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Design Directory

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London Design Festival 2012

The London Design Festival (14-23 September) has swung into action once more, covering large swathes of the city with design pop-ups, product launches, installations, exhibitions and more. With this year marking the tenth anniversary of the ten day festival, its looking bigger and mightier than ever. Team Wallpaper* has hit the ground running to bring you all the highlights as they happen

London Design Festival 2012: the Wallpaper* edit

  • This playful and imposing canopy hanging above the entrance to the V&A is designed by Heatherwick Studio and constructed from 208 traffic cones
    Photography: Sabine Zetteler

  • The sculpture accompanies the studio's 'Designing the Extraordinary' exhibition in the museum which will run until the 30 September
    Photography: Sabine Zetteler

  • The American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) has teamed up with product design students from London's Royal College of Art to produce a series of chairs. British furniture producer Benchmark worked with the students to realise their designs, which are as aesthetically pleasing as they are sustainable. The results are on show at the V&A in an exhibition titled 'Out of the Woods: Adventures of 12 Hardwood Chairs'
    Photography: Petr Krejci

  • Pictured, clockwise (from top left) are: 'Travelling Bench' by Nicholas Gardner and David Horan; 'Leftovers Chair' by Lauren Davies; 'Solitude' by Mary Argyrou; 'Floating Chair' by Bobby Petersen and Tom Gottelier; 'Well Proven Chair' by James Shaw and Marjan van Aubel; and 'Tree Furniture' by Anton Alvarez
    Photography: Petr Krejci

  • 'Designed Legacy' chair by Michael Warren tip toes en pointe as elegantly as any ballet dancer thus enhancing its lightweight, low-impact construction
    Photography: Sabine Zetteler

  • Spanish designer Santi Guerrero Font has created his seemingly basic, but actually highly complex chair, entitled 'Num. 4', using American ash as his hardwood of choice. He was keen to make visible how everything slots together using only glue to fuse his joints
    Photography: Sabine Zetteler

  • 'Floating Chair' by Bobby Petersen and Tom Gottelier, and 'Squeeze' by Nicholas Wallenberg
    Photography: Sabine Zetteler

  • Home grown British designer Sam Weller's intelligent chair design involves a seamless rigging process to hold the contributing parts in place, yet the fluidity of the rope design makes it all appear deceptively simple
    Photography: Sabine Zetteler

  • 'Folded Chair' by Japanese designer Norie Matsumoto combines ash and walnut
    Photography: Petr Krejci

  • '7X7' installation by Faye Toogood in Covent Garden. The installation is part of a series of works commissioned by Dezeen, called Seven Designers for Seven Dials, inspired by tradespeople of the area. Photography: Rory van Mullingen

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