and unexpected architectural piece in Exchange Square, Broadgate. Made of vinyl, sealed PVC inners and high-strength nylon and covered with Walala’s signature digitally printed patterns, the structure lies flat on the ground. Then, like a jumping castle, it gets inflated by fans and so transforms into a vast and immersive temporary island of exuberance. The interactive installation also features squeezy balls and other surprises that aim to inject a little joy into what otherwise might have been another ordinary day.
Situated in the Victoria and Albert Museum’s tapestry gallery, Ross Lovegrove’s Transmission installation is meant to be touched. This undulating structure is snake-like in form, and ‘responds to the rich scenes of wealth and aristocratic fashion depicted in the 15th-century tapestries at the V&A’. The piece comprises gold and silver threads that create an ornamental pattern of over 2 000 000 flecks along the sculpture’s edges, which catch and reflect the surrounding light.
Together with NOW gallery, Yinka Ilori will be leading a conversation on how collaboration and culture can influence new ideas in design. In an event open to the public, leading practitioners in photography, art, fashion and design will take a seat, at a custom-designed table, of course, to discuss multiculturalism’s influence on London’s design DNA. In addition, Yinka Ilori is creating a new set of chairs for London Design Festival 2017 and will also present Not all that Glitters is Gold, an installation that invites viewers to choose a chair instinctively. But, in a mysterious twist, these chairs won’t necessarily be what they seem.
while we wait
On a more politically relevant note, Palestinian architects Elias and Yousef Anastas’ While We Wait installation is a tower made from stone latticework in reference to a wall separating a monastery and the local community in the Cremisan Valley in Palestine. Located on the line between the West Bank and Jerusalem, the Cremisan Valley is an area of much contention.
As fans of DimoreStudio, we were excited to discover DimoreGallery’s contribution to London Design Festival 2017. Creative duo Britt Moran and Emiliano Salci are creating a cutting-edge conceptual, ironic and highly impactful installation that pairs unexpected and extraordinary objects and design pieces with paintings from London’s Mazzoleni art gallery inventory.
Designer of the Year for the September 2017 edition of Maison&Objet Paris, Tristan Auer has collaborated with Holly Hunt to showcase his work at Holly Hunt’s Mayfair showroom during London Design Festival 2017. His designs will include new furniture and lighting, and we’re looking forward to seeing what this newly famous creative will produce.
London Design Festival 2017 takes place on 16-24 September 2017. Visit londondesignfestival.com for more details.