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As I walked across the South Bank in London this week I was intrigued to see work beginning on two new instillations for this year’s Size + Matter initiative at the London Design Festival.  The first is a Marc Newson steel structure called “Supercell”, an organic and mathematical steel funnel, inspired by biological cell growth, which can be viewed in two different ways – from the ground and by looking down into it from the building above.  The second is a giant paper tower created by Japanese architect and designer Shigeru Ban.  The 22 meter high structure is comprised of compressed cardboard tubing, articulated by metal joints, which narrow to a single cone.

Size + Matter seeks to challenge the perception of the everyday materials by creating dramatic temporary installations, previous years have included works by Zaha Hadid and David Adjaye.  The London Design Festival started this weekend and runs until 27th September 2009.  Both artworks will remain in place until October 15th.  Visit London Design Festival for more information.

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Images by Susan Smart via  Dezeen.