Highlights from the London Design Festival, 2018
- 3 Oct '18
- 9:30 am by Nuriyah Johar
Earlier this month, the London Design Festival returned for its 16th edition with a loaded schedule that included the 2nd edition of London Design Biennale and the 10th anniversary of V&A Museum collaborations. Featuring around four hundred exhibits and spanning several locations across the capital, the festival celebrates and promotes London as the design capital of the world.
The week-long festival took place from the 15th to the 23rd September and saw some truly stunning installations. Internationally renowned set-designer Es Devlin and Google Arts & Culture came together to create a fifth fluorescent red lion to join the iconic four lion sculptures in Trafalgar Square. Danish fashion designer Henrik Vibskov’s The Onion Farm at V&A Museum comprised a tunnel reminiscent of an automatic car wash, featuring draping lights and fabric onions along the way for a whimsical experience – a contemporary contrast from the 15th-century textiles that surrounded the installation.
“London and Design go hand in hand. It is part of our story. London Design Festival is a platform for 100s of design stories to be told. Each of them talks to an expanding audience hungry for design ideas and enjoying the quality and diversity of what’s on offer. It all confirms London’s status as the global centre of design.” says Ben Evans, Director of the London Design Festival.
We scoured Instagram to find the most truly unique exhibits. They are not only visual delights, but are backed by strong concepts. Certain exhibits like the hot air balloon designed by Studio Loop.pH and the Full Spectrum installation by Flynn Talbot spring from inventive interactions between art and technology. The Alphabet exhibit by Kellenberger-White is playful yet clever. Here are our top Instagram picks from the magnanimous London Design Festival –