Lumiere London 2015 Photo Highlights

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It’s rare to get people out of the house on a cold January evening that doesn’t involved sitting someone warm for a few drinks. Yet, Lumiere London, a free series of light installations and interactive art have hundreds, possibly thousands of people a night crowding the streets of central London over a long weekend in pursuit of experiencing the city in a new light.

Lumiere first began in 2009 with the first show installed in Durham, now in it’s seventh year the show has expanded to Derry and now London. Sites around our nation’s capital included Piccadilly Circus, Grovesnor Gardens and King’s Cross and features over * pieces.

Here are my highlights of the festival:

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Litre of Light by Mick Stephenson Central Saint Martins Students, MyShelter Foundation

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Les Voyageurs (The Travellers) by Cédric Le Borgne (France)

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1.8 London by Janet Echelman

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Garden of Light by TILT (France)

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The Aquarium by Bendetto Bufalino & Benoit Desielle (France

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Brothers and Sisters by Ron Haseldon (based on the drawings by school children from the Isle of Dogs, London)

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Les Luminéoles by Porté par le vent (France)

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Centre Point Lights

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195 Picadilly by NOVAK

 

Volez Voguez Voyagez: Louis Vuitton Exhibition at the Grand Palais, Paris

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While in Paris, I decided to discover a bit more about the culture, mainly by drinking lots of coffee and walking in awe down Avenue Montaigne which houses every French designer flagship and then go to look at an exhibit on Louis Vuitton because, what else is there for fashion lovers to do on a Sunday in Paris for free?

First of all, the Grand Palais is a magnificent building, it is stunning from the outside and historical on the inside. Best known for housing many of Chanel’s fashion shows and The Devil Wears Prada (for me anyway). The fact that the Louis Vuitton exhibition was held there shows just how important the building is to fashion, on top of that one of the guides told us that the building used to be for aviation exhibitions.

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This was an unexpected learning experience, as we went in expecting to look at handbags for Jessica Simpson, we discovered a voyage through time and travel (literally!). As we navigated through the exhibition we were met with knowledgeable guides that informed us of some of the intricacies of the Louis Vuitton brand such as the monogram logos in the contemporary collections being inspired by those of the customers of the past to differentiate between custom pieces. Or that the bucket bag was originally designed by LV to carry champagne on long car trips in the early twentieth century.

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The craftsmanship of each piece of LV luggage is well beyond it’s time, most pieces look almost new and the pieces that are over 100 years younger blend in perfectly. Vuitton’s beginnings as a box-cutter clearly has everything to do with the fact that each piece is crafted to perfection. This exhibition is a great example of quality over quantity as the best pieces are custom pieces that have stood the test of time.

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