What to look out for at London Design Festival

Harriet Stallibrass in Events — 12.09.2017

Between 16th-24th September London Design Festival will be upon us!

In its 15th year, London will be hosting a plethora of global designers, exhibiting through design fairs, installations and seminars. Here's what we're looking forward to at Andrew Martin…

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1 - The V&A Museum

Cromwell Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW7 2RL
16-24th September

We will be spending lots of time at our next-door-neighbours, the V&A. Flynn Talbot has created an immersive light installation called 'Reflection Room' and you'll find Ross Lovegrove's 3-dimensional take on tapestry named 'Transmission'. We have also been seduced by the interesting range of talks as part of the Global Design Forum programme, in particular: Material progress - next generation thinking, Brain Manufacturing, The Bilbao effect 2.0: the tale of two museums.

2 - Design Frontiers

Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA
18th-24th September
A free exhibition of installations by 30 leading international designers showcasing everything from product design, digital, interiors and fashion. The idea is to challenge the frontiers of the industry, looking towards the future of design.

3 - The Africa Centre

66-68 Great Suffolk Street, London, SE1 0BL
16th-23rd September
For the first time The Africa Centre are taking part in LDF and have collaborated with innovative furniture designer Yinka Ilori who is exhibiting a project called 'A large Chair doesn't make a King'. The designer explains, "It seeks to remind you that regardless of how successful you have been in life we all share the common link of humanity." They will also be hosting a series of creative workshops, film screenings and Afrobeat DJ nights.

4 - The Great Exhibition Champagne Bar at Decorex

Syon Park, TW8 8JF
17th-20th September

To celebrate the 40 years' anniversary of the annual trade show Decorex, Shalini Misra has designed an exclusive champagne bar inspired by the Great Exhibition of 1851. Taking you from age old design feats to the modern day, catch the seminar on Designing for the Millennial on 18th September. Also peaking our interest is Design Sense, a project which consists of four interactive areas exploring sight, sound, smell and touch through design.

5 - Villa Walala

Broadgate Exchange, 100 Liverpool Street, EC2M 2RH
16th-24th September

An installation by Camille Walala which invites office workers to explore its playful colours and shapes, instilling positivity and creativity into a stereotypically corporate setting.

6 - Elements at 100% Design

Olympia, Hammersmith Rd, London W14 8UX
20th-23rd September

The UK's largest trade show for architects and designers returns to Olympia and this year the theme is 'Elements', which is brought to life by an immersive entrance feature curated by Max Fraser.

7 - Drop in the Ocean

ME London Hotel, 336-337 Strand, WC2R 1HA
14th-30th September

Brodie Neill uses fragments of recycled ocean plastic and state-of-the-art video projectors to create an installation in the atrium of the ME Hotel, which confronts the problem of the plastic waste within our oceans and the momentous consequences one singular act can create.

8 - Silent Arch

Atlantic Road, Brixton, SW9 8HX
16th-24th September

Design studio Bharat&Jean are creating a colourful pastiche of the local railway arches to pay homage to the recent developments in the area and the supporting role of the community. The colours are drawn from the railway typology and their brightness reflects the multicultural vibrancy of South London.

Whilst in the area, also go and find the project 'Take a Seat' in Windrush Square, an installation of painted chairs which aims celebrate public seating and the role it can play in creating positive social interaction.

Follow us on Instagram @andrewmartin_int to see us on exploring LDF around town!