The London Design Festival has announced its program for the 9th annual design celebration which will take place in the capital September 17-25.
“This year’s Festival will demonstrate the power and versatility of design across London, offering a series of quality projects that fulfill London’s design credentials,” said Ben Evans, Director of the London Design Festival.
UK architect John Pawson has designed an installation complementing Sir Christopher Wren’s intention that the building should include a scientific element. The geometric staircase in the South West Tower (not usually open to the public) will feature an optical installation made from metal and Swarovski crystal, which will be installed at the base of the stairs and offer viewers a greater view of the cathedral than the natural eye could see.
Textile Field will be an expansive, colored foam and textile installation designed by the French design duo Bouroullec Brothers with gentle inclinations that produce a sensual environment on which visitors can comfortably lounge and immerse themselves in the Raphael Gallery.
The Power Of Making will be a V&A and Crafts Council Exhibition curated by Daniel Charny, which aims to bring visitors closer to the process of making things.
Design entrepreneur and curator Murray Moss is collaborating with Belgian technology company Materialise to showcase the parameters of 21st century printing with installations throughout the V&A.
An enormous dress, Reddress, created with 550 metres of fabric and able to fit an audience of 238 people inside its folds, will be presented by the Finnish Institute in London.
Graphic artist Noma Bar will demonstrate his new installation Cut It Out – a specially commissioned large-scale embossing machine that allows visitors to feed in paper and create their own cut out Noma Bar images, which will be signed and numbered.
The words ‘Made in Britain’, ‘Created in Britain,’ ‘Designed in Britain and ‘Invented in Britain’ will be promoted throughout. "A Britain carried aloft by the march of the makers,” said George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer.