Armed with our London Design Festival map and the most comfortable shoes we own, the Retail Focus team pounded the streets of London in search of this year's London Design Festival delights. First stop was the V&A to discover a number of interactive installations.
Beatie Wolfe: The Art of Music in the Digital Age
Musician and technology innovator Beatie Wolfe is presenting a series of album innovations that explore what design for music can mean in the digital age. We entered a chamber and immersed ourselves in the experience, listening to a vinyl record playing whilst watching augmented reality animations that brought to life the album's artwork and lyrics.
Pentagram X 14-18 NOW: Dazzle
LDF has collaborated with 14-18 NOW, the UK's art programme for the First World War cetenary on a commissioned project inspired by the war. The installation is inspired by the ideal of 'dazzle', a camoflauge painted onto the surface of ships, and Pentagram has taken it one step further from a purely graphic origin into a typographic exploration. Look closely at the graphics to see if you can spot the various wording.
Henrik Vibskov: The Onion Farm
A truly wonderful installation by Danish fashion designer Henrik Vibskov in the V&A's Tapestries Gallery, a long, narrow room kept dark to preserve the historical pieces. the dimmed lighting inspired the idea of growing something in the dark, as if underground. The 25m-long Onion Farm invites visitors to walk through and touch the industrial, colourful brushes and red textile ‘onions’ that are hanging and growing from the structure.
Arvo Pärt x Arup: Memory & Light
Composer Arvo Pärt and Arup have collaborated on Memory & Light, curated by Clare Farrow in the V&A’s Norfolk House Music Room. This installation is a unique meeting of music and design, inspired by Arvo Pärt’s words. Take a seat, put on the headphones and sit back in front of the prism of colours.
London Design Festival has collaborated with Waugh Thistleton Architects, the American Hardwood Export Council and ARUP to create MultiPly, an interactive modular maze-like installation in The Sackler Courtyard at the V&A.
Fortnum & Mason - Time For Tea by Scholten & Baijings
Fortnum & Mason in Piccadilly is celebrating tea in all its glory with Time For Tea by Scholten & Baijings. Using more than 80 products, designed by companies from across the globe, the installation delivers a unique take on the ritual of tea, set across a series of tables.
Tom Dixon - ELECTROANALOGUE
At his new home at Coal Drops Yard in King's Cross, designer Tom Dixon is hosting ELECTROANALOGUE, a gathering of digital innovations. In collaboration with friends and partners Bill Amberg Studio, Teenage Engineering, Ege carpets, Spiritland, Formica and Kirkby Design, ELECTROANALOGUE will explore the impact of digital technology through a diverse range of installations and events. The installation stimulates the senses through interactive experiences in sight, sound and touch.
Head Above Water by Steuart Padwick
Over on the Southbank, Designjunction includes an installation called Head Above Water by Steuart Padwick. The 8m-high installation is sited on the Southbank at Queen’s Stone Jetty (aka Gabriel’s Pier).
River Island Home pop-up
We also stopped by River Island's Home pop-up, which is only open for three days in celebration of the retailer's new homeware launch. A beautiful townhouse in Soho Square has been taken over by River Island, with various roomsets to showcase the new collection.
To find out more about London Design Festival, visit www.londondesignfestival.com