V&A – London Design Festival Hightlights
Each year at the London Design Festival there is always a big piece of art/design instalation. This year it is Crest by Zaha Hadid architects, situated in the John Midejski garden of the V&A museum.
Here is a time lapse video, on how they made it:
Zaha Hadid is the first woman to have won Pritzker Architecture Prize, she is a Iraqi-British architect.
You can see her work all around the world including in Azerbaijan, a destination I always wanted to go.
Another thing that can be found in this garden is Paul’s Shed, Sir Paul Smith commissioned Nathalie de Leval to make his ideal shed. The inspiration behind the design was to create somewhere where he can go to switch off. More on this on Nathalie’s blog here.
Although I much preferred it to be located in the country side, this view from inside the shed is not bad.
There was another piece of work that was interesting which was Double Space- precision and poetry in motion. They have put mirror-like structure on the ceiling of the Raphael gallery. This instalation tilt and rotates, giving people a different view of the room. I couldn’t get a decent picture of it, though, because the room was so dark it was a fun experience.
Here is a video from youtube:
The other thing I saw was Carousel Wall, by design studio David David and British tiles manufacturer Johnson Tiles. The instalation is inspired by Islamic Geometric designs. This piece was on entry from the underground tunnel from the tube station.
Me personally adore geometry, I am just not sure about the colours, obviously I know a lot about design and art (this is sarcasm by the way).
The free exhibition that was on was called Disobedient Object.
It was a really interesting exhibition about protests and the creative things people do in protests against the governing bodies or rullings.
The first exhibition panel said this:
Many of the rights and freedoms we enjoy today were wom by disobedience. Activist social movements have changed our world from grassroots up, popularising new ideas and values
On the side there was a quote from Nicholas Klein, (apparently this has been misquoted a lot to have come from Gandhi, but it is actually from this guy). He was speaking for clothing workers.
First they ignore you. Then they ridicule you. And then they attack you and want to burn you. And then they build monuments to you.
Very compelling exhibition, makes me want to protest. Plus after listening to Emma Watson’s speech ” If not now, when? If not me, who?” But I guess what for though? I need a clear idea. 🙂 I did a lot in 98.
Travellers have you seen Hadid’s work somewhere? readers, have you protested against something begore?