London Design Festival 2015 in a day

Every September London hosts London Design Festival – just over a week of design focused talks, exhibitions and shows. I’ve been really busy for the past couple of weeks, with something booked in for every evening which meant that I hadn’t had the chance to see any of LDF15. Last weekend I set myself a challenge; try to see (most of) LDF in a day. I also decided to post my adventure to my Snapchat story too, although I’m not sure how many people actually watched it… ha

To get the most out of my day, I set off early Saturday morning at 9am. OUCH – it hurt getting up at 7am on a weekend. With a list of the venues I wanted to visit, I made a travel plan and headed for my first stop…

London Design Festival 2015 Somerset House

10.20am – The V&A
Arriving not long after the opening meant that the V&A thankfully wasn’t too busy (for a weekend). After being confused by the map, I set off to find the Tower of Babel (a tower of ceramic mini London shopfronts) and Laetitia de Allegri & Matteo Fogale’s Mise-en-abyme coloured acrylic tunnel; both were pretty fun, although I nearly hit my head in the tunnel (despite being 5ft3!). After spending about 15 minutes looking for shops that I recognised within the Tower, I headed to the other side of the museum to find the Curiosity Cloud where I was met by a friendly face – Naomi was looking after the exhibition! This was really special – an interactive installation of lightbulbs and moving ‘butterflies’, activated by the movement or body heat of the people within the room. For a small moment, everyone in the room was still and silent… and then some children ran in, sigh. Time to move onto the next stop; I leave South Kensington for…

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12.03pm – Somerset House 
I was already a bit excited about the 10 designers in the West Wing at Somerset House because I had seen so much of it on Instagram through out the week. I knew I was going to love one of the rooms; Patternity’s amazing monochrome pattern playroom. It took me a couple of visits back to the room before it was empty enough/I had plucked up enough courage to ask someone to take my photo but on with the cape and I blended in the room perfectly!

In the South Wing I discovered Powered by Tweets, which was a series of interactive things… powered by Twitter. It was really fascinating and I even got the chance to be a part of the installation: the typewriter was typing Alice In Wonderland using words from tweets. So as long as someone had tweeted using the word it needed to type, it could search the whole of Twitter and find it. Whilst I was geeking out over the concept, the typewriter got stuck on ‘Hurriedly’, so I tweeted it and crossed my fingers it would find it. Sure enough, I received a notification from the typewriter and it was able to continue to type! Anyway, I managed to tear myself away from the tweets to leave for my next stop…

🔲🔳 Now that’s what you call camouflage 🔳🔲

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💭 🔧 💡 🎨 by @iconprinting at @tentlondon

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4.15pm – Walala in da House
Tucked away in the side streets of Islington I found the amazing geometric set up by street artist Camille Walala. If it wasn’t in Aria’s shop window, I could have definitely set up house in there! I’d best get saving for my own Walala living room in that case…

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4.26pm – Home time!
All designed out, I decided it was time to head home and digest the day’s inspiration/sleep ha

LDF15 had some great things happening – lots to see and get involved with! I really enjoyed experiencing the different venues and crowds of people. I was gutted that I didn’t get to go to the Graphics Weekend at the V&A (due to a family reunion), so bring on 2016!

What did you think to London Design Festival? Which events did you make it to? Or maybe you followed my Snapchat story…? ha Let me know 🙂

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2 Comments

  1. jodiepsmith@icloud.com' 06/10/2015 / 8:04 pm

    Camillas work looks amazing, I am so gutted that I missed this, loving the colours & lines. But how great was patternity @ Somerset house? That was my favourite section. Plus how blended in are you?! That’s great!
    Hope you had a nice time!!

    Jodie | http://a-textile-perspective.blogspot.co.uk

    • 07/10/2015 / 9:19 pm

      Patternity was AMAZING! I know right, pretty impressed with my camouflage effort! Glad that I had the courage to ask a stranger to take my photo ha 🙂 Well, there will be next year – you can visit then! x

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