London Design Festival returns once again over the next couple of weeks and we’re taking a look at some of the top installations around town.
LDF is well known for its large scale installations around London and this is year no different. Alison Brooks will be exhibiting her ‘The Smile’ installation outside of Tate Britain from 17-25th September.
The Smile is a 34 metre curved wooden structure that you can walk inside of. The ends, positioned three metres off the ground, offer a spot to view your surroundings.
The structure is made out of laminated tulipwood timber and it’s been designed so that if 60 people were to run from one end to the other, the structure wouldn’t see-saw.
Asif Khan is the designer behind the three part piece “Mini Living”, which look at architectural solutions for urban living challenges.
The locations of the pieces have been chosen as they have been identified as underused public spaces.
Each of the new “forest” environments contain plants which visitors can take home during the festival. Located on the busy streets of Shoreditch, the spaces offer new areas for people to convene and socialise.
At the Square next to Shoreditch Fire Station a long communal table has been installed, in Charles Square new stepped seating becomes a place for people to work and where Old Street meets Pitfield Street an elevated room offers a secluded green space.
Mini Living runs from 17-25th September and these are the exact locations: Vince Court N1 6EA; Charles Square Gardens N1 6HS; and the corner of Pitfield Street and Charles Square EC1V 9EY.
Taking place 7-27th September at Sumerset House, London Design Biennale isn’t actually part of LDF but it was curated by the same team. The installations look at how global problems might be solved by design.