Northern Design Festival 2017

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This year's Northern Design Festival in the North of England champions good design, from furniture to graphics and material innovation

BY SOPHIE DAVIES

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Forget Geordie Shore! For exciting action up north, head to the UK's Northern Design Festival, celebrating inspiring design at six venues across Newcastle and Gateshead. Running from 3 to 8 November, the annual showcase includes 50-plus designers, nine exhibitions, installations, talks and tours, taking in products, furniture, lighting, textiles, ceramics, fashion, graphic design, illustration and architecture. 2017's theme is 'Material Matters', explored by a host of northern, national and international talents, with special commissions from designers and artists.

Major one-day symposium Design NOW kicks things off on Friday 3 November, attracting big-name speakers including Lancashire-born, Leeds-trained graphic artist, printmaker and designer Anthony Burrill, whose clients include Google, Apple, Hermès and London's Design Museum. Alongside established talent, you'll find emerging names, with shows such as 'Chairs and Lamps' presenting prototypes by five second-year students from Northumbria University's BA (Hons) 3D Design programme. 

Keen to join industry insiders on the design trail? The festival's exhibition hub is at historic venue The Assembly House on Newcastle's Watergate Road, alongside nearby Cooper's Studios. Here are six FizzPicks to get you started... 

ABOVE: Graphic design exhibition 'Unforsaken (Part 1)' was conceived by Jimmy Turrell, who worked on Beck's video (still, shown)
ABOVE RIGHT: 'Wireless' lamp by Georgina Heighton for student exhibition 'Chairs and Lamps' at The Assembly House


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UNFORSAKEN (PART 1)
The Assembly House, 55 Westgate Road, Newcastle

Graphic artist and director Jimmy Turrell, who has worked with Adidas, Beck and The Guardian, will present exhibition 'Unforsaken (Part 1)', which explores beauty found in unexpected places. In 2016, Turrell rescued a job lot of 1,000 vintage books and objects from eBay, before using them as a base for screenprinting, drawing and painting. Discarded and forgotten materials, from ski manuals to scrapbooks of the Norwegian royals, are salvaged with style.

ABOVE: UK graphic designer Jimmy Turrell's vinyl record and cover design for Beck's new album 'Colors'


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DANIEL SCHOFIELD
The Assembly House, 55 Westgate Road, Newcastle

Up-and-coming UK design talent Daniel Schofield – who has bagged an award from Elle Decoration magazine – gets a solo show and a chance to share new work, from furniture to lighting and accessories. Warwickshire-born, Sheffield-trained Schofield has previously collaborated with top British brands Benchmark, Conran and Skandium, and his simple, contemporary pieces draw on materials from brass and oak to enamelled volcanic stone, paring forms back to chic essentials. He has a background in both graphic design and carpentry, and it shows.

ABOVE: Young British design talent Daniel Schofield will present new work at The Assembly House


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AURORA
The Assembly House, 55 Westgate Road, Newcastle

Known for innovative surface materials, sculptures and architectural works, Giles Miller has crafted a new installation – 'Aurora' – for the festival. Past clients of the London studio include Stella McCartney and the V&A, with creations involving a mix of high-tech and the handmade. A 'composer of materials', Miller took inspiration from the Northern Lights for his latest piece, which incorporates around 2,000 mirror-finish, stainless steel 'pennies', suspended within a structural lattice, designed to harness diverse reflections while still being visually permeable.

ABOVE: Giles Miller's dramatic new 'Aurora' installation, a sculptural lattice of mirror-finish, stainless steel discs throwing out reflections


ART ON PAPER SINCE 1885
The Assembly House, 55 Westgate Road, Newcastle

Discover iconic printed designs from the G . F Smith archives at 'Art on Paper since 1885', including work by influential contributors Saul Bass, Milton Glaser and Paul Rand. Founded in 1885 as a paper merchants, the Hull- and London-based British firm has a legacy of creative collaborations with graphic designers, artists and photographers, with promotional and marketing materials under the spotlight here. Names in the frame include Made ThoughtStudio Makgill and SEA.

