London Design Festival

Got the weekend free and frequent flyer miles burning a hole in your pocket? Head over to the London Design Festival for a look at the vanguard of high-concept design. A series of more than 300 installations, discussions and exhibitions taking place across the city, the event is sure to delight, challenge, even confound lovers of modern design.

Dinner Party Exhibition

The Victoria & Albert Museum hosts a series of installations, including "The Dinner Party" (pictured above) in which guests are invited to interrupt what appears to be a dinner party in progress.

Omer Arbel Chandelier

Also at the Victoria & Albert is a custom chandelier by Omer Arbel hanging from the museum's cupola (pictured above). Modern crystal ceiling lights are pretty much the simplest way of creating a 'wow' factor in public spaces or in your home.

Escher Tate Modern

And the talk of the event is "Endless Stair" (pictured above). Inspired by M.C. Escher's surreal, physically impossible drawings, this installation sits on the lawn in front of the Tate Modern and affords views across the Thames (notice St. Paul's Cathedral in the background).

The roster of distinguished supporters for the 11th annual London Design Festival includes luxury brands BMW and Veuve Clicquot, as well as Alessi (for whom we carry a selection of colorful table lamps) and Swarovski crystal (the vaunted crystal found in many of our Schonbek crystal chandeliers). 

All in all, the event showcases the best of now, always, and yet-to-come in modern design. With some luck, we'll be reporting on-location this time next year.

Images: London Design FestivalDezeen