By Melissa Feldman
The London Design Festival 2016
The United Kingdom was a hot spot of design destinations earlier this fall, showcasing
the latest and greatest from manufacturers, designers, fabricators, and more.
Despite the recent Brexit vote, the U.K. has been the place to be this fall. Design professionals and tourists came to see the inaugural London Design Biennale (Sept. 7-27), an international survey titled “Utopia by Design,” held at Somerset House. The Biennale, which presented 37 international design interventions
exploring ideas surrounding sustainability, migration, energy, and social equality, was staged
to coincide with the London Design Festival (Sept. 17-25), now in it’s 14th year. The Cooper
Hewitt Smithsonian National Design Museum represented the U.S. with a replica of the New
York museum’s “Immersion Room”—an interactive installation highlighting digitized wallpapers
from the museum’s vast collection.
British-born photographer-turned-textile-designer Martyn Thompson
showcased Rock Pool, his newest
collection of water-inspired motifs
woven in cotton on a jacquard loom.
PHO TOGRAPH B Y MAR TYN THOMPSON