September 2014 creative trends: 5 things you must see

As part of her guide to this month's creative trends, arts and culture writer Laura Snoad has created a list of the five things you must see this month. 

London Design Festival

An excellent place to scope out the product design trends likely to trickle down to the graphics community, the capital will be awash with events between the 13th to the 2st1. Highlights include Barber & Osgerby’s kinetic mirror which will distort the V&A’s Raphael Gallery (mockup above), Monotype and Alan Kitching’s poster exhibition at LCC and hip commercial fair designjunction.

See more about the London Design Festival in our preview here.

Gareth Pugh at New York Fashion Week

Since Brit-goth fashion designer Gareth Pugh told the New York Times that he was going to shake up September’s NY fashion week with an “immersive live performance” involving video and dancers, there’s been plenty of speculation about what the landmark show will entail. Considering he’s experimented with Oculus Rift before, and even drugged attendees of his SS14 show with chlorine, it’ll certainly be a must-see visual spectacle.

Constructing World

This Barbican exhibition examines the intersection between photography and architecture to explore how the built environment spells out wider truths about our society. Keep an eye out for Nadav Kander’s shots documenting Chinese urbanisation (above), especially the dreamlike, milky colour palette.

The War on Drugs – Under The Pressure

Collage, particularly of a psychedelic nature has be pretty prominent this summer, but The War on Drug’s new video for hazy heartbreak anthem Under The Pressure shows just how effective taking an idea and switching the medium can be. Directed by Houmam, its panes of overlapping colour totally transform pretty standard landscape footage, and are reminiscent of Joshua Light Show’s kaleidoscopic live visuals. See also photographer Viviane Sassen’s Axiom series.

House of Vans

Burrowed into the network of tunnels under Waterloo station, this new London space is part-art gallery, part-cinema and part-skate park. As the skate aesthetic once again gains traction (see Goodhood’s London Design Festival show and photographer Nikki Toole’s new book Skater), it’s a good place for inspiration - not least in its edgy interior featuring illuminated typography, a LED ceiling installation and elegantly curvaceous half-pipe.

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