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Egg Decanter, Sebastian Bergne  London Design Festival

London Design Festival

Egg Decanter, Sebastian Bergne
City Nomads, British Council  Film maker: Katya Suvorova- Källström and Thobias Fäldt

Film maker: Katya Suvorova- Källström and Thobias Fäldt

City Nomads, British Council
Automata, Paul Spooner, 1983 - Crafts Council Collection Todd White Art Photography

Todd White Art Photography

Automata, Paul Spooner, 1983 - Crafts Council Collection

The Smile, Alison Brooks Alison Brooks

Alison Brooks

The Smile, Alison Brooks

6 September 2016
by Grace Bremner

This year’s London Design Festival is fast approaching, and the Architecture Design Fashion team have chosen a few of the not-to-be-missed highlights.

From 17 -25 September, London will play host to an international design community as installations, exhibitions and events are held across the city to celebrate London as a world capital of design.

With a veritable smorgasbord of culture to choose from, it can be hard to know where to begin, so here's a few of the standout events.

Dyslexia in Design

designjunction, Kings Cross 

17-25 September

The Dyslexic Design exhibition, curated by one of the UK’s leading designers Jim Rokos, will challenge perceptions of dyslexia by accentuating the positive effects of living with dyslexia and its close association with design in a bid to remove the stigma sometimes associated with it. More than 10 leading designers from multiple design disciplines including product, fashion, illustration, home decor and fine art – all of whom are dyslexic – will showcase their work in a stunning temporary curated exhibition at designjunction.

A Curious Turn: Moving Mechanical Sculpture

Crafts Council at Habitat Platform, 208 Kings Road

15 September - 2 October

A Curious Turn, an exhibition by the Crafts Council at Habitat, explores the resurgence in automata making over the last 30 years and features works by the leading makers of these amazing moving mechanical sculptures. The pieces combine intricate craftsmanship and engineering to tell stories that range from the fantastical to the satirical such as John Greyson’s latest work - 'The Discombobulated Brexiteer’.

Light Capsules X Ghostsigns

The Distillery Terrace, Hilton Bankside

8-10pm Wednesday 21 September

On 21 September Adobe Creative Resident Craig Winslow and Sam Roberts of Ghostsigns are offering a unique way to view the graphic history of South London. Together they aim to bring 'ghost signs' (fading painted signs) back to life through the medium of projection mapping. Their work offers a unique approach to engaging with the design heritage present is these historic signs through typographic analysis and reinterpretation of the letter forms.

City Nomads

British Council, Spring Gardens, London

Untill 23 September

City Nomads is an exhibition of contemporary Kazakhstani creative talents emerging in an era of a newfound independence. The projects brought together in this showcase all embody a shared desire to search for a new identity through an investigation of the pre-Soviet Kazakh nomadic roots.

Create! Careers Advice

Arts Studio, V&A Museum

11am-4pm Saturday 17 September

If you dream of exhibiting at London Design Festival one day, head to the V&A for ‘Create! Careers Advice’ - a free advice session for 16-24 year olds pursuing a career design. Product, furniture, industrial designer and lecturer Felix de Pass; graphics designer Fraser Muggeridge and fashion, accessories designer and lecturer Jane Francis; all offer 1-2-1 informal advice.

There will be a first come, first served, queuing system and advisors will give approximately 10 to 15 minutes of advice to each person, depending on the queues. You are welcome to bring your portfolio.

The Circular Building

The Building Centre

19-25 September 

The construction industry produces three times more waste than all UK households put together – half of which is not recycled.

Arup, The Built Environment Trust, Frener & Reifer and BAM have teamed up to discover how we might change this by applying circular economy principles to the design and construction of buildings. Implementing circular economy principles in construction will be a long process, but by testing what is possible now, the Circular Building highlights the challenges and opportunities ahead. It will be accompanied by Circular Living, an exhibition exploring the impact of the circular economy in a range of industries, from fashion to product design.

No Ordinary Love | Martino Gamper with Friends

SEE••DS Gallery, 3 Launceston Place

17-25 September

No Ordinary Love is an exhibition that builds itself around a close group of people. These friends are the designers and makers Bethan Wood, Fabien Cappello, Gemma Holt, Harry Thaler, Jochen Holz, Lars Frideen, Max Frommeld, Max Lamb, Studio Silo, Tiago Almeida and Will Shannon. Working together they will present new domestic objects, developed by experimenting with materials and making by hand, in conversation with one another.

The Green Room

V&A Museum

17-25 September

Green Room is a monumental installation at the V&A, conceived by London design studio Glithero in partnership with luxury watch maker Panerai. Taking the watchmaker’s central premise of ‘time’ as the inspiration, the designers have created a kinetic piece that changes our perceptions of what a clock can be.

Renowned for their mesmerising, time-based mechanical installations, Glithero have created a cylindrical curtain made up of 160 multicoloured silicone cords that wrap around a six storey stairwell on the west side of the museum, a dramatic space that benefits from a tall classical domed ceiling and plentiful daylight thanks to its large windows.. Each cord is connected to a central rotating cam arm that turns at a rate of one revolution per minute. One by one the strings are lifted, slowly rising 2.5 metres from their starting point before returning back down again, creating the effect of parabolic motion. The result is an immersive wave of colour that is first encountered at ground level, just a little over head height.

Design Connections: Around the world in 30 Objects

10.15am Monday 19 September

Design Connections: Around the World in 30 Objects brings together 10 leading figures in the design sector from all around the world. Each speaker will give a short presentation focusing on 3 objects that they feel represent their local design scene in an interesting way. The result is a whistle stop tour of design cultures across the globe, including Argentina, Australia, Colombia, Hong Kong, Israel, Peru, Romania, Spain and United Arab Emirates. Tickets can be purchased here.

For more expert tips - head to the Insiders Guide from London Design Festival. 



Design Connections