London Design Festival celebrates
the ‘march of the makers’
Now in its ninth year, the London Design Festival will be the largest and most significant yet, with an expected 180 partners and more than 250 events celebrating the world’s creative capital.
The London Design Festival has commissioned landmark design installations all by renowned British architects and designers across the city, at the Victoria and Albert Museum, and, for the first time, St Paul’s Cathedral. Festival Director, Ben Evans, said: “This year’s Festival will demonstrate the power and versatility of design across London; offering a series of quality projects that fulfil London’s design credentials”.
The Festival’s wider programme, staged by a mass of design-related organisations and individuals will again be focused on six design districts; each celebrating their own particular contribution to the world of design in London. The Brompton Design District, and nearby Pimlico Road will showcase a cocktail of international, interiors and design led installations. In central London, Covent Garden will reflect the broad range of design interests locally and stage a specially commissioned installation with Lego in the Piazza.
Following its debut in 2010 the Fitzrovia Creative programme will develop with a host of showrooms working together led by the European Design Centre. Further east, the Clerkenwell Design District will again come to life in a multitude of showrooms and studios. The Shoreditch Design Triangle will provide a range of interests and activities, co-ordinated with SCP and including Lee Broom’s debut handcrafted upholstery collection, Salon.
A series of distinct group-shows will be dotted across the city. These design destinations include
- 100% Design, the cornerstone commercial show at the Festival which will be defined this year by a new branding campaign created by Peter & Paul. The show will contain over 400 exhibitors covering design products to architectural materials, and the emerging talent showcase - 100% Futures. British design takes centre stage, alongside international pavilions including new participants Chile and Greece.
- Decorex, the UK’s most established design and interiors show (now in its 34th year) runs from 25 to 28 September. Located at The Royal Hospital Chelsea, the event will present new design from contemporary to classic, industrial to craft, from leading suppliers to the interior design world. ‘Sanctuary’ is the inspiration for this year’s show with a specially designed entrance by Nicky Haslam.
- Tent London will again dominate the Old Truman Brewery, 22-25 September, with the emphasis on workmanship, handcrafted furniture, lighting and textiles. A strong line-up of big brands including Moroso, Allermuir, 3form and Gloster will exhibit new collections alongside undiscovered talent and established independents. A contingent from Japan will also bring fresh ideas and space-saving products.
- Set within the imposing surrounds of Victoria House, Bloomsbury, designjunction will launch at this year’s London Design Festival following its debut in Milan in April. designjunction is a contract-focused exhibition connecting international design brands to our key market by bringing together an exclusive line-up of leading UK and international lighting and furniture brands.
Origin, the Crafts Council show, returns to Spitalfields after its successful rescheduling to coincide with the Festival in 2010. Just a few minutes’ walk away, Andaz Liverpool Street will be the gateway to events in the East End as a whole, hosting a series of design interventions.
Tramshed also returns, this year in the Royal Horticultural Halls, Victoria – a new and emerging design area for the Festival. The show will be a celebration of how authenticity and good design contribute to overall quality of life. The Dock and Designersblock will also add to the roster of design destinations in 2011.