Every year, London’s most loved places get a makeover courtesy specially commissioned projects that mark the London Design Festival. Our coverage of the LDF starts with them.
One of the key objectives of the London Design Festival has been to take ‘design’ out of its privileged, haloed world of designers, collectors and aficionados and into the everyday man’s life. From creating new experiences in unexpected settings to taking over public places so that ‘design’ cannot be denied, this year’s commissions made us look at the world we know anew.
With a reflecting pool mirroring it’s sinuous curves, Zaha Hadid’s shimmering bridge at the V&A’s John Madejski Garden (in association with Melia Hotels) became the place to reflect over all the amazing design pieces on show at the V&A during LDF14. Two layers of eight-millimetre-thick aluminium were installed in-site and hydraulically bent into shape. Held in suspension via tension, the shiny object reflect the brick facades of its surroundings.
“Crest animates and engages with the V&A’s courtyard and we’re looking forward to seeing the installation inhabited and enjoyed by visitors.” Zaha Hadid.
A Place Called Home
AirBnB has redefined travel and living in manner that has made the world an even smaller place to live in. More importantly its very concept questions our notion of our living spaces; akin to what designers the world over do for their stylish breads. Designers Jasper Morrison, Raw Edges, Studioilse and PATTERNITY took to Trafalgar Square to understand what makes a home and more importantly, implore us to ask an important question. Is the home a sum of who and all that is in it? Or is it an emotional response?
Darlings of British Design, Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby‘s play on optics revealed V&A’s Raphael Gallery in a manner, for once the focus was not on the art pieces as much as what was seen reflected on the mirror installation conceived by the design-duo. In collaboration with BMW and Arup, two large reflector panels – each panel with a flat and convex surface – were suspended in the Gallery’s vaulted ceiling with mechanized pivots that swung independently. The distortion of Raphael’s works for once, eclipsed the originals.
“The dramatic scale and complexity of this commission makes an amazing opportunity for us to further explore themes of movement and performance.”