I've got a busy London Design Festival coming up this week and most of it is going to involve a lot of hard work as opposed to seeing as much as I possibly can. I'm going to take any opportunity to see the various sculptures, installations and pop-ups that have made their way to London for the festival but I'm thinking the parties are going to get the better of me on more than one occasion (I'll try to post as much as possible though!) Today was the first official day of LDF so I decided to check out the things that were a little bit more out of the way. First on the agenda - to please the boyfriend too - was Alex Chinneck's A Bullet from a Shooting Star in North Greenwich.
Chinneck has a knack for creating surreal sculptures and he hasn't disappointed with this 35 metre-high structure. The structure comprises of 450 pieces of steel and 900 connection points and has been created in collaboration with Knight Dragon , the Hong Kong-based property developer currently developing a new district in the Greenwich Peninsula. The pylon looks spectacular against its very own central London skyline and interestingly enough it actually acts as a sundial - a good feature to have when the site is intersecting the prime meridian line. I'll be checking this out again at dusk but Mr Chinneck is also holding a talk at the V&A on the 23rd at 12pm which is definitely worth a visit.
Next up today was a snippet of the Brixton Design Trail. Brixton constantly celebrates design with its role in cutting edge fashion and diverse street style, not to mention it being the original home of the likes of David Bowie. Its also home to many talented designers & start-ups and the trail is showcasing a range of design from Brixton stars such as Eley Kishimoto to the local designer-makers who inhabit the markets on a weekly basis. I'm a huge Eley Kishimoto fan (patterns of course) so it was a pleasure to see the CONNECT BRIXTON grid design gracing the pavement and generally taking over Brixton. Architects Squire and Partners have created a Street Gallery at the former Bon Marche department store featuring ten canvases created for the Brixton community by local designers. Highlights include more Eley Kishimoto in the form of their guardian gnomes and The Lost Roses of Brixton - a shimmering display of metallic roses that have been cast from an original ceiling rose from the Edwardian building. Lastly, it's worth checking out the Passage Tells website to experience the narrative behind the historical Reliance Arcade. It's a unique sound installation that requires an app and headphones, but its worth it for the set of interviews and conversations providing insight into the heart of Brixton. All in all, Brixton may be a smaller design district but theres a lot of spirit in the area with a focus on supporting the local community which can only be a good thing. I'd suggest spending an afternoon here and then stopping off at Pop Brixton for a bevvy and some sassy street food.