London Design Festival Preview – Covent Garden Design District

Covent Garden will play host to one of London Design Festival’s centrepiece installations, Lego Greenhouse by Sebastian Bergne.

Displayed in the North East Piazza from 15-25 September the greenhouse sized work is set entirely in Lego bricks and contains real vegetables – a reference to the area’s history as a fruit and vegetable market.

The lit installation is ‘an interesting juxtaposition of a natural environment growing in an almost digital, mass produced Lego structure and it makes you look at Lego bricks in a new way,’ says Bergne.

Lego Greenhouse
Lego Greenhouse

This is the fourth year that Covent Garden has been part of the festival. On its outreaches The Craft Council will showcase its Block Party exhibition; craft inspired by the art of textiles and tailoring.

Girl on Flying Machine, Yinka Shonibare, 2008.
Girl on Flying Machine, Yinka Shonibare, 2008.

Work by 15 UK and international artists and designers explores how pattern cutting can move beyond clothing design to become part of  sculpture, ceramics, textile, moving image and collage.

Hunter Jacket Embodying Ethics, Rohan Chhabra 2010
Hunter Jacket Embodying Ethics, Rohan Chhabra 2010

Three themes: Storytelling; Embracing The Future; and Motif and Manipulation will categorize the exhibition.

As in previous years, studios plan to throw open their doors to the curious and inquisitive. Look out for architect and interiors giant HOK which plans an open evening for 23 September at its Whitfield street  premises.

Outline Editions will be inviting visitors to its Berwick Street home in Soho. Since its opening last year the gallery and shop has shown the work of emergent illustrators and graphic artists alongside the likes of Kate Moross, Noma Bar and Anthony Burrill – who made a window display for the shop’s Joys of Spring season.

Noma Bar, Cut it Out machine
Noma Bar, Cut it Out machine

Noma Bar has conspired with Outline Editions to create the brilliantly ambitious Cut it Out for festival week. Pitched as an ‘art making machine’ the commissioned piece is an installation allowing visitors to feed paper, rubber and other materials into the dog shaped sculpture which produces cut-out Noma Bar work for the artist to sign, number and sell for between £20-300.

For more information visit http://www.londondesignfestival.com/
See the Design Week blog for our LDF previews of the V&A and the Brompton District, Pimlico and 100% Design. We will be previewing Fitzrovia and the Southbank tomorrow.

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