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Sep 15, 2019

10 Highlights From The London Design Festival

London Design Festival returns for its 17th year this September with a citywide celebration of design. Taking place across the capital, the Festival will transform the city with an inspiring programme of landmark projects, festival commissions, installations, talks, workshops and partner events from 14-22 September 2019.

The vision of London Design Festival is to celebrate and promote London as the
design capital of the world, and gateway to the international design community. Let’s take a look at some of the highlights from the festival…

Please Be Seated

‘Please be Seated’ project by Paul Cocksedge Studio

British designer Paul Cocksedge is transforming Finsbury Avenue Square with this, the most ambitious of British Land’s commissions to date. The large-scale installation, fuses innovation and technology, and responds to the changing rhythm of the community: its design features curves for people to sit on and walk under, further enhancing London’s largest pedestrianised neighbourhood.


Photo credit Andy Stagg

Photo credit Andy Stagg

Iri-Descent by Liz West is a suspended arrangement of 150 skeleton-framework cubes located in the atrium of the historic Fortnum & Mason store in Piccadilly. Clad with dichroic film in two differing colourways, the cubes appear to change colour as visitors move around the atrium and between the floors above and below.

Walala Lounge

© Andy Stagg Photography

Camille Walala returns to London Design Festival in a characteristically colourful manner. The French-born designer has been commissioned by Grosvenor Britain & Ireland to energise and enliven South Molton Street, in the heart of London’s West End, with a bold and beautiful family of street furniture.

Affinity in Autonomy

Ed Reeve

Translating innovation into perceptual experiences is the theme for the creation of this interactive robotic pendulum: Affinity in Autonomy. The independence and free-will of robotics is portrayed by the pendulum’s random movements.


Photo credit Ed Reeve

Canadian designer Matthew McCormick fuels thoughtful introspection on the effects of climate change through his experiential exhibit, Avalanche,conspicuously positioned on the landing of the V&A’s British Gallery.

Bamboo (竹) Ring

Photo credit Ed Reeve

Bamboo (竹) Ring, or ‘Take-wa 竹わ’, is an experiment in the concept of weaving, as explored by Kengo Kuma.  Inspired by the John Madejski Garden and curated by Clare Farrow, the doughnut-shaped structure – like a nest or cocoon – has been created by weaving rings of bamboo and carbon fibre together.


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London Design Fair

Located in the creative heart of east London, the London design fair is a four-day event that brings together 550 exhibitors from over 40 countries.

100% Design

2019 marks the 25th anniversary of 100% design, one of the UK’s leading design trade events. This year’s show will present a stellar line-up of more than 400 exhibitors as well as an unrivalled talks programme featuring some of the biggest names across architecture and design, including David Rockwell and marcel wanders.

Focus /19

For six days, Focus/19 at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour is the design event for excellence. Welcoming trade professionals and design enthusiasts from around the globe, the programme is dedicated to inspiring, informing and delivering the best in world-class talent.


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