London Design Festival
This September the capital comes alive with design shows, workshops and installations. With so much going on, it’s hard to pick out the gems. Luckily, you don’t have to! Here’s Team ED’S guide to the must-see events Features Writer Charlotte Brook discove
We reveal what not to miss at the UK’S top design event. Plus, a quick guide to Design Centre Chelsea Harbour
THE SMILE ( UNTIL 12 OCTOBER) Not strictly in Bankside, but beside the river further west at Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground, Millbank, you’ll find this extraordinary 36-metre-long ‘megatube’ installation by architect Alison Brooks. Despite only balancing on the ground at one central point, the curved structure is safe to stroll along. At night it will be lit from within, with its glow bright enough to be seen from across the River Thames (alisonbrooksarchitects.com).
‘ IN- HABIT’ AT ANIMALI DOMESTICI
( 17– 25 SEPTEMBER) Usually by appointment only and one of Brixton’s best-kept design secrets, this Italian furniture store, cabinetry workshop and set designers’ collective is housed in a Grade Ii-listed hall on Saltoun Road. It will operate as an ‘open house’ during the festival and is part of the Brixton Design Trail, a series of events and pop-ups (ceramics by Fausto Salvi, right; brixtondesigntrail.com).