London Design Festival 2014 was once again crammed full of creative events across the capital. We didn't have the opportunity to see as much as we'd like as we were preparing for Decocrex. However here are a few snippets of design talent that bowled us over.
Artist, designer and inventor Dominic Wilcox explored the future of travel at the London Design Festival by designing a Stained Glass Driverless Sleeper Car, or Mini Cathedral for short. Covering the outer shell of the vehicle in fantastic, colourful, geometric stained glass patterns. What a wonderful way to travel around – bring on the Future!
“A Child’s Dream” charity project in Design Junction showed a magical room full of white balloons and colourful products. The space was created in partnership with two renowned British brands – Anglepoise and Ecrol, and involved 19 leading designers interpreting classic products. All the pieces were auctioned off for Teddy’s Wish, a charity supporting families and research into the causes behind SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome). Walking into the space through the balloons and coloured chairs felt like walking in a dreamy cloud with magical, floating patterned furniture. Loved it!
“A Place Called Home” took over Trafalgar Square, where 4 chosen artists and designers created an installation around the question “what makes a house a home?”. Jasper Morrison’s was a comical interpretation of a pigeon fancier’s house because, as he said, “who else would choose to live in Trafalgar Square?” Patternity, on the other hand, created a fun and striking installation that reflected the surroundings around through repeating pattern. Both the inside and the outside showed large kaleidoscopic prints whilst visitors could spin a wheel to reveal optical illusions created through refracted light. A beautiful and unique outlook on the surroundings of Trafalgar Square!
David David’s eye-catching work could be seen at both Design Junction and in the Exhibition Road tunnel to the V&A Museum. More than 1,700 custom-made printed tiles were used to complete this installation! Islamic geometrics and traditional British Design inspired this collaboration between Johnson Tiles and David David. The London Design Festival is always one of the most important dates in the design calendar and we reckon that this colourful installation, known as ‘Carousel Wall', was one of this years most exciting and dazzling exhibits.