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London Design Festival 2012 Landmark Projects

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the London Design Festival. Each year, the Festival invites several designers to create installations around the city, such as last year’s installations at the V&A. Let’s take a look at this year’s projects:

BE OPEN Sound Portal, Trafalgar Square

Imagine an alien, rubberized structure in the middle of London’s best known square – Trafalgar Square – and you have this BE OPEN Sound Portal. The design is one that you can’t see, but must sense. Designed by Arup with Sound and Music.

London Design Festival 2012 - BE OPEN Sound Portal

Prism by Keiichi Matsuda, V&A

London-based designer, digital artist and film-maker Keiichi Matsuda was commissioned to present this digital installation, which provides an alternative view of London through the many faces of a lantern-like prism with live data projected onto these surfaces.

This is a free event, but tickets are required. Go to to book tickets. Open 14-23 September from 10:45-16:30 daily.

London Design Festival 2012 - Prism

Mimicry Chairs by Nendo, V&A

Japanese studio Nendo (as we feature often) created a series of mini-installations throughout various areas of the V&A, starting with a single Mimicry Chair at the entrance. These chairs have been rearranged to complement the spaces for which they were intended for.

London Design Festival 2012 - Mimicry Chairs

Bench Years by Established & Sons, V&A

London Design Festival 2012 - Bench Years

British lighting and furniture maker Established & Sons created this installations of 10 benches with 10 designers – each using a different material. These benches are placed in the John Madejski Garden at the centre of the V&A. The designers and their material sponsors are:

  • Alexander Taylor, working with Caparo (Stainless Steel)
  • Martino Gamper, The American Hardwood Export Council (thermally modified American red oak, soft maple, ash, yellow birch and tulipwood)
  • Luca Nichetto, Nardo Vetro (glass)
  • Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby, Torart (marble)
  • Konstantin Grcic, Bisazza (Glass mosaic)
  • Fernando Brizio, Amorim (cork)
  • Felix de Pass, Established & Sons (steel)
  • Jasper Morrison, Lowinfo (concrete)
  • AL_A, Ceramica Cumella (ceramic)
  • Sam Hecht & Kim Colin, Industrial Facility, DuPont™ Corian® (Corian®)
  • To see more photos of these projects, check out the full album on our Facebook page.


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