London Design Festival 2012, ten years of excellence

First staged in 2003, the London Design Festival is one of the world's most important annual design events. The Festival programme is made up of over 300 events and exhibitions staged by hundreds of partner organisations across the design spectrum and from around the world.
Each September, London hosts the most thrilling and innovative design festival in the world. Also for the 2012 edition (Sept. 14 to Sept. 23) over ten packed days there were events taking place right across London: a dazzling variety of events that have showed the richness and depth of the design activity that takes place in and beyond the capital. To that LDF added a series of major events at the world's greatest design museum, the V&A.
 With this year marking the tenth anniversary of the ten day festival, it seemed bigger and mightier than ever.
Once again, the festival’s hub was  the Victoria and Albert Museum, a place that offers designers a seemingly inexhaustible supply of spaces in which to create site-specific installations, including some that are not usually open to the public: the Cupola, which houses Keiichi Matsuda’s sculptural/digital “Prism,” and the Henry Cole Wing Grand Staircase, which is the setting for Rolf Sachs’s installation “Ink Drop.” A much more public area of the V&A, the John Madejski Garden, was the backdrop for “Bench Years,” a collaboration between the LDF and Established & Sons to celebrate the festival’s anniversary. It featured 10 benches by 10 design studios working with 10 different material sponsors.
At the Design Museum, “Digital Crystal: Swarovski at the Design Museum” featured 15 designers who have produced new or updated works using crystal to explore the idea of memory in the digital age.

On the evolution front, the Conran Shop introduced “RED,” an exhibition that marks the store’s 25 years at the Michelin Building.
Gallery Libby Sellers showed “Hot Tools,” an exhibition of glass pieces by eight Product Design Master students of the University of Art and Design Lausanne, or ECAL, as it’s better known.
Minimalux, the maker of elegant home and desk accessories had produced an exhibition of its new and recent products.
At the twentytwentyone showroom, the design process is on display in a series of prints produced by the Wrong Shop Editions. Here there was also a sale of second-hand vintage furniture run by Fernandez & Wells.


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