5 things to see at London Design Festival this weekend…

23rd September 2016

By Collette Black

It’s the last weekend of London Design Festival 2016 but don’t worry there’s still so much innovative design to discover and lots of Instagram-worthy installations to snap over the next couple of days. Here’s 5 things not to miss this weekend…

1) Brixton Design Trail


Adding Brixton’s vibrant flare and youthful edge to LDF 2016, the Brixton Design Trail presents a mixture of events and installations exploring the rich cultural diversity, young talent and new ‘urban age’ of this buzzing design district. Head to Rebel Space in the gardens of St Matthew’s Church tonight to discover Brixtopia; an event celebrating Brixton’s diversity and the launch of an important social experiment in self identification. Find loads of cool independent fashion, furniture and print businesses in their new creative shipping container home, Pop Brixton. Make your own chocolate at the Bean-to-Bar Workshop, or take a tour of the amazing street gallery with Animating Brixton.

Check out all the cool stuff happening as part of the Brixton Design Trail here.


2. London Design Festival at the V&A


Carrying on its tradition of providing some spectacular Insta-worthy installations, the V&A is once again home to some really interesting pieces that are sure to get you snap happy.  ‘The Green Room‘ by Glithero sees a dramatic curtain of coloured string descending 6 stories down the 17.5 meter stairwell in the museum. Emulating the circular motion of the arms of a clock, each string moves every minute creating a fascinating wave of colour. There’s also a big focus on interesting materials this year, with the venue housing a mystical looking ‘Liquid Marble‘ by Mathieu Lehanneur as well as ‘Foil‘ by Layer, which sees the tapestry room transformed into a memorising space filled with fragmented light reflected from the disco ball-esk 20 metre undulating metal sculpture.

Learn more about LDF at the V&A as well as all of their other amazing exhibits here.

3. The Smile


Alison Brooks’ Landmark Project, ‘The Smile‘, is an impressive 34m long curved wooden sculpture sat in the Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground next to Tate Britain. Made of tulipwood, it’s been labelled the ‘world’s first-ever hardwood megatube’. Although it looks like a huge wooden see-saw, we’re assured that the complex CLT (cross-laminated timber) structure is totally secure, even if sixty of us ran to one of the end viewing platforms, making this piece a pretty impressive poster-boy for the ever-evolving timber revolution. The urban pavilion is also speckled with strategically placed perforations that flood the arch with sunlight in the day and transform it into a beautiful lantern at night.

Find out more about this fascinating installation here.

4. Design Junction at Kings Cross


Design Junction has found a new long-term home at Kings Cross showcasing contemporary interior design against an industrial backdrop. This year’s show explores the connection between creativity and dyslexia, invites homeowners to free drop clinics in big red monopoly style houses, and even has its own secret garden.

Discover more about what’s happening at Kings Cross this weekend here.

5. 100% Design


There’s still one more day to visit the 100% Design show, where we’re exhibiting our award winning Sebastian Cox furniture as part of The Wood Awards stand amongst the other amazing design talent who have been shortlisted for this year’s awards. Saturday is the only day the show is open to the general public, so make sure you pop down to Olympia London tomorrow to get your fix of cutting edge design from some of the leading names in the industry.

Find out more about the show as well as who else you can see this year here.


Images sourced from www.brixtondesigntrail.comwww.londondesignfestival.com and www.designshanghai.com


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