A new destination this year for the London Design Festival was Somerset House, which showcased a series of exciting exhibitions, installation and events.
The venue was the home of ‘10 Designers in the West Wing’ – ten different rooms containing interactive and intriguing exhibitions from ten of the design world’s brightest names. A personal favourite was ‘Versatile Alphabeta Lamps’ by Luca Nichetto with Hem, who combined letters of the alphabet to create words and sounds and light displays. The configurable pendant lamps –a nod to Scandinavian minimalism – were composed of various colours and shapes, making each constellation wholly unique and really interesting to watch.Alongside the Alphabeta lamps there was a broad range to see including: Transition; Warm/Wet, The Drawing Room by Faye Toogood, Odyssey and the Connected by Pattern project, from Patternity. The latter was a monochrome explosion of pattern and shape – a real assault on the senses, but a dazzling one nonetheless. Stripes, dots and grid work adorned the space, with visitors invited to use mirrors and viewing holes to fully immerse themselves in the experiences.
When we ventured further into Somerset House we were able to see an even wider range of London Design Festival projects from #PoweredByTweets: The Challenge, Serif TV and The British Land Celebration of Design Award Winners Exhibition.Tech lovers found a new home at Somerset House with the Jasper Morrison and Punkt room, as well as in the #PoweredByTweets space. Punkt launched their no-nonsense M01 Mobile Phone by Jasper Morrison – a back-to-basics, call and text only cell phone that was beautiful in its simplicity. The room itself was delightfully relaxing, offering visitors space to ‘switch off’ and enjoy the graphic art on display. #PoweredByTweets was, by contrast, thoroughly immersive. Curated by Twitter, the exhibition showcased six unique ways that Twitter could change the world. From a pigeon-powered air pollution patrols to a state of the art hospital ward, there were six different ideas as to how the platform could impact – and change for the better – the way we live our lives.
Overall this new venue addition to LDF was a great visit and for anyone thinking of attending LDF next year, Somerset House is a must see.