28.280 at London Design Festival

Although many of this year’s London Design Festival installations were unveiled at the LDF press conference in May, as ever there were some projects that were awaiting confirmation or sign-off.

Bocci 28.280 is planned for the VA Atrium
Bocci 28.280 is planned for the VA Atrium

So while we were treated to glimpses of the Endless Staircase outside St Paul’s Cathedral and the Typographic Circles Victoria & Albert Museum exhibition, there were still big gaps left to be filled.

And while there will apparently be no Trafalgar Square installation this year, nor will there be a project outside the main V&A entrance, we do now know what will hang in the V&A’s main atrium this year.

Omer Arbel’s 28.280, designed for Canadian brand Bocci, will use 280 individual Bocci 28 lights.

Bocci's 28 lights
Bocci’s 28 lights

The installation will hang from below the V&A’s cupola ceiling, in a void cutting almost the entire height of the building (Keiichi Matsuda’s Prism did something similar last year.)

The installation hangs from a height of more than 30 metres, and the individual light units are supported by a heavy copper suspension system, that Bocci says ‘promises to have as much presence or more than the glass it supports’.

Bocci 28.280
Bocci 28.280

Bocci 28.280 is at the V&A Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7, from 14-22 September.

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