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Sep 23, 2014

London Design Festival 2014 Highlights

Architecture,Interior Design
The twelfth annual London Design Festival, which took place from 13th to 21st September 2014, was indeed quite eventful. No, literally! It had something for everyone. The annual contemporary design festival celebrated designs in all forms: landmark, interiors, furniture, graphic and sculptural installations. With over 300 events held across the city, the festival showcased innovative and thoughtful designs by artists, designers from around the world. We chose to highlight some of the fun, quirky design ideas that held our attention a while longer. 

A Place Called Home 


Designers Jasper Morrison, Studioilse, Patternity and Raw-Edges came together to install their interpretation of ‘A place called Home’ for Airbnb’s landmark project. 




British designer Jasper Morrison was inspired by the location and created a home for a pigeon keeper.




Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay of design studio Raw-Edges focused on a versatile living arrangement, creating a house with spaces and rooms that shift and change around a central lighting fixture.




Studioilse founder Ilse Crawford got the audience thinking about what a home meant to them 




Young British duo Anna Murray and Grace Winteringham of Patternity staged an interactive installation of oversized kaleidoscopes with repeating triangles, circles and squares.


Double Space for BMW - Precision & Poetry in Motion


Incredibly talented industrial designers Jay Barber and Edward Osgerby, together with BMW, designed Double Space, a kinetic sculpture wherein they installed reflective glass panels at V&A Museum's Raphael Gallery in order to display the classic artwork in a distorted new light.


The Crest by Zaha Hadid



Hadid's Crest installation is an experimental structure, commissioned by ME by Meliá Hotels International to mark the 2016 launch of their Hadid-designed ME Dubai hotel. After the event, the demountable structure is to be relocated to the Dubai Hotel.


Driverless Sleeper Car of the Future by Dominic Wilcox


London-based designer Dominic Wilcox created this life-size car with stained glass chassis. He believes that in future roads would be so safe that it would be cool to drive around in this unmanned vehicle while a person sleeps in it.


Carousel Wall


As soon as visitors walked into V&A’s Tunnel Entrance, they were greeted by a colorful mural of ceramic patterns on a 50 sq m wall. Based on an adaptation of Carousel (2011), an artwork by David Saunders, co- founder of David David, the tiles have been produced by British manufacturer Johnson Tiles.


The First Law Of Kipple


Dan Tobin Smith' installation is inspired by Philip K Dick's novel ‘Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep’, wherein Kipple is not only a useless object, but it is an entirely new form of life. Created from thousands of disparate objects donated by the public, the First Law of Kipple focuses on our material culture.


Candela


A multi-disciplinary team comprising designer Felix de Pass, graphic designer Michael Montgomery and ceramicist Ian McIntyre collaborated with Officine Panerai to create an immersive installation within one of the V&A’s darkest spaces.


Human Nature


Artist Jeremy Maxwell Wintrebert created a beautiful installation by stacking 84 colourful glass cylinders on top of each other at the Victoria and Albert Museum for Perrier-Jouêt. The colours were inspired by the Perrier-Jouêt's Belle Epoque bottle.


House of Muses by Gruppe



House of Muses, designed by London/Zurich based practice Grupp, was conceived as the pillar of an imagined lost cathedral to offers visitors a chance to contemplate the future design of museums.

AMA 2014

Michael Anastassiades, in collaboration with Flos, presented the lighting installation Ama, made by mouth-blown opaline spheres and brass. The piece was an appreciation of the pearl diving mermaids of Japan.


Wallpaper-Artist's interior world 


The exhibition, supported by the Wallpaper History Society, focused on contemporary wallpaper designers and fine artists using the medium as an expressive form. Ranging from subversive scrolls to embroidered textured patterns, and cut paper creations, this exhibition was full of ideas, humor and technical achievement. This beautiful handmade wallpaper 'Gardeners' by Marthe Armitage was one of the highlights.


Images from London Design Festival, Dezeen