« Now in its ninth year, the London Design Festival will be the largest and most significant yet, with an expected 180 partners and more than 250 events celebrating the world’s creative capital.
« This year the key word on everyone’s lips is growth. With a 60bn creative industries sector that employs over 2million people and produces nearly 6% of GDP, the government has identified our creative industries’ sector as crucial to growth, » said Sir John Sorrell, Chairman of the London Design Festival. « We all know design is the engine that drives the creative industries, so this year the London Design Festival will promote design not only as absolutely central to society and to culture – but also to the economy, to growth and the future. »
The London Design Festival has commissioned landmark design installations all by renowned British architects and designers across the city, at the V&A Museum, and, for the first time, St Paul’s Cathedral.
Victoria & Albert Museum – Timber Wave
At the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Festival’s main hub for the third year running, a standout feature of the programme will be the transformation of the exterior of the museum’s Cromwell Road entrance. Amanda Levete Architects (recent winner of an international competition to design a new courtyard and underground extension to the museum) has designed a majestic, three-dimensional lattice-work spiral, spanning the height of the museum doors, made by Red Oak and sponsored by the American Hardwood Export Council.
St Paul’s Cathedral – Focused Perspectives
Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece was topped-out 300 years ago. As part of this year’s Festival one of the UK’s leading architects, John Pawson, has designed an installation complementing Wren’s intention that the building should include a scientific element. The magnificent geometric staircase in the South West Tower (not usually open to the public) will feature an optical installation made from metal and Swarovski crystal, which will be installed at the base of the stairs and offer viewers a greater view of the cathedral than the natural eye could see. »