With LDF fast approaching, the Alice Made This team are excited to spend another year exploring the festival, discovering new talent and learning about innovative projects. Held from 17th - 25th September, here are just some of the must-sees on our itinerary for #LDF2016. Read below for more details and follow us on instagram here to keep up to date with our shots from the events.
If you only have time to do one thing this LDF, then visit the V&A. The creative centre and hub of the festival, you will find so much under one roof. Three things we are particularly looking forward to are...
V&A Engineering Season - With our love for industry, engineering and architecture this one will be top of our list. Highlighting the importance of engineering in our daily lives, the V&A Engineering Season champions engineers as the 'unsung heroes of design' and examines the pivotal role they play in the creation of our contemporary environment.
The Camera Exposed - Bringing the camera itself into focus, this display showcases early images of photographers with their cameras, including pieces by Eugène Atget, Lee Friedlander, André Kertesz, Phillipe Halsman, Weegee and more.
Liquid Marble - Enter into a meditative state courtesy of French designer Mathieu Lehanneur and his work Liquid Marble, a large and refined piece of black marble sculpted into a static and elegant representation of the ocean's movement.
Whereas the V&A may be the heart of the activity, there are plenty of thought provoking and pioneering projects taking place all around our capital. Here are just a few that we will be visiting over the course of the festival.
London Design Biennale - Taking over Somerset House, the London Design Biennale is sponsored by Jaguar and is a new addition to LDF. The Biennale will explore arguments and in depth questions about sustainability, migration, pollution, energy, cities and social equality. We hope this will be the first of many!
South East Makers Club - Representing South East London, the home to the Alice Made This studio and an area full of creativity, the South East Makers Club invites all design enthusiasts to head south and follow a trail through the creative streets & studios of South East London. The trail includes workshop tours, Simple Shape ceramics exhibitions, street art, films, talks & pub quiz. Stay tuned for an interview with the South East Makers Club on our Journal in the next couple of weeks.
Electro Craft - An exhibition of electronic products, created by a diverse group of designers who share a fascination with pioneering technology and precise objects, Electro Craft is made up of new and existing work and showcases electronics as a craft. Super excited about this one!
KXCQ - A celebration of one of London's coolest and most creative areas, head over to KXCQ for an abundance of amazing food, drink and design projects. We are especially excited about designjunction, where we showed our TFL collection last year, and Brain Waves at Central Saint Martins UAL, where you can see some of the pioneering works shaping the future.
Countercurrent - An exhibition of work in response to the premises and archives of the yacht-chandler Arthur Beale in Shaftesbury Avenue, presented by the staff of the BA Jewellery Design course at Central Saint Martins. We visited this wonderful store many times when we were developing our Marine collection!
Open Workshop + Launch of the 'Trellick Range' by Tom Dixon and Goldfinger Factory - Goldfinger Factory, an award-winning design, build and teaching social enterprise underneath the geometric Trellick Tower, are set to launch the 'Trellick Range' with Alice Made This favourite Tom Dixon. Head to the underbelly of the Trellick Tower for their open workshop. The location for our Silversmith shoot, we are keen to see how the Trellick Tower and Erno Goldfinger's influence have been translated into a range.
MAGMA - A Project by Faye Toogood in collaboration with Made a Mano - Finally with our love of materials and to the queen of material exploration, Faye Toogood. Explore the raw and resilient lava stone of Mount Etna and uncover the process and findings of this journey.
Learn more about London Design Festival and the rest of the festival programme here.