London 2017 – Ross Lovegrove, Flynn Talbot and stage designer Es Devlin who won the Panerai London Design Medal Award… Start your London Design Festival exploration at the Victoria & Albert Museum and literally get lost in the halls of the iconic museum celebrating British art, design and performance. Victoria Broackes, Head of London Design Festival at the V&A says: “As an institution that was founded on principles of inspiration and education, it is a delight to fill the museum with design interventions the respond to the V&A’s inprint”.
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Flynn Talbot’s installation – Room 110, 3rd Floor.
The vaulted space of the Prince Consort Gallery hosts Flynn Talbot’s REFLECTION ROOM. Blue and orange lighting and large reflected Barrisol panels are used to expand the width of the space, offering a fragment view after shifting colours, faceted reflections and light.
“I wanted to create new experiences using light to build a connection between people and place.” Says Flynn Talbot to Archipanic. Stand in the gallery and add your own story on top of the beautiful existing architecture without taking over it. 56 custom-made stretch membrane panels are woven with Tryka LED profiles. The result is a vivid reflective space of colored light made with a futuristic textile.
Ross Lovegrove’s installation the Tapestries gallery – Room 94, 3rd Floor.
British designer Ross Lovegrove designed a 21.3-metre-long, free-standing and undulating installation merging the colours and forms of Devonshire Hunting medieval tapestries with new technologies. The three dimensional installation is made of Alcantara®, a tactile and sound absorbent material and an alternative to animal based is based textiles blending both organic and digital feel.
Indeed, the 2 millions flecks running along the edge of the installation use digitally and faithfully recreated colours from the original tapestries. “It doesn’t matter if a product is mass produced or not, people want to feel its uniqueness, and technology allows you to achieve that.” Ross Lovegrove used biological-designs for the interiors of cars and aircrafts as well as watches, water bottles and street furniture.
HIGH TIDE FOR CARMEN
Es Devlin stage design for Bizet’s opera Carmen @ Bregenz Festival – Room 104, 3rd Floor.
This summer, Georges Bizet’s opera Carmen will be presented on a huge scale on the lake stage of Bregenz Festival, in Austria. Stage designer Es Devlin conceived a brilliant installation featuring two giant hands raising from the lake which throw cards in the air. Lighting design and projections create mesmerising effects.
At V&A a special display by Susanna Boehm, celebrates the production of Bregenz Festival stage designs, bringing set models and and getting under the skin of how the Opera on the Lake was created. Es Devlin won the Panerai London Design Medal. A special installation is also featured also in the British Galleries at Room 55, 2nd floor.
EXHALE CHANDELIER BY JULIAN MELCHIORRI
By Julian Melchiorri – Bottom of staircase G, 1st Floor.
Julian Melchiorri is an innovation design engineer and entrepreneur and CEO of Arborea, a biochemical technology company. Drawing inspiration from the V&A’s collections, Julian has developed the world’s first living and breathing chandelier utilising novel bionic-leaf technologies. Melchiorri received the Storey Emerging Talent Medal (British Galleries at Room 55, 2nd floor). The designer previously created the first man-made biological leaf which he believes could enable humans to colonise space.
PLYWOOD: MATERIAL OF THE MODERN WORLD
The Porter Gallery and @ the John Madejski Garden.
From the fastest airplane of WWII to the downloadable self assembly WikiHouse. The exhibition tells the story of how an often overlooked material made the modern world. Light, strong, affordable and versatile, plywood had a global impact in history since 1850. On show also groundbreaking pieces by Alvar Aalto, Marcel Breuer and Charles and Ray Eames. At the John Madejski Garden, Paktau Architects created a cluster of iceskating shelters made by bending flexible plywood sheets and attaching them to a timber frame.
WHILE WE WAIT
Elias and Yousef Anastas installation – Room 64 B, 2nd Floor.
The While We Wait installation designed by Bethlehem-based architects Elias and Yousef Anastas explores the cultural claim over nature in Palestine. The lace-like towering structure is made of bricks fading upwards from earth red to pale limestone. Each brick comes from different part of Palestine which were designed on a computer, cut by robots and then finished by local artisans.