The London Design Festival returns this weekend, so if you love everything and anything design related, we heartily recommend you head down and check it out. Running from the 19th to the 27th of September, this year’s festival aims to be the best yet, with over four hundred events and exhibitions being staged by artists and designers from across mediums and from across the world.
First conceived by Sir John Sorrell and Ben Evans, the London Design Festival aimed to promote the city’s creativity, drawing in the country’s greatest thinkers, practitioners, retailers, and educators to deliver an unmissable celebration of design. The festival has grown with each year, and in fact had grown so much since its inception in 2003 it has had to spread right out across the city, and now takes place over an entire week.
The 2015 Festival will be separated into seven official Design Districts around London. Each District will have a concentration of design activity and events that can be visited easily on foot, and which are organised locally and independently. The seven districts are Bankside, Brompton, Chelsea, Clerkenwell, Islington, Queens, and Shoreditch, with Brompton being the main area for product launches and installations.
The Festival focuses on all aspects and types of design and is not centred on one industry in particular, but there’s still plenty to attract and inspire those who hold interior design and décor as one of their special interests. With so many fairs and exhibitions taking place, it would be impossible to list them all, but we’ve selected a few events that you should be visiting if interior design is your thing.
First off, we have 100% Design, the UK’s largest design trade show, which will celebrate its twenty-first edition at the Olympia London as part of the Festival. Staged in the dramatic Grand and West Halls and based on the central theme ‘Design in Colour’, there will be two levels devoted to interiors, design and build, kitchens and bathrooms, workplace, and emerging brands. The top colour trends for 2016 will be threaded throughout the floors and exhibitor products so visitors can fully embrace the importance of colour.
The critically acclaimed designjunction will return for their fifth year at the London Design Festival at two central London locations – The College and Victoria House. Showcasing over one hundred and eighty cutting-edge brands and more than fifty design-led pop-up shops, designjunction promises to be the Festival’s most exciting event. With vibrant flash factories, live workshops, and special exhibitor brands such as Fontana Arte, Herman Miller, RUBN, Serralunga, Brokis, Larson & Jennings, Cherchbi, and Dare Studio, it’s not to be missed.
Focus/15 brings a dynamic programme of creative minds to create an exciting exchange of ideas, collection launches from over five hundred world-famous brands, talks, and forums. Discover emerging design ideas with the season’s new fabrics, furniture, wallcoverings, lighting, accessories, kitchens, bathrooms, tiles, and carpets, and check out the specially commissioned installations, curated displays, and pop-ups. Being held at the Design Centre Chelsea Harbour, this event should be the first stop at the Festival for anyone who’s interested in interiors and wants to keep ahead of the curve.
Another exciting must-attend design event is Design Stories From Around the World, which will showcase a unique collection of furniture, wallpapers, and accessories inspired by the aesthetic culture of Egypt, from ancient times to the contemporary urban scene. This event will be taking place at the Jam Space in South Kensington.
The Millinery Works Ltd in Islington is presenting the 21st Century Furniture V exhibition, where an eclectic mix of well-established and up-and-coming furniture designers will be showing an innovative range of furniture as a tribute to the legacy of the Arts and Crafts designers of the late nineteenth century.
Due to the immense size and scope of the London Design Festival, we’ve barely scratched the surface of the many innovative shows, projects, and exhibitions going on in the seven Design Districts this September. There’s so much to explore and to be inspired by you may find yourself surprised as to what you discover.