London Design Festival (LDF) is finally here and we cannot wait for the week ahead. Over the past six years, the London Design Festival at the V&A has gone from strength to strength. This year’s programme has once again filled the museum with an extraordinary range of design installations large and small, intricate and majestic.

Here are some of the highlights of this weekends schedule:

The V&A:

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Barnaby Barford’s ‘The Tower of Babel’

Barnaby Barford’s ‘The Tower of Babel’ tells an array of stories about our capital city, our society and economy and ourselves as consumers. The installation is made up of 3000 delicately crafted bone china shops, each depicting a real London shop photographed by the artist himself. As your eye travels down the sculpture, you’ll realise that the bottom tier is made up of derelict shops from deprived neighbourhoods.

The V&A explains, “Standing as a monument to the great British pastime of shopping, Barford’s apparently precarious Tower playfully likens our efforts to find fulfilment through retail with the biblical Tower of Babel’s attempt to reach heaven. Explicitly blurring the boundaries of art and commerce, each shop in the Tower will be for sale during its exhibition. With more prestigious but less affordable properties higher in the Tower, Barford confronts us with the choices we ourselves make as consumers, through necessity or desire.”

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Mischer’traxler’s ‘Curiosity Cloud’

Inspired by the Art Nouveau Movement, renowned Austrian design duo mischer’traxler have created a sensual, interactive installation to the V&A’s Norfolk House Music Room.

The installation is made up 250 mouth-blown glass gloves containing a single hand-fabricated insect. From afar the insects stay quiet and calm whilst a few will emanate a soft glow. As visitors enter the darkened space, the insects will amazingly come to life, moving more rapidly and creating noises as they collide with the glass in which they are trapped. This is an experience not to be missed…


Around London

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‘The RIBA Regent Street Windows Project pairs exceptional RIBA architects with some of the most prestigious retailers to create captivating architectural installations in shop windows along London’s historic shopping street.’ Fashion retailers, skin care boutiques, perfumeries, restaurants and cafes have given over their display to bring architecture into their stores and reach new audiences with these crafted interventions. The project creates a huge public architecture exhibition seen by more than one million people each week.

From fabric forests to kaleidoscopic reflections; lenticular walls to flocks of tailored cloth, this year’s installations bend the very notion of display and have challenged architects to work with retailers to interrogate their brands, their history and their windows to produce an architectural installation that captures the imagination of passers-by and customers alike.

Stores to visit are:

L’Occitane with Coppin Dockray Architects
Karen Millen with HASSELL
Hamleys with Office S&M
Levi’s with AMD Interior Architecture
Anthropologie with EPR Architects?
Brooks Brothers with Conran and Partners

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This year Sarah Myerscough has curated a solo show by Cinimod’s Director, Dominic Harris. Dominic Harris’ interactive work explores human perceptions and expressions of self, using cutting edge digital technology. Harris has created a sensorial experience that reveal the relationship between the human and the digital. For more information visit here.

Click here for the full festival’s schedule.

 

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