London Design Festival announces new installations across its 11 “design districts”

Latest projects include a suspended installation focusing on the ocean plastic crisis and a recreation of an Underground carriage from the 1960s.

Render of Sam Jacob's "Sea Things"
Render of Sam Jacob’s “Sea Things”

For London Design Festival (LDF), architect Sam Jacob is designing an installation that explores the “role of design and technology in reducing ocean plastics”.

“Sea Things” is prompted by predictions that there will be more waste in the ocean than marine life by 2050. It can be viewed at the Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A) during the festival’s run, from 14-22 September.

Inspired from a Charles and Ray Eames pattern from the museum’s textile collection, the two-way mirrored cube will be suspended above visitors in the museum’s main entrance hall.

It features an animated motion graphic which aims to reflect both the “infinity” of the ocean and the challenges we face in protecting it, according to the festival.

Jacob will also remake seven water vessels from the V&A’s collection, using recycled material in an effort to “demonstrate the potentials and opportunities for the future”.

The installation follows news of Japanese architect Kengo Kuma’s large scale bamboo structure in the V&A’s John Madejski garden.

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Render of “Please Be Seated”

The festival also announced projects across its 11 “design districts” which now include King’s Cross and Chelsea.

The districts are “distinct concentrations of design” that “reflect the unique character of its locale”, according to LDF.

In Broadgate, British designer Paul Cocksedge will create a large-scale installation entitled “Please Be Seated” which invites people to sit on and walk under the sculpture, as a tribute to “London’s largest pedestrianised neighbourhood”.

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Kirkby Design’s recreation of an Underground carriage

In West Kensington, textile studio Kirby Design is bringing an 1967 Victoria Line tube carriage back to life as an “exciting and immersive venue”.

The interiors will comprise a mix of underground fabrics and a new collection of velvets, inspired by the underground’s moquette designs that have been used on the Underground from the 1930s to the present day.

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Render of “Paddington Pyramid”

In Paddington Central, local designer Adam Nathaniel Furman will present “Paddington Pyramid”. This colourful installation looks to “create a moment of fun and fanfare in the everyday fabric of the city”, according to the festival.

LDF’s four trade shows — Design Junction, 100% Design, London Design Fair and Focus:19 — also return, encompassing talk programmes and designer showcases.

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