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London Design Festival: The Latest Architecture and News

The Famed and Forgotten Works of Uruguay's Modernists

16:00 - 23 September, 2018
Vilamajó (Uruguay, second from left) with various members of the Board of Design Consultants for the UN Headquarters Building in 1947, including N. D. Bassov (Soviet Union), Gaston Brunfaut (Belgium), Ernest Cormier (Canada), Le Corbusier (France), Liang Seu-cheng (China), Sven Markelius (Sweden), Oscar Niemeyer (Brazil), Howard Robertson (United Kingdom), and G. A. Soilleux (Australia), as part of the Board of Design Consultants for the U.N. Headquarters Building in 1947. Image Courtesy of Courtesy the Facultad de Arquitectura Diseño y Ubranismo Montevideo, via Metropolis Magazine
Vilamajó (Uruguay, second from left) with various members of the Board of Design Consultants for the UN Headquarters Building in 1947, including N. D. Bassov (Soviet Union), Gaston Brunfaut (Belgium), Ernest Cormier (Canada), Le Corbusier (France), Liang Seu-cheng (China), Sven Markelius (Sweden), Oscar Niemeyer (Brazil), Howard Robertson (United Kingdom), and G. A. Soilleux (Australia), as part of the Board of Design Consultants for the U.N. Headquarters Building in 1947. Image Courtesy of Courtesy the Facultad de Arquitectura Diseño y Ubranismo Montevideo, via Metropolis Magazine

Uruguay's architecture scene has long taken the backseat to those of its more popular neighbours. Brazil, to the north, has a modernist history that rivals (if not shades) that of its European peers; Chile, to the west, boasts an innovative climate for architecture unparalleled in the world today.

Zaha Hadid Architects Presents Interweaving Carpet Collection for Royal Thai during London Design Festival 2018

11:30 - 19 September, 2018
Zaha Hadid Architects Presents Interweaving Carpet Collection for Royal Thai during London Design Festival 2018, RE/Form Striation collection. Image Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects
RE/Form Striation collection. Image Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

As part of the London Design Festival 2018, the Zaha Hadid Gallery is presenting the new RE/Form carpet collection designed by Zaha Hadid Architects for Royal Thai. Consisting of 22 designs across four themes, the pieces showcase fluid patterns heavily reminiscent of Hadid’s architectural works.

The four themes consist of striated lines, ribbonlike projections, pixelated landscapes, and organic cellular shapes. Each pattern captures “Hadid’s signature use of interweaving, layering and play with light and shadow.”

RE/Form Striation collection. Image Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects RE/Form Ribbons collection. Image Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects RE/Form Cellular collection. Image Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects RE/Form Pixels collection. Image Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects + 22

7 Installations to Watch Out For at the 2018 London Design Festival

12:30 - 17 September, 2018
7 Installations to Watch Out For at the 2018 London Design Festival, Multiply / Waugh Thistleton Architects. Image © David Parry
Multiply / Waugh Thistleton Architects. Image © David Parry

The 2018 London Design Festival is now underway, having returned for its 16th year. Running from 15th to 23rd September, and spread across the city, the Festival features works such as Snøhetta’s rotating book pavilion and a series of installations at the V&A celebrating the venue’s 10th year as the Festival’s official hub.

Below, we have compiled a list of collaborations to look out for throughout the week, including investigations into issues such as climate change and plastic pollution, and artistic themes such as Cubism and classical music.

Snøhetta Designs Rotating Book Pavilion for the 2018 London Design Festival

14:00 - 27 August, 2018
Snøhetta Designs Rotating Book Pavilion for the 2018 London Design Festival, Book Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Snøhetta
Book Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Snøhetta

Celebrating Paddington Central’s first year as a Design Route at the London Design Festival, the design practice Snøhetta created a rotating book pavilion for British Land. Snøhetta wanted to create a project that would reimagine the traditional principles of a library through a mechanized pavilion that generates varied spatial types. Designed for visitors to immerse themselves into a world of books, the pavilion encourages exploration, interaction and reflection.

Book Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Snøhetta Book Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Snøhetta Book Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Snøhetta Book Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Snøhetta + 9

Walk Through and Experience the Rich History of Ceramics With 'Gateways'

14:00 - 1 October, 2017
Walk Through and Experience the Rich History of Ceramics With 'Gateways', © Gareth Gardner
© Gareth Gardner

You’re going to wish you saw this Instagram worthy art installation. Gateways (@Landofceramics) at the central fountain in Granary Square, King’s Cross closed this week. It was designed to celebrate the DesignJunction event (September 21-24) an interior design show by and for the industry, set in challenging industrial sites as part of the greater London Design Festival.

Arup Designs Prototype Building Based on Circular Economy Principles

06:00 - 30 March, 2017
Arup Designs Prototype Building Based on Circular Economy Principles, © Simon Kennedy
© Simon Kennedy

In a prototype developed for the 2016 London Design Festival, Arup Associates designed The Circular Building, one of the first buildings in the UK built to satisfy Circular Economy principles, in which “all components need to be implemented and utilized to their full potential and to the duration of their life cycle, while creating a comfortable and aesthetic environment for the user.”

In order to achieve these goals, designers and engineers worked together to refine the application of prefabricated construction techniques, producing details that utilize finely tuned engineering rather than mechanical fixings. Through this methodology, the team was able to create a low-waste, self-supporting, and demountable structurally integrated panel (SIPs) wall system (which used cladding provided by Accoya) with reusable clamp connections between the wall and recycled steel frame elements, as well as sustainably sourced, heat treated timber for the cladding and decking.

