Icon has scoured the ups and downs of the design extravaganza to pull out the events that you would be a fool to miss
Last year, Somerset House staked its claim as a vital stop on the LDF trail with the London Design Biennale. Now, before the glow fades, the powers-that-be need a lure for off-years. Inhabiting yet more of the venue’s bright interiors, Design Frontiers promises ‘an immersive and interactive experience’. But don’t be put off, the quality of the designers involved – Jasper Morrison, Jaime Hayon and more – suggests it will be a real highlight.
Villa Walala by Camille Walala
One of LDF’s Landmark Projects, Camille Walala is installing a ‘temple to playfulness’ in Broadgate. In a nod to postmodernist attempts at city-making, it’s a landscape of inflatable pyramids and pediments that appears to have been airdropped like a giant emergency stress ball into the middle of Exchange Square. Walala designed the cover of our current issue – and you can read an interview with the designer inside.
Making a living
Designer Max Frommeld presents a collection of products for an experimental living space that respond to domestic activities: playing, resting, dressing and hosting.
Two sets of work are on display – items made in London that employ new construction techniques and materials, and a series of wooden objects carved intuitively during a month-long stay in rural California. We interviewed Frommeld in our latest issue.
Set in Stone
Set in Stone gathers eight designers who are exploring the potential of marble and limestone in graphic pieces, domestic objects and projects for public use, presenting the qualities of stone and the technical means through which it is cut.
100% Design, founded in 1995, is a cornerstone of London Design Festival. Critic, author and former deputy director of LDF Max Fraser has been announced as the show’s new content editor so we can expect some changes this time around.
Viaduct introduces emerging designers and established talent in Punctuating Space, investigating colour, light, tactility and form. The show will mark the UK launch of an uncompromising batch of new products from a variety of European design studios.
The Glass Chain
The Glass Chain explores an alternative future for glass in architectural design. The futuristic show, by UK newcomers Space Popular, has been inspired by an exchange of utopian letters in 1919–20 between German expressionist architects.
A New Normal: Production from Mass to the Masses
A New Normal questions how products can be made in a universe that is moving beyond mass production. The show looks at pioneering projects that are imagining a new normal, where manufacturing is redistributed to the masses.
Part of Brompton Design District, Studiolise presents three recent collaborations at LDF: the Touch furniture collection with Zanat, which is hand-crafted in Bosnia; its hand-drawn wallpaper designs created with Engblad & Co; and, finally, an oil lamp produced for Wästberg’s Holocene collection.
Bold: Graphic Design from India
The Roman Singularity
Adam Nathaniel Furman’s The Roman Singularity celebrates the Eternal City as a spatial equivalent to the Internet – a pilgrimage site for the world’s imagination. A miniature city of buildings encapsulating the resulting stories has been 3D-printed and hand-crafted out of ceramics.
Conceived by London-based designers Unit Lab with Dean Brown and Kirsi Enkovaara, Water will see a diverse group of 13 multi-disciplinary designers come together to realise products, materials, installations and experiments that incorporate, exploit or examine water.
SEMC returns to Deptford Market Yard for a second year for a weekend of music, food and shows by Sebastian Cox, IYA studio and Georgia Bosson. With workshops hosted by Aldworth James & Bond, and Festa Sul Prato’s interactive exhibition, it’s the best way to end LDF 2017.