November 11th, 2015
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OUR LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL WEEK

Laura and friend inside Faye Toogood’s Drawing Room at Somerset House’s West Wing

Monday: Somerset House

I can’t wait to wander around Somerset House, the latest addition to LDF and location of the new and highly anticipated Design Biennale, curated by Chris Turner and due to launch in 2016.

10 Designers in the West Wing features new works by Nendo, Ross Lovegrove, Arik Levy, Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby and Jasper Morrison. Faye Toogood’s Drawing Room (pic) is definitely a favourite but Max Lamb’s installation “My Grandfather’s tree” in the Embankment Gallery is the one I am really looking forward to.

 

Talk of the day: Masterclass with Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby, 4-5.30pm at V&A

 

Tuesday: Shoreditch & Clerkenwell

Tuesday is all about Shoreditch. Lee Broom’s new collection of vases will be transformed into an arresting flower installation that will give Ace Hotel’s ‘ace’ flower shop a run for its money. Venture into the hotel’s public areas to explore ‘Ready, Made, Go’ a series of products created especially for the hotel by the likes of Tomás Alonso, Philippe Malouin, Studio Vit, Hilda Hellström, Marcin Rusak and Parsha Gerayesh and commissioned by Modern Design Review. The apartment installation by craft brand Another Country is also in the area – and worth a visit – but only opens to public on Wednesday.

In Clerkenwell, Sto Werkstatt’s exhibition, HANDS-ON: An ECOLA exhibit designed by J. MAYER H. presents a sculptural installation that draws inspiration from the ECOLA Award Archives and celebrates the artistry of surface, texture and detail in buildings across Europe.

 

Talk of the day: Masterclass with Yves Behar, 4-5.30pm at V&A

 

Wednesday: 100% Design + Design Junction

Start your day early and head to Olympia (yes, Olympia) for 100% Design where Design Shanghai offers the work of ten emerging Chinese designers, often exhibiting for the first time in the UK, and a taste of the 2016 edition in Shanghai.

Design Junction has expanded and occupies two locations this year: Victoria House and The College. Showing the best of emerging and established brands it promises to be fun and inspiring as always. The day’s must-see is Benjamin Hubert’s installation for the launch of his new venture Layer.

 

Talk of the day: Ilse Crawford talks about design that engages with the senses. With V&A Curator Rory Hyde.11.00am at 100% Design, Olympia

 

Thursday: Brompton Design District

There is enough to see at the V&A alone to fill an entire day. Make a beeline for the bridge over the Medieval and Renaissance galleries where my gorgeous friends and brilliant designers Laetitia de Allegri and Matteo Fogale have collaborated with Johnson Tiles to create the immersive installation Mise-en-abyme.

Then head to The Cloakroom located in Gallery 55 and check out one of 150 coats designed with Kvadrat fabric by Faye Toogood. Wear it around the museum and use the map inserted in the lining to find other coat sculptures by the talented Faye.

The Tower of Babel by artist Barnaby Barford is a sculpture composed of 3,000 bone china shops all placed on top of one another to create, you guessed it, a tower. While there check out Zotem, a Swarovski-commissioned installation designed by Kim Thomé that reaches up to the 76th floor from the Grand Entrance.

The Perrier-Jouët installation Curiosity Cloud by Austrian design duo mischer’traxler  comprises 250 mouth-blown glass globes and is located in the Norfolk House Music Room.

Last but not least, don’t miss “Robin Day: Works in Wood” (Britain 1500-1900 Galleries,  curated by Jane Withers and part of the ‘Day in London’ trail that includes exhibits at the Royal Festival Hall and the Design Museum.

All around the district wonder around the B&B Italia, Cassina, Skandium and venture to the colourful Serpentine Pavilion if you haven’t done so yet.

Talk of the day: UKTI’s Workshop on International Design Opportunities, 2.30pm at V&A

 

Friday:

Save your Friday for a tour of LDF’s best one-off events, such as the installation in Covent Garden’s South Hall by French artist Charles Petillond or Alex Chinneck’s A Bullet from a Shooting Star at Greenwich Peninsula. The ‘Pieces’ exhibition at Sir John Soane’s Museum is worth a visit as is ‘Celebrating Rising Talent, New Ideas and Rich Legacies’ at the Design Museum. Make some time for Tom Dixon’s immersive retail experience Multiplex at the Old Selfridges Hotel. Happy Friday!

 

Talk of the day: Benjamin Hubert: The future comes in Layers, 2pm at Design Junction

 

Saturday:

Discover The Brixton Design Trail, which includes free events, installations, exhibitions and talks in various locations including Brixton Village Market, Pop Brixton, Reliance Arcade, Brixton East 1871 and the Black Cultural Archives. Or visit TENT London in Spitafields. That would also allow you for some well-deserved, Saturday market indulging.

Talk of the day: Migrating Studios: The Future of Creative Spaces 1-2.30pm at TENT

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