Best Events and Districts to Visit During London Design Festival 2018⇒ London Design Festival is one of the largest celebrations of design and innovation all around the world, promoting creativity through a wide variety of events and exhibitions that take place in London, the capital of design. The festival gathers some of the greatest minds in the UK as well as international influentials, from designers to retailers as well as opinion leaders and educators. This year, the London Design Festival will take place from 15-23 September 2018 and visitors can expect numerous surprises all in the name of design.
Last year, the event broke all records by welcoming 450,000 individual visitors from all around the world. According to Ben Evans, the director of the London Design Festival, the entire festival “is a platform for 100s of design stories to be told. Each of them talks to an expanding audience hungry for design ideas and enjoying the quality and diversity of what’s on offer. It all confirms London’s status as the global centre of design.”
Villa Walala by Camille Walala. Image Source: Dezeen
MultiPly by Waugh Thistleton Architects at the V&A Museum. Image Source: On Diseño
As a whole, this imperative design week is both a cultural and a commercial event. The programme ranges from major international exhibitions to trade events, installations to talks and seminars, from product launches to receptions, private views and parties. So here are some of the best events and design districts one should consider visiting during this unique design celebration:
Decorex is internationally renowned for being one of the best platforms to find the most coveting concepts and products regarding interior design, which are developed by emerging and well-established talents. This year’s edition will take precedence from 16-19 September in Syon Park.
Considered one of the best destinations in the beloved London Design Festival, 100% Design is actually the largest and longest-running design trade event for industry professionals in the UK. From 12-19 September, this will become the best place to find the most appealing interior design trends, inspirations as well as emerging talents.
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This year, the event has introduced brand-new features, including the affluent area of West Kensington Design District, 100% Features that celebrates forward-thinking design, 100% Forward that honours emerging talents in sectors like lighting, textiles, furniture and product design, 100% Build London, which is a show dedicating for the construction and architectural industry, Design Best Sale Shop, among many other attractive exhibitions. You can expect to hear from some of the world’s best designers and architects in the show’s talks, including Marcel Wanders, Kelly Hoppen, Thomas Heatherwick, Philippe Starck, John Hitchcox, Jade Jagger, Mark Davison and Steve Leung.
In 2018, designjunction has found a new location in the cultural hub of the South Bank. The event will take place from 20-23 September and will encompass a combination of global furniture, lighting, accessory, material and technology brands, who have the opportunity to meet, do business and be inspired by one another. The event hosts numerous pop-up shops, installations and interactive features, making Designjunction one of the most exclusive and prestigious events in London and worldwide.
The London Design Fair takes place in the creative heart of East London. The new edition will occur from 20-23 September and will bring together 550 exhibitors from 36 countries. Here one can find the latest trends in furniture, lighting, textiles, materials as well as the most astonishing conceptual installations from the world’s best minds. Within this fair, there’s also plenty of events including Tent London an event dedicated to contemporary art.
Located in the Chelsea Harbour Design Centre, Focus is recognised as a primary destination for creative excellence. Each year, the event gathers thousands of makers and thinkers from the industries of interior design, architecture and fashion. Colour will be one of the main aesthetics for the upcoming edition.
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For its 30th anniversary, the prestigious art fair will celebrate modern British art from the last 100 years. The event will count with the presence of over 50 leading dealers as well as plenty of peculiar exhibitions taking place at the Saatchi Gallery, from 20-23 September.
Over the years, Lapada Art & Antiques Fair has grown quite fast becoming one of the most beloved international showcases when it comes to art and antiques. This year, the event will take place at the Berkley Square, from 14-19 September. Around 100 exhibitors are expected to participate within a wide variety of sectors, from art and antiques to design and decorative arts as well as jewellery, furniture, carpets, ceramics, and many others.
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Best Design Districts
One of the most important components of this marvellous design week is London’s highly curated design districts. Each one features a cluster of events and exhibitions that allow visitors to truly enjoy the extraordinary lifestyle and design essence of London.
Bankside Design District is a celebration of the area’s thriving creative industries with a programme of installations, open studios and interactive workshops. Here, one should definitely check out the Tate Design Week and Bankside secret garden.
The 2018 programme was curated by Jane Withers Studio focusing around the theme of “Material Consequences”. Many enticing design projects will be shown that question the role of design on a local and a global scale. In this district, you can visit the showrooms and design stores of some of the world’s best brands, including Meridiani, Kartell Wander, Citco, Molteni & C, Poltrona Frau,B&B Italia, and countless others.
For its fifth year, the design district will appose the best multi-disciplinary elements of this historical region. Zaha Hadid Design, Vitra, Knoll, TOTO, Viaduct and Moroso are a few of the most renowned manufacturers that will be present.
Quality and craftsmanship are two of the main focus of this exceptional district. It gathers interactive exhibitions from the best galleries. Once known as a more traditional location, The Mayfair Design District now showcases how evolving and opened it has become when it comes to contemporary and collectable design.
⇒ Victoria ⇐
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Victoria has been one of the most recently transformed and well-connected areas in London. Presenting a vibrant and bustling character, the district gives birth to major investments. Here, creative thinkers and visitors will be able to gather and enjoy “world-class experiences”.
This creative hub is known for being quite diverse and innovative housing plenty of design styles and disciplines. It actually has some of the most long-standing design houses in the world, such as Ligne Roset as well as original start-ups and independents. As a whole, it nurtures the finest things in British design.
The Howard de Walden Estate and the Portman Estate are responsible for the coordination of this design district. Through prime partnerships, they have been able to develop an environment where creativity can shine through. One of the main attractions of the district is the Conran Shop, a prestigious design store dedicated to furniture, lighting and gifts.
Located right next to the Sloane Square, the Pimlico Road Design District is a phenomenal platform for retailers, especially those specialised in interiors and textiles. FBC London, the Magic of Bespoke and Poggenpohlare a few brands you should definitely check out.
⇒ Regent St. & St. James ⇐
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This design district was launched just this year and will combine the best of globally recognised names and unique independent boutiques to create a programme of varied design experiences for the London Design Festival. You should certainly keep an eye for Italian Design at Christie’s and Bethan Gray.
Shoreditch is a true celebration of the best that this area has to offer. It brings together the very best product launches, exhibitions, installations, workshops, talks and tours. London Design Fair takes place in this district. One of the best exhibitions to see this year will be Oneroom by Bethan Laura Room.
Oneroom by Bethan Laura Room. Image Source: Shoreditch Design Triangle
⇒ West Kensington ⇐
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This affluent area brings together leading design destinations, cultural institutions and must-events, such as 100% Design, during one of the biggest festivals of the world. Yoo is also one of the brands you should see in this district.
Reflection Room by Flynn Talbot (London Design Festival 2017). Image Source: Dezeen
In conclusion, the London Design Festival is one of the greatest celebrations of design that allows both design enthusiasts and professionals to discover the best of what the city has to offer. It is in fact, the best platform to identify and be inspired by the latest trends and product releases.