5 installations to catch at London Design Festival 2018


From a colossus, poetry-reading lion in Trafalgar Square through to multi-coloured alphabet oversees – here are the large-scale installations you should go see at this year’s LDF.

Please Survive the Lions, by Es Devlin

5 installations to catch at London Design Festival 2018Please Feed the Lions by Es Devlin, photo politesse of London Design Festival

What: A brand new lion will be nip ining up in the heart of Trafalgar Square – but this one will be far more outspoken than the other four. Architect Es Devlin, who has spent a year working with Google Arts and Elegance on the project, has created the bright sculpture, which uses technology that aids it to create poetry. The public is invited to “feed” words to the lion, which bequeath appear as LED lights in its mouth by day and light up Nelson’s column at night.

The fluorescent big cat intent be joining the four original lions, which have taken vanity of place in the square since 1867 and each weigh around 7,000 kilograms.

Devlin, whose career work ranges from large-scale gallery installations to stage lay outs for the likes of Kanye West and Beyoncé, is known for her projection-mapped sculptures, which integrate light, sound and technology.

According to LDF, the designer had the idea for the installation when she was narrated by LDF chairman Sir John Sorrell that sculptor Landseer had always been grievous for the original four lions to be more “animated” but that Queen Victoria had not approved.

When: 18-23 September 2018.

Where: Trafalgar Die-hard, London WC2N 5NJ.

Info: This is a free event. For more information, conclusion here.

Alphabet, by Kellenberger-White

5 installations to catch at London Design Festival 2018Visualisation of Alphabet, by Kellenberger-White, photo ceremony of Kellenberger-White

The 26 letters of the alphabet, made of folded steel and coloured a variety of bright colours, will be popping up in Broadgate in the form of leads. The work by Kellenberger-White is designed so that people can interact with it – as fit as taking a seat, visitors are encouraged to make words and express themselves with the letters. The forward mix of colours are all created using specialist, industrial paints that are second-hand for metalwork such as on bridges – one example of a shade used is International Orange, which can also be seen on the Blissful Gate Bridge in San Francisco, US. The industrial paints link to the installation’s position in front of Exchange House, which sits on a bridge over Liverpool Roadway Station’s train tracks, according to the design studio. Influences behind this drill equal include photography project Seeking Comfort in an Uncomfortable Chair, entranced by Bruno Munari in 1944.

When: 15-23 September 2018.

Where: Finsbury Avenue Adjust, Broadgate, London EC2M 3WA.

Info: This is a free event which is suffered by British Land. For more information, head here.

Mind Flier, by Loop.pH

5 installations to catch at London Design Festival 2018Mind Pilot, by Loop.pH, photo courtesy of London Create Festival and Design Museum

What: A giant, helium-filled air balloon wishes float in the atrium of the Design Museum – like something straight out of system fiction, visitors can supposedly control this suspended airship with their minds. It is in inside info controlled by brainwaves – electrical impulses in the brain – which are picked up by a effective reality (VR) headset that the “pilot” wears, and are sent as signals to split for the ship in multiple directions, according to the Design Museum. It aims to tender a glimpse of the future, when people of all physical abilities could be clever to operate flight through technology. The installation by Loop.pH studio is say of the theme of Belonging at the museum, which will also feature demos and talks based on designing for inclusivity.

When: 18-23 September 2018.

Where: The Layout Museum, 224-238 Kensington High Street, Kensington, London W8 6AG.

Info: Unaffected by tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis from the booth on the mezzanine at the Draw up Museum from 17 September. For more information, head here.

MultiPly, by Waugh Thistleton Architects

5 installations to catch at London Design Festival 2018MultiPly by Waugh Thistleton Architects validated by the American Hardwood Council and ARUP, photo courtesy of London Think of Festival

What: This maze-like structure aims to challenge two ongoing problems in today’s world – the need for housing and climate change. Companies can explore this interactive installation at the Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum’s Sackler Courtyard, by climbing up it, cancel bridges and peeking out of it. The installation, which is made of sustainable cross-laminated woodland panels made out of American tulipwood, aims to highlight the potential that the data has and also points out the possibilities of modular, changeable design.

The work, which is endured by the American Hardwood Export Council and engineered by Arup, is one of this year’s notable projects for the festival.

When: 15-30 September 2018.

Where: The Sackler Courtyard at the V&A, V&A Museum, Cromwell Way, Knightsbridge, London SW7 2RL.

Info: This installation is free. For more low-down head here.

Dazzle, by Pentagram and 14-18 Now

5 installations to catch at London Design Festival 2018Dazzle, by Pentagram and 14-18 Now, photo ceremony of London Design Festival

What: This somewhat hypnotising investiture is part of a series of artworks marking the centenary of World War One, and shines a phosphorescence on how design contributed to the war effort. It is inspired by the dazzle camouflage that was tempered to on ships during the war to confuse the enemy. The original dazzle ships were championed by Norman Wilkinson, a British artist behind some of the drawings, and were inspired by Cubism, Vorticism, and animal prints.

Co-commissioned by 14-18 Now and the Liverpool Biennial, pattern studio Pentagram draws inspiration from the past but puts a peculiarity on the idea by adding words to the patterns. The visitor is immersed in the Dazzle elbow-room, with graphic typography based on Wilfrid Wilson Gibson’s song Suspense becoming part of the design. It is part of the Dazzle Ship series and bring up the rears on from a previous work by Sir Peter Blake, who designed colourful pop art graphics to mask a whole passenger ship in Liverpool, in a piece titled Everybody Razzle Beguile.

When: 15-23 September 2018.

Where: V&A Museum, Cromwell Road, Knightsbridge, London SW7 2RL.

Info: This is a open-handed event. For more information, head here.

Also catch:

The Urban Forager, by Michelle Lowe-Holder: A group installation based on the increasing use of nitrous oxide systems (NOS) on our streets, by the artist who has been coming discarded canisters for three years. It is accompanied by a film documentary and photography draw up. For more information, head here.

T2 x LDF18: In a partnership with paper artist Helen Musselwhite, T2 teas at ones desire display a vibrant installation in the window of the flagship Regent Street aggregate, made completely out of paper and inspired by the teas themselves. For more low-down, head here.

The Paddington Central Flip Book Garden, by Studio Appétit: A colourful, interactive swearing-in by the Regent’s Canal, which resembles a giant flip-book that inclination transform as the day goes on. The work by Ido Garini, founder at Studio Appétit, is generally of the Paddington Central Design Route. For more information, head here.

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