Surprising Materials at London Design Festival 2018

From sisal beasts to printed bacteria and salmon skins, all at this year's magnificent event

At this year’s London Design Festival (LDF), designers worked with surprising materials to showcase projects employing everything from high-tech solutions to unexpected but traditional fibers. Plastics were repurposed, as were the skins of fish. As-yet-unseen materials were printed. And so much more came to light. Here are some of our favorite projects and pieces from the festival’s King’s Cross Design Route, the London Design Biennale …

Emotional First Aid Kit

Central Saint Martins graduate designer Rui Sun has invented a fascinating emotional first aid kit, with five items that aim to physically help with psychological problems. Included is a Purple Breathing Mask—with soothing aromas (to help a person take deep breaths and calm down), Indigo Third Eyeglasses (to see the world in a different way) and more. The goal for Sun’s project was to have …