Must See Exhibitions for London Design Festival
Posted on September 03 2017
With so much planned for this year's London Design Festival, I select my top ten exhibitions and designs that I am most looking forward to at this year's Festival.
This year's London Design Festival promises to be another packed week, full of design insight, exhibitions and intriguing showcases. With so much going on in the city, it is always difficult to plan a week of events without missing some of the best out. To avoid disappointment, I have put together my top ten list of exhibitions and designs to look out for at this year's festival.
Reflection Room - Flynn Talbot
The Reflection Room, by designer Flynn Talbot, will be an immersive coloured light experience, the first LDF installation to be housed in the Prince Consort Gallery. The vaulted space is lit at each end to highlight and define the dramatic 35m length of the gallery, its ceiling structure and visitors to the installation. It is illuminated with Talbot’s signature of complementary blue and orange lighting, and large black reflective Barrisol panels are used to expand the width of the space, offering a fragmented view of shifting colours, faceted reflections and light.
Designed at Talisman - Luke Edward Hall, Natalia Miyar, Carden Cunietti, Philip Colbert, Maurizio Pellizzoni, Olivia Von Halle, Martyn White and Hayley Newstead.
It will be no surprise that Designed at Talisman has made my top selection for London Design Festival as I am taking part in the project! This exciting installation will be the work of a collection of eight leading interior and fashion designers, florists, artists and influencers. Each designer will create a room in the ‘house’ to showcase their unique take on Talisman, incorporating their incredible selection of vintage designs.
Studio Appétit X Conran + Partners / The Food Religion: TRIBUTE
An exciting collaboration between Conran + partners and Studio Appétit will challenge the boundaries between architecture, design, food and faith. Introducing rituals of culinary tribute that centre around the construction of a monumental shrine within the powerful and breathtaking interior of the German Gymnasium in Kings Cross.
Lina Kanafani curates Mint Luminates, an eclectic selection of works equal in originality and creativity, containing over sixty new and established international designers, and UK graduates. Designers have been selected for their innovative and unique vision, which challenges traditional approaches and defies our preconceptions.
The House of Wallpaper - Graham & Brown / SHH Interior Design
The UK’s largest wallpaper manufacturer, Graham & Brown will bring their creative story to London by applying it to 19 Greek St, Soho. Transformed by SHH Interior Design, the house will showcase the wallpaper design studio, archive pieces and new collections, installations and innovations.
Turkishceramics presents Gateways - Adam Nathaniel Furman
Turkishceramics will be collaborating with designer Adam Nathaniel Furman to design Gateways, a ceramic installation for Granary Square, Designjunction, consisting of four 4m-high and colourfully-tiled gates that draw people to wander through and experience the rich history of ceramics in Turkey. This will be the picture perfect exhibition that I expect to see across social media.
On Reflection - Lee Broom
Lee Broom celebrates his 10th London Design Festival this year and will launch the capsule collection of some of his most iconic designs, all reimagined in all-black. Presented in his Shoreditch flagship store, Broom will transform his store into a tableau with a surreal twist, titled ‘On Reflection’ As always, Broom creates mesmerising installations and this is the perfect contrast to the pure whites of his Milan exhibition.
Elements - Max Fraser
Max Fraser will be wowing the crowds with his headline feature for 100% Design. Bringing together an edited selection of iconic products from the past and present, each product will be selected to celebrate an element that boasts intelligent design solutions, sophisticated tooling or innovative production techniques. The installation will be supported by a model of large geometric shapes, incorporating the show’s creative aesthetic for the year.
Camden Highline Tour
Future spaces for Camden and London. The team behind the Camden Highline will be running daily walking tours during the London Design Festival, showing off their latest model of the route. Visitors will also have the opportunity to have their photo on the Camden Highline, an area usually off limits to the public and soon to transform forever.
Villa Walala - Camille Walala
Camille Walala will transform Exchange Square, Broadgate by injecting fun and eccentricity with her installation, Villa Walala. Constructed from vinyl, sealed PVC inners and high-strength nylon, it is a ‘soft-textured building-block castle’ covered and coloured with digitally printed patterns. The component shapes are pinned to the ground and inflated by fans, transforming them from flat forms into a vast and immersive temporary island of shape and colour that begs to be explored, invites playfulness, relieves stress, and visually dominates the area.
For further details on any of these exhibitions and the full programme of events taking place during the week, visit the official London Design Festival website.