London Design Festival 2014 preview
As London gears up for its annual creative showcase, the finishing touches are being added to exhibitions across the capital. While the V&A remains the London Design Festival hub, events, shows and installations will pepper the city, with new districts like Islington and Queens Park getting in on the action this year, alongside veterans like Clerkenwell and Brompton. With so much to see, navigating it all can be tough. Here, we bring you our edit of the top 20 exhibitions.
Writer: Rosa Bertoli
The museum resumes its role as London Design Festival hub once again, laying on a series of ambitious installations and exhibitions. Look out for Barber Osgerby and BMW’s giant, revolving ‘Double Space’ installation in the Raphael Gallery (read more in our October issue), a light installation by Michael Anastassiades and Flos, a sweeping structural work by Zaha Hadid in the John Madejski garden. The Wishlist exhibition - spearheaded by Sir Terence Conran and produced in collaboration with AHEC and Benchmark – will also be top of our hit list. For this show, design big guns like Conran, Sir Paul Smith and John Pawson have tasked young designers, such as Lola Lely, Sebastian Cox and Gareth Neal to create the object they have always wanted.
13 – 21 September; Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL
Pictured: ‘Getting away from it all’, a desk area designed by Sebastian Cox for Sir Terence Conran. Photography: Petr Krejci