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Brief Published: 19 May 2014

London Design Festival 2014: Preview

LDF 2014 installations by Barber Osgerby x BMW and Superflux

The London Design Festival will return to the capital this year (September 13-21) for its 12th incarnation in a jam-packed event that promises both small-scale exhibitions and ambitious public projects.

More than 300 events and installations will be spread throughout the city, encouraging people to immerse themselves in design, as this year’s theme ‘Lose Yourself’ suggests. Once again, the Victoria & Albert Museum will be a key hub for the festival, with numerous exciting exhibits on show.

London-based duo Barber Osgerby are working on an exciting collaboration with German automaker BMW to create an experiential installation in the Raphael gallery, one of the largest spaces in the V&A museum. Inspired by the balance of precision and poetry, two giant reflective forms will be suspended from the high, curved ceiling. The engineered shapes will move independently, twisting in mid-air and altering the viewer’s perspective of the room. Read more about reflective surfaces and experimental applications in New Metallics

The Drone Aviary, by Anglo-Indian design practice Superflux, will fill the V&A’s courtyard with a groundbreaking interactive installation of semi-autonomous drones. The project will investigate the possibilities of a future in which these machines are an everyday occurrence in urban life, and demonstrate alternative applications to their negative military associations. For more insight into this emerging technology, see Dawn of Drone.

This year, in collaboration with accommodation site Airbnb, London’s Trafalgar Square will house four designers’ interpretations of a domestic space. Given the same basic structure, London-based design studios Jasper Morrison, Raw Edges, Patternity and Studioilse will fill the space according to their own styles and ideas about the contemporary home. For insight into the shifting design of homes, see Modern Family: The Evolving Domestic Landscape.

Look out for more coverage of the London Design Festival later in the year, or see our reports from last year’s event.