Satellite Architects Design Temporary Facade Fusing Natural and Artificial Elements

14:00 - 28 August, 2016
Satellite Architects Design Temporary Facade Fusing Natural and Artificial Elements, Courtesy of Satellite Architects
Courtesy of Satellite Architects

Satellite Architects have designed a pixelated facade for Designjunction temporary exhibition space at Cubitt House in Kings Cross, London. The facade combines natural and artificial elements by wrapping a reflective, gridded screen on top of a second screen of trees and bushes, allowing the foliage to peek through.

designjunction 2016

14:09 - 18 July, 2016
designjunction 2016, Designjunction 2016, King's Cross, London (September 22 – 25, 2016)
Designjunction 2016, King's Cross, London (September 22 – 25, 2016)

designjunction, now in its sixth year, returns for the annual London Design Festival. Relocating to an exciting new home in King’s Cross, designjunction takes over four main sites for a curated programme of design exhibitions, installations, retail experiences, events and workshops based upon the theme #ImmersedinDesign.

2015 London Design Festival to Open in September

04:15 - 30 July, 2015
2015 London Design Festival to Open in September, Trafalgar Square (2014 LDF). Image Courtesy of London Design Festival
Trafalgar Square (2014 LDF). Image Courtesy of London Design Festival

The 2015 London Design Festival, an annual event held to celebrate and promote London as "the design capital of the world," will run this year between the 19th and 27th September. As a platform for some of the capital's major trade shows, the city-wide event aims to showcase exhibitors from across the world at a series of 'Design Destinations' — places at which established and emerging designers, manufacturers and brands can present their products and innovations.

Ten Top Designers Get the Products of Their Dreams With "The Wish List"

01:00 - 19 September, 2014
Ten Top Designers Get the Products of Their Dreams With "The Wish List", Tableware / Zaha Hadid + Gareth Neal. Image © Petr Krejčí
Tableware / Zaha Hadid + Gareth Neal. Image © Petr Krejčí

Terence Conran asked nine of his friends in the design world "What have you always wanted in your home, but have never been able to find?" The result is The Wish List, a set of ten projects dreamed up by big name designers such as Norman Foster, Zaha Hadid and Richard Rogers, but designed and crafted in collaboration with emerging designers.

Sponsored by the American Hardwood Export Council, the only restriction was that the product had to be made of wood, leading to designs ranging from Foster's modest geometric pencil sharpeners to Paul Smith's dream garden shed.

As part of the 2014 London Design Festival, the resulting ten products will be on show at the V&A Museum until October 24th.

Pencil Sharpener / Norman Foster + Norie Matsumoto. Image © Petr Krejčí Workspace / Terence Conran + Sebastian Cox. Image © Petr Krejčí Ladder / Richard Rogers, Ab Rogers + Xenia Moseley. Image © Petr Krejčí Shed / Paul Smith + Nathalie de Leval. Image © Petr Krejčí + 21

Richard Rogers Honored with Lifetime Achievement Medal

00:00 - 16 September, 2014
Richard Rogers Honored with Lifetime Achievement Medal, © 2013 Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners LLP
© 2013 Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners LLP

Richard Rogers has been honored with the Coutts Lifetime Achievement Medal for his “significant and fundamental contributions to the design industry,” an announcement made as part of the London Design Festival in Rogers’ newly completed Leadenhall Building.

“He has played a leading role in designing buildings that made us think again about how we use them and how they function,” stated London Design Festival director Ben Evans. :His eminence is global, and he is part of a golden era of leading British architects who not only reshaped our city but also reshaped the world to some capacity.”

Crest / Zaha Hadid Architects

01:00 - 13 September, 2014
Crest / Zaha Hadid Architects, © Luke Hayes
© Luke Hayes

Zaha Hadid Architects has constructed an experimental structure on the grounds of London’s V&A Museum, just in time for the London Design Festival. The temporary installation is the practice’s thinnest shell structure to date, testing new design and construction technologies for achieving minimal material thickness while “investigating the relationship between formal arrangement and structural performance.”

Chipperfield criticizes the impotence of contemporary practice

19:00 - 26 September, 2012
Courtesy of David Chipperfield Architects
Courtesy of David Chipperfield Architects

With a world plagued by the current economic crisis, David Chipperfield fears that the architects’ role is shrinking and the professions ability to influence the shape of our cities is diminishing.

Since the inauguration of this year’s Venice Biennale, Chipperfield has been amidst of a few heated debates, most notably debunking the harsh criticism of Coop Himmelb(lau)’s Wolf Prix – who claimed the “hollow” event was “no longer about lively discussion and criticism of topics in contemporary architecture” – by affirming Prix “hadn’t even visited Venice”.

Interestingly, Chipperfield has now initiated a debate, using similar rhetoric as Prix, that calls attention to the dwindling role of the architect and the impotence of contemporary architecture. The catch? He blames politicians.

Continue after the break for more.

Sound Portal / BE OPEN

09:00 - 29 May, 2012

While the excitement builds for the Olympic Games this summer, London is also preparing for their Design Festival of mid-September. In a joint effort between Arup and Sound and Music, the installation at Trafalgar Square will focus on the idea of design you cannot see by creating a black rubberized portal that will transport visitors to inaccessible places and remote environments through a series of three-dimensional soundscapes created by leading musicians and sound designers. By isolating the sense of sound, visitors will be submerged in a completely new environment as they stand in one of the busiest squares in the world.

More about BE OPEN after the break.