15 Things Not to Miss at This Year’s London Design Festival

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Please Be Seated by Paul Cocksedge Studio

In Broadgate, London’s largest pedestrianized neighborhood, locally based Paul Cocksedge Studio has generated a meditative respite on Finsbury Avenue Square. Please Be Seated is an undulating sculpture of transformed scaffolding planks—created with help from interiors company White & White London—that invites passersby en route to nearby Liverpool Street Station to stroll underneath the curves or simply relax by sitting atop them.

Finsbury Avenue Square, Broadgate, London EC2M 2PA, UK

Issey Miyake’s Bao Bao Voice

Bao Bao Issey Miyake bags stand out for their eye-catching triangular panels that appear to almost magically transition into three-dimensional forms. During “Bao Bao Voice,” at Protein Studios in Shoreditch, visitors can plunge into an even deeper sensory world, touching and interacting with shapes, textures, and structures that conjure synchronized sound. Visuals projected overhead add another layer to the sonic experience.

Protein Studios, 31 New Inn Yard, Hackney, London EC2A 3EY, UK

Emily Forgot’s Never Lost will be outside the CitizenM London Shoreditch Hotel.

Photo: Courtesy of Emily Forgot

Never Lost by Emily Forgot

Outside the CitizenM London Shoreditch Hotel, local graphic artist Emily Forgot’s Never Lost is a tactile maze laden with optical illusions and false depths. Influenced by the likes of Spanish sculptor Xavier Corbero’s Labyrinth house and the Jantar Mantar sundial monuments in India, Forgot’s wonderland investigates the connection between reality, memory, and imagination.

CitizenM London Shoreditch Hotel, 6 Holywell Ln, Hackney, London EC2A 3ET, UK

Hem’s Optical Illusion

Stockholm’s Hem is taking over the Redchurch Room, also in Shoreditch, to unveil Dutch designer Bertjan Pot’s The Incredible House of Cards. Fashioned from G.F. Smith Colorplan paper, the easy-to-assemble decorative accessory—the second Hem product developed in collaboration with the biannual magazine Modern Design Review—creates an optical illusion dependent upon the viewer’s position and perception of color. Along with this centerpiece are 100 limited-edition signed products, but be sure to observe the façade before entering—to match the interior it will be covered in a whimsical mural.

Redchurch Room, 32 Redchurch St, Shoreditch, London E1 6JT, UK

Adam Nathaniel Furman’s Paddington Central Installation

Paddington Central, the burgeoning mixed-use community close to Paddington Station, is, for the second time, one of the festival’s official design routes. Among the highlights: local artist Adam Nathaniel Furman’s tall, festive pyramid of colorful, oversize bunting. This series of stepped-back flags stretching up nearly 43 feet is complemented by Furman’s graphics-covered deck chairs found canal-side.

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