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  • London Design Festival 2007

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    Thanks to Tony Taglianetti over at Artshole.co.uk for his recent review on the forthcoming London Design Festival. This year looks ever more exciting than before and includes a series of sustainability focused events and exhibitions.

    The London Design Festival 2007 will be defined by a series of new and innovative installations and events, making it the most comprehensive and diverse in the Festival's five-year history. This coincides with the announcement that Swarovski Crystal Palace has agreed to be the main sponsor for The London Design Festival 2007; their involvement will take the form of specific installations, the opening reception and initiatives during the 11 days of the Festival.

    The London Design Festival has also recently secured a three-year funding agreement from the London Development Agency, enabling the Festival to develop further for the on-going benefit of London’s design sector as well as providing a focal point for design activity in the city every year. The agreement reflects the creative sector’s increasing relevance to London’s economic sustainability.

    The Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, says: "The London Design Festival has quickly established itself as an important event that demonstrates the breadth of London's creativity. Its programme reflects the diversity and strength of one of London’s most important and growing sectors. ‘Through projects in public spaces such as Trafalgar Square, the Festival uniquely allows design to reach thousands of Londoners, and by partnering with Southbank Centre for the first time in 2007 it will directly add to further establishing the South Bank riverside as a key cultural quarter for London"

    Below is a selection of some of the sustainability/green-focused projects already confirmed for the London Design Festival 2007. The full programme will be published in August.

    Materials project (15-25 September)

    The London Design Festival has devised the Materials Project, matching leading architects and designers with public venues and the manufacturers of different materials to create a series of landmark installations. The project will be one of the showcase elements within the London Design Festival 2007 programme, putting innovative design in front of a substantial audience as well as pushing the limitations of the materials used. It aims to blur the boundaries between architecture, design, engineering and sculpture. The project will make use of various sites on the South Bank.

    Working with materials such as concrete and Corian, Zaha Hadid, Thomas Heatherwick, and Amanda Levette will create a piece each. One or two more leading names will soon be announced. The pieces will be auctioned off during the Festival through a special ‘walking auction’ by auctioneers Phillips de Pury.

    Design Museum

    • Zaha Hadid – Architecture and Design (29 June - 25 November) Zaha Hadid is at the height of her powers. With an office 170 strong, she is building all over the world, projects that range from masterplans in Singapore and Istanbul, to an opera house in China, a museum in Rome, and a skyscraper in Dubai. Alongside this her range of domestic products and furniture has engaged the attention of international art and design collectors and critics. Zaha Hadid: Architecture and Design will be the first UK full-scale exhibition of Hadid’s visionary work and the most ambitious project undertaken by the Design Museum.
    • Design Mart – Designers in Residence (12 September-28 November) For the last three years Design Mart has showcased the best of a new generation of product and furniture designers, offering a springboard into the design world, as part of the Design Museum’s commitment to nurturing new talent. Opening to coincide with the London Design Festival 2007 the exhibition will re-launch under the new title Designers in Residence. Instead of an exhibition in one gallery, Designers in Residence will be a collection of site-specific work by a selected group of talented new designers, all of whom have graduated within the last five years. The work will then tour to regional institutions throughout the UK.

    Tom Dixon in Trafalgar Square (17-22 September)

    In conjunction with the London Design Festival leading British Designer Tom Dixon will take over Trafalgar Square with a large lighting installation across the square. With plans afoot to ban the sale of the traditional incandescent bulb in the EU, Tom Dixon will use low energy light bulbs and recycled objects to demonstrate how using sustainable and energy efficient solutions can create a dramatic aesthetic.

    100% Futures at 100% Design (20-23 September)

    A new element of 100% Design is introduced this year: 100% Futures. The initiative will provide a dedicated launch pad for young designers to meet and build relationships with manufacturers, specifiers, retailers and distributors and offer the opportunity of support, mentoring and new business advices. 100% Futures will showcase 50 of the best new designers in selected by a high profile panel of designers, manufacturers and industry opinion leaders a bespoke area designed by Tom Dixon, the show’s new Creative Director.

    Tent London (20-23 September)

    Tent London takes place at the Truman Brewery, in the heart of Brick Lane, during the London Design Festival. Organised jointly by Ian Rudge, founder of 100% Design and Jimmy MacDonald, founder 100% East. This brand new event will attract consumers and trade in equal measure, with over 300 exhibitors participating in a variety of shows and juried events, illustrating the best of innovative, international design.

    Digital creativity conference (18 September)

    The team behind digital design showcase dynamo London www.dynamolondon.org is working alongside the London Design Festival to produce a unique one-day conference to examine the impact of digital interactive media on a host of design related industries. By bringing together some of the foremost practitioners and thinkers from a range of industries, delegates will discuss how our collective digital future will pan out, and the importance of good design principles and practices for both social and economic benefit. Following the conference, The Y Design Awards will be run for the second time as part of the London Design Festival. Staged to celebrate the UK’s leading creative talent demonstrated through the use of digital technology, the awards will be presented across a number of categories. For more information visit ydesignawards.com.

    Casa Décor (1-30 September)

    The most innovative and prestigious design exhibition in Europe and Latin America is coming to the UK for the first time and will be part of the London Design Festival 2007. Casa Decor will bring the best of the exhibitions from around the world in its 20-year history, and showcase them in a unique space at the former Royal Mail sorting office in London N1. A fresh and unique concept, Casa Decor will project onto the raw space in Islington the creative vision of renowned architects and designers, and the biggest brands and most desirable products. The result is a showcase of the most inspirational living spaces in the world. For more information see the Casa Decor website here.

    The Greening of Illustration and Design (20th September)

    Does illustration and graphic design have a role to play in climate change? Images can function as powerful tools when they communicate not only the psychological dynamics of the issues - but also the science of climate change to the non-expert mind. How illustrators and designers rise to the challenge of communicating the most essential messages in an era of environmental crisis - is on the agenda of this cross-disciplinary panel discussion. This panel is presented by EcoLabs, a new ecological literacy initiative, and supported by the London College of Communication. It follows a recent article in Varoom magazine: 'The Greening of Illustration' by EcoLabs founder Jody Boehnert. Panellists will include figures from design journalism, academia, radical and mainstream illustration and design, climate change activists and the scientific community. More information iambe.co.uk and Eco-labs.org

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