London Design Festival 2011

17–25 September 2011: As the hub, if the London Design Festival, the Victoria & Albert Museum currently hosts a nine-day festival that celebrates London as the creative capital of the world. Throughout the Museum there is an array of specially commissioned installations and displays to enjoy, and a broad programme of special events, talks and workshops that take place throughout the week in the bright, modern setting of the V& A’s Sackler Centre, and in the Museum. Additionally, you can enjoy installations, exhibitions and events throughout the city. Find more information about the festival at

Installations and Exhibitions include:

‘Perspectives’ by John Pawson at St Pauls Cathedral

‘Timber Wave’ by Amanda Levete Architects and Arup at V&A Museum – Cromwell Road Entrance
‘Timber Wave’, a unique installation by Amanda Levete Architects and Arup, takes the V&A out onto the street in a dramatic celebration of the London Design Festival’s residency at the Museum. The three-dimensional latticework spiral is made of American red oak, using lamination techniques normally used in furniture making, and applied to create a piece 3 storeys high.

‘Textile Field’ by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, in collaboration with Kvadrat V&A Museum – Gallery 48a
‘Textile Field’ is an immersive installation made of coloured textiles and foam. Visitors are invited to lounge on this expansive sensual field within the magnificent environment of the Raphael Court, and to contemplate the surrounding Raphael Cartoons from a new, uninhibited perspective.

‘Brutal Simplicity of Thought: How It Changed the World’ by M&C Saatchi
Simplicity looks easy. It’s not. It’s easier to complicate than to simplify. This display by M&C Saatchi brings to life stunningly simple examples of concepts that have changed the world – from God to the humble paper clip; it celebrates moments when Brutal Simplicity of Thought ruled the world and showed that Nothing is Impossible. Based on the soon to be published book Brutal Simplicity of Thought (Ebury Publishing), this display aims to make us see everything afresh. It is the distillation, in words and pictures, of the Saatchi approach.