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Friday, 13 May 2011

The London Design Festival press launch

          The Bouroullec 'Textile Field'
Many interesting things came out of the London Design Festival press launch yesterday. There's a wealth of innovative installations and exhibitions planned to take place this September.
Erwan Bouroullec will be creating a 30m 'Textile Field' padded carpet installation in association with Danish textile company Kvadrat in the Raphael rooms at the V&A museum. Bouroullec hopes to  prompt the viewer to reappraise the Raphael paintings by providing a more contemporary surrounding in which to view them. Visitors will be able  interact with the feature and are expected walk and lounge on the carpet while taking in the masterpieces surrounding them.

              Geometric south-west staircase in St Paul's 
I'm looking forward to the Swarovski & John Pawson installation in the geometric south-west staircase in St Paul's Cathedral. Usually closed off to the public, Pawson will use the biggest glass meniscus lens ever created to create a spectacular optical illusion. Allowing the viewer to see the top of the  staircase from all angles without even having to crane their neck.
The 'Red Dress' performance installation at The York Hall, Bethnal Green supported by the Finnish Institute in London will allow up to 250 audience members to sit in the hem of a giant red dress whilst a performer entertains them from the centre if it.

One not to miss is the Power of Making craft exhibition at the V&A. Quite apart from the various installations taking place inside the V&A, The Power of Making will be curated by Daniel Charney and will apparently be a 'cabinet of curiosities'; it opens on the 6th September.
The 'Red Dress'
Noma Bar Esquire cover

Leaving the best until last however, my most anticipated showcase is at Soho Gallery Outline Editions where celebrated Israeli graphic artist Noma Bar will be demonstrating his new installation 'Cut It Out'. Using a specially commissioned embossing machine he will be inviting users to explore the concept of negative space and allowing them to create their own Noma Bar cut out images. All will be signed and numbered by the artist.

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