Fans of contemporary design rejoice! The 12th annual London Design Festival kicks off this Saturday, 13th September, and it promises to be the best yet with a vast array of must-attend events happening across London.
The London Design Festival has grown to such an extent since its inception in 2003 that it now takes place over an entire week in order to accommodate the 300+ events and exhibitions being staged. For this reason, various venues throughout London, including the V&A Museum and the Serpentine Gallery, are involved.
This year’s festival will be separated into six different areas in London (though no specific theme exists in any one area): Brompton Design District, Clerkenwell Design Quarter, Chelsea Design Quarter, Islington Design District, Queen’s Park Design District and the Shoreditch Design Triangle. Of these, the Brompton Design District is the longest standing and will be the main area for product launches and installations.
Alongside the Brompton Design District, the neighbouring Chelsea Design Quarter will be of particular interest to interior designers and the like with showroom setups expected from The Rug Company, John Cullen Lighting, the Lapicida Stone Group, and many more.
As The London Design Festival focuses on design in general, it is not centred on any one particular industry. Yes, interior design and decor does feature, but if one of your friends, family members or work colleagues has their own area of specialty/interest, there will very likely be something to catch their attention over the course of the festival.
And considering that many areas of design overlap, you may find yourself surprised as to what sorts of ideas and products inspire you. Do not be too astonished if you find that one exhibition has similar themes and ideas to those in another, entirely unrelated, exhibition.
There will also be fairs happening throughout London during the festival. If you have a particular interest in interior design, head to 100% Design taking place in Earls Court 1 & 2 from the 17th to the 20th September. Here you’ll enjoy five design zones covering Interiors, Workplace, Kitchens & Bathrooms, Eco Design & Build, and Emerging Brands. There will also be displays of goods, products and general creativity from the world over.
That’s not all for interior design fanatics, though. From 21st to 24th September there will be two big interior design fairs. For lovers of luxury brands, Decorex International 2014 is the place to be, whereas the Design Centre Chelsea Harbour will be hosting Focus/14. Focus/14 is specifically targeted towards interior decorators, with 99 showrooms and over 500 brands showcasing their new line launches. Anyone interested in breaking into the industry or wanting to be inspired by fresh new ideas ought to head down there for at least one of the day’s talks.
Just prior to these two fairs, from 18th to 21st September, the Old Truman Brewery in East London will be holding presentations by international architects and designers. As well as this there will be installations from Tokyo Designers Week and 100% Norway. So, if you’re looking for inspiring and cutting-edge design, this is the place to go and be amazed. The venue will also see the return of the Super Design Gallery, and a collaborated display of furnishings between Dutch designer Marcel Wanders and Japanese designer Nendo.
Due to the size and scope of The London Design Festival, we couldn’t possibly fit everything that is going on into one article. There is so much to explore in each of the six design districts – we’ve barely scratched the surface! The festival will run from the 13th to the 21st of September, and we at Sofa Workshop hope to see you there!