Sunday, 24 September 2017

London Design Festival: Villa Walala

It's the last day of The London Design Festival and I was so looking forward to seeing this British Land-backed project by Camille Walala for the London Design Festival, as her designs are usually so exhuberant.

Villa Walala is an inflatable castle-style structure, decorated in the designers signature bright colours, and graphic, hard-edged shapes inspired by the designs of The Memphis Group of the 1980s. Again like many of the nearby sculptures in the Sculpture In The City trail, which I wrote about earlier this month (here), the soft vinyl shapes and pastel hues inject a sense of playfulness and a shot of vibrant colour into the harsh, grey, glass and steel environment of the City. 

  Daniel Buren - 4 Colours At 3 Metres High Situated Work

The black and white stripes and flat colours employed by Walala are very similar to Daniel Buren's little pavilion-style structure above, situated a short walk away (here). I love the way in which Walala and her team have been allowed to transform the landscape of this patch of Broadgate with pattern and colour. It would be great if something similar could be done with pattern like this on the paved areas on a permanent basis.

A short distance away on Great Eastern Street you can find another of Walala's designs on the Dream Come True Building. It usually looks like the picture above, taken earlier this year, but currently has a huge M&S hoarding obscuring most of the dynamic design (below).

British Land: Villa Walala by Camille Walala
until 24th September
Exchange Square
100 Liverpool Street