London Design Festival 2016: The must-see installations

This year’s London Design Festival is well underway. Conceived  by Sir John Sorrell and Ben Evans, the concept was to create an annual event to promote London’s creativity – building on the City’s existing design activity and drawing in the country’s greatest thinkers, practitioners, retailers and educators to a deliver an unmissable celebration of design.

Not quite sure how to navigate the creative gathering? Have no fear, as we’ve collated our top eight must-see #LDF installations…

1. Silhouettes and Shadows

Timed to coincide with Brixton Design Trail and held at Brixton-based gallery Photofusion, this exhibition is dedicated to the memory of one of the area’s most famous residents.

A collaboration with photography collective Rockarchive, Silhouettes and Shadows is a visual celebration of David Bowie’s life and career. Expect prints and images of the genius behind Ziggy Stardust, shot by some of the most prolific photographers in the music industry – some of which are being shown in the UK for the first time.

The show will also be supported by a programme which includes gallery talks and community based activities.

When?
15th September – 17th October

Where?
Photofusion, 17a Electric Lane, Brixton SW9 8LA

2. London Design Fair

Eat, sleep and breathe interiors? Then this is the place for you.

London Design Fair holds the largest collection of international designers, brands, features and exhibitions in one destination during the London Design Festival. Located in the heart of East London, visitors can expect three floors of pure design.

When?
22nd – 25th September

Where?
Old Truman Brewery, 26 Hanbury Street, E1 6QR

3.The Smile

34m long and 3m high, this upside down arc seems more fitting for a Sci-Fi film set than London’s  architectural scene.

Nonetheless, Architect Alison Brooks’ Landmark Project for the London Design Festival is a feat of creativity. Guaranteed to put a smile on your face (see what we did there?), this installation is not to be missed.

When?
17th – 25th September

Where?
Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground, Chelsea College of Art and Design, 16 John Islip Street, SW1P 4JU

4. designjunction2016

At the centre of one of London’s most exciting urban redevelopment, this year’s designjunction show will be held at King’s Cross.

With ‘Immersed in Design’ as 2016’s theme, expect a variety of events from bike tours to immersive water experiences and creative workshops. Be sure to RSVP in advance to guarantee your spot.

When?
17th – 25th September

Where?
1 Granary Square, King’s Cross, N1C 4AA

5. 25 Years of Editions by Sebastian Bergne

Looking for something a little more personal?

Showcasing some of his most famous designs from over the last 25 years, industrial designer Sebastian Bergne will be opening the doors of his Battersea studio to the public for this year’s festival. The backdrop to the exhibition will be Sebastian’s recently designed Plane shelving for TEEbooks – the first time this rigorous steel shelving system will be presented in London.

When?
17th – 23rd September

Where?
2 Ingate Place, London SW8 3NS

6. How to be Creative & Successful when you are Dyslexic . . .

Is having dyslexia always a learning difficulty, or can it cultivate creative thinking? These are the questions design and architecture writer, Grant Gibson, will be dissecting at the Dyslexic Design talk.

Showcasing the work of dyslexic designers in association with designjunction, panelists will include illustrator Kristjana S Williams, industrial designer Terence Woodgate, furniture designer Tom Raffield and writer Margaret Rooke.

When?
24th September

Where?
The Gallery Room, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG

Register here.

7. The Green Room

Conceived by London design studio Glithero in partnership with luxury watch maker Panerai, Green Room is a monumental installation at the V&A.

Suspending an abstract version of a clock made up of 160 multicoloured silicone cords, the designers have created a kinetic piece that challenges our perceptions of what a clock can be. “We wanted to create a time piece that people could be inside of,” says British designer Tim Simpson, founder of Studio Glithero alongside Dutch designer Sarah van Gameren. “This clock is an interactive experience rather than something you glance at.”

When?
17th September – 25th September

Where?
V&A Museum, Cromwell Rd, London SW7 2RL

8. Sing Machine

Calling design fans of all ages, it’s time to get moving.

Running until Sunday, “The Sign Machine” by Supergroup is a kinetic installation of bright colours and textures. A completely interactive piece, users sit in the machine and turn a series of rods to control signs, causing objects and messaging to interact with one another.

When?
17th September – 25th September

Where?
Bulgari Hotel London, 171 Knightsbridge, SW7 1DW

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