Barber and Osgerby’s Installation Throws Caution to the Wind for The London Design Biennale

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In this video from CNN Style, London designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby discuss Forecast, a wind-powered installation they created in collaboration with V&A Museum for the first London Design Biennale. With the intent to help city residents find their way “at a time of turbulence,” the installation responds to the Biennale’s theme “Utopia by Design.” 

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As everyone knows, the British are obsessed with weather, Osgerby said. It’s completely intrinsic to our way of life, and that’s why I think we talk about it incessantly.

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Forecast – inspired by traditional weather instruments – is composed of three elements: a weathervane measuring wind direction, an anemometer measuring wind speed, and a turbine to harness wind power. In celebration of the 500th anniversary of Thomas More’s Utopia, the Biennale’s theme encouraged Barber and Osgerby to reflect on Britain’s past and future, settling on the idea of wind. Showcased along with works from 37 other countries, the UK’s Forecast is partially meant to incite political reaction and challenge the status quo, stated the designers. Their piece’s elements move with the wind to continually show a different direction.

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Courtesy of Barber & Osgerby

The Biennale runs from the 7th to 27th of September.

News via: CNN Style

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