The London Design Festival 2011, which runs until September 25, gives an excellent opportunity to see what’s new and hot in the design industry. Hundreds of events take place across London and there’s so much to see that the best tactic would be to list your favourite categories. Lighting, architecture, furniture or interiors? We’ve cherry picked some of them for you.
Here are our highlights:
Make your way to South Kensington and take a look at the Scaffolding Brut installation. The idea behind the project is that scaffolding can enhance the urban landscape and so, the scaffolding pieces on show has been made out of porcelain. Brilliant to hear that someone is thinking about how homeowners’ can spruce up their ghastly, scaffolding-covered facades.
A giant greenhouse in LEGO sounds intriguing, doesn’t it? Right on the Covent Garden piazza the large scale LEGO construction, built by Sebastian Bergne, hosts real plants and lights up at night. The installation investigates how toys can become utilisable objects, an important sustainable question. The roof, base and walls are entirely made up of LEGO bricks.
Scandinavian minimalism is as popular as ever and if you’re seeking inspiration for your home, this exhibition can probably help. 100% Norway showcases emerging Norwegian design talents as well as established manufacturers. Furniture, ceramics, lighting and tableware will be on display, so get the scoop first.
How about laying in a textile field watching art by Raphael one afternoon? Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec have created an art installation in the V&A museum in the Raphael Court, which is a 30m long and 8m wide colour foam that will no doubt challenge the normal perception of how to view art in a museum.
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