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Skimming the surface of London Design Festival

Posted on September 25th 2015

This week London is full to the brim with amazing examples of contemporary design across all disciplines. Exploring everything London Design Festival has to offer would be a full time job, so with just a few hours to spare the Very Own Studio team skipped across London, from the east end to the V&A.

Our graphic design highlight was the Equals Present! Exhibition of A2 prints designed by 64 graphic designers from around the world to raise funds for Indian charity Angel House. A great example of design for social good in action, with 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the prints going to Angel House to help them build a 12 child home in India.

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At the V&A our two stand-out pieces were both around individual parts making a whole. The Tower of Babel by ceramic artist Barnaby Barford is an impressive 6 metre tall tower made up of 3,000 individually crafted bone china representations of London shops. Rising from derelict shops around the base, to exclusive boutiques at the peak, it is an effective, witty comment on our consumer culture. By contrast, Curiosity Cloud by design duo mischer’traxler is an observation on our relationship to nature. According to the blurb, the interactive installation is intended to be seen as quiet and calm from a distance, coming to life as visitors approach… in reality, it was such a popular piece there was a constant, immersive flickering and noisy buzz as 250 glass globes light up, each with a small handcrafted insect flitting around inside it. Inspired by the Art Nouveau period, the decadence of the piece was a neat juxtaposition to the commercial, downtrodden little shops seen in the Tower of Babel.

What’s your experience of #LDF15? We’d love to hear your recommendations before the fun is over…

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