London Design Festival 2016:
Our top three must sees!
Starting on the 17th September and running until the 25th, the London Design festival is a culmination of London's greatest minds, creating free exhibitions and installations all around the capital. Whilst we would recommend to see more than just three (there are over 350 free events happening over the course of the festival) these are the ones we'll be front of the line for.
The brainchild of architect Alison Brooks, The Smile is a 34m long, 3m high inverted arc plonked on John Philip street, a few minutes away from the Tate Britain. The structure, entirely made out of Tulipwood has two open ends and is a space that integrates structure, surface, space and light all in one immersive environment.
Whilst is smile-like nature looks like a giant see-saw, it is is firmly planted to the ground thanks to 20 tonnes of steel counterweights. Check this one out for witnessing timber innovation/ materials being stretched to their limits.
The V&A has been a longstanding partner to the London Design festival, for the past 7 years they have worked together to create spectacular installations that attract big crowds every year. The real showstoppers this year being the Green Room, a massive timepiece made from 160 multicoloured silicone cords that dramatically wrap around the stairwell on the west side of the museum.
The installation, conceived by London design studio Glithero in partnership with watchmaker Panerai is a 'kinestic piece that changes our perceptions of what a clock can be.' Other showstoppers in the V&A include 'Liquid Marble' and 'FOIL'- check them our on the London Design Festival website here.
LDF at LCC
Another long-standing collaboration, the London College of Communication is hosting a series of events across the 8 day festival, celebrating innovative set design, graphics design and service design.
Highlights include events by with Ivan Chermayeff, and LCC events such as 'SE1 Data Stories' and 'Design. What is it good for?' Sign up to the free events here before they sell out (no pressure but we've got ours already)