London Design Festival Guide
This year marks the sixteenth annual celebration of London Design Festival, with the majority of events taking place from 15th – 23rd September. But with 11 different ‘Design Districts’, five ‘Design Destinations’, and three ‘Design Routes’ across town, you might well ask where does one start? Don’t panic! We’ve picked some highlights so you don’t miss the best bits…
Designs for the Natural Home
by Another Country
15 & 17-22 September 2018
18 Crawford Street
Another Country & Ekkist launch a collaborative furniture collection, demonstrating how design can improve wellbeing. The range is inspired by the wellbeing design principles incorporated in the Ekkist and Studio McLeod-designed ‘Ori House’.
Another Country is a company founded in 2010 that designs and makes contemporary craft furniture and accessories. It aims to deliver quality and longevity at fair prices – its products are built to last, both in terms of construction and style. Another Country’s products are made from sustainably harvested timbers and they make use of both time-honoured craft techniques and modern technology to manufacture in as sustainable a way as possible.
Ekkist design and create buildings which focus on enhancing human health and well-being through a unique design framework, focussing on natural materials, light, air quality and aesthetics to effectively deliver design for well-being. Ekkist’s core ethos is that architecture and design can be harnessed to improve our overall quality of life, health and happiness, and that we can create a healthier built environment through this approach.
A sense of belongings
15-22 September 2018
3-5 Duke Street
A sense of belongings: exploring how an object becomes treasured.
In this era of ever-greater disposability, Vitsœ explores how emotional attachment can ensure that man-made objects last as long as possible. The exhibition at Vitsœ’s Marylebone shop will display a number of objects that have been used and cherished for many years. Items such as a 36-year-old transatlantic tape measure, an ikat-weave sash with memories from the 80s, and an ingenious toasting fork made by a great-grandfather, have been loaned by Vitsœ’s eclectic customers and friends. Precisely what is it that has prevented these treasured items from being discarded long ago?
by Kofi Arts / Edible Bus Stop & ZMA
15-23 September 2018
1 Windrush Square
See website for details
In 70th Anniversary year of Windrush, Rooted by Artist Alvin Kofidocuments the variety of pioneering ventures undertaken by the Windrush generation. Flotilla by Edible Bus Stop/ ZMA Architectsrepresents the journey and tells the story in a series of augmented reality ‘paper’ boats.
Starting as a response to the recent conversations about the Windrush generation and how this directly relates to Brixton and the surrounding area, the project aims to initiate discussions about worldwide migration and how we live in ever-changing society and culture, whether that be Windrush or further afield.
Inspired by paper boats, a new series of robust street furniture will tell an important story of the post-war commonwealth migration era. In addition, audio narratives spoken by those of the Windrush generation and their relatives will describe the feelings of Windrush migrants on moving to the UK at the point of arrival: their hopes, fears and excitement about a new life. Augmented reality will be used, inviting visitors to use their own smartphones to listen to these stories.
Conflicts of an Urban Age
15-23 September 2018
8 Fitzroy Street
Conflicts of an Urban Age, exhibited in Arup’s gallery space, describes how six cities – Addis Ababa, Istanbul, London, Mexico City, Mumbai and Shanghai – have transformed over the last 25 years, highlighting the spatial and social consequences of dramatic urban growth between 1990 and 2015.
The Urban Age, a research project jointly organised by LSE Cities at the London School of Economics and the Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft, has been exploring the conflicts that lie behind this new urban reality since 2005. The exhibition, first developed as a Special Project for the 2016 International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, has since been hosted in Berlin and at the inaugural Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism.
As a new element, Arup is showcasing a range of inspirational solutions, developed and implemented by individuals, local communities or organisations at grassroots level in different regions of the world, that address challenges posed by rapid urban growth.
Arcade East – Sustainability and Innovation Season
by London College of Fashion
10-15 September 2018
182 Mare Street
Arcade East, LCF’s new project space, hosts a themed season of events and installations with a focus on digital practice and innovation each summer. This year’s programme focuses on Sustainability and Innovation; with projects exploring traditional & digital practices for design, making and ideation.
An exhibition and talk exploring the invisible languages of resistance, non-hierarchical and subversive ways of making, publishing and consuming by Charlotte Maeva Perret – Fashion Space Gallery Designer in Residence 2017.
