Details emerge of London Design Festival commissions

Further details are emerging of commissions at the Victoria and Albert Museum for the London Design Festival.


Ron Arad is developing a site-specific installation for the pool in the V&A’s Madejski Garden, which will be a recreation of his Thumbprint chair in bronze. The work, in collaboration with Veuve Cliquot, will also see tiles in the pool adapted to relate to the chair.

Other newly announced commissions include a VIP press room in the V&A’s Sackler Centre, designed by Nigel Coates and a Postmodern Café, which will be installed in the museum’s Exhibition Road entrance.

Design commisions previously announced for the festival, which runs from 17-25 September, include the Focused Perspectives installation at St Paul’s Cathedral, by architect John Pawson; the Spiral work at the V&A’s Cromwell Road entrance, by architect Amanda Levete; and the Bourellec Brothers’s Textile Feel installation in the museum’s Raphael Gallery.

Design Week understands two further major commissions are yet to be announced – one in Trafalgar Square and one involving David Chipperfield Architects.

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