After the great reaction to our last months top design things to do and see we have decided to make it a monthly thing and have pulled together our top five design must sees for June.
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01. Halo (Installation)
Somerset House, 8-27 June.
Where: Somerset House. The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court
Anglo-Korean artist duo Kimchi and Chips has been commissioned by Somerset House to create a new installation for its neoclassical courtyard. Around 200 mirrors will reflect the light of the sun through the mist of Somerset House’s famous fountains to ‘draw’ a shape of light suspended in the air. Bringing the sun down to earth will depend entirely upon the light of the day, creating an experience which constantly appears and disappears.
Booking not necessary, free
Halo is co - commissioned by Arts Council Korea and Arts Council England Joint Fund and 2017 Gwangju Design Biennale. Presented by Somerset House with the Korean Cultural Centre UK .
02. Frida Escobedo's Secluded Courtyard (Installation)
Serpentine Pavilion 2018 until 22 June 2018
Escobedo is the 18th architect to design the Serpentine Pavilion, the prestigious annual commission from the Serpentine Galleries in London.
Architect Frida Escobedo, celebrated for dynamic projects that reactivate urban space, has been commissioned to design the Serpentine Pavilion 2018. Harnessing a subtle interplay of light, water and geometry, her atmospheric courtyard-based design draws on both the domestic architecture of Mexico and British materials and history, specifically the Prime Meridian line at London’s Royal Observatory in Greenwich.
03. Reviving The Department Store, Brixton (Talk)
London Festival of Architecture. 20 June. 18:30 – 21:00
Where: The Department Store 248 Ferndale Road Brixton London SW9 8FR
Squire and Partners will host a talk and tour of The Department Store in Brixton, exploring ways in which the practice has preserved and expressed the shifting identities of the building throughout its history since 1906 – from grand retail destination and Brixton landmark to 1990’s squat – and discuss the careful architectural interventions and interior design approach which have secured its future.
The London Festival of Architecture 2018 programme is an eclectic and diverse series of 400 events exploring this year’s ‘identity’ theme across London from 1-30 June.
04. The Future of London’s Built Environment (Talk)
London Festival of Architecture. June 26. 18:00 - 20:30
Where: Perkins+Will London 10 Whitechapel High Street London E1 8QS
Perkins+Will are conducting a research piece exploring the 'Future of London's Built Environment' across three themes: 24-hour cities, public vs private, and gender.
Feedback is being collated from across the industry, and the findings will be used to establish key ideas and issues for these topics. In response, Perkins+Will will deliver a report which will include design responses case studies and best practices, for master planning, architecture and interiors.
Perkins+Will are hosting a panel discussion at the London Festival of Architecture.
05. Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier (Exhibition)
Design Museum. On now Until 7th October
Where: Design Museum. 224 - 238 Kensington High Street LondonW8 6AG
Celebrate ‘couture’s rebellious outsider’ (The Guardian) in the first UK solo exhibition of his work.
Conceived and co-curated with Monsieur Alaïa before his death in November 2017, the exhibition charts his incredible journey from sculptor to couturier, his nonconformist nature and his infectious energy for fashion, friendship and the female body.
Rather than a retrospective, the show interlaces stories of his life and career alongside personally selected garments, ranging from the rare to the iconic and spanning the early 1980s to his most recent collection in 2017.
Free to members
For lunch a visit to Parabola at the Design Museum is a must. Bookings recommended.