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The London Design Festival, 16-24 September 2017, brings an excess of 300 events and colourful building blocks to the capital. We've listed the main events and previewed the must-see events on in London during the festival.

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The London Design Festival

Nine days of design events from small product launches to large scale, interactive installations.

 

Dates: 16th - 24th September 2017

 

Celebrating London as the gateway to international design, the London Design Festival celebrates is 15th anniversary in 2017 with hundreds of events and landmark projects. The annual festival takes in sectors as diverse as fashion, architecture, retail, typography, photography and textiles in an ambitious city-wide project. Over nine days in September, cultural institutions like the V&A, Somerset House and the Design Museum take part and the city is divided into eight design districts - there are hubs in Brompton, Chelsea, Clerkenwell, Islington, Queens Park and Shoreditch. Events vary from product launches in tiny boutiques to massive trade shows including designjunction and 100% Design. Look out for this year's landmark projects: Camille Walala's colourful architectural playground in the middle of Broadgate, Ross Lovegrove's Transmission and While We Wait by Elias and Yousef Anastas, both at the V&A.

 
 
 

Villa Walala

Colourful building blocks, tactile surfaces and playful shapes bring joy to the City.

Exchange Square, Broadgate, London, EC2A 2BQ

Tube: Liverpool Street Station

 

Dates: 16th - 24th September 2017

 

An exuberantly colourful, strange and squidgy new world, Villa Walala creates an unexpected architectural landscape in the heart of Broadgate. Dreamt up by textile designer Camille Walala the 'building-block castle', covered and coloured with digitally printed patterns, is a landmark project of the London Design Festival which promises to be the best yet as it celebrates 15 years. Constructed from vinyl, sealed PVC inners and high-strength nylon, Villa Walala is a soft-textured structure with vibrant colours, tactile surfaces and playful shapes, injecting a little joy and playfulness into the City, colour amid the glass and grey concrete of the office blocks.

 
 
 

London Design Festival at the Victoria and Albert Museum

Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2RL

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 16th - 24th September 2017

 

London's venerable Victoria and Albert Museum is the central hub of The London Design Festival for the ninth time in 2017, when the festival celebrates its 15th year. This year British designer Ross Lovegrove has created Transmission, a spectacular 25-metre-long three dimensional tapestry inspired by the Devonshire Hunting Tapestries on display at the South Kensington museum. Palestinian architects Elias and Yousef Anastas debut their installation While We Wait, inspired by the scenic Cremsian Valley, one of the few remaining green spaces in Palestine, located on the seam between Bethlehem and Jerusalem. In addition to these London Design Festival installations there's more design inspiration in current V&A displays The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains, Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion and Plywood: Material of The Modern World.

 
 
 

Design Frontiers

Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA

Tube: Temple Station

 

Dates: 18th - 24th September 2017

 

More than 30 of the world's leading designers, including the director of design at Jaguar, are taking part in Design Frontiers, a group exhibition at Somerset House showing work which challenges and breaks through frontiers. Coinciding with London Design Festival, the exhibition includes designs by Ian Callum at Jaguar, Tord Boontje for Swarovski, Katie Greenyer, Creative Director at Pentland, Benjamin Hubert with Allermuir and a collection of designers for Danish textile manufacturer Kvadrat, with works shown in the Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court, West Wing Galleries and Terrace Rooms.

 
 
 

DesignJunction

More than 200 international design brands, product launches, 70 pop-up shops and inspiring installations in Kings Cross.

Granary Square, Good's Way, Bloomsbury, London, N1C 4AA

Tube: King's Cross Station

 

Dates: 21st - 24th September 2017

 

Held during, and a big part of, the London Design Festival, DesignJunction gives visitors an exciting insight into some of the most innovative products and creations in the design world. At this year's show Renault's TreZor, voted the 'Most Beautiful Concept Car of the Year' by the Festival Automobile Jury, make its UK debut. Turkishceramics creates an installation in Granary Square celebrating the history of ceramics in Turkey. Taking place across five Kings Cross destinations, the show extends from Cubitt House to The Crossing, a five-storey space hosting installations showcasing Rado watches, Blackbody lighting, Kirkby Design fabrics and Corian work surfaces.

 
 
 
 

London Design Fair

500 exhibitors from 28 countries in the heart of East London.

The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL

Tube: Aldgate East Station

 

Dates: 21st - 24th September 2017

 

Launched in 2016, and encompassing Tent London and Super Brands London, the London Design Fair is one of three big fairs timed to coincide with The London Design Festival. Taking over a whole floor of the Old Truman Brewery the four-day industry event brings together 500 exhibitors from 28 countries, including independent designers, established brands, international country pavilions, features and exhibitions. This year The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design puts on a special showcase and The British Craft Pavilion returns, doubling in size to host over 40 selected makers including Forest and Found.

 
 
 

100% Design

Cutting edge design at the commercial cornerstone event of The London Design Festival.

Olympia Exhibition Centre, Hammersmith Road, Earls Court, London, W14 8UX

Tube: Kensington (Olympia) Station

 

Dates: 20th - 23rd September 2017

 

The commercial cornerstone event of The London Design Festival, 100% Design is a vast showcase for more than 400 architects, product designers and interiors specialists. Diving the Olympia exhibition centre into areas for the workplace, interiors and emerging brands, the fair hosts product launches for decorative lighting, furniture and fittings as well as providing a platform for newcomers like Odddot, Junction Fifteen and London florist Grace & Thorn. Industry experts explore trends and the future of design at 'Talks with 100% Design' while Dealer Day is a chance to network and attend seminars and talks. Predominantly a trade show, doors are open to the public on the final day.

 
 
 

Decorex International

A hotbed of high-end interiors, this year's show focuses on Collaborations, past present and future.

Syon Park, Road, Brentford, Kensington, London, TW8 8JF

Tube: Richmond Station

 

Dates: 17th - 20th September 2017

 

Decorex, the longest-standing design and interior show during The London Design Festival, returns to Syon Park in 2017, with Robert Adam's Syon House providing an elegant backdrop to the event. This year, to celebrate its 40th edition, there's an inspiring seminar programme with Giles Kime, interiors editor at Country Life, and Sophie Conran among the speakers exploring topics from hotel interiors to taking your brand global. Over 400 companies exhibit new products and collections from contemporary, traditional and bespoke furniture to the latest lighting, floor coverings, fabrics and wall coverings, accessories and bespoke services. While primarily a trade event, members of the public are able to attend the show on the penultimate day.

 
 
 
 
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