Following its debut in 2003, London Design Festival (LDF) has become one of the world’s most prominent annual design events. Taking place from 14th-22nd September, the programme comprises over 300 events and exhibitions – including 100% Design, Focus/13 and Tent London – which are staged around the city. Surfacing previews some of the event highlights.
Bocci at the V&A
Canadian design brand, Bocci, will present a lighting installation at the LDF’s hub venue, the Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A). Entitled 28.280 and designed by Omer Arbel, the installation is a large-scale vertically-punctuated piece located in the museum’s main atrium.
The installation, featuring Bocci’s celebrated 28, will descend through the large existing void, cutting through the entire length of the V&A building, with a height of more than 30m. The intent of the installation is twofold – on the one hand, it is a pure celebration of the monumental open height of the building, which uses light to crystallize a powerful phenomenological experience for the viewer. On the other, it is the most ambitious exploration to date of a novel glass blowing technique.
Clerkenwell Design Quarter
The Clerkenwell Design Quarter is an official destination within LDF. Over 50 designers will be displaying new products – from emerging talent, to architects and internationally-renowned furniture showrooms. Walks, talks and workshops will add to the festivities. Participants include Barbican, Bernhardt Design, BuzziSpace, Craft Central, Design Council, Fameed Khalique, Goldsmiths’ Centre, Lesley Craze Gallery, Made by Works, Modus furniture, Mosa Tiles, Nud Lighting, Ochre, Roz Barr Architects, Rude Limited and Viaduct furniture.
The collective of design showrooms, stores, restaurants and cafes that make up Fitzrovia Now will be again joining forces to put on a show for LDF. Located a stone’s throw from designjunction, Fitzrovia is a hub of creativity best known for its village atmosphere and bohemian vibe. Scores of design businesses, art galleries and independent restaurants and shops are on hand to help visitors gain design inspiration.
OFF | CUT
Fritz Hansen, in association with Chung Tyson Architects and The Bartlett School of Architecture, is delighted to present the installation OFF | CUT. An experimental, lightweight, deployable structure, OFF | CUT explores the innovative re-use of Fritz Hansen’s high-quality timber veneers and leather offcuts from its production facility in Denmark. OFF | CUT will be pre-fabricated at the Bartlett workshops and assembled at Fritz Hansen’s flagship showroom in Fitzrovia during LDF 2013.
Odd Matter at Vessel Gallery
Vessel Gallery will use LDF to present Odd Matter’s new lighting collection, OverNight. Taking traditional copper-plating techniques as its catalyst, the collection features striking stained-glass panels in rich shades of ruby, amber and mother of pearl, which are are held in place by copper strips.
The copper strips are immersed overnight in an electro-plating bath. It is during these twilight hours that these pieces literally grow as the strips act as a starting point for more copper to form, bonding all the edges together. By coaxing and exploiting this technique, laborious and seemingly primitive styles of making such as soldering can be avoided. From an initial ordered structure based on the crystalline formation of the actual copper solution used, the pieces take on a life of their own – resulting in no two pieces ever being the same.