As the twelfth London Design Festival roars into town, 350,000 people, from over 60 countries make the annual pilgrimage to the the city, to celebrate London as the design capital of the world. The 2014 festival takes the theme of ‘lose yourself in design’, reflected in the visually captivating branding designed by UAL alumnus and Pentagram partner Dominic Lippa.
Dominic comments: “The Festival has now grown to include hundreds of events, over many different locations throughout London and therefore our solution was based around discovering these events across the city landscape. The identity celebrates London’s idiosyncratic arrangement and to celebrate this we developed the theme ‘Lose yourself in the London Design Festival’. The maze graphic is a visual metaphor for the experience that visitors have when they visit the Festival and the city of London. The solution is deliberately both playful and memorable.”
Running until 21st September, there’s a dazzling array on show at this year’s celebration of all things design. UAL Chair and LDF Founder Sir John Sorrell comments: “With the hundreds of events, talks, exhibitions, launches, installations, openings and parties, it’s easy to lose yourself in the excitement, inspiration and sheer joy that is the London Design Festival.”
Here’s our edit of the newest design talent and some of the most dynamic events to see this year:
‘If we are living in an age of fluidity, uncertainty and disruption” says Head of Central Saint Martins Jeremy Till “then this exhibition provides pointers as to how to navigate these restless futures. In typical Central Saint Martins fashion, the work does not see the future as a set of miserable problems, but rather as field of opportunities that can be transformed into something hopeful, even joyful, through imagination, canniness and rigour.” Presenting architecture, jewellery, ceramics, furniture, textiles, graphics, product and industrial design, Restless Futures highlights how design culture is addressing global issues.
Restless Futures runs 13-20 September at Lethaby Gallery, Central Saint Martins, Granary Building, 1 Granary Square, N1C 4AA. Read more
Discover the Restless Futures talks programme
Fledglings at designjunction
One of the freshest and most exciting presentations at designjunction 2014, Fledglings showcases innovative work from BA 3D Design at Camberwell College of Arts, MA Design: Ceramics, Furniture and Jewellery at Central Saint Martins and BA Sculpture at Wimbledon College of Arts. With works ranging across the spectrum of design, the Fledglings’ stand presents the graduates as budding design professionals, with market-ready products alongside more experimental approaches, including Katharina Gross’s wax made furniture and Dunia Tigris’s Lone Diner project that uses marquetry juxtaposed with construction grade materials.
designjunction runs 18–21 September at The Sorting Office, New Oxford Street. Read more
Alan Kitching and Monotype: Celebrating the centenary of five pioneers of the poster
The “fathers of modern graphic design” are celebrated in LCC’s design retrospective which marks the hundredth anniversary of the birth of Tom Eckersley, Abram Games, FHK Henrion, Josef Müller-Brockmann and Paul Rand. Curated by LCC GMD & Diploma in Professional Studies alumnus Daniel Chehade, the exhibition unveils a series of new prints created by Kitching that pay tribute to the five legendary names, to be shown alongside posters by each of the designers. The exhibition features a selection of original typeface drawings from the Monotype archive, sketches and wood type from Kitching’s workshop, and other material from the five designers’ estates.
Alan Kitching and Monotype: Celebrating the centenary of five pioneers of the poster runs 13 September-16 October at Well Gallery, LCC, Elephant & Castle. Read more
LCC will also play host to The Modern Magazine 2014 conference during the Festival. Find out more
A Good Design?
Presenting items from the I.L.E.A/Camberwell Collection, A Good Design? interrogates the objects which have been collected in the names of “good design”. The exhibition sets out to trace the development of the Experiment in Design Appreciation, a scheme jointly conceived and implemented by the Council of Industrial Design and London education authorities, born in the wake of the Festival of Britain to cultivate a preference for ‘good design’ in the ‘consumer of tomorrow’. Locating ‘good design’ as a mid-twentieth century concern and examining how the Experiment in Design Appreciation reflected ideological alignment to modernism in design, the display will include archival material and objects representing British and International industrial design, graphics, folk art and studio ceramics from the 1950s to the 1970s.
A Good Design? runs 10 September–31 October at CHELSEA Space, 16 John Islip Street, SW1P 4JU. Read more
LCF invite you to step inside the historic Cordwainers college and learn how to make your own shoes, with emerging and established footwear designers as your guides. Discover the secrets of leather craftsmanship in their series of workshops and talks from LCF experts at Maker Library.
The LCF Maker Library runs 13-21 September at Cordwainers at London College of Fashion, Golden Lane, EC1Y 0UU. Read more
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