London design Festival

This month sees the 10th anniversary of the London Design Festival, the extravaganza of design in the capital running for nine days from 14 to 23 September.

With more than 100 venues and some 300 design-centered events and exhibitions, this year's show will highlight some of the best in interiors, architecture, fashion and graphic design from the UK and abroad.

Once again the city-wide festival revolves around the Victoria and Albert Museum, which will feature specially created installations by the likes of Japanese Studio Nendo - its creation Mimicry Chairs is a series of sculptural pieces giving a unique take on this most familiar item of furniture.

Other LDF exhibitions at the V&A will take place in areas that are usually off-limits to visitors, such as the cupola where Londonbased designer and film-maker Keiichi Matsuda's Prism will be installed. Projectors will shine colourful data feeds, including statistics about the economy, on to the sculpture.

Beyond the V&A and part of the LDF'S series of larger-scale, city-wide installations under the heading of Landmark Projects, the BE OPEN Foundation presents its Sound Portal in Trafalgar Square - a large black acoustic tunnel that features sounds and music mixes that change daily - and Carpenter/ Lowings Architecture & Design's and Eckersley O'Callaghan Structural Design's display Flowing Glass, a 1mm-thick glass wall of durable Gorilla Glass (from manufacturer Corning) that curves and reflects distorted views of the Thames.

The LDF also celebrates furniture and lighting in events including the interiors trade fair Super Brands London hosted by TENT LONDON, 100% Design - now in its 18th year - and showcase designjunction, which will feature some 100 worldwide brands. Talks and debates from sector professionals and academics will take place in London's Design Museum.

The majority of the events are free, and last year attracted more than 350,000 visitors - everyone from design professionals to curious locals. Because of the event's scale, its website offers an itinerary page where visitors can map and plan their visit. Also, for the first time, the LDF has a downloadable app to aid visitors as they explore. londondesignfestival.com

This article was first published in fx Magazine.





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