Innovation during London Design Festival 2017

Here at Design Exchange we are always on the look out for new creative ideas and innovation that makes a difference.  We visited  London Design Festival  in search for exceptional artists, designers and events that focus on thinking about a better future.

The Future of Health

Held at The Design Museum on Saturday 23rd September. 

For us, this was the best example of a cross-disciplinary talk during the festival. The first part of the talk had Professor Guang Zhong Yang and Dr Benny Lo from Imperial College of London, speaking and demonstrating wearable technology ( e-AR wearable sensor) that they are researching in the medical environment and then the second part of the talk, artist’s Alexa Pollmann and Di Mainstone spoke about their work that explores technology and the human body. Finishing with the London premiere of the art film ‘Banistonica’ from Di

An exciting mixture of disciplines.

Still from the short film Banistonica by Di Mainstone

Still from the short film Banistonica by Di Mainstone


Guest speakers discussed how wearable devices are changing our relationship to our bodies:

Professor Guang Zhong Yang (Imperial College London)

Dr Benny Lo (Imperial College London)

Alexa Pollmann (Peut-Porter)

Di Mainstone (Artist)

Still from the short film Banistonica by Di Mainstone

Still from the short film Banistonica by Di Mainstone


V&A Digital Design Weekend

Slave:Master, BRIA

Slave:Master, BRIA

The V&A Digital Design Weekend (23 – 24 September) brought together artists, designers, engineers, technologists, makers and the public to share contemporary digital art and design, engage in conversations, learn about processes and explore how design, technology and creativity can help bridge ideas across disciplines and generate new relationships between people, cities, environments and more.The full programme can be found here

Geomancer, Lawrence Lek

Geomancer, Lawrence Lek


Architecture across Realities: Virtual reality as a tool for architecture at Sto Werkstatt

This was the best example of experimentation with virtual reality. The gallery set up was truly amazing, mixing our real physical world with the virtual one, offering a brief look into the future of glass within architecture.

Space Popular - The Glass Chain at Sto Werkstatt’s gallery space

We missed the panel discussion but do hope to show it here online, once it’s available. 

The emerging architecture and research practice Space Popular showed their UK debut, “The Glass Chain”, a unique installation for Sto Werkstatt’s gallery space in Clerkenwell that explored an alternative future for glass in architecture, inspired by the legacy of The Glass Chain.

Space Popular - The Glass Chain at Sto Werkstatt’s gallery space -Photo Ben Blossom

Photo Ben Blossom

Sto Werkstatt’s brief asked Space Popular to work with StoVentec Glass to redefine the limitations of the material and imagine its bright, colourful, and energising possibilities – encouraging us to visualize a new purpose for glass in building design.

Space Popular - The Glass Chain at Sto Werkstatt’s gallery space -Photo Ben Blossom

Photo Ben Blossom

Almost one hundred years after Taut’s vision, Space Popular has taken up the mantle to wrest glass from its modernist confines and set it free to enjoy bold colour, complex forms and new meanings.  The installation explores different ranges of scale, playing with our visual perception of glass doorways as grand arches and small steps as giant pediments. Space Popular worked closely with Sto technical experts to realise a kaleidoscopic glass construction that uses glass to enhance, alter and question human perception of space.

Amy Croft, Curator at Sto Werkstatt said:

”Space Popular is one of the most exciting young practices working in the UK today and we’re hugely excited to have commissioned their first built UK project. It’s been a captivating process for the Sto technical team to work closely with the designers to push the use of StoVentec glass to its limits and explore a fascinating story from 20th Century architectural history, originating in the country of Sto’s heritage.”

 Fredrik Hellberg and Lara Lesmes, Co-Founders of Space Popular said:

“We are grateful for this opportunity to contribute to the rich history of glass in architecture with our first work in the UK, and specially to do so at Sto Werkstatt following exhibitions by architects we admire. As part of a developing movement that is expanding on ideas of visual perception and environmental psychology in architecture, we are interested in design criteria that bridge virtual and physical realities.”

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Breathing Space by HASSELL and Arup

Breathing Space by HASSELL and Arup 

Breathing Space by HASSELL and Arup

This Installation helped people visualise the severity of pollution in the Capital. It provided visitors with real-time information about air pollution in London, and increase awareness of the role individuals can play in improving the quality of the city’s air. 

It’s an interactive installation that is in Shoreditch’s Tabernacle Square providing pedestrians, cyclists, LDF visitors and local residents, with a green haven in the heart of the city. Through interactive digital technologies and immersive lighting design, the installation shows how air pollution has become one of the most significant environmental and public health issues facing London today.

It was refreshing to see this installation was fully open to the public during LDF17 and fits in well with  #WorldCarFreeDay 

Imagine how amazing our city could be in the future, if we were to look at the results from this installation and start thinking differently.

Shoreditch during #WorldCarFreeDay

The Future Of_ 

Held at protein in Shoreditch

This was a day of talks exploring the edges of tomorrow, curated by Propela

We hope to show film footage from this event over the next few weeks.

The day involved being taken on a tour of the future where your driverless taxi had been hacked, you could purchase emotions, your clothes were dyed by bacteria, and chocolate could monitor your health. 

Here are some of the highlights

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