What to See at London Design Festival 2017

London Design Festival

Reda Amalou’s Dot side tables, a contemporary interpretation of the traditional Asian stool.

London Design Festival will showcase more than 450 creative installations and contemporary design projects at the V&A Museum, and other locations, from 16-24 September.

Now in its 15th year, the festival is considered a key part of the capital’s autumn creative season, alongside London Fashion Week, Frieze Art Fair and the London Film Festival. Billionaire rounds up the bits you simply must not miss.

Set in Stone at The Design Museum
The Design Museum, which opened the doors to its new home in Kensington in November 2016, presents an exciting project called Set in Stone: a selection of works by eight designers invited to explore the potential of marble and limestone. These works, displayed in various locations both inside and outside the museum, include objects intended for public use, such as seating by Eduardo Souto de Moura; a slide by Elemental; graphic pieces by Sagmeister & Walsh; and a series of domestic objects by Michael Anastassiades and Jasper Morrison.

Drop in the Ocean By Brodie Neill at ME London Hotel
Designer Brodie Neill presents Drop in the Ocean at ME London, a site-specific nature-driven installation, located in The Atrium of the Foster and Partners-designed hotel, the official hotel partner for the festival. ME London is the flagship property for the ME by Melia brand, located in the cultural heart of Covent Garden. Neill’s presentation premieres his work Flotsam, produced using his self-created material Ocean Terrazzo, which Neill developed for the Australian Pavilion at the 2016 London Design Biennale, and confronts the problem of the world’s plastic waste within our oceans.

Decorex International, Syon Park, London
This year sees the complementary design fair Decorex, collaborating with LDF. Established in 1978, Decorex will host more than 400 exhibitors, from leading names to emerging talents, between 17-20 September. A pass for either show will be valid at both, which means that visitors will be able to access two major destinations of the London Design Festival for virtually the entire festival. Look out for Italian e-commerce site Artemest; reclaimed-barn-wood designers Barn in the City; global interior design firm Reda Amalou Design; and US outdoor textile brand Sunbrella. Additionally, Iris Dankner, founder of Holiday House London, which will be launching in November, will give a talk at Decorex on 19 September with some of her chosen designers: Rachel Laxer, Nicky Haslam and Karen Howes from Taylor Howes.

Cocktail Atmospheres: Matter of Stuff, Sketch Bar in Oxford Circus
At Sketch, Matter of Stuff will present Cocktail Atmospheres, an exhibition that will unveil Lumnarie by Sabina Belfiore Lucovich, A Drink with Wes by 1millimitre and Club Chair by Glen Baghurst. A flight of cocktails imagined by sketch mixologists will provide an edible design experience. MOS will also present Noda and Deskscape, the final design pieces created during the MOS residency programme with students from Camberwell College of Arts and Kingston University.

Smallbone of Devizes, Meet the Maker, Knightsbridge
Smallbone of Devizes will be showcasing the skills of two master craftsmen at Meet the Maker events. Joiners from the Wiltshire workshop will be giving specialist artisanal wood and leather workshops, while Electrolux Grand Cuisine will offer a pasta-making masterclass. A bespoke, oxidised-wood wardrobe created in collaboration with Paul Helbers for Wallpaper* Handmade will also be on display in the space. Workshops will take place between 4pm-8pm, 21 September 2017 at 6/7 Thurloe Place, Knightsbridge and at 220 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge.

The London Design Fair, Shoreditch
Located in Shoreditch, the London Design Fair is a four-day industry event that brings together 500 exhibitors from 28 countries, including independent designers, established brands, international country pavilions, features, and exhibitions. Launched in 2007, each year, over 27,000 influential retail buyers, producers, architects, interior designers, press, designers, and the design-savvy public will look at the latest in furniture, lighting, textiles, materials, and conceptual installations from all around the world.

Established in 2003 by Sir John Sorrell CBE and Ben Evans, London Design Festival celebrates and promotes London as the design capital of the world.

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