ABOVE: Printed works, spanning promotional and marketing materials, from 'Art on Paper since 1885' showcasing the G . F Smith back catalogue


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NEW BOOSBECK
Part of a growing movement committed to social design and enterprise, New Boosbeck helps the unemployed, community groups and public to build furniture, with more than 130 people gaining valuable work experience and skills to date. Led by artist Adam Clarke, and inspired by Boosbeck Industries, a 1930s initiative to tackle unemployment with creativity, it produce bespoke pieces for sale. Check out the results here.

ABOVE: A wooden chair created by members of social enterprise group New Boosbeck, celebrated at Northern Design Festival


DESIGN SOURCE
Selling show Design Source is your go-to for a spot of design shopping, with furniture, lighting, products, ceramics, wallpaper, textiles, and jewellery from across the North of England. Selected by industry experts, designers involved include Deadgood, Nick James, North Sea Collaborations and Susi Bellamy. There's also a Pop-Up Shop. 

ABOVE: Selling show Design Source includes work by northern talents Deadgood ('Bute' armchair), Susi Bellamy (cushions, lampshade, ottoman and wallpaper), Godfrey Syrett ('Low Ken' stools and circular 'Harry' table), Nick James (lamp base) and Dove Street Pottery (bowls and jug); European oak 'Fluted' cabinet by Nick James, with fluted doors and drawer fronts; Handmade 'Oak' bench with subtle curves and rounded corners by Nick James; 'Working' table, 'Setter' chairs and 'Pop' rug by Deadgood

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Northern Design Festival 2017 runs from 3 to 8 November 2017. All the events listed here are on show at The Assembly House, 55 Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, (entry £2.50; see website for opening hours, and other events at alternative festival venues).

Pictures: Sasa Savic, Guy Archard

LDF 2017 – 5 FizzPicks for London Design Fair

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5 top tips for London Design Fair, which takes over East London's Old Truman Brewery this weekend...

BY SOPHIE DAVIES

Hanging out at London Design Fair is pretty much our idea of the perfect Sunday. Spend your day perusing emerging and established design talent in and around East London's Old Truman Brewery, before chilling out at one of Brick Lane's bars, cafes or curry houses. One of our key pit stops for London Design Festival, this sprawling event hosts a huge selection of exhibitors, ticking the boxes from furniture to lighting and accessories.

So where to start? Always worth a look are the Country Pavilions, which offer group shows celebrating the best of national design from Sweden to Portugal, the Netherlands to Finland, Poland to South Korea, and beyond. You'll also discover special Features at the fair, from themed exhibits to material galleries and one-off collaborations. For a mix of inspiring designs, kick off with these five FizzPicks...


TOP: Design hunters can satisfy their curiosity at 2017's London Design Fair at Old Truman Brewery
ABOVE: Handmade with 100% cotton textiles, Mijo Studio's interactive 'Aio' seating encourages users to create different compositions

Mijo Studio (stand E23, Hall T1)
Devotees of bold pattern and colour, painterly prints and contemporary textiles will love the work of Mijo Studio. Based in Copenhagen, the Danish-Norwegian design duo – Miranda Tengs Brun and Josefine Gilbert – have brought their interactive 'Aio' seating to London Design Fair, which started life as a playful experiment into the relationship between patterns and shapes. Turn and flip the elements of this foam seat, with jaunty printed cotton upholstery, to create fresh compositions. Scandi chic.


ABOVE: Flyte's levitating products include the 'Flyte' light and 'Lyfe' planter, which both float in the air; A video showing the 'Flyte' light in action

Flyte (stand L05, Hall T3-C)
An innovation company specialising in home decor and lighting products, Swedish brand Flyte, founded by Simon Morris, launches a minimal light and vase flaunting magnetic magic! Both the 'Flyte' light bulb and the 'Lyfe' planter float in the air, levitating, 'setting the design free'. 'Flyte' draws power wirelessly from the base below while twirling around in mid-air, using induction rather than batteries. 'Lyfe' harnesses maglev ('magnetic levitation') technology, with a custom-shaped magnet pushing up against an electromagnetic base causing the planter to levitate in a zero-gravity growing system. See Flyte's site for more on how these magnetic fields work, or just enjoy the mystery!


