London Design Festival: Wouldn’t It Be Nice at Somerset House 16.09.08

words Johanna Agerman

A car cover by Bless, a mutated cabinet by Martino Gamper and a new film by Superflex are all part of the Wouldn’t It Be Nice exhibition at Somerset House, which opened with a champagne-fuelled event last night. The designers and artists participating were asked to explore the idea of utopia, and their responses combined playfulness with a fairly dark sense of humour. Although the exhibition continues until December it is worth visiting during the London Design Festival as Onkar Kular’s and Noam Toran’s special performance The MacGuffin Library is only on until 5 October. Kular’s and Toran’s “MacGuffin” is borrowed from Alfred Hitchcock’s term for a device that advances a film’s plot. The MacGuffins are produced on site using a rapid prototyping machine.

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images Sylvain Deleu

top image MoF 94,7%, 2007, by Tobias Rehberger

image Carcover, 2008, by Bless

image The MacGuffin Library by Noam Toran and Onkar Kular

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