The London Design Festival announced many of the commissions for the annual September festival this week, including David Adjaye and Assemble, demonstrating excellent timing, considering the architect's even higher than normal profile and the recent Turner Prize nod for Assemble. At a press briefing earlier this week at the Victoria & Albert Museum, event founder Ben Evans named many of the artists, designers and architects creating installations, including Mexican architect Frida Escobedo and London-based designers Loris&Livia and Matteo Fogale and Laetitia De Allegri. While most of the installations will be on display at the V&A, the highlight, pictured above, may well be Alex Chinneck's "A Bullet from a Shooting Star," an inverted 35 meter (~115 foot) electric pylon that will be constructed at a former oil and gasworks on the outskirts of town.
Other high profile projects include Assemble's tribute to British furniture designer Robin Day and a piece by Adjaye at the Somerset House, a cultural center on the bank of the Thames River. He'll be constructing a timber, chapel-inspired structure in the building's courtyard. Additionally, Escobedo will be assembling a pavilion inspired by the layout of Tenochtitlán.