London 2018 – The Victoria & Albert Museum celebrates its 10 year-long collaboration with London Design Festival blending typography, architecture, engineering and classical music with design. Make sure to explore and interact with these 5 multi-sensory design installations on show until the 23rd of September.
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Waugh Thistleton Architects has created an interactive modular maze-like installation in The Sackler Courtyard at the V&A. The three-dimensional permeable structure is built out of a re-usable panel system made with 60cmb of American tulipwood, and it “explores ways in which modular architecture can provide not only efficient solutions but also enjoyable experiences,” say at Waugh Thistleton Architects. The pavilion was designed in collaboration with the American Hardwood Export Council and ARUP.
14-18 NOW, UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, commissioned design consultancy firm Pentagram a project inspired by Dazzle, a type of experimental camouflage used painted on to the surface of ships during WW1 which harnessed from avant garde artistic movements such as Cubism and Vorticism, as well as animal camouflage. Pentagram re-interpreted the Dazzle camouflage “from a purely graphic origin bewildering shapes and angles of the V&A spaces and using the Wilfrid Wilson Gibson poem “Suspense” as its source”.
Arvo Pärt’s multi-sensory installation
“I could compare my music to white light, which contains all colours. Only a prism can divide the colours and make them appear; this prism could be the spirit of the listener.” Said once Estonian composer Arvo Pärt. From here, curators Clare Farrow and Eva Woode teamed up with ARUP to create a multi-sensory desgin installation bringing Arvo Pärt’s music to life. A transparent curved screen represents the prism in Pärt’s poetic description, alongside a luxurious viewing and listening bench where visitors can sit to experience the composer’s words and music.
The Onion Farm
The Onion Farm by Henrik Vibskov is a light, dynamic, Mikado-like structure, that spins along the Tapestry gallery. Industrial, colorful brushes and red textile ‘onions’ are seemingly hanging and growing from the structure. “The installation creates a strong tactile impression, but, in its materiality, contrast with the space,” says Henrik Vibskov. “This sense of an ancient weaving technique is reflected in the new work, composed of colorful spindles spun together with a knitted textile”.
A fountain for London
London had an extraordinary tradition of public drinking fountains dating back to mid-19th century when they were widely introduced to improve public health through the provision of clean water. In the V&A garden courtyard, Michael Anastassiades’ reflective bronze fountain reflects a golden light onto your face when you drink. The design is conceived as an elegant, “enduring and robust addition to public spaces that can be used for a sustainable refilling of plastic bottles as well as drinking,” explains the designer.