This year’s London Design Festival will feature a gigantic chessboard in Trafalgar Square, created by Spanish designer Jaime Hayón.
The installation will include 32 ceramic chess pieces, each up to 2m tall, and the public will be invited to stage large-scale ‘Battle of Trafalgar’ chess matches.
The festival, now in its seventh year, will take up residence at the Victoria & Albert Museum. Other highlights will include a pavilion created by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban on the South Bank for the Size & Matter project, and an installation at the V&A’s tunnel entrance made from reclaimed waste.
Other events will include the fourth staging of the London Design Embassy, at the V&A, and the third presentation of the London Design Medal.
The London Design Festival will run from 19-27 September. 100% Design, which is being designed by Jam and will feature a contribution from Designersblock, will run from 24-27 September, and Tent London will run at Brick Lane from 21-24 September.
London Mayor Boris Johnson says, ‘There has never been a better time to support London’s thriving creative industries and highlight the dynamic design that continues to boost our economy and attract investment to the capital.
‘The London Design Festival helps promote our world-class innovative design and I encourage everyone to attend and experience London’s creative brilliance.’
Ben Evans, director of the London Design Festival, says, ‘In times of adversity design should be bold and ideas-driven. Now is an opportunity for a creative approach. We hope that this year’s festival will be a platform for the best that design can offer.’
For more details on the festival, see the next issue of Design Week.