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6 must-see exhibits at the London Design Festival 2017


Villa Walala


Words by Olivia Michel

The London Design Festival (LDF) will return to the city from September 16 – 24, 2017. This year marks the festival’s 15th celebration of local and international creativity. A huge number of artists will be showcasing their designs, from architecture to fashion, with installations hosted in locations such as Somerset House, the V&A Museum and the streets of Brixton. Click through to see our selection of the exhibits you can’t miss.

1. Villa Walala

This year’s LDF landscape project aims to bring some colour and jocundity to London. Designed by artist Camille Walala in partnership with British Land, the installation is a soft castle sculpture composed of materials such as vinyl, nylon and PVC. Villa Walala is a playful, interactive piece of art, created with the purpose of exciting curiosity and relieving the stress of city work life.

Villa Walala will be displayed for the entirety of the festival in Exchange Square, Broadgate.

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Perfume at Somerset House


Picture courtesy of shutterstock.com / Filip Warulik

Perfume has long been recognised as a powerful craft, influencing how humans experience the world and each other since the days of Ancient Egypt. Perfume at Somerset House will focus on 10 scents crafted specifically for the exhibition by pioneering perfumers. Each scent has its own room, designed to reflect the inspiration behind the perfumes and the ingredients used to create them, forming a sensory experience that takes visitors on a journey from a French catholic mass to the Saharan Desert, exploring the effect of perfumes and the places and emotions they evoke. The last week of Perfume will coincide with the LDF, so if you haven’t seen it yet this is your last chance.

Perfume is open until September 23 in the East Wing of Somerset House, Strand.

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The Glass Chain


This free exhibition, created by Space Popular, uses digitally printed glass to challenge the boundaries of material and envision the future possibilities of glass within architecture. The title of the exhibit pays tribute to an exchange of letters between German architects in the early 18th century, in which they imagined the potential of this capricious building material. This installation hopes to take up the mantle and use modern technology to fulfil the dreams of Bruno Taut and his fellow correspondents. A must-see for those keeping a keen eye on the ever-increasing use of glass in superyachts.

The Glass Chain is open now and on display until September 29 at Sto Werkstatt, Clerkenwell.

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