London Design Festival 2017: Our top picks at Design Frontiers, the V&A and FOCUS…

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London Design Festival is a must-see if you’re keen to get your creative juices flowing… from textiles to installations there is plenty to see! And so, on one cloudy Tuesday we ventured up to London and explored the latest trends and creations of the design world! Read on to find out our top picks…

Set in the sumptuous surroundings of the majestic Somerset House was Design Frontiers, filled to the brim with the latest innovations and designs from the creative minds of the world. Our favourite has to be Danish manufacturer Kvadrat’s textile display, featuring the work by 19 different designers on their reinterpretation of Kvadrat’s Canvas material. From curved shelves, to textured cacti and a Lion Dance Costume by New York-based studio Chen Chen and Kai Williams, this exhibition truly was worth a visit.

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In honour of London Design Festival, the V&A unveiled a whole host of installations. Among them was a collection of ice-skating shelters, designed by Vancover-based architects Patkau Architects and built by Isokon Plus. With temperatures dropping as low as minus 40°C and with Canada’s winters lasting up to six months, Patkau Architects were invited to design a warming hut as a shelter for ice-skaters through the winter months. Each shelter accommodates three to four people and due to the flexibility to the plywood resembles a group of people huddling from the wind! Whatever the motives behind it, we absolutely love it!

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Last but not least, Flynn Talbot’s Reflection Room at the V&A had to make our list of top picks! Lit up with vibrant blue and orange lights, as you step into the 35-metre-long gallery you are immersed head first into a complete colour experience. With one end of the gallery lit up with bright orange lighting tubes, and the opposite end covered in blue, the vaulted gallery is transformed into a gradient of colour through the use of reflective black panels adorning the gallery’s walls. Although the space was busy with design and art lovers alike, you truly are immersed into a peaceful and reflective piece of art – a must see!

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Keep an eye out for our other LDF round-up blogs!

Published by October 5, 2017 1:58 pm

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