Guide and highlights of the London Design Festival 2021

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The London Design Festival is back for its 19th edition, with design-focused installations, events and exhibitions taking place in the capital. This year’s festival mixes big names such as Louis Vuitton and Peter Saville with a range of emerging designers and creatives. With the recent opening of the London Design Festival 2021, HYPEBEAST has rounded up five of the most notable things to look out for at this year’s festival.

Louis Vuitton: Nomadic Objects

Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton’s Nomadic Objects project began in 2012 and sees the house team up with famous designers to produce furniture and objects inspired by travel. Previous collaborators include Andre Fu, Atelier Oi, the Campana brothers and Marcel Wanders Studio, while this exhibition focuses on the house’s work with Raw Edges.

The award-winning studio was founded by husband-and-wife duo Shay Alkalay and Yael Mer after graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2006. Their work with Louis Vuitton’s Nomadic Objects began in 2015, and includes pieces such as the Concertina chair and My Shelf.

Tokyo 1964: Designing tomorrow

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Japan House London

After the postponement of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan House London looks back on the previous occasion when Tokyo hosted the Games. The exhibition focuses on a new generation of Japanese designers and architects who played a role in shaping the identity of the 1964 Olympic Games and the history of Japan that their work told the world.

The exhibition, which features the very first sports pictograms, original posters and the symbol designed by Kamekura YÅ«saku, alongside a look at the work of Tokolo Asao. Asao designed the symbol for this year’s Tokyo Olympics, placing his work for these games in the context of Tokyo 1964.

Kvadrat x Peter Saville

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Kvadrat

Kvadrat and Peter Saville have worked together in the past, with the legendary art director and designer acting as a long-term creative consultant. For this collaboration – presented at the Kvadrat showroom in London – Saville was inspired by the brands he saw on sheep during his childhood vacation in Wales.

Industrial brands – which Saville describes as “rural graffiti” – inform the chromatic composition of the collection. Dubbed “Technicolor,” the collaboration includes upholstery, rugs and curtains ranging from naturally coarse wool to smooth Trevira CS material. The “Technicolor” presentation is open by appointment only.

Art of Ping Pong x Campbell Hay in Islington Design District

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Campbell’s Hay

After design studio Art of Ping Pong installed a series of tables in Islington Square earlier this year, the installation will now be part of the London Design Festival. Overall, the space includes eight tables designed in partnership with Campbell Hay, each inspired by opposing states (with graphics such as “Push / Pull” and “Smash / Block”).

Two of the tables were set up as permanent elements of the space, while the other six are smaller “ArtTables” in a gallery setting. All eight designs feature vibrant colors, bold typography, and, thanks to Instagram filters, can come to life with the help of animations and augmented reality. Visitors can also participate in a ping-pong tournament at the specially designed tables as part of a nightly event on September 22.

The Art of Ping Pong x Campbell Hay installation is part of the Islington Design District, which also features “Come Together,” a furniture exhibit that encourages social interaction through “flea-market loveseats,” as well as ceramic workshops by NkdWare and a new furniture collection from Bench Studio.

Biomimicry Collection by Auroboros

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Auroboros

The famous Victoria & Albert Museum is home to a new installation from the “science / tech fashion house” Auroboros. The installation “Biomimicry” bridges the gap between the London Design Festival and London Fashion Week, and presents Ai-Da, “the world’s first robot artist”.

Ai-Da will wear a couture dress that grows and unravel in real time during the show. In addition to the dress changing naturally, the “Biomimicry” exhibition will also see Ai-Da drawing a self-portrait as the dress changes around her. The digital designs of the exhibition will be made available to visitors virtually using augmented reality. Auroboros described the installation as “mimicking the life cycle of nature in an emotional and experiential live artistic performance”.



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