ABOVE: Liga Studio's multifunctional 'Liga' series of storage boxes/occasional tables combines ombré pattern, fluoro colour and an unusual ligature detail for a hinge

Liga Studio (stand F33, Hall T1)
Storage gets sexy thanks to new French company Liga Studio, which has unveiled gorgeous ombré 'Liga' tables/storage units for London Design Fair. Run by creative duo Pierre Alexandre Cesbron (ENSCI) and Matthieu Muller (Design Academy Eindhoven), the brand's range of storage furniture includes a box, a bedside and a coffee table. It's the colour gradients that give these sleek contemporary designs star quality, as well as unusual details such as the ligature linking the top and bottom, acting as a hinge.


ABOVE: British Craft Pavilion's showcase includes ash and leather easy chairs by Will Elworthy Furniture; handmade porcelain vessels by Linda Bloomfield; wallpaper murals by Louise Body; stoneware platters by Kana London; and Tanya McCallin's finely thrown bowls in black stoneware and earthenware

British Craft Pavilion
Looking good this year is the British Craft Pavilion, an innovative selection of around 40 UK makers across diverse craft disciplines, curated by Hole & Corner magazine. Furniture, ceramics, textiles, wood, and work in lacquer, leather, metal, and concrete are among the diverse media explored in this striking show, where the handmade rules.


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ABOVE: Graphic lighting by Earnest Studio is a highlight on the USA: Guest Country stand

USA: Guest Country (Stand 10, Hall S3)
Curated by Sight Unseen, this inspiring assembly of 13 American-born or -based design practices includes minimal lighting by Earnest Studio, modernist-inspired furniture by California's Eric Trine, quirky sculptural lighting by Chicago's Steven Haulenbeek, and gorgeous, light-refracting glass objects by Seattle-based John Hogan. Don't miss Brooklyn/Seattle's Ladies & Gentlemen Studio, known for playful furniture, jewellery and lighting creations. Born in the USA...

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London Design Fair is at Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London E1 from 16 to 24 September 2017, including public days at the weekend. For visitor and ticket details click here.

LDF 2017 – 6 FizzPicks for designjunction

Six must-sees at designjunction, taking over King's Cross Creative Quarter this week for London Design Festival 

BY SOPHIE DAVIES

Designjunction 2017 is up and running, with a myriad of contemporary furniture, design and lighting brands strutting their stuff as part of the London Design Festival until this Sunday 24 September. We've already shared our guides to the wider King's Cross Creative Quarter and previewed designjunction's show areas, as well as highlighting Welsh talent Bethan Gray's fantastic new launches for #djKX at Cubitt House (stand A7). Below are six more FizzPicks to help you navigate this year's fair...


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TOP: This year's Designjunction will showcase product launches by Another Country, Bethan Gray and Very Good & Proper (on stands A1, A7 and A15 respectively at Cubitt House)
ABOVE: Danish furniture firm Fredericia's impressive collection includes 'The Spanish Chair' in oak and leather, designed in 1958 by iconic Dane Børge Mogensen 

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Cubitt House (A13)
Showcasing a century of craftsmanship, Danish brand Fredericia will be launching high-quality furniture ranges, including the 'Acme' and 'Verve' chair series by duo Geckeler Michels, and its eye-catching 'Barbry' collection of occasional tables and stools by Aurélien Barbry. The family-owned brand, founded in 1911, commissions contemporary pieces from a pool of international talent, as well as representing the mid-century modern work of iconic Danish designers including Børge Mogensen, drawing on tactile woods and sculptural shapes.


