The London Design Festival is now on from 16 to 24 September 2017, celebrating its 15th anniversary in true style, with a host of events to please the masses.
From Audi robots to the first-ever opening of the Dean’s Staircase at St Paul’s Cathedral, The London Design Festival has become a key calendar moment in the autumnal creative season, alongside Fashion Week, Frieze London and the London Film Festival.
For the past 15 years, it has provided a well-established platform for industry stars to ascend and shine. The show holds 100% Design, Decorex International, designjunction, Focus/17 and The London Design Fair… in fact, the Festival will incorporate eight official Design Districts across the capital, including the Brompton Design District. With so much to look forward to, London is abuzz with design excitement.Another must see: the opening at the Mazzoleni gallery in Mayfair. Mazzoleni Invites: DimoreGallery (5 September-24 September) is the inaugural exhibition in a series whereby design and fashion figures will respond to the gallery’s collection of Italian modern and post-war art. For (Un)Comfort Zone, the gallery will be reconfigured by the Milan-based interior design duo Britt Moran and Emiliano Salci. Tomasso Brothers Fine Art gallery is where the London-born artist Jacob van der Beugel will display almost 200 ceramic vessels (Memento Mori, 16-24 September). Der Beugel, who was previously assistant to the high-profile ceramicist Edmund de Waal, puts his own spin on the 17th-century Dutch still-life tradition in the Design Festival show. The exhibition, titled The Graduate(s), opens at Carpenters Workshop Gallery in Mayfair (4-23 September). Another great spot!
The Paris-based design curator Lidewij Edelkoort, who describes herself as a “trend forecaster”, has made the selection. “Together with our assistants we scoured through 50 design schools all over Europe, looking at their best graduates from this year but also from the past couple of years. In some cases we asked academics and designer friends to suggest students and interns they believed were important individuals to note. The exhibition will include works by 14 participants.”