For those of you who didn’t know, London Design Festival (LDF) took place in England’s Capital last week. As storefronts transformed into design sets and every known designer/architect rushed to get their installations together, London became the design capital of the world. Although there were so many great sculptures and installations, here are 9fi5th’s top three display’s that really caught our eye.
Curiosity Cloud: Viennese design duo Mischer’Traxler filled a room at the famous Victoria & Albert Museum, with 264 suspended blown-glass bulbs. Each bulb, hung at different lengths from the ceiling above, contained tiny hand-made models of various different insects. From butterflies to dragon flies, this interactive installation is all about the visitors journey throughout the room. Each of the bulbs is dormant until a visitor gets close. Then, the bulb lights up and the insects move around, fluttering about inside the bulb.
Each insect, which includes endangered and newly discovered species, is attached to a motor by a thin wine to the top of the bulb. Through thermal imaging sensors, the motor is triggered when it detects someone’s presence.
A Bullet from a Shooting Star: Designed by British sculptor Alex Chinneck, the 35-meter tall steel sculpture is an inverted electricity pylon. Weighing in at 15 tons, the sculpture was commissioned by LDF in collaboration with Greenwich Peninsula to reference the area’s industrial history. Illuminated at night, the piece is visible from North Greenwich station, The Thames Clipper, Emirates Airline cable car, Canary Wharf, and to planes flying in and out of City Airport.
With such raw materials and a classic design, we admire this installation purely because it draws beauty from something we normally consider a pollution to the surrounding backdrop.
Constructivist Swing Set: Constructivism was an architectural/art movement in the early 20th century originating in Russia. The idea stripped art to its basic elements – resulting in simple geometric works. Design duo Isabel + Helen exhibited a swing set playing with these same ideas of constructivism.
“We’ve always been interested in its strong, abstract visual language and how the design movement is fundamentally based on a combination of marks and simple geometric shapes, yet it communicates such powerful messages,” said Isabel Gibson, half of the design duo.
Comprised of two swings, the swings themselves are positioned in two different geometric shapes – a triangle and circle – in black and red. At the top is a bold blue shape spinning endlessly as the swings go back and forth. The installation is beautiful both still and in motion.