Last week was a busy one for the Cool Blue London team with The London Design Festival. As it was in full swing, we managed to head out into the city and spot a few of the fabulous shows and installations on show. A personal favourite was The Smile installation at Chelsea College of Art, which is an innovative landmark project designed by Alison Brooks Architects and engineered by Arup.

Transforming the way designers and engineers approach timber construction, the installation is an incredibly complex structure made up of 12 of the largest panels of American tulipwood cross-laminated timber with 6 of them pre-curved during production. Measuring in at 34m long, 3m high with a radius of 50m, it truly is a statuesque piece that will stop you dead in your tracks.

Not only is it fantastic to visit but it is also interactive, allowing you to venture inside and have a look around and feel the smooth finish of the beautifully sustainable timber. It manages to evoke feelings of a modern day Noah’s Ark, due to the spatial interiors and tactile funnel of lighting.

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Open until the 12th of October it was definitely a highlight of London Design Festival and not to be missed!