The Anthropocene Body
Fashion Space Gallery’s 2018 Designer in residents Nestor Pestana and Deborah Tchoudjinoff explore the subject of fashion and sustainability in the age of the Anthropocene through an event exploring the possibilities of linking fashion and biotechnology.
Who are the Savs?
A new commission by Alex Noble that explores potential environmental futures through an immersive installation.
by The Remakery / Upcircle
15-23 September 2018
20 Atlantic Road
Brixton’s network of sustainable designers looks at our resources for creating work from re-using and upcycling. From functional furniture to decorative design through Upcircle and the Re-Makery inspire visitors to participate in and look at design in a new, planet-saving light.
Remakery – Reuse Lab
The Reuse Lab is an exhibition and learning programme developed by members of the South London remaking community. The exhibition focuses on principles of design that draw inspiration from repair, reusing and recycling, and is accompanied by talks and workshops highlighting sustainable design ideas. The diverse design objects in the exhibition will symbolise and emphasise their links to nature and to the support structures within the resilient reuse and creative enterprise community.
Upcircle – The Eco Cube
Upcircle Studio present an immersive pavilion where the visitors will discover products from local artists, artisans and designers. The space will be decorated and curated with products that follow sustainable values, promoting up-cycling and recycling design.
The elements used to build the installation are commonly used and reused on building sites. The structure will be dis-mountable and reusable at the end of the festival – a further comment of the impact of regeneration.
Statement Jewellery Making Masterclass
by The Keep Boutique x By These Fair Hands
Thurs 20th September 7-9pm
Looking for creative things to do during Design Week? Then try our (sustainable) Jewellery Making Masterclass in celebration of all that is wonderful about living in one of Europe’s most diverse cities. Hosted by The Keep, led by the very talented By These Fair Hands and held at the hip hang-out that is Federation Coffee.
You’ll be provided with all the materials needed to make two pairs of contemporary earrings from polymerclay, and guided by expert teacher, Emma whilst sipping on an espresso martini or three.
By These Fair Hands
Screen printer by trade, Emma Tilbury-Barrow is a proficient designer, painter, sculptor and jewellery maker. Collecting shells, stones and wood to inform her work, Emma takes inspiration from natural forms yet at the same time brings a distinctive graphic element to each piece. As a result, her designs are uniquely contemporary and lean toward a bold colour palette.
Fresh Produce x Old Spitalfields Market
by Fresh Produce
17-19 September 2018; Mon 2pm-11pm, Tues-Wed 11am-11pm
Old Spitalfields Market
16 Horner Square
Fresh Produce offers an immersive experience inside Old Spitalfields market, and is hosted by young London based designers from across the globe. With a showcase of furniture, lighting, industrial and social design projects, there will be interactive talks and workshops running in parallel.
From September 17-19, Fresh Produce will be hosting an exhibition set within the heart of Old Spitalfields Market, located on the edge of the Shoreditch Design Triangle.
Designers and enthusiasts alike are invited to visit this interdisciplinary show filled with lovingly designed products and thoughtfully curated events.
Demonstration of metal pressing using the hydraulic press with letter stamping to make personalised bottle openers. Come and purchase a unique bottle opener!
Mond 17th : 2pm – 8pm
Tues 18th : 12pm – 3pm and 5pm – 8pm
Wed 19th : 12pm – 3pm and 5pm – 8pm
Children’s drawing class with a variation of sketching exercises to improve drawing skills.
Please contact us to book in for a specified slot.
Come and make your own thread spun lampshade using thread and a balloon. Take away your creation!
Includes small fee for workshop
Tues 18th: 1pm – 5pm
Wed 19th : 1pm – 5pm
Make a hydroponics growing system from recycled plastic bottles.
Tues 18th: 11am – 1pm
Get creative and make small scaled furniture using lollipop sticks!
Mond 17th : 2pm – 5pm
Tues 18th : 12pm – 5pm
Wed 19th: 12pm – 5pm
Demonstrating how plastic waste can be up-cycled into products. Take home a necklace or key chain made by the Plastic Factory.
Mond : 2pm – 8pm
Tues: 11am – 8pm
Wed: 11am – 8pm
Can you make a functioning stool or chair from just dowel and rope? Come to this workshop and give it a go!
Mond: 2pm – 5pm
Enjoy a refreshing gin infused drink whilst watching the infusion process. Canapés will also be served on unique ceramic plates.
Mond 17th: 5pm – 10pm (opening party)
Tues 18th: 5pm – 10pm
Wed 19th: 5 – 8pm