Looking ahead to the London Design Festival

The London Design Festival is just over two weeks away and this year’s event has an intriguing mix of cross-disciplinary events.

Double Space for BMW – Poetry in Motion by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby
Double Space for BMW – Poetry in Motion by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby

Among the showcase events is a Trafalgar Square installation in collaboration with Airbnb, which will see Jasper Morrison, Patternity, Raw Edges and Studio Ilse create their own ‘homes’.

Meanwhile at the Victoria & Albert Museum, Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby are bringing a rotated mirrored ceiling to the Raphael Gallery and Terence Conran is curating the Wish List programme, which sees designers grant the wishes of their peers by creating the products they always wanted.

Sadly initial plans for Superflux’s ‘drone aviary’ in the John Madejski Garden have now been dropped – apparently over safety concerns – but the garden will now instead host the sculptural Crest installation, created by Zaha Hadid Architects.

The Global Design Forum will be held at a series of venues across London and boasts speakers including Daniel Charny, Paul Cocksedge and New Deal Design’s Gadi Amit.

Meanwhile Design Week is working with the London Design Festival to curate a Graphic Design Weekend at the V&A. Held on the 13 and 14 of September, this will features workshops and talks from the likes of Paula Scher, Irma Boom, Jim Sutherland and David Pearson.

Design Week will be picking our highlights from this year’s London Design Festival in a series of preview pieces over the coming weeks and you can find out more information at www.londondesignfestival.com.

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