London Design Festival kicked off on Saturday and runs through the 27th. This annual event is held to celebrate and promote London and the creative community. Stay tuned this week as I highlight some of the key designers and installations.
The design of public spaces and art installations is a practice developed in order to contribute strategically to enhance attractiveness and the image and identity of a city. It brings together all disciplines of the arts to create this design in the urban environment. Below are just a few art installations and public space designs from this year at London Design Festival.
Charles Pétillon, a french artist, presents Heartbeat at this year's London Design Festival. This is his first every public art installation, consisting of 100,000 giant white balloons. The balloons stretch for 54 metres in length and 12 metros in width in the grand interior of the 19th Century Market Building in Covent Garden. The balloons incorporate gentle pulsating white light which symbolized the beating of a heart and reflects the history, energy and dynamism of the district.
London-based Studio Toogood has created this two-part installation titled The Cloakroom, for London Design Festival. The installation was created in collaboration between Faye Toogood, known for her sculptural furniture and her sister Erica a pattern cutter. The installation is about uniting both of their background. Consisting of 150 oversized foam coats, visitors are to wear these coats while following a trail around the museum. Inside the coats are giant labels that detach to reveal a map of the route around the installation. Along the route are 10 sculptures of the same coat crafted in materials that reflect their position in the museum. Marble, wood and rivets are among the selection used for the pieces.
Part of an ongoing collaboration, "Small Discoveries" between boutique champagne house Perrier-Jouët and Austrian design duo mischer'traxler, Curiosity Cloud celebrates moments in nature and how people interact with the natural world. Inspired by the Art Nouveau movement and traditional use of insect motifs throughout this period, the installation consists of 250 mouth-blown glass globes each con tainting a single hand-fabricated insect. From a distance, the insects are quiet and calm. A few move and emit a soft glowing light. As visitors approach the installation, the insects come to life—moving rapidly and emitting trilling noises as they collide with the glass.
Momentum by Fredrikson Stallard is a celebration of the experimental and the rigorous, the unique versus the mass produced. The new works span across the realms of furniture, sculpture, product and print, with one off, edition and transitory pieces.