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London Design Festival is one of the best London attractions in this time of the year, giving you a plenty of options about what to see in London. This event is taking place from 17th to 25th of September, offering you an extensive programme of over 400 events and installations that will be held across the city. Design Limited Edition brings you today a selection of some of the best exhibitions that you can see! Read on and discover our top picks for the week, including a giant curving “wooden smile” and a slab of marble sculpted to look like a pool of water.
Mathieu Lehanneur’s Liquid Marble installation at the V&A
French designer Mathieu Lehanneur will install the next piece from his Liquid Marble series in the V&A Museum’s Norfolk House Music room as part of its LDF exhibitions programme. The piece follows on from his previous installation in the courtyard of a French chateau, and is made from a single piece of polished black marble that has been sculpted to convincingly resemble a rippling pool.
Where: Liquid Marble, Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7 2RL – 17 to 25 September 2016
Bowie-themed Brixton Design Trail
The Brixton Design Trail is returning for a third year at LDF, with a theme that pays homage to musician, style icon and Brixton native David Bowie. An eclectic line-up of over 40 events, including public art installations, a youth trail and workshops spread across the south London district.
Where: Brixton Design Trail, Brixton, SW9 – 17 to 25 September 2016
Alison Brooks’ Smile installation
London-based architect Alison Brooks’ Smile installation aims to showcase the structural potential of cross-laminated timber (CLT), and will make use of American tulipwood to create a curved tunnel that rises off the ground. The timber tube will only touch the floor at one point, and be open at either end. It will feature a series of perforations across its sides that allow natural light in during the day, and create a pattern of light spots when the structure is lit at night.
Where: The Smile, Chelsea College of Arts, 16 John Islip Street, SW1P 4JU – 17 to 25 September 2016
100% Norway at London Design Fair
The 100% Norway exhibition will focus on the tradition and heritage behind modern Norwegian design, and will feature work by 17 designers who were each challenged to create new products that engage with the country’s design history. Some pieces – including furniture, homewares, lighting and ceramics – have been created in response to classic mid-century works, while others explore the properties and possibilities of typical Norwegian materials and techniques.
Where: Old Truman Brewery, Hanbury Street, E1 6QR – 22 to 25 September 2016
Benjamin Hubert’s Foil installation at the V&A
Benjamin Hubert, who recently unveiled a prototype for the world’s first 3D-printed consumer wheelchair, is working with electrical brand Braun to produce an installation based on the shape of the shaver foil found on the company’s razors. The installation, titled Foil, will be a 20-metre-long undulating ribbon comprising 40,000 individual metallic elements.
Where: Foil, Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7 2RL – 17 to 25 September 2016