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Guest post by Maria Kruk, an author for England.net

Guest post by Maria Kruk, an author for England.net

London has been a world center of art since the ancient times. Literature and fine arts in England were major even in the Middle Ages, gradually advancing and transforming as time passed. These days, probably, there is no art field Englishmen are not engaged in. Thereby, London is likely to be one of the desired travel destinations amongst art lovers, except at present the term of “design” has widely replaced a commonplace meaning of “art”.

In particular, the capital of the UK is an acknowledged cradle of creativity due to annual London Design Festival, which was launched in 2003. Every year big name architects and designers from all corners of the world take part in this exciting art fair, uncovering the best of their professional achievements. Being conceived to promote English young talents in painting, sculpture and other fields of visual art, the event altered from simple colleagues’ conference to a grand public venue. For more than a decade both local citizens and city breakers annually enjoy the marvels human imagination can create, especially considering the masterworks and huge installation of festival’s winners, which are often exhibited at popular London sightings – Trafalgar Square, Somerset House, St, Paul’s Cathedral, Covent Garden and particularly Victoria and Albert Museum that has been managing festival shows since 2009.

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 Among London Design Festival winners one can also note prominent designers of modernity. Zaha Hadid, for instance, outranged all the competitors in 2007 with her installation “Urban Nebula”, and Marc Newson, Australian industrial designer, gained victory with “Supercell” landmark in 2009. In 2012 a true highlight of the festival was Textile Field artwork by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec team.

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 The key thing about London Design Festival is that it appears to be a set of various events and shows, including lectures, conferences, exhibitions, and, of course, public installations. This festival is considered one of the crucial venues not only in cultural life of London but on global arena of artistry as well, which pulls in big name designers and architects. Especially, its scales could be noticed in 2012, when more than 300 art projects alerted an attention of about 350 thousand visitors.pic 11

On September 2013 London Design Festival marked its 10th anniversary with more creative and impressive design achievements. One of the intriguing projects was robotic lamps by Matias Liimatainen, who intended to blur the distinction between art and design. British designer Scott Eaton amazed spectators with out-of-ordinary iPad dock – Venus of Cupertino. The lady reliably protects the tablet and simultaneously charges its battery in the most essential way – through the navel. However, the most of appreciation during London Design Festival 2013 was acquired by Endless Stair exhibited in Tate Modern. The celebratory project truly challenged human minds, as 15 different wooden stairs complete the ideal interactive artwork.

Apparently, one should await for more genuine and brilliant displays in September 2014, when a new round of the festival for talented designers will take place in London!

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