Not sure where to start with London Design Festival, or not a clue what it even is? No problem as Emma has got you covered with her guide to the top ten things to see at London Design Festival 2017.
So what is London Design Festival? It’s a week-long festival of all things creative for those asking. Whether you’re a design lover or just looking for something to do at the weekend, this list has all you need to know about.
While ‘Villa Walala’ is probably already highlighted on many people’s LDF calendar, I simply cannot leave it off at risk of being disgraced by the design Gods. Situated in the midst of Broadgate London, the installation is a London Design Festival Landmark Project and will be made up of a soft-touch structure made from ‘blocks’ of vinyl, sealed PVC inners and high-strength nylon. Expect Camille Walala’s signature playful patterns with vibrant tones, block shapes and a whole lot of print lovin’.
New to the LDF scene this year is Design Frontiers: a free, group exhibition of over 30 leading international designers at Somerset House, nicely coinciding with the London Fashion Week Festival. The exhibition will showcase the designer’s way of thinking as well as their working practice and design disciplines. From automotive to fashion, product design to graphics, digital to performance, there’s a little bit of design for everyone.
Yinka Ilori is clearly the man of the moment with involvement in a total of four installations and events this year. His work showcases his Nigerian heritage and symbolises a sense of community, friendship and playfulness.
Catch him at citizenM Shoreditch, where he’ll be transforming the entrance of the hotel into a vibrant public playground as well as at the Now Gallery in North Greenwich where he’ll be hosting a design salon where you’ll have the opportunity to hear musings from designers and creatives defining London’s multicultural landscape.
Brixton Design Trail has a whole host of wonderful events going on throughout the week and one of the highlights is ‘Design Circus’, a market with a difference, curated by Crafty Fox Market and BRIXI. Alongside traditional market stalls, Design Circus promises a playful line-up of circus-inspired happenings, live performance and interactive installations as well as music and refreshments. Find it in award-winning architecture practice Squire and Partners new Brixton home – The Department Store.
MINI LIVING has designed a micro-house, ‘URBAN CABIN’, a research space based in London’s iconic Oxo Tower Wharf. URBAN CABIN consists of a clever module reflecting its environment and featuring distinct London characteristics created by local architect Sam Jacob. Unique features include a shared kitchen and a micro-library where visitors can share and swap literature that focuses on the history of living in London. Be sure to check out the surrounding design shops too!
designjunction is a must-visit for those wishing to see the latest launches and trends coming on to the design scene. While Cubitt House will present international design brands across furniture, lighting and accessories (keep your eyes peeled for Bethan Gray, deadgood and Another Country), The Canopy will house independent designers and act as a pop-up retail space – London’s most design-driven shopping mall for the weekend!
The Reflection Room by designer Flynn Talbot looks set to be an incredible experiential installation, housed in the Prince Consort Gallery at the V&A. The immersive coloured light experience will take over the 35m length of the gallery, highlighting and defining the dramatic ceiling structure and the visitors who inhabit the space. One for Instagram, eh?
For those wanting to stay South East, Peckham has a great selection of events going on for both LDF and the Peckham Festival. Located at the Copeland Gallery, ‘Water’ will showcase 13 designers who have come together for a one-of-a-kind exhibition devoted to the creative and technological exploration of h2o. The involved designers have created products, materials, installations, and experiments that incorporate, exploit, or examine water.
If you like a good workshop than The Department Store is the place for you as they present UNDER/EXPOSED, a design series collaborating with the Brixton’s finest creative talent.
A series of workshops will take place in the Making Room, including linocut prints by Brixton based illustrator Kaylene Alder, a Supper Cloth communal embroidery workshop by textile designers Bowles & Betts, leathercraft by Studio Candice Lau, and traditional Polish Pajaki making by Karolina Merska from Bobbin & Bow.
If you’re a bit of a stationery geek like me than you’ll know that the Present & Correct exhibition is the place to be EVERY year and although small, it’s a truly satisfying experience. This year the store will be showcasing a gridded wall of perfectly knolled clips, consisting of 150 new and vintage clips. The exhibition, which is part of the Islington Design District, aims to make you leave feeling organised and to allow you to view the everyday object in a new light.
For more information visit the Design Festival website here.
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