The Dezeen team are reporting from the 21st edition of London Design Festival in the British capital (16-24 September). Read on for all the coverage from Monday 18 September.
5:00pm Hands made from soap, in collaboration with cosmetics brand Walde Seifen, are part of the Rio Kobayashi exhibition titled Manus Manum Lavat (meaning one hand washes the other) taking place in the Brompton Design District.
For his first solo exhibition, Rio Kobayashi worked with a variety of artists and designers to create a "convivial living space" in one of the galleries of a Grade II-listed Victorian townhouse in Cromwell Place.
The show also included colourful geometric speakers made in collaboration with Austrian speaker manufacturer Wiener Lautsprecher Manufaktur – Amy Peacock
In our planetary climate crisis, we need creatives more than ever
The timepieces were designed as a reminder of the urgent need to limit global warming to the crucial 1.5-degrees threshold set out in the Paris Agreement, while showcasing the fossil-free materials that could help us achieve this.
Made from wood fibre and a range of different biomaterials from seaweed to hemp paper, each clock was given a different face by a roster of up-and-coming designers.
"The next six years is all we have to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius," said organisers PlasticFree and OMSE.
"Time is running out. And now, in our planetary climate crisis, we need creatives more than ever," they added – Jennifer Hahn
The exhibition showcases design objects, furniture and accessories made from mushroom mycelium and other organic materials, including stools, lampshades and bowls.
The studio encouraged visitors to touch the designs on display, highlighting the unique textures created when using mycelium.
Alongside the exhibition, the studio is holding workshops enabling visitors to create their own mycelium objects.
They invited 18 designers to participate in a residency there over the summer and use the tools and materials of the site to create furniture or homeware.
The objects include a bench made by Marco Campardo from a walnut tree that had fallen on the grounds and linen aprons by Nathalie Bagnoud that are dyed with plants from the farm and coated with beeswax from local hives – Rima Sabina Aouf
Collectives are more interesting than trying to defend your brand
The brand has invited a number of other design brands into its Coal Drops Yard space in north London for a collaborative exhibition.
"My view is that the pandemic has taught us that collectives are more interesting than trying to defend your brand," Dixon told Dezeen. He said the brand also aimed for the exhibition to bring visitors to the King's Cross area.
"Previously Argent, the property developer here, would have sponsored a hub and they decided not to this year," Dixon said.
"So LDF and us decided that it would be a shame to lose that status of LDF hubs and we just talked to our friends and asked them if they wouldn't make a bit more of an effort, which allowed us really to maintain that status of Kings Cross being important during LDF."
Among the brands on show across eleven arches and spaces in The Coal Drops Office are Zaha Hadid, Teenage Engineering and Cozmo as well as AI designer Tilly, who has created five products for the Hypermobile exhibition.
Dixon also unveiled a new permanent broadcast studio as part of the tour, which his brand will use to make recorded content in the future using new microphones designed by Teenage Engineering – Cajsa Carlson
Divided between two dedicated spaces at Cromwell Place, part of Brompton Design District, the exhibition features a gallery of objects and a workshop of transparent processes.
Students invited visitors to make their own music for the event with interactive instruments. Weronika Politowicz, who is also a violinist, created "playable sculptures" made from black-stained pine wood and brass strings.
Sungjun Yu displayed a series of music boxes, including a voice recorder and a tapping cymbal, that visitors can play with to "experiment with their auditory senses".
The studio designed two prototypes of the modular structure, which has an undulating shape that draws on geological phenomenon such as erosion and stratification – Cajsa Carlson
10:00am To mark the third centenary of Christopher Wren’s death, LDF has taken over the architects most important building – London's iconic St Paul's Cathedral – with a light installation by Spanish artist Pablo Valbuena.
Unveiled with a special organ performance on Friday night, Aura consists of a 20-metre-long strip of light, that is suspended from the centre of the dome and pulses to reflect the sounds that reverberate throughout the space in real time.
"Everything looks very simple," Valbuena told assembled journalists. "I promise you, it's not that simple."
This is only the second time that LDF has taken up residency in St Paul’s over the festival's 21-year history, according to founder Ben Evans.
"We're very very privileged to be back here, in what I think is London's most important and beautiful building," Evans said – Jennifer Hahn
9:00am Dezeen editor Tom Ravenscroft and design editor Jennifer Han reported from the preview day of the 21st edition of London Design Festival on Friday 15 September.
Designer installations and displays, brand launches and talks and panel discussions are taking place across the city.
Titled Normal Phenomena of Life (NPOL), the brand will take the form of an online platform selling objects fabricated with the help of bacteria, algae, fungi, yeast, animal cells and other biological agents.
All times are London time.
The lead image is by Jennifer Hahn.