If you are at a loss for something to do this weekend, you can’t go wrong with visiting some of the events happening around London for the London Design Festival. There are lots of landmark projects to see that are free and I was lucky enough to have a day off over the week (childfree!) to pop into the V&A Museum so see some work.

Flynn Talbot’s Reflection Room is the big Instagrammable installation. It’s simple – lights at either end of a long room – but packs a punch when you visit.

Transmission by Ross Lovegrove is a huge quilt-like sculpture in the tapestry room in the museum. It looks and feels organic and you are invited to touch the exhbit. The couple of babies I saw in here absolutely LOVED this.

(Couldn’t help but photograph this tapestry, it’s gorgeous)

I saw a few other things dotted about the museum too.

These seats that are designed to be used by fishermen in the middle of winter in Winnipeg to shelter from the wind.

Up in the theatre gallery is an exhibition on how the set for the opera Carmen is designed. It’s fascinating.

There’s lots of things happening in the V&A for the festival, Ideal if you just want one place to go to, but before I needed to get back home for the school run, I popped over to Liverpool Street to see Camille Walala’s Villa Walala.

Behind Liverpool Street station in Exchange Square is a big, bouncy castle structure which, like many of Walala’s work invites playfulness and is SO colourful, especially contrasted with its office block surroundings. There are deckchairs to sit on and even the surrounding stairs are colourful.

That’s all I managed of the design festival this year. Next year I shall plan a bit better! It’s definitely worth checking out the festival though, there’s so much to see and be inspired by.

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