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The Huge Success of the London Design Festival

Bocci chandelier at Victoria & Albert Museum's experts

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One week ago the the London Design Festival 2013 has closed its doors. Many companies have been present with their works of art and in many areas of the city. More than 300 events have been organised to celebrate the best of design, strengthening the status of London as one of the main centres in the world for creativity and innovation.

Let's start this panoramic tour to remember the highlights of this wonderful festival 

Among the news, there is Endless Stair, a huge structure inspired by MC Escher's surreal stairs, that has been placed on the lawn in front of the Tate Modern, overlooking the River Thames. Designed by Alex de Rijke, Dean of Architecture at the Royal College of Art, Endless Stair consists of a series of interlocking giant stairs, sponsored by the American Hardwood Export Council, with 187 steps, and it will be on display to the public (free of charge) until 10th of October.

endless stairs, london design festival

The London Design Festival continues its collaboration with Victoria and Albert Museum which only in 2012 received more than 111,000 people during the10 days of the Festival, recording a of the most intense weeks in the history of the museum. The V&A also hosts a wide range of installations, events, conferences and workshops.

This yeare a new collaboraton has been established with Swarovski and 14 influential designers have been challenged on the following topic God is in the Details. Each designer had to select an object from the huge collections of the V & A, and place it inside the museum, offering visitors the opportunity to look at it through special Swarovski lenses. Among the designers who participated in the project are: Faye Toogood, Amanda Levete, Tom Dixon, Paul Cocksedge and many others.

swaroski, london design festival

This year, Designjunction has created Lightjunction, an area dedicated to decorative lighting which has gathered the most important lighting projects from around the world. Lightjunction has hosted many important lighting brands including Artemide, Vitamin, Vibia, Sharon Marston and Flos.

Among all, the most outstanding one has been the French brand Ligne Roset, producing furniture, lighting and accessories for home. On this occasion, Ligne Roset has presented the works of emerging designers, including the new installations by Benjamin Hubert.


ligne roset, ceramic lamp

Perfectly set in the vibrant area of Brick Lane, Tent London has confirmed of being one of the main poles of attraction for the week of the London Design Festival. For 2013, the event (at its seventh edition) has been back to its old home, the Old Truman Brewery, the the hipster area, perfectly congenial for this type of event.

The exhibition here has expertly alternated national and international guests, and has dedicated a lot of space to young designers. Who came out disappointed from the100% design area, which turned out to be more like a fair than an exhibition, has certainly regained by spending a half day at the Tent, where there was no risk of getting bored.

It was possible to see the designers in action while creating the works than exhibited.

Among the many European talents: Vera & Kyte, Atelier Violeta Galan, Grand, Oree, Philipp Aduatz and Tokyo. Experimental materials, self-production, young brands and a perfect environment, in the true heart of London.  

tent london 2013

Finally, an element of the Festival that caught many people's attention has been the huge magical pendant lamp installed in the atrium of the Victoria & Albert Museum. The Canadian company Bocci has created for the occasion a chandelier (main picture and below) made of 280 colourful hand-blown glass globes and copper filaments. The work, titled 28,280 and designed by Omer Arbel, was created so that it could be lowered from the ceiling of the gallery (at about 100 ft) to the first floor through the large hole situated in the centre of the Museum's main hall. The 280 pendants are the result of a complex manufacturing technique of blown glass in which a pressure of air is introduced and then removed while the matrix is intermittently heated and rapidly cooled. The result is a distorted spherical shape, ready to accommodate light sources.

Bocci chandelier at Victoria & Albert Museum
Fri, 27/09/2013 - 15:10
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