Lonely Planet Writer

These eye-catching installations are on show now for the London Design Festival

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the London Design Festival, a week-long, city-wide event that showcases a diverse range of work by well-known international artists as well as transforming the urban landscape with a series of eye-catching installations.

Transmission, a 21.3 meter long fluid sculpture of folded material by Ross Lovegrove.
Transmission, a 21.3 meter long fluid sculpture of folded material by Ross Lovegrove. Image by Edmund Sumner

Running until 24 September, the London Design Festival features over 450 events taking place across the city. Labelling itself as both a cultural and commercial experience, the festival includes exhibitions, seminars, workshops, trade events and product launches, with the majority of organised events free of charge and open to the public to attend. It also includes thousands of individual designers and artists from different countries, who all present their latest works at different “design districts” over the course of the festival. Areas taking part include Islington, Pimlico, Brixton, Chelsea and Mayfair.

The colourful Villa Walala by textile designer Camille Walala at Broadgate Circus.
The colourful Villa Walala by textile designer Camille Walala at Broadgate Circus. Image by London Design Festival

Landmark exhibitions commissioned to mark 15 years of the festival include Villa Walala by textile designer Camille Walala, and sees a building-block castle being erected at Broadgate Circus and covered in colourful digitally-printed patterns and high strength nylon. Another piece called Urban Cabin by Mini Living, created by architect Sam Jacob, explores the future of urban habitats and the creative use of space by installing a compact building designed to be liveable in the courtyard of Oxo Tower Wharf. The piece features a shared kitchen, micro-library and a hammock.

Urban Cabin, part of the Mini Living project by architect Sam Jacob.
Urban Cabin, part of the Mini Living project by architect Sam Jacob. Image by London Design Festival

Other stunning installations that are running over the course of the festival include Reflection Room by designer Flynn Talbot, which sees a site-specific immersive coloured-light experience being created at the Prince Consort Gallery. The room contains 56 custom-made glossed black panels with interwoven LED light strips in orange and blue, creating a vivid show within the unique space. “I want people to explore the gallery – moving, shifting, stopping, meandering. The visitors are an integral part of the installation. Each person will be lit in a unique way depending where they are standing, adding to the rich depth of reflections,” Flynn Talbot said.

Reflection Room by designer Flynn Talbot, featuring 56 led light panels.
Reflection Room by designer Flynn Talbot, featuring 56 LED light panels. Image by Edmund Sumner

September has also seen the launch of Design Frontiers, a free group exhibition of over 30 leading designers at Somerset House, with the independent production created to coincide with the London Design Festival.

More information on visiting the London Design Festival is available at the official website.