London Design Festival 2016

Posted on May 20, 2016 by Annalisa

Over coffee and croissants at the V&A in Kensington, London, the London Design Festival announced its exciting programme of events, installations and exhibitions, which will take place across the capital from 17-25 September.

As well as bringing Visionary Crazy Golf to Trafalgar Square, London Design Festival has announced an exciting line up of Landmark Projects including ‘The Smile’ by Alison Brooks Architects, a cross–laminated hardwood structure using American tulipwood that can be inhabited and explored, offering a new way of looking at the city.

A second Landmark Project, by Shelter and Legal & General, seeks to address the housing crisis through an experiential installation designed by dRMM entitled Baboushka Boxes.

The Victoria and Albert Museum will again be the hub of the Festival. With projects from design duo Glithero who will create a mesmerising time-based installation with Panerai, and ‘Foil’ by Benjamin Hubert of Layer, an undulating metallic ribbon installation which will transform one of the V&A spaces with LED lights and pattern, inspired by Braun.

Mathieu Lehanneur is known for his innovative approach, combining design, science, technology and art to create humanistic projects. His installation for the Festival, Liquid Marble, will be a variation of his ongoing series exploring the materiality of marble, displayed in the V&A’s galleries.

A newly-commissioned Garden installation by experimental architect Achim Menges with Moritz Dörstelmann, structural engineer Jan Knippers and climate engineer Thomas Auer will launch the Season. Their first ever public commission in the UK, Elytra Filament Pavilion will explore the impact of emerging robotic technologies on architectural design, engineering and making.

Inspired by a lightweight construction principle found in nature, the fibrous structures of the forewing shells of flying beetles known as elytra, the Pavilion will be an undulating canopy of tightly-woven carbon fibre cells created using a novel robotic production process. The Pavilion will grow over the course of the V&A Engineering Season in response to data on structural behaviour and patterns of inhabitation of the Garden that will be captured by real-time sensors in its canopy fibres.

The Festival has also commissioned a number of leading design visionaries including AL_A, Kellenberger-White and Pentagram to create their own souvenirs of London, which will be available to purchase at the V&A shop.