8 FizzPicks for making the most of the last weekend of London Design Festival 2017
BY SOPHIE DAVIES
With so many goodies up for grabs, London Design Festival can be bewildering. We've already shared some standout shows – from Camille Walala's rainbow-bright installation Villa Walala to Lee Broom's inky-black showroom, Bethan Gray's monochrome marquetry and designjunction's stylish smorgasbord. Here are 8 more of our top picks to help you navigate the final weekend of the city's biggest design bash, with all the exhibitions, events and experiences listed here wrapping up on Sunday 24 September, unless otherwise stated. Enjoy!
ABOVE: Captivating V&A installations include Flynn Talbot's experiential coloured light 'Reflection Room'; Ross Lovegrove's long folded textile 'Transmission' sculpture; and Petr Stanicky's glass-inspired 'Evocations' art works
Victoria & Albert Museum
Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London SW7
Once more the V&A is a humming hub of design activity, including a cluster of must-see creative commissions. Topping our wow list is London-based Australian lighting designer Flynn Talbot's mesmerising 'Reflection Room' installation, illuminating the arched, 35-metre-long Prince Consort Gallery. Viewers are immersed in shifting waves of Talbot's signature complementary orange and blue light, reflected via large, gloss black Barrisol panels. Welsh designer Ross Lovegrove's undulating, tactile 'Transmission' installation is a 21.3-metre fluid textile-sculpture formed from folds of Alcantara material in the Tapestries room. It looks vaguely monstrous and bodily, but its curious colour tones and textures riff on the heritage hunting tapestries hanging on the surrounding walls (on show until 8 October). Also look out for Czech glassmaker Petr Stanicky's 'Evocations' installation by the Glass & Ceramics Galleries, two sculptural racks holding light-filled vessels backdropped by city skyline views.
ABOVE: Customised chairs by Yinka Ilori created in collaboration with volunteer restorers for the Restoration Station auction; citizenM Shoreditch hotel's vibrant playground installation, inspired by Ilori's childhood memories of playing outdoors at his North London council estate
Restoration Station, 118 Shoreditch High Street, London E1
citizenM London Shoreditch, 6 Holywell Lane, London EC2
London-born designer Yinka Ilori has two eye-poppingly colourful projects brightening up town for #LDF17, channelling his Nigerian heritage. For Restoration Station x Yinka Ilori, he has collaborated with volunteer restorers at not-for-profit vintage furniture store Restoration Station in Shoreditch to upcycle pre-loved chairs in vibrant hues. Snap up the mood-boosting results at an online auction to support this enterprising addiction recovery charity (deadline midnight Tuesday 26 September, although the exhibition wraps this Sunday). Ilori has also designed public play zone 'Estate Playground' in the entrance of the 2016-launched citizenM London Shoreditch hotel, inspired by the bright patterns of West African textiles and growing up in a council estate as a child. What with Camille Walala's interactive inflatable 'Villa Walala' in Broadgate, we're seeing a trend exploring patterntastic play and creative community spaces for this year's festival.
ABOVE: Faye Toogood's graphic sandcast-aluminium 'Spade' chairs; Surreally beautiful styling at The Tradeshow, her exchange of work with UK designers including furniture, ceramics, art and installations
The Trade Show, The Garage, 1 North Terrace, London SW3
Inspiring British designer Faye Toogood is hosting The Trade Show in South Kensington, inviting 50 of the country's leading creatives to join her in a mutually supportive collaboration. Toogood gave each of them one of her signature 'Spade' chairs – created for this project in limited-edition sandcast-aluminium – and in return they traded a representative piece of their own work. On board are architects, artists, photographers and fashion stylists, as well as top-notch furniture designers including Max Lamb, studio Glithero, Michael Sodeau, Peter Marigold, Bethan Laura Wood and Tom Dixon. Their interactions with the chairs are captured in the beautifully realised show, alongside a surreal site-specific installation by food designers Arabeschi di Latte, drawing on folk-art superstitions.
ABOVE: Multi-disciplinary designer Bethan Laura Wood; The eccentric British talent's work is showcased by ONEROOM alongside diverse designs from Milan exhibited in a Victorian townhouse
ONEROOM x Bethan Laura Wood
9 French Place, London E1
Split over a four-floor Victorian warehouse in Shoreditch topped by an airy terrace, this atmospheric gallery show combines recent works by quirky British designer Bethan Laura Wood – known for her bold use of colour, pattern and texture across ceramics, lighting, furniture and fabrics – with a selection of design, objects and art from Milan. It's a collaboration between Wood and Shoreditch-based multidisciplinary design office ONEROOM, which delivers interiors, industrial and graphic design.
