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London Design Festival 2021
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For years now, the London Design Festival has offered its guests the opportunity to take to the street and explore new London neighbourhoods and the work of leading designers as well as up-and-coming talent – all while enjoying the many things the city already has on offer. The 19th edition of the London Design Festival will be maintaining this tradition and has a rich programme in store with outdoor installations, exhibitions and events across many boroughs. This edition of the festival, taking place from 18 to 26 September, will centre around the new landmark project “Medusa” at the Victoria & Albert Museum’s Raphael Court. This project is the work of Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto in collaboration with mixed-reality studio and technology developer Tin Drum. The mixed-reality installation examines structure, nature and visualisation through elements of light, sound, nature and architecture that respond to the audience’s movements in the space. It is intended to create a living design that stimulates audiences to think about space, climate change and the role of nature.

The “Between Forests and Skies” installation by architecture firm Nebbia Works puts the fountain in the V&A’s John Madejski Garden at the centre of a low-carbon aluminium pavilion, made with a minimal amount of material. Yinka Ilori, winner of the Emerging Design Medal 2020, will transform Tottenham Court Road into an open-air art gallery in collaboration with students from the University of the Arts London. The streetscape is part of the mayor of London’s “Let’s Do London” campaign. For the first time in the festival’s history, the city’s ten design districts will be unified by a project. Ten sculptural waymarks designed by students and graduates under the leadership of architect Izaskun Chinchilla and designer Peter Marigold will greet visitors at each location. Other projects are studying biodegradable materials, the reuse of everyday waste and architectural spaces that promote healthy living. “Cultural and creative activity is a powerful tool to help reignite the city and kick-start London’s economy,” said Ben Evans, director of the London Design Festival.

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