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ABOVE: Marset's friendly, portable 'Bicoca' light features a tilting shade, and comes in off-white, pale pink, red wine, yellow, light blue and anthracite

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Cubitt House (B11)
Family-run Spanish lighting brand Marset will be flaunting its latest innovative contemporary designs, including colourful, light-weight task light 'Bicoca' by Christophe Mathieu, launched in 2017. Made of polycarbonate in a range of quirky hues, it features a sleek geometric shape and tiltable shade. Three additional accessories allow you to fix it to walls, attach it to chair armrests, sofa backs and headboards, or secure it to a table, making 'Bicoca' your portable pal.


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ABOVE: Covetable Daniel Emma designs will be on sale in The Canopy, such as the curvy 'Anna' vase, polished brass 'Hex' paperweight, 'Field x Daniel Emma' bookends, and perky pink 'Soft Chair'

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Swing by shopping zone The Canopy to snap up buyable designs by Daniel Emma, an Adelaide duo known for graphic shapes, popping colours, and quirky wit. The couple (aka Daniel To and Emma Aiston) founded their studio in 2008 and are passionate about industrial design, having created accessories, lighting, seating and outdoor furniture, with both in-house collections and collaborations with respected brands.


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ABOVE: Limited edition, experimental 'Splatware' ceramics, including colourful plates and cups, by the UK's Granby Workshop and Assemble, funded and released via Kickstarter

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A growing force within the world of design, Kickstarter has become one of the key ways new talents can fundraise to bring creative projects to life. For designjunction 2017, they'll be teaming up with Liverpool-based Granby Workshop (which makes architectural ceramics) and Assemble (a Turner Prize-winning design collective), who will showcase their latest product range 'Splatware' in The Canopy in an immersive cafe. Enjoy snacks and drinks on the quirky plates and cups, crafted by combining different coloured clay in a massive 60-tonne industrial press. The multi-coloured, ceramic tableware will be available exclusively via Granby Workshop's Kickstarter campaign. You'll spy more Kickstarter designers around designjunction, as well as elsewhere across the wider London Design Festival.


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ABOVE: Expect to see intriguing new work by Middle Eastern designers at the contemporary Dubai Design District (d3) space in Granary Square

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Granary Square (G6)

Showcasing 18 emerging designers and artists, Dubai Design District's 'Middle East: Design Now!' exhibition is its designjunction debut, shining a light on a region underrepresented on the world scene. Curated by Suzanne Trocmé, highlights include Ghassan Salameh's multi-legged, arthropod 'Memory' lamp' and Aljoud Lootah's marble 'Unfolding Unity Stool'. Expect fresh aesthetics, materials and directions beyond the clichéd bling within d3's ultra-modern pod in Granary Square, with talent on display from the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco.


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ABOVE: Skandium's two Danish brands on display at designjunction's Cubitt Park include established furniture firm Skagerak

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Cubitt Park (P4)
The ever-fabulous Skandium, London's premium purveyor of all things Scandi, will be sharing new accessories by established ceramics brand Kähler, as well as fresh furniture collections by Skagerak, drawing on traditional materials and craftsmanship. Both brands are Danish, and perfect for creating a hygge home. You can also see Skagerak's covetable outdoor furniture in the garden of the Skandium Townhouse (31 Thurloe Place, South Kensington), a new four-storey retail space christened with an in-store installation by designers GamFratesi for Danish lighting stalwart Louis Poulsen (until Sunday 24 September).
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Designjunction is at 1 Granary Square, King's Cross, London N1 until Sunday 24 September 2017; see our home page for ticket registration or click here for more visitor details

LDF 2016 – 10 Fab FizzPicks

With eye-popping numbers of events, it pays to plan your time at London Design Festival carefully. Here are 10 fab FizzPicks for #LDF16

BY SOPHIE DAVIES

A black-and-white climbing wall, a barge full of interior accessories or an architectural 'megatube' shaped like a smile... 2016's London Design Festival really does have something for everyone, with plenty of fresh creations to blow your mind.

