Written by Katie Villiers-Smith • Published 3rd October 2018 • 2 minute read

With the annual nine-day design event over for another year, here we round up our favourite projects from the 2018 showcase.

Our top five picks explore the cutting-edge work by architects and artists, right through to innovations by retailers and interior designers.

 What: MultiPly by Wauh Thistleton Architects

Where: The Sackler Courtyard, V&A Museum

MultiPly, created from 60 cubic meters of stacked timber, creates a maze-like experience for guests, providing a fantastic view of the new V&A courtyard. The overarching of the project was to “publicly debate how environmental challenges can be addressed through innovative, affordable construction.”

The installation – which is carbon neutral – shows that we are at a crisis point when it comes to housing and CO2 emissions. The team behind MultiPly believe that by building with versatile, sustainable materials, we can address these issues head-on.


What: ‘Open House’ pop-up by At Home with Hostmaker

Where: The Clerkenwell Round Shop

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At Home with Hostmaker, the design arm of the popular homestay management service, Hostmaker, curated three unique interior personas and held a variety of fun workshops in the pop-up space. Events included ceramic making, macramé making and Earl of East candle making.

The ‘Open House’ invited the travel-curious and style-conscious on a journey with The Botanist, offering sanctuary in its abundance of foliage, hessian and blooms; The Bold which aimed to intrigue with deep moody hues and comforting sumptuous textiles; and The Artisan alluring with its rustic imperfections.


What: Please Feed the Lions by Es Devlin

Where: Trafalgar Square

Es Devlin, known for her creative work with Beyoncé and scent-infused Peckham-based installation, Enter the Mirror Maze, created an interactive installation slap bang in the middle of Trafalgar Square. As a set and costume designer, she is known for fusing light, music and technology, and this installation was no exception.

The overarching aim was to explore the parameters of design and artificial intelligence, using a deep learning algorithm, devised by Google’s creative technologist, Ross Goodwin. The installation, situated amongst the infamous four lions in Trafalgar Square, roared poetry carefully selected by the public, creating an ever-evolving catalogue of poems.


What: The Snøhetta Book Pavilion

Where: Paddington Central

The Snøhetta Book Pavilion

Marking Paddington Central’s first year as part of the festival, British Land celebrated the arrival of the innovative Snøhetta Book Pavilion. The space allowed visitors to immerse themselves in a world of books when inside the structure. The installation merged a contemporary visual design with the traditional principles of a library, creating an environment for people to relax, socialise and read.


What: Sisal Sanctum

Where: citizenM, Shoreditch

Exploring the theme of sustainability, London-based Mexican designer, Fernando Laposse, collaborated with citizenM Hotel to create Sisal Sanctum. The immersive outdoor installation aimed to provide a sanctuary and remind visitors that maybe it is not technology that will save us, but a return to the natural.

The installation used a sustainable material from his homeland, sisal, which was cascaded down walls at the hotel’s entrance, draped across seats and formed a sculpture of a friendly beast.

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