ABOVE: Design Frontiers' cutting-edge shows include Benjamin Hubert/LAYER's new 'Axyl' chairs and stools for Allermuir; Jaime Hayon and Jasper Morrison's menswear fashion label Jijibaba; and 'Materialise', wearable sports tech presented by Katie Greenyer of Pentland Brands
Somerset House, Strand, London WC2
Free group show Design Frontiers at Somerset House gathers more than 30 boundary-pushing international designers, from furniture to fashion and technology to textiles. Brit designer Benjamin Hubert of design agency LAYER is launching his 'Axyl' collection of sustainable chairs for Allermuir, sporting sinuous silhouettes in recycled and stackable aluminium and plastic. Hubert is also unveiling his lifestyle-focussed tech brand nolii, including sleek device chargers, global plugs and cable management. Spanish designer Jaime Hayon and UK star Jasper Morrison have joined forces to create new menswear range Jijibaba, launched here and at Dover Street Market. Featuring workwear jackets, cotton shirts and chinos, the 38-piece collection includes witty T-shirts and cardigans (sporting smiley faces), with the duo curating future contributions by art and design talents. Vitra and Fritz Hansen pieces furnish the apartment-style space. For wearable technology don't miss Materialise: The Big Studio and Pentland Brands, a red-hued installation spotlighting performance-enhancing sports kit and athleisure wear, from trainers to swimsuits and backpacks.
ABOVE: Miniature pots by Yuta Segawa at group showcase 'Ceramics in the City' at Hoxton's Geffrye Museum
Ceramics in the City
Geffrye Museum, 136 Kingsland Road, London E2
Lovers of the handmade who are potty about pottery will adore this annual selling show at the Geffrye Museum, with 'Ceramics in the City' showing work by 50 of the UK's leading ceramic artists. Buy direct from the makers, with user-friendly tableware and one-off craft pieces to tempt you. With ceramics embracing oriental influences, organic forms and kooky colour, you're bound to find your favourite; then wander this museum of domestic interiors with room sets displayed in a string of 18th-century almshouses flanked by herb and period gardens.
ABOVE: Posters by German graphic designer Otl Aicher promoting the alpine town of Isny Im Allgäu, part of the largest retrospective of his work ever shown in the UK
Otl Aicher's Isny
3 Tyers Gate, London SE1 (until 29 September)
If graphic design is your bag, knock yourself out at 'Otl Aicher's Isny', a fascinating exhibition hosted by design/brand consultancy dn&co at its Bermondsey gallery Ground Floor Space devoted to the work of the acclaimed German talent. Graphic designer Otl Aicher is best known for branding airline Lufthansa and the 1972 Munich Olympics, as well as founding the influential Ulm School of Design. This show explores the iconic design identity he devised in the 1970s for the small town of Isny Im Allgäu, an alpine tourist destination in southern Germany keen to plug its summer cycling and winter skiing. Aicher distilled the town into 120 pictograms – stark, black-and-white and pared back – expressing German Modernism at its best. We can't wait to order the limited-edition book launched to tie by sister company Place Press.
ABOVE: Pattern and colour rule as fashion duo Peter Pilotto bring creative collaborations with design and art world pals to a Victorian townhouse in South Kensington, including Martino Gamper's 'Arnold Circus' stools
Peter Pilotto's Townhouse Takeover
3 Cromwell Place, London SW7 (until 15 October)
Fashion, design and art walk hand in hand at Peter Pilotto's boho takeover of a three-storey Victorian townhouse in South Kensington for Brompton Design District. The East London-based duo behind the arty UK fashion label – Peter Pilotto and Christopher de Vos – display their wonderful womenswear (including the just-revealed Spring/Summer 18 collection), but have also brought their design scene pals on board. So Bethan Laura Wood provides pastel-hued glass lighting, furniture designer Martino Gamper creates colourful 'Arnold Circus' stools, glassblower Jochen Holz crafts jugs and vases, and artist Francis Upritchard and designer Max Lamb provide art works, including collaborations with the boys. Rugs, antiques, throws and vibrant painted walls hint at the pair's taste, giving an insight into their style and creative processes.
London Design Festival runs until this Sunday 24 September 2017, although select events may continue longer.