With hundreds of events, and thousands of designs, up for grabs before the festival wraps this Sunday 25 September, #LDF16 is nothing if not intense. The art is to be prepared, hone your hit list, take a tote and ditch those heels (and yes, you may need a few prosecco refuelling stops!). Here are 10 hot design destinations to wet your whistle, but keep an eye on our Instagram feed for more inspiring #FizzPicks.

Whether you're keen to see furniture, fabrics or lighting, design or craft, emerging local talent or established international names, we've got a savvy selection for you. From box-fresh showrooms to vibrant street art, and radical scent design to eco-friendly oases in the city, here's to discovering the unexpected. This year's London Design Festival visual identity branding, by Pentagram, 'celebrates what often goes unnoticed, highlighting detail'. We'll drink to that...

ABOVE: Design fans snap 'Sculpting Scent', a show by Zuzu Mengham and Laboratory Perfumes at The Conran Shop, Marylebone
ABOVE RIGHT: Pentagram's tenth typographic identity for the London Design Festival's promotional materials, in its signature red and white, is inspired by Charles Eames' belief that the details make the design


The Smile
Parade Ground, Chelsea College of Arts, 16 John Islip Street, SW1
Until 12 October 2016

For interactive design that will put a smile on your dial, climb inside 'The Smile' by London's Alison Brooks Architects, one of LDF's specially commissioned Landmark Projects. A 34m-long timber 'mega-tube' that you can inhabit and explore, it's formed from cross-laminated American tulipwood engineered with Arup into a sweeping sculpture, curving up at both ends. Cue airy viewing platforms, a smile shape and grins all round...


MINI LIVING Forests
Vince Court, N1; Charles Square Gardens, N1; Cnr Pitfield Street and Charles Square, EC1

Until 25 September 2016
Scattered around Shoreditch, Brit architect Asif Khan's three 'MINI LIVING 'Forests' installations offer verdant spots for retreat and reflection. A Landmark Project, these eco-savvy architectural solutions to urban living offer plant-filled 'forest bathing' spots (shinrin yoku), and will host pop-up dinners, workshops, plant exchanges and talks. The project examines ways to activate unused public space in dense cityscapes, creating inspiring 'third places' for social interaction.


Sculpting Scent
The Conran Shop, 55 Marylebone High Street, W1
Until 25 September 2016

'Sculpting Scent', a collaboration between London artist Zuzu Mengham and fragrance innovators Laboratory Perfumes, will seduce design hunters at The Conran Shop in Marylebone. Mengham's vibrant, swirly resin sculptures represent five fragrances through scent and colour, transforming aromas into solid objects. With our regular Looking Glass posts, The Fizz has long championed beauty and perfume design, and this installation has us entranced.


London Design Fair
Old Truman Brewery, 26 Hanbury Street, E1
22-25 September 2016

Dynamic umbrella show London Design Fair, including Fizz faves Tent London and Super Brands, is one of the festival's major Design Destinations. Over four days at East London's Old Truman Brewery, it will showcase more than 500 exhibitors from 29 nations, taking in country pavilions, established brands and emerging talents. Global showcases include the ever-intriguing '100% Norway' (curated by Max Fraser), 'Inspiring Portugal', 'Swedish Design Pavilion' and 'China Academy of Art'. International exhibitions span 'This is India' and the 'British Craft Pavilion' (including Marcin Rusak's sculptural lamps). Connecting British designers with Italian manufacturers, 'Trentino Collaborations' features a monumental granite chair by Max Lamb. Individual exhibitors at Tent include Californian mid-century-inspired furniture brand Bend Goods.


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Ace Hotel London Shoreditch, 100 Shoreditch High Street, E1
Until 25 September 2016

Who doesn't love a monochrome climbing wall? This graphic wonder, the 'Ascension', was designed by London studio Patternity, as one of several 'Ready Made Go 2' commissions installed at Shoreditch's Ace Hotel. Located in the gym, it's a celebration of 'pattern, patience and perseverance.' Curated by Modern Design Review magazine, all the designs were made to be integrated permanently into the hotel, or sold in its shop, including creations by Silo StudioFaye Toogood and Jochen Holz. A gorgeous example are the 'BBQ' tiles by Assemble + Granby Workshop, cladding the seventh-floor bar. The patterns were formed by baking in a barbecue.


