Our London Design Festival 2019 preview: Outdoor installations
The upcoming edition of the London Design Festival will take place between 14-22 September. To help our readers decide which projects to visit, here are some of our picks for the event’s outdoors offerings.
[+] ADAM NATHANIEL FURMAN’S PADDINGTON PYRAMID
Frame Awards 2020 jury member Adam Nathaniel Furman is unveiling a 14-metre-high pyramid in the middle of Paddington Central that doubles as a break-out area.
Location: Paddington Central
[+] PATTERNITY’S LIFE LABYRINTH
Patternity’s bold monochrome maze is both a destination for quiet contemplation within a guided walking experience. The Life Labyrinth is a space meant to heal the senses: the creative studio took inspiration from the healing principles of harmony and glow.
Location: Westminster Cathedral
[+] MARTINO GAMPER’S DISCO CARBONARA
Martino Gamper’s proposal for King’s Cross is Disco Carbonara, the false façade of a discotheque featuring traditional cladding from the Dolomites. In the designer’s words, it’s a contemporary Potemkin village.
Location: Coal Drops Yard
[+] PAUL COCKSEDGE’S PLEASE BE SEATED
London’s largest pedestrianised neighbourhood will host a large-scale structure by Paul Cocksedge that responds to the changing rhythm of those who walk through London. Titled Please Be Seated, the scaffolding planks invite people to sit or walk under the installation.
Location: Finsbury Avenue Square
[+] CAMILLE WALALA’S LOUNGE
Camille Walala is transforming an entire street in Mayfair into a public living room. Throughout its pedestrianised 200 metres, the designer is offering a Lounge made up of a set of 11 benches where passersby can sit, rest and socialise.
Location: South Molton Street
[+] KENGO KUMA’S WEAVING INTO LIGHTNESS
Kengo Kuma’s Bamboo Ring: Weaving into Lightness is an experiment where the plant-based material comes into contact with carbon fibre to create a large-scale doughnut-like structure. In Kuma’s words, it is ‘an exploration of pliancy, precision, lightness and strength.’
Location: The John Madjeski Garden at the Victoria & Albert Museum
[+] THE NON-PAVILION AT THE V&A
Studio MiCat, There Projects and Proud Studio present a series of Augmented Reality proposals that respond to the concept of degrowth within the context of installation design. As the group of curators asks, ‘can design help identify and promote societal values for the 21st century and advance a sustainable, prosperous and fulfilling human existence?’
Location: The Sackler Courtyard at the Victoria & Albert Museum
[+] MUSICITY x LOW LINE
Musicity x Low Line invited a group of sound artists to create 15 site-specific geotagged tracks within the local spaces that inspired them: the Victorian railways viaducts that form the Low Line.
Location: Bankside, London Bridge and Bermondsey