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Highlights from London Design Festival

Now in its 11th year, the London Design Festival has expanded from product design to now include sculpture, fashion, and graphic design. Below are some highlights from around the city, including floor art, lighting and technological innovations.

London Design 1

The cork floor was installed on the existing bridge in the Victoria & Albert Museum’s (V&A) and was a collaboration between London-based FAT Architecture and Portugal’s Amorin, the world’s largest producer of cork. The floor is made up of a series of natural cork tiles laid in a repeating trompe l’oeil geometric pattern that is based on a scientific diagram of cork’s cellular structure.

London Design 2

On display until November 21, the 28.280 custom chandelier by Canadian designer Omer Arbel was one of the V&A’s most ambitious installations for the festival. Located in the museum’s grand entrance, the massive grouping of 280 individual 28 Series handmade glass pendant lamps are suspended from the highest point of the building and cascade down almost 100 feet.

London Design 3

Made in the U.S., the new 3M collection includes the Lightfalls wall sconce by New York-based designer (and Shaw Contract Group collaborator) Todd Bracher. Using a proprietary 3M film that is 99% reflective, one 15 inch-wide voluptuous orb sconce can distribute the light of a single LED into multiple fixtures, creating the illusion of several sources where there is only one.

London Design 4

DuPont Corian announced a collaboration with the Power Matters Alliance (PMA) industrial coalition to integrate PMA-compatible wireless charging solutions for smartphones and tablets into work surfaces made with Corian.

Images: Architectural Record

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