Light & Colour
Skandium, 86 Marylebone High Street, W1

Until 25 September 2016
Scandi design store Skandium will showcase 'Light & Colour', launching the iconic new 'Panthella Mini' table light by design icon Verner Panton for Danish lighting brand Louis Poulsen. The size and material are new, and it comes in 11 juicy new colours. Skandium's 245 Brompton Road sister store celebrates the whimsical work of Danish maximalist Bjørn Wiinblad, known for playful ceramic homewares and figurines, as well as textiles and tapestries.


Floating Pop-Up
Bert & May showroom, 67 Vyner Street, E2, and nearby canal barge
Until 30 September 2016

When London design influencers Darkroom traded their cool bricks-and-mortar store on Lamb's Conduit Street for online sales and wholesale we stifled a tear. Now the duo is back with 'Floating Pop-Up', a collaboration with Bert & May. Darkroom's pop-up has taken over Bert's Barge to showcase their new nautically-inspired A/W range of interior accessories and jewellery, while Bert & May's nearby showroom unveils fabrics, a new 'Darkroom Black' paint colour, and modular encaustic tile collection 'Split Shift', which can be arranged in myriad patterns. The three-strong launch celebrates simple geometric shapes – the circle, square and triangle.


Rock Pool
Basement Level, 3 Cromwell Place, SW7

Until 25 September 2016
New York-based Australian photographer Martyn Thompson launches his new 'Rock Pool' collection of upholstery fabrics, inspired by his photos of the ocean. Woven in cotton on a jacquard loom, the abstract fabrics are suitable for upholstery, soft furnishings and wall hangings, and evoke the movement of water, the play of sunlight on sea, and natural rock pools, reflecting Thompson's love of the accidental.


Creative Spaces and Places
Hope Exchange, outside 65 Southwark Street, SE1
Until 25 September 2016

Pattern Queen Camille Walala is all over town for LDF16, literally. The London textile and graphic designer has created one of her signature geo-bright street art works for Better Bankside's 'Creative Spaces and Places', transforming a pedestrian crossing on Southwark Street as part of the Bankside Design District. Walala has also crafted an eye-popping, rainbow Vinyl Lounge for Clerkenwell London store's 'Design Undefined' showcase (155 Farringdon Road, EC1, until 24 September), complemented by Yinka Illori's colourful upcycled chairs. For 'Re-inventing Re-vive', at Natuzzi's showroom (80-81 Tottenham Court Road, W1, until 25 September), Walala reinterpreted the classic 'Re-vive' recliner in bold pattern for a limited edition design.



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Until 25 September 2016

Lovers of 's elegant modern furniture rejoice! The European design brand launches its new flagship showroom in London's Brompton Design District for LDF16, its first in the capital open to the public. Expect to see new additions to Slovenian talent Nika Zupanc's glam 'Stay' range (a bench and dining table), alongside collections by Jaime Hayon and Damien Langlois-Meurinne.


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The citywide London Design Festival runs from 17-25 September 2016; see events for individual dates and opening hours. A few extend beyond the official festival.

London Design Biennale 2016

Visions of Utopia from over 30 countries have taken over Somerset House in the first London Design Biennale

BY SOPHIE DAVIES

The debut London Design Biennale is staking its place in the cultural calendar, rivalling Venice's famous art and architecture biennales. Taking over the whole of Somerset House for three weeks until 27 September, in partnership with Jaguar, the event is a veritable United Nations of talent. Challenged to explore the theme of ‘Utopia by Design’, 37 countries and territories from six continents have created inspiring new installations, artworks and prototypes.

