With upwards of hundreds of events and exhibitions during any given design week or festival, companies and organizations often err on the side of spectacle — most recently, in the case of London Design Festival 2016. When Instagrammability is the order of the day, “immersive” “dynamic,” or otherwise “experiential” installations compete for footfall and eyeballs.
Not that there's anything wrong with that: Well-executed installations often stand out as highlights among the seemingly endless tables and chairs that fill expo centers, showrooms, and other venues. Even if reality doesn't always live up to the shimmering, mirage-like renderings, installations are often worth seeing in the flesh — FOMO and selfies notwithstanding — as site-specific design-week attractions.
That said, we've got a roundup of roughly half a dozen installations from LDF2016... for those of you who couldn't attend in person, of course.