London Design Festival: Sept. 17-25, 2011
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London Design Festival: Sept. 17-25, 2011

Timber Wave at V&A designed by Amanda Levete Architects and Arup
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The V&A’s Grand Entrance on Cromwell Road is undergoing a dramatic transformation, with the installation of a 12m diameter timber wave cascading down the steps. Award-winning architects AL_A (winner of the V&A’s recent international competition to design a new courtyard and underground extension) are working in collaboration with structural engineers at Arup in the creation of Timber Wave, a striking three-dimensional spiral made from oil-treated American red oak. It is the first time that this type of timber has been used structurally on such a large scale, using ultra-thin laminates glued together to create the tightly curved shapes. The project is supported by the American Hardwood Export Council, with lighting by seam Design. Timber Wave is one of 12 installations, and a large program of events and talks, that make up the London Design Festival residency at the V&A.

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FESTIVAL — Sept. 17-25, 2011London Design Festival London, UKIf you’re lucky and in London at the end of this month, be sure to catch the 3rd annual London Design Festival featuring more than 300 design events taking place in some of the city’s best-loved public spaces. The Landmark Projects are always a highlight, featuring impressive installations at St. Paul’s cathedral and at the V&A, built by some of the world’s greatest architects and designers. Other programming includes product launches, trade events and seminars. Best of all, the majority of events are free, enabling you easily participate in this 9-day festival of creative inspiration.

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London design festival 17th sept for 9 days