TOP: 'Chakraview', India's vibrant installation by Sumant Jayakrishnan
BELOW: Chile's retro-futurist 'The Counterculture Room' by FabLab Santiago; Albania's stainless steel 'Bliss' sculpture by Helidon Xhixha; Israel's 'Human.Touch', by Yaniv Kadosh, explores first-aid drops for disaster zones; Spain's 'VPolis, Diving into the Future', by Dimeloami Productions and Maria Levene, looks at smart cities

Part of Somerset House’s celebration of the 500th anniversary of Sir Thomas More’s radical 1516 text ‘Utopia’, the biennale champions the role of design to improve our future, addressing modern issues from pollution to migration, social equality to sustainability. Commissioned by leading design museums and organisations, top designers, architects, artists, writers and scientists have generated an entertaining mix of immersive digital installations, culinary pop-ups, kinetic sculptures, performances and VR renderings. They include homages to unrealised past utopias, innovative solutions for 21st century problems and bold imaginings of future societies.

As Biennale president Sir John Sorrell said, 'All over the world, nations and cities are increasingly recognising the power of design to bring social change and economic growth.' Countries from Austria to Nigeria, Mexico, South Africa and Taiwan took part, but here are our fave five FizzPicks…


LEBANON
Sometimes real life is forgotten in the cerebral world of design, which tends to flock around Western values. No wonder then, that French-born Annabel Karim Kassar’s vibrant recreation of a bustling Beirut street on the Thames waterfront feels like a breath of fresh air. At medal-winning ‘Mezzing In Lebanon’ you can get a wet shave at the authentic barber’s shop, enjoy street snacks of falafel and pomegranate juice, or just marvel at the painted posters, old-school utes and piles of tempting oranges. Street signs, coffee stalls, a small lounge cinema, carts and convivial chaos hint at the way ordinary people worldwide occupy sociable space.


THE NETHERLANDS
You’ll feel blue in the surreal sculptural space curated by The Netherlands. Taking the archive as a future arbiter, Studio Makkink & Bey has created an evocative blue foam tone-on-tone diorama. Entitled ‘Design Diorama: The Archive as a Utopic Environment’, these products and memorabilia, sourced from the home of Dutch architect Rianne Makkink and designer Jurgen Bey, form a potent autobiographical display, exploring the ways designers and institutions curate objects and collect history.


UNITED KINGDOM
Representing the UK, London design duo Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby’s installation ‘Forecast’, in collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum, is a striking 14-metre-high blue kinetic sculpture that moves with the wind. Occupying the outdoor Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court, it explores the nation’s nautical past and its innovative relationship with renewable energy, drawing on engineeering by Arup. Proof that eco-friendly can be easy on the eye too.


AUSTRALIA
London-based Australian designer Brodie Neill (of Made In Ratio) tackles the pressing issue of ocean waste in his installation ‘Plastic Effects’, forming the beautiful ‘Gyro’ table from fragments of harvested and recycled marine micro-plastic. The terrazzo-like composite is inlaid in a dreamy kaleidoscopic pattern. With five trillion plastic items estimated to pollute the world’s oceans, many of them washing up on Australia’s beaches, this once-utopian material now poses a huge challenge for the environment.


TURKEY
‘The Wish Machine’, Turkey’s entry by Istanbul architecture/design duo Autoban, is a contemporary take on a wish tree, on which people tie notes of hope. Walk through the tunnel of transparent, pneumatic hexagonal tubes, then feed your handwritten wish message into an opening and watch it glide away. At the Fizz, we wish for a brighter future for all, aided by imaginative design…
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BELOW: A colourful contribution from India, including circular forms and trad textiles; Pakistan's 'Daalaan' adult playroom features wood objects, spinning tops and henna-dye screen prints; Spain's take on new tech

London Design Biennale (#LDB16) is at Somerset House, Strand, London WC2, from 7–27 September 2016. Open daily from 11am; tickets £15 (concessions £10), on sale via Ticketmaster.

Pictures: Ed Reeve; Gui Bonsiepe (Chile)