Made in Britain

Made in Britain

In the lead-up to the Olympics, all eyes are on London – not least for its design credentials (Zaha Hadid’s Aquatic Centre has received as much attention as the stadium itself). And once again the capital will be showing the world the best in British craftsmanship at the London Design Festival this month.

Taking place over nine days, the event will see a number of installations pop up across the city’s design districts – from Brompton to Clerkenwell and Shoreditch.

In Covent Garden, Lego has commissioned a brick-greenhouse; David Chipperfield will explore the relationship between materials and the manufacturing process on the South Bank; and Tom Dixon promises visitors indoor, outdoor and food- and water-based installations, with the likes of The Floating Cinema, Moooi, Innocent Drinks and Print Club London exhibiting at The Dock.

A giant 3D latticework spiral will greet visitors at the entrance of the festival’s hub, the V&A; inside a further 12 projects have been commissioned. And, for the first time, the festival see a transformation of St Paul’s Cathedral. Inspired by Christopher Wren’s intention to bring science to each of his building’s, architect John Pawson has created a metal and Swarovski crystal half-hemisphere with convex mirror and lens at the bottom of the Geometric Staircase in the South West Tower, allowing visitors to see more of the cathedral than the eye would usually allow.

London Design Festival: 17-25 September 2011. For more information visit

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