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Our top picks for this year’s London Design Festival

Posted at 12:00 pm, September 14, 2012 in Arts & Entertainment
Bench of Plates by AL_A for The Bench Years at the V&A - courtesy V&A

While the glamour elite converge upon the catwalks of Fashion Week, London Design Festival is celebrating its 10th year with hundreds of exhibitions, talks and new products; so many in fact, that it’s enough to send your head spinning. To help you get to grips with the next 7 days, we’ve picked a few of the events we’re really excited about.

domesticMATTERS at Contemporary Applied Arts

domesticMATTERS courtesy Contemporary Applied Arts

Step back in time in this imagined recreation of a modernist furniture collector’s home, forming a link between the tenets underpinning modernist design and the concerns of modern-day craftspeople.

 London Design Festival at the V&A

Mimicry Chairs by Nendo at the V&A - courtesy LDF/V&A

As the main hub of the festival, the V&A will host installations, exhibitions and events throughout the building. From chairs that mimic their environment to clouds of primary colours in illuminated tanks of water, there’s bound to be something to get your imagination running.

B&B Italia Talk – Thursday 20th September 2012, 6-8pm

B&B Italia

Can the current appetite in European design be the answer to our uncertain fiscal future? A panel of experts discuss the role of design, manufacturing and innovation and how they can help us out of the current recession.

SOUND PORTAL / Trafalgar Square.

Sound Portal

The large black structure which is situated in Trafalgar Square provides an acoustically-isolated sound installation space, with performances from a range of artists that promises to be a complete contrast to the hustle and bustle of the London tourist site.

Luminosity at The Dock

Luminosity at The Dock

Every year, Tom Dixon transforms his waterside shop into an exhibition area. This year’s exhibition won’t just be launching Dixon’s Lustre collection, but will also feature  the designs from three prominent lighting designers.

For more info on this year’s London Design Festival, see timeout.com. You can download the full festival programme here.

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