Top London Design Festival Facts 2015

As London Design Festival seemed to be the heart of the design industry right now. Thus, this time the luxury magazine CovetED wants to highlight the top facts about this fair in 2015.

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ARTISA FOUNDATION: SOUNDS LIKE HOME
The idea of home is changing. We are moving more frequently from house to house, country to country. This immersive event asks the audience to speculate on what home means to them.

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BETTER BANKSIDE: COLOURFUL CROSSINGS
Better Bankside has commissioned three very different artists to bring colour and animation to Southwark Street, London SE1. Colourful Crossings marks the first commissions made through the Avenue of Art initiative which will take art out of its traditional gallery contexts and transform public spaces.

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BETTER LETTERS / GHOSTSIGNS: SIGNS & SIGNWRITING IN BANKSIDE
Signs and Signwriting in Bankside offers the chance to: try your hand at painting letters with sign legend Mike Meyer, compare the signwriting traditions of the USA and UK through a cinematic double bill and travel back in time to appreciate yesteryear’s signwriting in the form of ‘ghostsigns’.

BLACKHORSE WORKSHOP: THE MAKERS PLAYGROUND
The Makers Playground takes over Blackhorse Workshop, providing the antidote to all things too serious. A crowd of makers propose objects, participative workshops, after dark events, outdoor installations, off-grid cinema, a fantastic machine for serving drinks and new designs on the dance floor.

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See also – THE HOUSE OF CHANEL

THE BUILDING CENTRE: 41: A HOUSE FOR LONDON
Explore a shipping container house pushing design boundaries with seamlessly adaptable spaces and innovative tech to support modern lifestyles. Built as a response to the housing crisis with open-source designs freely shared. Creative team: Arup, Carl Turner Architects, CBMM and The Building Centre.

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BUSTER + PUNCH: GET HARD
Buster + Punch are a London-born design label. They work with rare, solid materials to make extraordinary items for everyday use. For the first time, Buster + Punch open their debut London Bridge Showroom. Guests will view the exclusive UK launch of the new HARDWARE range. Special events and guests too!

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT FROM BRITISH COLUMBIA
Reflecting the spirit of the Canadian province of British Columbia’s creativity, 50 award-winning applied artists and designers turn to wood, glass, ceramic, metal, textiles, plastics and other materials to craft beautiful and functional forms for people from all walks of life.

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CASSINA: LC50 – GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY OF THE LC COLLECTION
LC50 – Cassina celebrates the 50th anniversary of the LC Collection at its London Flagship store on Brompton Road. 2015 marks an important year, firstly to commemorate Le Corbusier’s death and, above all, to celebrate one of the most significant collections of contemporary design.

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CENTRAL SAINT MARTINS: THE INTELLIGENT OPTIMIST
Central Saint Martins presents The Intelligent Optimist, an exhibition and events programme exploring various futures for design. Future Gazers, Material Explorers, Social Agents and The Fixers, all use creative practices and critical intelligence to propose provocative and hopeful new perspectives.

DESIGN MUSEUM: CELEBRATING RISING TALENT, NEW IDEAS AND RICH LEGACIES
See 75 of the best design projects from around the world, the surprising design story behind a much-beloved shoe brand, how emerging designers see the concept of migration and a pop-up by Lippincott on the human impact of a branded world.

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ETSY UK: FOUR CORNERS OF CRAFT
Etsy unites the best of UK craft with an exhibition in partnership with Tent London, the Crafts Council and arts organisations in England, Scotland, N. Ireland and Wales. A diverse and exciting selection of contemporary craft from the four corners our country, tied together by the quality of making.

FREDRIKSON STALLARD: MOMENTUM
Staged at Fredrikson Stallard’s theatrical Holborn Studio and HQ, Momentum is a celebration of the experimental and the rigorous, the unique versus the mass produced. The new works span across the realms of furniture, sculpture, product and print, with one-off, edition and transitory pieces.

See also – FANTASTIC BRIXTON DESIGN TRAIL

GEFFRYE MUSEUM OF THE HOME: CERAMICS IN THE CITY: A SELLING FAIR FEATURING 50 POTTERS
This vibrant, popular celebration of ceramics brings together the work of 50 ceramicists from across the UK – a mix of leading names and rising talents – in a riot of colour, styles, textures and techniques. Talk to the potters, watch demonstrations, browse and buy.

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HABITAT: INSIDE OUT: FURNITURE FROM THE CRAFTS COUNCIL COLLECTION
Crafts Council has teamed up with Habitat to launch Inside Out, an exhibition presenting key furniture pieces from the Crafts Council Collection. With works dating from the 1970s onwards, the Collection is a rich archive of making in the UK that embraces all the main craft disciplines.

IRISH DESIGN 2015: THE SOUVENIR PROJECT
A collection of contemporary souvenirs that explores the local context, championing creative collaborations between Irish designers and makers. Playful, useful or simply curious – a gathering of objects with meaning and depth commissioned by ID2015 and curated by Jonathan Legge, Makers & Brothers.

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LONDONPRINTSTUDIO: PRINT IS DEAD. LONG LIVE PRINT.
Print is Dead. Long Live Print. An eye-opening look at the explosion of independent, design-led magazines shaping the future of print. This exhibition showcases 50 innovative magazines from around the globe.

MALLETT: DESIGN HOUSE
Mallett Antiques celebrates 150 years and looks to its future with DESIGN HOUSE, a spectacular collaboration with leading luxury brands from around the world for the launch of their new collections. Together, they herald the fusion of 18th century techniques with 21st century design.

MINT: TWISTING TRADITION
The selection for this year’s Festival has taken Mint on a cultural journey to the most poetic corners of craft-orientated design. Mint will collaborate with Industry Plus to present Nendo’s new collection ‘Tokyo Tribal’, and Nigel Coates’ ‘Paracastello Collection’ amongst a large number of designers.

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TOM DIXON: MULTIPLEX BY TOM DIXON
This autumn Tom Dixon presents MULTIPLEX at the Old Selfridges Hotel, an immersive, multi-sensory department store of tomorrow. MULTIPLEX brings together design, technology, fashion, film and interiors to explore how the future of retail might look, sound, smell, taste and feel.

TRANSPORT FOR LONDON: DESIGN PICK – TFL’S PICK RESTAURANT AND POP-UP WOODEN UNDERGROUND STATION BY CAMILLA BARNARD
TfL with the East London Liquor Company will be hosting the Pick restaurant (after Frank Pick, founder of TfL’s design ethos) and a pop-up wooden tube station installation by Camilla Barnard. Both the restaurant and tube station will showcase new TfL inspired design collections.

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TWENTYTWENTYONE: BARBER & OSGERBY LANTERNS
twentytwentyone launch a range of new lighting by Barber & Osgerby. Manufactured in Japan by Ozeki, the Hotaru lanterns employ traditional methods using bamboo ‘wire’ and handmade mulberry bark paper.

VIADUCT: SHOW 12: WHITE ON WHITE
Viaduct presents White on White, an exhibition of Scandinavian design from a new generation: Studio Vit and MA/U Studio. An installation of furniture and lighting from both companies demonstrating their striking aesthetics and subtle use of materials.

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VITSŒ: LISTENING ROOM WITH THE WIRE AND POSTCARD TEAS
The world often fixates on novelty – an idea Vitsœ has quietly opposed for 55 years. This is brought to life in a Listening Room, a space to explore genuine new sounds curated by The Wire amid Dieter Rams’ constantly evolving furniture. Enjoy with a cuppa from Postcard Teas.

To conclude, as you may see the program of London Design Festival full of remarkable events, shows, meetings and openings. Everything in one place at right time!

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