London Design Festival: our top three highlights


Decorex is proud to be one of the London Design Festival's leading events. This year is the festival's tenth year, and there are some incredibly exciting projects planned. Not sure how to fit everything in? Wondering what to prioritise? Here's our top three picks, not to be missed:

1) BE OPEN Sound Portal

Inspired by the concept of sound as the 'next frontier of design', the BE OPEN Sound Portal is a big black rubberised ring, placed in the middle of Trafalgar Square - one of London's noisiest spaces. Visitors are invited to step inside the installation, to listen to 'finely-tuned audio technologies' which allow you to experience a very different environment created by sound alone. The portal will be open from 8.30am to 10pm from 19 to 23 September, and admission is free.

2) Mimicry Charis by Nendo

Once again, the V&A will be at the heart of the festival's activities. The museum will host Japanese design studio Nendo's Mimicry Chairs installation - a series of elegant chairs placed in various places throughout the museum's public spaces - including the entrance, galleries, staircases and corridors. Each chair will be modified so that it mimics the environment in which it sits - hence the name - with chairs appearing to 'climb' the stairs, and suspended in the entrance atrium.

3) Prism by Keiichi Matsuda

Last but definitely not least, our final pick is Keiichi Matsuda's groundbreaking installation Prism, commissioned by champagne brand Veuve Clicquot, which will also be on display at the V&A. The ambitious piece is made up of screens displaying live data taken from London's 'city dashboard', suspended in the V&A's uppermost cupola. People can also experience Prism through an app, making it truly interactive with anyone across the world. It's free to visit, but tickets are required, see the website to book.

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