BE OPEN SPACE: At The Dock with Tom Dixon
BE OPEN SPACE: At The Dock with Tom Dixon

An ideal exhibition platform for young design studios, Tom Dixon's west London HQ will host the BE OPEN Space during the London Design Festival. It will serve as a dynamic and interactive marketplace for emerging talent, and a meeting ground for exploring the five senses. Designer-engineers Pan Studio and JailMake have collaborated on a site-specific installation for the terrace that references medieval trade markets and Florence’s Ponte Vecchio; the eight self-contained wooden huts mirror the architecture of the converted wharf building.

BE OPEN: Sound Portal at Trafalgar Square
BE OPEN: Sound Portal at Trafalgar Square

A big black acoustic pod has landed at the centre of Trafalgar Square. Visitors are invited inside the architectural boom box to experience works by musicians and sound artists including Jana Winderen, Tom Jenkinson, Ivan Pavlov, Nathaniel Robin Mann and Jo Thomas. Each original soundscape or aural mood piece plays out in marked sonic contrast to the omnipresent hum of traffic outside, offering a design experience that can't be seen.

BE OPEN: Sound Design Talk
BE OPEN: Sound Design Talk

The BE OPEN Talks programme begins at London’s Hospital Club with a discussion led by Tom Dixon. Participants discuss how understanding of our sensory systems can help us design everything from more efficient household products to skyscrapers that can breathe, grow and 'think'. The event concludes with a performance by BE OPEN Sound Portal artist Jo Thomas

BE OPEN: Awards
BE OPEN: Awards

The BE OPEN Awards is a global initiative supporting young design talent in specific creative disciplines, with an emphasis on projects showing the potential to become future must-haves. Launched earlier this year with a rallying call of ‘Create The Future Now!’, it will select three winners from more than 300 submissions from 47 countries. Winners will receive study grants at leading design institutions and enjoy a share of €10,000 to develop various projects. Work from the nine finalists will be showcased at 100% Design. Results will be announced during a ceremony at Earl’s Court.

BE OPEN: Sound Portal Lunchtime Talk
BE OPEN: Sound Portal Lunchtime Talk

A lunchtime lecture at the V&A invites visitors to experience the London Sound Portal via the sonic expertise of world-class acoustic engineers Arup. The Sound Portal team and associated BE OPEN artists discuss the making of the portal, the implications of multisensorial projects and the future of sound

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