Urban Cabin by Mini Living with Sam Jacob Studio - Ph. courtesy of London Design Festival.

5 positive messages at London Design Festival 2017. Urban Cabin by Mini Living with Sam Jacob Studio – Ph. by Andy Stagg.

London 2017 – Archipanic selected 5 design installations delivering positive messages at London Design Festival. From AMWA’a upside-down minaret promoting messages of peace and togetherness to the MINI Urban Cabin by Sam Jacob exploring relevant urban needs and local identities in London.

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OXO Tower Wharf Courtyard, SE1 9PH.
London Design Festival 2017 Landmark Project Urban Cabin by Mini Living with Sam Jacob Studio

Photo by Andy Stagg.

MINI LIVING long-term research project explores the future of urban habitats with Sam Baron’s URBAN CABIN a microhouse exploring relevant urban needs and local identities in London. The installation include a shared kitchen and a micro-library where visitors to the space can share and swap literature that focuses on the history of living in London ranging from classic literature such as Dickens Keats and Shakespeare as well as design bestsellers.


Paternoster Square – EC4M 7AG.
Make Blood Cancer Visible - Photo by @em.sendall IG

Photo by @em.sendall, IG.

Over 103-dimensional letterform sculptures gather together to compose a typographic forest of names of people diagnosed with blood cancer. Janssen Oncology presents an installation by British designer Paul Cocksedge with the aim to raise awareness on blood cancer which affects 104 people a day in the U.K. Each of these monolithic pieces symbolises one of these people, sized perfectly to match each individual’s height and recreating their name in huge vertically placed letters. “MAKE BLOOD CANCER VISIBLE is more than just an object of intrigue as it exposes individual stories.” Explains Paul Cocksedge.

HUBB upside-down minaret by AMWA

Brixton, 1 Windrush Square – SW2 1 EF.
Hubb by AMWA - Photo by Archipanic

Photo by Archipanic.

In the multicultural district of Brixton, AMWA a team of Muslim designers created HUBB, a steel tower which takes the traditional concept of a minaret, flips it and clads it in mirrors to deliver a message of peace and togetherness. “With the current global spotlight on Islam, we as Muslim designers wished to add our story to the Brixton Design Trail to see the power of a positive universal message to impact our community for the better.” Visitors are invited to to walk under the HUBB, love in Arabic, to read messages of peace. From below a spacial geometry dialogues with the ever changing contextual surrounding.


@ The Africa Centre . Arch 29 Union Yard – SE1 0 LR.
A large chair does not make a king by Yinka Ilori - Photo by @yinka_ilori, IG

Photo by @yinka_ilori, IG.

“A large chair does not make a king” is an interactive installation at The Africa Centre by London-based Nigerian designer Yinka Ilori who invites you to leave your ego at the door and seeks to remind you that, regardless of how successful you has been in life, we all share the common link of humanity. Yinka Ilori specialises in up-cycling vintage furniture to create colourful designs. The Africa Centre’s promotes emerging talented creatives and hosts workshops, film screenings and Afrobeat dj-nights.

Lara Bohinc’s FRIENDSHIP bench

Ground Floor, 59 Kensington Gardens Square, W2 4BA.
Lara Bohinc FRIENDSHIP bench - Photo: courtesy of Lara Bohinc.

Lara Bohinc FRIENDSHIP bench – Photo: courtesy of Lara Bohinc.

Lara Bohinc’s FRIENDSHIP bench reflects the vibrant mix of culture in Kensigngton with five separate ribbons making up its structure. Each one is marginally different in shape and size, together they all form one harmonious flowing body. “The design refers to Moroccan, Portuguese, Irish, Jewish and Afro Caribbean communities working and living closely together.” Explains Lara Bohinc. “The practical art piece was conceived after many schools adopted benches as part of an anti-bullying campaign; so that children can use benches to welcome new friendship.”