highlights from the london design festival, 2018

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 –


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🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈 My installation Full Spectrum is now open to the public at @somersethouse. The project is the Australia Pavilion at the @london_design_biennale and responds to this years theme of Emotional States. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Last year, while looking for a positive way to represent Australia, same-sex marriage was legalised and I was so moved by the new tangible feeling of love in the air that I wanted to celebrate it with my latest work. #tactile #immersive ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📷 by the amazing @markcocksedge ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ HUGE thanks to my sponsors @dfat, #AustralianHighCommissionUK @minderoofoundation @aceagrams. Custom lighting & support @crescent_lighting. Further support @lightingoptionsaustralia @mondoluce_wa #light #lightinspired #lightinstallation

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Pentagram partner Domenic Lippa has collaborated with arts programme @1418now to transform the V&A’s Creative Studio into a typographic exploration of Dazzle, an experimental camouflage that was painted onto the surface of ships during the First World War. Link in bio. . Dazzle camouflage was a technique pioneered by British artist Norman Wilkinson during the First World War, drawing on avant-garde artistic movements such as Cubism and Vorticism, as well as animal camouflage. The installation draws on Wilkinson’s original design, and uses abstracted words and letterforms taken from Wilfrid Wilson Gibson’s war poem Suspense. . 📷 @studiostagg . #typography #typedesign #exhibitiondesign #graphicdesign #ldf18 #letterforms #exhibitiondesign #cubism #vorticism

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Introducing Omni Drips by @timorous_beasties. Developed from an elaborate damask pattern, but adding layers of scanned artwork, so the damask bursts out of the blotches, splatters and marbling effects created at the Timorous Beasties print studio. Printed on the finest leather by yours truly. ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Our full printed leather collection will be on dispay as part of ELECTROANALOGUE at Tom Dixon's HQ for the duration of @l_d_f_official 2018. #billambergprint #timorousbeasties #collaboration #colour #ldf18 #londondesignfestival #printedleather #leather #billamberg #billambergstudio

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Nuriyah Johar is a Mumbai-based content writer. Armed with a Bachelor’s Degree in Literature and a Diploma in Interior Design, she wishes to explore the path of writing about art and design. Nuriyah loves pop culture and spends most of her time watching Shark Tank reruns.