London Design Festival (LDF), having just run its’ 15th edition, is now one of the biggest city-wide celebrations of design in the world.
Building on London’s existing design activity, the intention was to create an annual event that would promote the city’s creativity, drawing in the country’s greatest thinkers, practitioners, retailers and educators to a deliver an unmissable festival of design.
Along with four large trade shows including London Design Fair, Decorex, Design Junction and 100% Design, LDF also commissioned large-scale installations and site-specific features at Exchange Square (Liverpool St Station) and the V&A Museum.
Australians in London:
Each year LDF invites a designer or design studio to create a site-specific installation within the galleries of the V+A Museum. In past years design luminaries such as Nendo, Barber Osgerby and Najla El Zein Studio have been chosen, this year an Australian designer was invited. Perth born Flynn Talbot created an impressive experiential installation within the Prince Consort Gallery, exploring the relationship between light and colour.
See video: https://youtu.be/w3KUcQt8Yys
Other Australian’s representing in London this year include:
Sydney based Hava Studio exhibited at London Design Fair. Under the direction of Patty Hava, the studio’s design philosophy is founded on a strong conceptual & holistic approach, where space, light & form are crafted to produce meticulously planned and finely detailed interiors.
Patty’s latest design adventure extends the design offering of the studio to include furniture and object design. Hava Studio’s product range is a cosmos in which the lines are crisp, the craftsmanship fine and the materials are of quality.
“We look to create the unexpected from simple objects using simple forms, drawing influence and insight from the diverse culture that Australia presents us with. Our designs aim to be just nice.”
Daniel Emma exhibited at Design Junction this year showing their Soft Chairs which are designed and made in Adelaide.
DANIEL EMMA – Soft chair in pink shown at Design Junction
In 2016 Brodie Neill represented Australia at the inaugural London Design Biennale with his Gyro table, made from plastic waste washed up on the beaches around the world – he calls the material Ocean Terrazzo.
This year Brodie exhibited further works made from the material for an exhibition entitled Drop in the Ocean at the ME London, a central London hotel designed by Foster + Partners.
In an interview with Dezeen, Neill says ‘There are 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic in the ocean, so this is a drop in the ocean compared to the scale of the problem, but every bit counts.’
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