Preview: London Design Festival
Hubbed at the V&A, but with events taking place at design centres across the capital, the London Design Festival returns for its 12th instalment this September
Public installations are always a highlight of London Design Festival, and this year’s event will include immersive projects at the V&A, where the festival is based, and at other locations across central London.
Designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby are working on an installation at the V&A’s Raphael Gallery: two large mirrored structures will be suspended in the centre of the gallery, distorting the view of Raphael’s cartoons and the surrounding space.
In the museum’s John Madejski Garden a sculpture by Zaha Hadid Architects will be installed. ZHA has been commissioned to design the ME by Meliá hotel in Dubai and a structure will be installed at the V&A for the duration of the festival, before being tranferred to Dubai where it will become a permanent feature of the hotel.
In Trafalgar Square, A Place Called Home will comprise four structures set up in the square, each decorated by the following designers: Jasper Morrison, Patternity, Raw Edges and Studioilse. Each ‘house’ will convey the character of its designer, all of whom have been asked to create rooms that visitors ‘would not want to leave’.
Finally, the Regent Street Windows Project will see a number of shop fronts taken over by RIBA chartered architects, who will create window installations for a selection of retailers for the first three weeks of September.
A full programme of talks will take place at the V&A throughout the festival. In a change from previous years, each day will be themed, with15 September allocated to seminars on architecture, and other days dedicated to graphic design, illustration or digital design.
The Global Design Forum also returns on the 17 September, with international speakers spread over four main sessions to be held at the Purcell Rooms of the Southbank Centre. Topics covered by the event will include the role of manufacturing today and the impact of digital and mobile technologies. The full programme can be found at www.globaldesignforum.com.
The Wish List will see 10 established designers including Norman Foster, Zaha Hadid, Richard Rogers and Terence Conran partnered with 10 emerging designers to create the object they ‘always wanted, but were never able to find’. Other leading designers, artists and architects taking part include Paul Smith, Alex de Rijke, Alison Brooks, Amanda Levete, John Pawson and Allen Jones. Sponsored by the American Hardwood Export Council, the design teams will make their products from timber over the summer with finished products displayed at the V&A during the festival.
Clerkenwell Design Quarter – already home to its own festival thanks to the number of design and architectural studios there – will host the first Clerkenwell architecture and design film festival. Free screenings of works that are linked to design (however tangentially) will be shown throughout the festival.
Two new design districts – Islington Design District and Queens Park Design District – join the four already established areas such as Brompton and Shoreditch, where showrooms and studios will be putting on extra events and activities for visitors during the festival.
London Design Festival
Victoria and Albert Museum, with events and exhibitions at locations across London (see website for details)
13-21 September 2014