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October 6, 2021

London Design Festival 2021 Highlights

Sarah Marshall, Head of Draughting, gives us her highlights of the London Design Festival 2021

Between Forests and Skies


As part of the V&A’s LDF programme, multidisciplinary design studio Nebbia Works were commissioned to design an immersive pavilion using low carbon aluminium to highlight the strength and recyclable qualities of this material. 


Sited within the elliptical pool in the John Madejski Garden, the design was elegantly realised through a process of a single cut and bend to a series of aluminium plates, to simply produce legs supporting the canopy above. Walking through the pavilion, reflections from the water below ripple up the legs and across the ceiling and where the legs fold away from the plate above your head, views through to the V&A courtyard are opened up. 


Placement of the legs was defined by an algorithm to allow the structure to be self supporting and avoid introducing any other material to the construction. This ultimately will allow the whole structure to be recycled by melting it back down to aluminium ingot for use in future climate campaigns. 


LDF has now finished for this year, however this installation will run until 17th October so there’s still time to get down to the V&A and check out this lovely installation.


The Illuminated Garden featuring Super Nature TV 


Over at Coal Drops Yard, Kings Cross, Modern Design Review presented Super Nature TV, set within an installation of Space Frames by Studio Meiker Meijer. Super Nature TV is a compilation of existing films exploring ideas of circular design and sustainable systems, through the practice of designers, artists and architects who make this the focus of their work. 14 films make up the 2 hour compilation and when we dropped by, ‘Cambio’ by research based designer studio Formafantasma was playing. Originally commissioned by the Serpentine Galleries, this film presents their research project into the international timber trade via a sweeping exploration of how the timber industry historically evolved, spread globally and its environmental impacts. As governments, industries, organisations and individuals have to critically engage with the problem of climate change and human impact on the environment, this was a thoughtful and thought provoking film and we highly recommend a watch!

Cambio and all of the other Super Nature TV films can be found on YouTube.

Super Nature TV films on YouTube

CASA ESTUDIO x Super Nature Present KX Seating


Finally whilst we were exploring the Kings Cross Design District we came across this fun CNC cut seating designed by CASA ESTUDIO. These modular, slatted benches are fabricated from Richlite, an FSC-certified recycled paper composite that is machinable, durable and waterproof, and is a material we’re familiar with having worked with it whilst delivering the permanent exhibition Hut 11A - The Bombe Breakthrough at Bletchley Park



Sarah Marshall

Head of Draughting at Factory Settings
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