My London Design Festival Highlights #LDF15

My London Design Festival highlights #LDF15 – Out and about / design inspiration.

My London Design Festival Highlights #LDF15 …… Exhibiting at Decorex as part of The London Design Festival for the first time in years with our own collections was superb. It did mean that I didn’t get the chance to see as many events at #LDF15 so loved watching all the photos and chat on Instagram – my favourites to follow on Instagram during the show where mystudiostyle / wallpapermag / homegirllondon / hello-peagreen / olive_living / coadg / maxfraserdesign to see photos of all latest design news and events they saw.

Favourites I missed were The Wave by Neal Feay, Director at Alex Rasmussen at Somerset House shared by Wallpaper Mag & Camille Walala’s bold colour and designs showing at Aria, including the painted building shared by My Studio.

The Victorian and Albert Museum.

There were so many wonderful pop-up shows going on in the V&A, such a treat to explore the building for them. Favourites were the Curiosity Cloud by Mischer’Traxler, Zotem at the entrance by Kim Thome, Robin Day Works in Wood, The Cloakroom by Faye Toogood, The Tower of Babel by Barnaby Barford and Mise-en-Abyme by Laetitia De Allegri & Matteo Fogale. I have shared a few of my photos and for next year a must visit in London for anyone into design and installations!

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Mise-en-Abyme by Laetitia de Allegri & Matteo Fogale.

Designers Laetitia de Allegri and Matteo Fogale collaborated with Johnson Tiles to create a colourful and immersive installation. It was installed on the bridge over the Medieval and Renaissance galleries at the V&A which was a superb contrast! The title of the installation is a French term that translates as ‘placed into abyss’ and refers to the experience of walking through the installation.

Curiosity Cloud by Mischer’Traxler

Inspired by the Art Nouveau movement Austrian design duo mischer’traxler collaborated with Champagne house Perrier-Jouet – Moments in nature. 250 mouth-blown glass globes made by the Viennese glass company Lobmeyr. Each globe contains a single hand-fabricated insect and each insect has been printed onto foil which has been laser cut and then hand embroidered to create the body.

Totem by Kim Thome.

Zotem was a 18-metre-tall double sided monolith embedded with over-sizes Swarovski crystals – rising vertically from the Museums grand entrance. The title Zotem is a portmanteau word bleeding the sounds and meanings of both totem and zoetrope – a 19th Century animation device that pre-dates film and gives the illusion of motion by displaying a sequence of isolated drawings that appear to move as they flick past the ye in quick succession.

Robin Day Works in Wood.

This exhibition at the V&A was to mark the centenary of his birth – a beautiful mix of his work to celebrate the huge contribution his work has had on everyday lives. Although best know for his Polypropylene stacking chair, Day grew up among the beech woods and timber furniture factories in High Wycombe and retained a life long love for wood as a material.

The Tower of Babel by Barnaby Barford.

The Tower of Babel tells a story about the capital city, our society, economy and ourselves as consumers. A tower standing six metres high made from 3000 bone china shops, each one depicting a real London shop photographed by the artist. At the base shops are derelict up to the pinnacle the cream-de-la-creme of London’s exclusive boutiques and galleries. A standing monument to the great British pastime of shopping.

 

Can’t wait to see what delights next years London Design Festival brings us – one of my favourite times of the year to visit London.