The 17th annual London Design Festival takes place 14–22 September 2019 at V&A where curated collections of displays and installations and the Global Design Forum will showcase innovative, breathtaking British design. Various locations in the city will also play host to signature projects.
Design Districts, Landmark Projects, Festival Commissions and other special projects are the key attractions throught the city and this year's are:
- Landmark Project: Paul Cocksedge – 'Please Be Seated' in Finsbury Avenue Square: a large scale installation combining innovation and technology, creating a work that responds to the rhythm of its community.
- Festival Commission: Dan Tobin Smith + the Experience Machine – 'Void' at Collins Theatre, Islington: a multii-sensory spatial installation exploring natural inclusions in gemstones.
- Festival Commission: Life Labyrinth – 'Paternity' at Westminster Cathedral Plaza
- Special Project: Camille Walala – 'Walala Lounge' at South Molton Street: a striking set of street furniture, 11 unique benches formed of bright colour and large geometric shapes
- At the V&A: Various designers – 'Legacy': 10 personal objects made from sustainable American red oak. Designers and commissioners include Yana Peel (CEO, Serpentine Galleries) with Ed Barber and Jauy Osgerby, Dr Tristram Hunt (Director, V&A) with Jasper Morrison, Alex Beard (Chief Executive, Royal Opera House) with Terence Woodgate, Dr Maria Balshaw (Director, Tate) with Max Lamb and Kwame Kewi-Armah (Artistic Director, Young Vic) with Tomoko Azumi, five more.
- At the V&A: Rony Plesl – 'Sacred Geometry': glass installation inspired by fire and wood along the idea of sacred geometry.
- At the V&A: Matthew McCormick – 'Falling Sky': multi-story design-art installation featuring deconstructed, frost-like formations above visitors' heads.
- At the V&A: Sony Design – 'Affinity in Autonomy': interactive robotic pendulum which recognises human presence and explores robotic free will.
Other V&A exhibits will include The Exhibition Road Day of Design on 22 September. The Global Design Forum will also take place throughout the festival with its full programme of talks and workshops expected later in June. Finally, there will be 10 Design Districts across London, including the brand new Kings Cross Design District.
Find the entire programme at https://www.londondesignfestival.com/.
Meanwhile, the London Design Bienniale Summit takes place on 25–26 June 2019, chaired by Artistic Director Es Devlin. The theme is 'Resonance' with a day of discussion on 25 June at Google HQ in King's Cross hosted by Google Arts & Culture, and a series of sessions, workshops and guided tours on 26 June taking place at Somerset House to develop ideas for London Design Biennale 2020. More here.
Affinity in Autonomy by Sony Design / Image: London Design Festival 2019