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Out of Character by Studio Mutt © Studio Mutt

© Studio Mutt

Out of Character by Studio Mutt
Out of Character by Studio Mutt © Studio Mutt

© Studio Mutt

Out of Character by Studio Mutt
Es Devlin: Please feed the Lions © LDF

© LDF

Es Devlin: Please feed the Lions
A Fountain for London © LDF

© LDF

A Fountain for London
Hilos Invisibles (Invisible Threads) © Matteo Fogale

© Matteo Fogale

Hilos Invisibles (Invisible Threads)
London Design Biennale, Emotional States © London Design Biennale

© London Design Biennale

London Design Biennale, Emotional States

14 September 2018
by ADF Team

The London Design Festival returns this September, and the Architecture Design Fashion team have listed a few of the events, installations and exhibitions we're looking forward to seeing. 

Out of Character by Studio Mutt

Sir John Soane's Museum
Until 18 Nov 2018

'Studio MUTT’s architectural installations inspire a moment of design fiction within the historical walls of Sir John Soane's museum. In 1812, John Soane wrote a text, ‘Crude Hints towards a History of my House’, in which he imagined his home as a ruin centuries in the future. He imagined future visitors to speculate about it previously being inhabited by four characters: a Lawyer, a Monk, a Magician and an Architect. Inspired by this text over 200 years later, Studio MUTT have brought these imaginary characters to life as bold and colourful architectural compositions. For LDF, each of the four characters have been installed as ‘inhabitants’ in different locations in the Museum for visitors to uncover and explore.' Hannah Robinson, Programme Manager, Architecture Design Fashion 

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Es Devlin: Please feed the Lions

Trafalgar Square 
18-23 September 

'A London Design Medal winner in 2017, Es Devlin is back with a Landmark Project for the 2018 edition of LDF. The internationally renowned artist and designer is unveiling a new sculpture in Trafalgar Square; a bright red lion that roars poetry will be found at the base of Nelson’s column as a temporary addition to the iconic pride. An advocate of design and innovation, she invites the public to bring the lion to life by feeding it words – machine learning and AI will use these words to form the poetry that is displayed in the mouth of the lion during the day, and projection-mapped on the Column at night. Continuing in the vein of technology and accessibility, Devlin’s artwork will be digitised by Google Arts and Culture and available as part of an online exhibition following the Festival.' Jessica Mansfield, Programme Coordinator

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A Fountain for London

The John Madejski Garden
18-23 September 

'The London Fountain Co. has been set up by publisher Charles Asprey and curator Jane Withers with the ambition to reduce disposable plastic bottle use by providing free drinking water. The legacy project aims to revive the drinking fountain culture that has largely disappeared from the city’s public spaces. The first fountain has been designed by designer Michael Anastassiades and will be sited in the V&A’s John Madejski garden and in a public space in Brompton Design District.' Sarah Mann, Director of Architecture Design Fashion

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Hilos Invisibles (Invisible Threads)

The Aram Gallery
17 September – 27 October

'Matteo Fogale is a UK-based designer and the first participant of our Julio Vilamajo Residency in Uruguay. Having explored the work and archival drawings of this important Uruguayan mordernist architect, Matteo returns with his own wonderful sketches and designs, which will feature next to furniture proposed by a new generation of Uruguayan designers at Aram Gallery in the exhibition, Hilos Invisibiles. Translating as 'Invisible Threads', the exhibition tells the fascinating story of Julio Vilamajó Echaniz while offering a snapshot of an emerging design nation.' Gwen Webber, Programme Manager, Architecture

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Arcade East

Arcade East, 182 Mare Street

'The launch of Arcade East's space during London Design Festival last year was one of my highlights of the festival. Curated by London College of Fashion's Fashion Space Gallery the programme highlights pioneers in digital practice and innovation and as an added bonus all events are free!' Niamh Tuft, Programme Manager, Fashion

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London Design Biennale

Somerset House
Until 23 September

'For this year’s London Design Biennale 40 countries, cities and territories responded to the theme Emotional States exploring how design influences our emotions. I was particularly fascinated by the Egyptian installation presenting fictional exhibition set in 1939 put on by the editors of Al Emara, the first Arabic-language design magazine. As well as UK pavilion by Forensic Architecture exhibiting documentation of genocide and the destruction of cultural heritage of the Yazidi people in northern Iraq by ISIL. Exploring how collected data can help trauma to be understood and contextualised.' Elena Tamosiunaite, Team Assistant

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