Over the rainbow

Flynn Talbot gives us the inside scoop on his immersive installation for Australia at London Design Biennale

Following the Australian legislation for same-sex marriage in Australia, designer Flynn Talbot had an epiphany for the London Design Biennale installation for his native country. He wanted to encapsulate what love is, and did this using a riot of colour.

Talbot built a concave structure with hanging fibre optic strands for an immersive light experience. ‘We perceive spatial awareness 80 per cent through our eyes,' he says, and so to add a further layer to this concept, he ensured people could hold the vibrant strands too.

Build within a darkened space at Somerset House, the glowing sculpture allows for a reflective moment that Talbot hopes brings happiness. Production: Zetteler Films

Full Spectrum is on view 4-23 September at London Design Biennale at Somerset House.

Rosa Bertoli was born in Udine, Italy, and now lives in London. Since 2014, she has been the Design Editor of Wallpaper*, where she oversees design content for the print and online editions, as well as special editorial projects. Through her role at Wallpaper*, she has written extensively about all areas of design. Rosa has been speaker and moderator for various design talks and conferences including London Craft Week, Maison & Objet, The Italian Cultural Institute (London), Clippings, Zaha Hadid Design, Kartell and Frieze Art Fair. Rosa has been on judging panels for the Chart Architecture Award, the Dutch Design Awards and the DesignGuild Marks. She has written for numerous English and Italian language publications, and worked as a content and communication consultant for fashion and design brands.