London Design Festival guide

The London Design Festival is up and running: here’s our guide to events that may be of interest to CR readers and some info on this year’s LDF identity

The London Design Festival is up and running: here’s our guide to events that may be of interest to CR readers and some info on this year’s LDF identity

As we mentioned here, the wow factor for this year’s festival is supplied by Outrace, the Trafalgar Square installation by Clemens Weisshaar and Reed Kram featuring giant robots on loan from Audi.

Here’s our pick of the rest:

The Designs of Lou Dorfsman
Retrospective including a 2D replica of Dorfsman’s famous Gastrotypographicassemblage for the CBS Building cafeteria
Kemistry Gallery, until October 30

Process: The working practices of Barney Bubbles
More here
Chelsea Space, until October 23

The Smalls short film fest
The Gallery Soho, Sept 22&23

Paul Boudens: Trust Me, graphic design 1990-2010
Retrospective of the Belgian designer, profiled in CR in 2005
The Wapping Project, until October 3

Anti Design Festival
See here

Designbridge: Feelosophy
An installation trail about Clerkenwell created by the design consultancy
Designbridge, Sept 20-24

Mortar & Pestle: a celebration
31 emerging creatives are invited to produce a poster about one day in August
The City Arts & Music Project, Sept 23-30

26 Treasures
The writers’ organisation create 26 stories about 26 objects from the V&A’s British Galleries
V&A, Sept 18-26

Wrappers Delight
Collection of orange wrappers from design studio Hyperkit
Taschen store, until September 28

Breakfast Talks With The Times
Including Thomas Heatherwick, Neville Brody
V&A

Moquette for London
The story behind London Transport’s famous moquette pattern
Transport Museum, September 22

Also, look out for Emerge, featuring young designers as chosen by Domenic Lippa, who were each asked to design a poster around a single letter. The results will be displayed in various tube stations and at The Cube.

Full programme details here.

And talking of Lippa, the Pentagram partner has again created the identity for the Festival.

Apparently, “this year’s mark is all about creativity reacting against the formality of last year’s clean typographic approach,” Pentagram say. It features a handpainted alphabet by Beatrice Blumenthal, one of Lippa’s team at Pentagram.

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