Each year, the Victoria & Albert Museum invites renowned designers to infiltrate its many galleries and courtyards. This year, Japanese designer Keiichi Matsuda creates Prism, an elegant fractal form many metres in size and made with an aluminum frame and Japanese rice paper. It hangs from the top of the dome, and to access the piece, visitors must purchase a ticket and ascend a narrow set of stairs. If that seems too claustrophobic, the tip of the prism can be seen from outside the V&A, peaking out from the top of the cupola.
Also installed in and around the V&A is a series of white chairs by Nendo that appear almost animated. Made from pressed and punched metal, the ghostly white chairs link together in various ways to create unique seating configurations. Some clusters fill entire galleries while others are stacked and climb up the side of the museum’s exterior wall. The chairs have been modified to morph and mimic the particular space they inhabit as well as the surrounding objects.
Creative studio Mette is launching a new kind of cooking/living space hybrid at 100% Design, the main furniture fair held at Earls Court, where hundreds of exhibitors are displaying everything from home accessories and furniture to sustainable kitchens and bathrooms. Mette’s Chop & Change system, on view at stand K250, is all about personalizing the kitchen environment with various interchangeable modules that are so flexible they can easily be configured to suit a home or high-end restaurant.
For a peak at the future of the internet, it’s worth visiting Chrome Web Lab on view at the Science Museum. The year-long installation provides a series of web-connected installations that bring the extraordinary workings of the internet to life for online and in-museum visitors. Full lab experience allows visitors to make music with people across the globe, or let you watch your portrait being processed, translated and then drawn in sand by a robot. The lab is sponsored by Google and a host of cutting-edge internet businesses, including Tellart and Universal Design.
While there are a number of design hubs popping up at various locations during the festival, Design Junction offers an impressive list of over 100 top brands showcasing their latest under one roof, including Artek, Agape, Bensen, Bulthaup, Cassina, Modus, Poltrona Frau and Thonet. The main event, opening on September 19, takes place in a dramatic industrial setting: three floors of the Royal Mail Sorting Office on New Oxford Street.