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Brief Published: 30 Sep 2015

London Design Festival 2015: First Look

L-R: Ariane Prin, Optimist Design & United Realities, Max Lamb

Once again, London Design Festival provided a plethora of inspirational design, from temporary installations to new product launches. Look out for our full coverage of the event, coming soon. In the meantime, here are a few things that stood out to our on-the-ground experts.

  • Spotted at the Herrick Gallery, Ariane Prin's Rust collection is made from waste metal dust mixed with plaster and jesmonite. The handmade vessels include pots, vases and trays, each featuring strata-like patternation and markings across the surface.

    "The unusual composite gives a unique texture and colour intensity to the designs, an effect that is enhanced by the metal oxidation, ensuring no two pieces are the same."

    Rachel Blunstone, Editor of Product Design  
  • Virtual-reality installation Odyssey featured an otherworldly narrative in stark contrast to its historical setting of Somerset House. Created by Optimist Design and United Realities, it featured sound and haptic technology to further immerse visitors in a journey that played with our expected perceptions of physical and virtual space.

    "Odyssey was far more sophisticated than the clunky, video-game-like VR I've previously experienced. Transformative and beautiful visuals, with the addition of haptic sensation and sound, made this a truly immersive and unforgettable experience."

    Kuan Chi Hau, Head of Colour & Materials  
  • Max Lamb's sentimental installation featured 131 unevenly shaped logs, each a section from an ash tree that had to be felled from his grandfather's farm. The pieces were sanded and oiled to create functional furniture objects, yet retain their original identity.

    "The slow and careful process behind My Grandfather's Tree demonstrates Max Lamb's passion for materials and narrative. In this project he brought new life to an effectively dead object."

    Laura Ewing, Assistant Editor of Colour & Materials

For more from London Design Festival 2015, see our First Look report, which offers a visual taster of our highlights from the week.