The London Design Festival 2016.

The London Design Festival 2016.

#LDF2016 – From Brexit concerns to the fluid exhibitions at Victoria & Albert Museum, but also secret gardens, quirky designs and the inaugural London Design Biennale . Our London Design Festival  report features also great design projects and exclusive interviews. Enjoy!

KXCQ 2016 - courtesy designjunction.

KXCQ 2016 – courtesy designjunction.

Brexit? “The UK always has and always will be a creative force on the international arena.” Archipanic speaks with designjunction managing director Deborah Spencer. The London Design Festival’s major hotspot ‘occupies’ Kings Cross with KXCQ, a.k.a. Kings Cross Creative Quarter. Read more…

Foil by Benjamin Hubert Layer, Supported by Braun

Foil by Benjamin Hubert Layer, Supported by Braun.

Time flowing, liquid marble, metallic waves and robotic-weaving. Four fluid installations by Glithero, Benjamin HubertMatthieu Lehanneur and Stuttgart University researchers take over Victoria & Albert Museum. Read more…

MINI LIVING Forests by Asif Khan - Courtesy of London Design Festival.

Four temporary gardens. MINI LIVING Forests by Asif Khan – Courtesy of London Design Festival.

A 3D-printed champagne vine to chill out fancifully and a bioresponsive forest, a decompressing green-hub where people can connect and a Shakespearean secret garden. Relax, at four temporary gardens in London. Read more…

London Design Biennale - UK installation. Photo by Ed Reeves - Courtesy of London Design Biennale.

UK Pavilion – Photo by Ed Reeves.

A wishing machine propelling ‘wish notes’ into the unknown and a parade of white flags… A weather station measuring Britain’s period of turbulence, a vintage smartcity in Salvador Allende’s Chile and a visionary archive of never realised projects by Soviet designers. Somerset House hosts the the inaugural London Design Biennale . We selected 10 national participations at the Venice Biennale-inspired event. Read more…

London Design Biennale - india installation. Photo by Ed Reeves - Courtesy of London Design Biennale.

India pavilion – Photo by Ed Reeves.

Alison Brooks Architects inaugurated The Smile urban installation made of cross-laminated tulipwood. The project opens to new applications of sustainable fast-growing timber and was developed with the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC), Arup and Merk. Visitors enter from a central door at the front and can climb up to the open balconies at either ends. “It’s something like our archetypical image of Noah’s Ark” said Alison Brooks. Read more…

THE SMILE by Alison Brooks Architects - Photo by Dav Stewart, courtesy of London Design Biennale.

Photo by Dav Stewart – All images: courtesy of London Design Biennale.

British designer Lee Broom has completely transformed his London store into a surreal space featuring his latest Optical lighting designs – Read more.

Optical - Photo by Luke Hayes. Courtesy of Lee Broom.

Optical – All photos by Luke Hayes. Courtesy of Lee Broom.

Alessi Circus tableware collection by Marcel Wanders aims to bring “wonder before our very eyes” with Strongman, the Jester, the Ballerina, the Ringleader and Candyman. Five limited edition designs with a quirky attitude. Read more…

Alessi Circus - Image by Alessi.

The Ballerina.

Brexodus and concerns, disillusion and the urgent need of a pragmatic get-together. Few months after the Brexit vote, we look into how British architecture and design industries are responding to the referendum results. Read more…

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