Now in its seventeenth year, the London Design Festival returns from 14th to 22nd September, with hundreds of events across the city that celebrate the capital’s creativity, innovation and pioneering designers. The V&A is a prominent part of the festival, transforming many of its iconic spaces with specially commissioned projects from leading international artists, and also offering inspiring talks, debates, workshops and daily tours.
V&A projects include: ‘Bamboo (竹) Ring’ by Japanese artist Kengo Kuma – who has recently designed the V&A Dundee and the New National Stadium for Tokyo’s 2020 Olympic Games; Czech designer Rony Plesl’s glass installation, ‘Sacred Geometry’; and ‘Legacy’, where leaders of London’s top ten cultural institutions collaborated with the world’s most prolific designers to create pieces of art with a personal connection to them. Perhaps it’s unsurprising that so many of this year’s commissions explore the effect of climate change and the impact humanity is having on the planet: ‘Sea Things’ and ‘Avalanche’ are challenging, but well worth a visit; and the inspiring ‘Non-Pavilion’ provokes ideas about how design can help our chronic over-consumption. For younger visitors, there are drop in design sessions on Sundays throughout September, inspired by the artists’ commissions.
The V&A is less than a mile away from us at the Mercure Kensington, so you couldn’t have designed an easier journey to this iconic festival!Book Now