This year is the thirteenth London Design Festival and UAL will be holding events across its colleges to celebrate the past and future of London’s most amazing designs and designers from 15-25 September 2016.

Over nine days in September, the London Design Festival features hundreds of events taking place across London, showcasing the city’s pivotal role in global design. UAL events for the festival will give you a chance to go behind the scenes – quite literally in some cases – and see how art and design has influenced everything from iconic films to health care. Here are some of the highlights:

The Joy of Sets x Stanley Kubrick Archive Exhibition, London College of Communication

Iconic scenes from Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, for The Joy of Sets, London Design Festival 2016, London College of Communication

London College of Communication – various locations including: LCC Well Gallery and LCC Studio in Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre, First Floor

Science Fiction meets Design Fiction with a free exhibition and live set-building workshop to create a 1:1 reimagining of Kubrick’s set design for 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Visitors are invited to watch the sci-fi set building take place as this Joy of Sets workshop unfolds – transmitted live – within the LCC Well Gallery from 19 – 22 September. Join the Space Walk on 23 September and see prototypes of sci-fi costumes being filmed on a voyage from the Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre, to LCC’s Well Gallery.

Free exhibition: 14 September – 14 October
Well Gallery, LCC
The Joy of Sets x The Kubrick Archive exhibition explores how we imagine, prototype and design the future – both technically and culturally – and how this features in popular culture, particularly science fiction. Activating artefacts from the Stanley Kubrick Archive, the exhibition reimagines sci-fi film sets using Kubrick’s behind the scenes imagery and concept artwork as inspiration for the 1:1 scale sets that will be on display.

Active Set Building Workshop: 19 – 22 September
Well Gallery, LCC
Visitors are invited to watch the exhibition’s sci-fi set building take place as this Joy of Sets workshop unfolds within the gallery space from the 19 – 22 September. The workshop will also be live streamed to the LCC Studio, across the road from LCC, inside Elephant and Castle’s Shopping Centre during the build.

Free Film Seminar: Thursday 22 September, 3pm
LCC Studio, Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre, First Floor
A free film seminar and screening on how sci-fi films explore social ideas of alienation and ethnicity, part of The Joy of Sets: The Stanley Kubrick Archive exhibition. Free and open to all, but please register here.

Space Walk: Friday 23 September, 2-3pm
LCC Studio, Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre, First Floor
Join the space walk and see prototypes of sci-fi costumes being filmed during a walk from the LCC Studio in Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre, to LCC’s Well Gallery, where full scale sci-fi film sets will be exhibited. Free and open to all, but please register here.

Follow the space odyssey of The Joy of Sets x The Stanley Kubrick Archive Exhibition via Twitter: @LCCLondon #LDF_LCC

These events are a collaboration between LCC and multidisciplinary design studio, Scene Everything as part of London Design Festival.

This is just one of many events and projects being held at London College of Communication as part of the London Design Festival.

The Smile by Alison Brooks, Chelsea College of Arts

The Smile at UAL Chelsea College of Arts for the London Design Festival 2016

The Smile at UAL Chelsea College of Arts for the London Design Festival 2016

Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground, Chelsea College of Arts
15 September – 21 October 2016

The Smile is one of the Festival’s Landmark Projects and will be onsite at Chelsea College of Arts for the duration of the festival and beyond. The timber structure that can be inhabited and explored by the public will show how design can work to offer new ways of experiencing our environment and iconic vistas of London. With expertise from top engineering firm ARUP, and using construction sized panels of hardwood CLT for the first time, Alison Brooks’ concept is a spectacular 3.5m high, 6m wide and 36m long curved rectangular tube – the first ever hardwood ‘mega-tube’. Alison Brooks describes the experience:

 

Entering The Smile through an opening where the curved form meets the ground, the visitor can walk from end to end of the 34-metre-long tube to discover a new kind of space that gradually rises toward light. All four sides of The Smile’s interior will be made of same beautiful hardwood panels as the structure. It will offer a complete sensory experience of colour, texture, scent and sound. The Smile’s two open ends will illuminate the funnel-like interior space and act as balconies to the city.

Design for Life: Brainwaves Exhibition, Central Saint Martins

As part of the London Design Festival, Central Saint Martins invites you to meet the minds of design’s next generation. Brainwaves will display the latest work from leading graduates tackling the big issues, using engaging design to make sense of the world and plan for uncertain futures.

Dementia Simulator by Di Peng, Graduate MA Industrial Design 2016

Dementia Simulator by Di Peng, Graduate MA Industrial Design 2016

One of the pieces on display is the Dementia Simulator headset designed by graduate Di Peng lets wearers experience symptoms of the disease for themselves. Get a sneak preview:

Distorted sounds and critical comments are played back to mimic the auditory hallucinations experienced by those with dementia, while the mouthpiece makes it hard for the wearer to speak by muting certain words. The helmet’s visor affects vision by blurring out the faces of those nearby – a reminder of the challenges faced by patients that struggle to recognise individuals.

This is just one of many on show as part of the Brainwaves exhibition, others include the Oyster Card nails design ‘ Touching In, Touching Out’ by Lucie Davis, Graduate of BA Jewellery Design 2016. Davis retrieved the microchip from her Oyster card and fitted it onto an acrylic fake nail. She then painted the rest of the set in the Oyster card colour scheme.

'Touching In, Touching Out' Lucie Davis BA Hons Jewellery Design Graduate 2016 for Brainwaves exhibition

‘Touching In, Touching Out’ Lucie Davis BA Hons Jewellery Design Graduate 2016 for Brainwaves exhibition

These examples of innovative empathetic design and applied creativity will encourage you to think differently and may even inspire you to explore your own passion for art and design.

 

The responsibility of a designer is to create more possibility for the world. They have to learn to break the rules and cross borders, transforming the impossible into the possible.

Yang Zhao, Brain Waves exhibitor

Come and join us at the cutting edge of the London Design Festival!