London Design Festival unveils 2011 line-up

This year’s London Design Festival will feature key works from architects John Pawson and Amanda Levete and French design team the Bouroullec brothers.


Pawson’s work, entitled Focussed Perspectives, will see the normally closed geometric staircase in the south west tower of St Paul’s Cathedral opened up to the public.

The work, in collaboration with Swarovski, will see a glass meniscus with a mirrored backing installed at the bottom of the staircase and a large mirror placed at the top.

Pawson says this will allow viewers to ‘see beyond the level of the naked eye’.

Levete is transforming the entrance of the Victoria and Albert Museum with a 3D lattice work, Spiral (pictured), created in conjunction with the American Hardwood Council.

The Bouroullec brothers are working on the Textile Feel installation in the Raphael Gallery at the V&A.

In collaboration with Danish textile company Kvadrat, this will comprise a 30m-long multicoloured textile floor installation which visitors will be able to sit or lie on.

Erwan Bouroullec says, ‘We wanted to use textiles in a way that would transform perceptions of a room.’

Other LDF initiatives will include an installation in the V&A’s John Madejski garden by Ron Arad, and a project by Murray Moss and Materialise that will see printed 3D works installed around the V&A.

Daniel Charny is working on The Power of Making show at the V&A, with The Crafts Council, and illustrator Noma Bar is curating a show at Outline Editions that will allow visitors to make their own prints. 

It is understood that two further major projects are yet to be announced – one in Trafalgar Square, and one involving David Chipperfield Architects.

The ninth edition of the LDF runs from 17-25 September.

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