Somerset House is a hotbed of inspiration at London Design Festival 2015. Here are five of our must-sees...
BY SOPHIE DAVIES
Historic, riverside Somerset House is a major new destination for London Design Festival 2015. More usually associated with London Fashion Week, it will present a flock of exciting design exhibits for LDF15 from 21 to 27 September, including 'Ten Designers in the West Wing' showcasing BarberOsgerby, Nendo and Ross Lovegrove among others, plus other inspiring shows. We suggest you take a spin around all of them, but these five are our FizzPicks...
The Drawing Room by Faye Toogood
UK designer Faye Toogood's evocative take on a traditional English drawing room riffs on genteel styling to create a relaxed country house vibe. We often describe interiors as graphic, but these really are, with decor reimagined through charcoal sketches on walls, drawn on translucent plastic sheets. Toogood's sculptural 'Roly-Poly' furniture in charcoal-hued fibreglass beckons for lounging, flanked by quirky cardboard farm animals. To experience Toogood's Kvadrat coats, visit her immersive V&A installation The Cloakroom.
Connected by Pattern by PATTERNITY with Paperless Post
It's a monochrome, geometric pattern riot at 'Connected by Pattern', a bold black-and-white installation by London duo PATTERNITY with New York's Paperless Post. Ten invitations connect visitors with this party-ready space, allowing you to immerse yourself in the interior and connect with others, while discovering new patterns. We think it's a perfect Expressionist playground!
The Wave by Alex Rasmussen for Neal Feay
Surfing takes on a whole new meaning at 'The Wave' installation by Santa Barbara designer Alex Rasmussen. Reflecting the bewitching blue shades of the Pacific Ocean, it's made of more than 700 anodised aluminium panels, invisibly linked to form a structural swell. Fabricated by his factory Neal Feay, this mesmerising modular design was sent to London by FedEx!
My Grandfather's Tree by Max Lamb for Gallery FUMI
The most touching installation at Somerset House is Brit designer Max Lamb's 'My Grandfather's Tree', which sees his grandpa's ash tree repurposed as quirky furniture. In association with London's Gallery FUMI, it not only showcases incredible textures and forms, but also powerful emotions and relationships. The tree once stood proudly beside his grandfather's farm cottage in Yorkshire, before it died and began to rot. Lamb cut it down recently for safety reasons, but determined to give it an afterlife, preserving as much of the original, natural form as possible to craft stools, chairs and tables. Hewn into 130 logs, its 187 annual growth rings are still visible.
Transition; Warm/Wet by Arik Levy with Tabanlioglu Architects
French designer Arik Levy's 'FractalCloudWarm' sculpture creates a dazzling white sunshine effect with a cluster of LED light shards on the ceiling. It's part of 'Transition; Warm/Wet' by Levy with Istanbul-based Tabanlioglu Architects, a fusion of art and architecture exploring contrasts between light and solid, warm and cold, and dry and wet – another atmospheric encounter that ensures Somerset House keeps jaws dropping.