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Brief Published: 22 Sep 2016

LDF 2016: The Creative Hub V&A

L-R: Liquid Marble, The Green Room, Foil

The Victoria & Albert Museum is an established part of the London Design Festival, hosting various events each year. Stylus highlights three featured installations that caught our attention at the 2016 festival. 

  • Sea of Marble: French designer Mathieu Lehanneur’s Liquid Marble explores the materiality of marble, transforming its appearance from solid to fluid. After being inspired by the stormy seas depicted in a disaster film, Lehanneur used software developed for the film industry to digitally map the ocean’s surface. This process then enabled the stone to be machine carved, before being laboriously hand polished to mimic the effect of ocean waves. 
  • Tranquil Sensation: British designer Benjamin Hubert’s installation Foil, within the tapestry gallery, is made in collaboration with Braun. The conceptual piece is made using thousands of stainless steel triangles based on shaver foils, which are incorporated onto a motorised canvas that slowly undulates. Beams of light directed at the work’s surface create a disco ball effect in the dark space. Calming music transforms the room into a tranquil, multisensory experience. 
  • Visualised Time: British design studio Glithero has created an installation called The Green Room at a space in the V&A with the same name. Made in collaboration with Italian watchmaker Panerai, the installation is a circular ‘veil’ made of brightly coloured silicone cords that rise and fall slowly as a clock-like arm rotates.

The London Design Festival runs until September 25. Our LDF 2016 coverage will follow soon afterwards. Meanwhile, see Museum Retail: New Ventures and Exhibition Display Design: Trends and Inspiration – as well as our London Design Festival 2016 Preview.