HIGHLIGHTS OF THE LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL
We showcase the top 50 events.
1group CHELSEA DESIGN QUARTER
A diverse of showrooms are taking part in this year’s design trail: head to Tom Faulkner for new handmade furniture and a collaboration with bespoke materials expert Rupert Bevan; Roca London Gallery for an exhibition on smart cities and new London architecture; and Go Modern for the latest European design by Bonaldo, Mogg and Saba Italia (shown). Visit chelseadesignquarter.co.uk.
2 OSBORNE & LITTLE
Find new collections from Matthew Williamson and Nina Campbell at the King’s Road store. Williamson’s Deya range is named after the Mallorca village where he has a home and includes the Valldemossa and Deya Meadow (seen) wallpapers; Campbell’s Les Indiennes range references Indian influences on 18th-century French style, with highlights including the delicate Colbert wallpaper. Visit osborneandlittle.com.
This event moves to a new venue this year on London’s South Bank and highlights include candylike Dipping lamps by Spanish lighting supremo Marset and Czech designer Lucie Koldova’s curvaceous Chips lounge chair for TON (shown). 20-23 September;
4 BRIXTON DESIGN TRAIL
Head to SW9 to see Paste, RCA graduate Christopher Riggio’s ceramic installation at recently redeveloped local landmark The Department Store (right). Another highlight will be The Eco Cube by Upcircle Studio on Atlantic Road – a pavilion showcasing a variety of locally made, sustainable crafts. 15-23 September;
5 V&A INSTALLATIONS
Unmissable events abound at this LDF hub. The Multiply pavilion in the Sackler Courtyard is a collaboration between Waugh Thistleton Architects, the American Hardwood Export Council and ARUP that explores the global housing crisis. Memory & Light (below) is a sound installation by Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, which will take over the Norfolk House Music Room. 15-23 September;
6 PLASTIC, BEYOND THE CHIPPER
The Material of the Year exhibition focuses on innovative uses of much-maligned plastic with contributions from Tokyo designer Kodai Iwamoto and Dutch creative Dirk Vander Kooij. 20-23 September; londondesignfair.co.uk.
The rug brand launches during the festival with the opening of its showroom at Westbourne Studios in Portobello (the brand’s name is derived from the words ‘hem’ and ‘ghar’, which mean ‘home’ in Swedish and Urdu respectively). Founders Nadia Sofia Taseer and Aamer Fatah sell one-off, ethically sourced rugs from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran, with a mix of new and vintage handmade pieces. Visit hemghar.co.uk.
8 DE SEDE AT HARRODS
To celebrate the opening of its shop-in-shop at Harrods, Swiss heritage brand de Sede is presenting a new range of furniture, rugs and indoor-outdoor designs. The most spectacular is surely the DS-1000 daybed in quilted brown leather and gold metal – an exclusive finish for Harrods. Visit harrods.com; desede.com.
See Swiss-based designer Ini Archibong’s Below the Heavens collection at the Fulham Road showroom – a mix of playful and curvy shapes, the range also has an embroidered chandelier created with Studio MTX, which produces couture stitchcraft for Chanel. Visit se-collections.com.
10 CZECH DESIGN AT SIGMAR
Get a glimpse of one of Czechoslovakia’s vanished design icons at the Sigmar gallery, which is revisiting the architecture and interiors of the Hotel Praha, built under the socialist regime in 1981. The hotel was demolished after the fall of communism, but Sigmar has gathered original furniture alongside photography revealing its former glory. Visit
11 TIME FOR TEA AT FORTNUM & MASON
Dutch design duo Scholten & Baijings celebrate the ritual of tea at Fortnum’s Piccadilly shop with an installation in the store’s signature eau de Nil colour. The focal point will be a six-metre dining table, which will be decorated with a specially made tea service made in Arita, Japan’s porcelain centre since the 17th century. 15-23 September; londondesignfestival.com.
12 LONDON DESIGN FAIR
Held at the Old Truman Brewery in Shoreditch, the event has exhibitors from 36 countries and 13 national pavilions. Look out for Korea, Japan and Finland, as well as designs from Chinese designer Mario Tsai (above). Among the home-grown launches, you’ll see pottery by Bikis Ceramics and Christabel Balfour’s rugs at the British Craft Pavilion. 20-23 September; londondesignfair.co.uk.
13 CC-TAPIS AT SILVERA
Be among the first to see Patricia Urquiola’s new Slinkie rugs for cc-tapis at this King’s Road design gallery. Based on the children’s toy, they’re kaleidoscopes of colour. Also on view will be British designer Bethan Laura Wood’s new Super Fake rugs for cc-tapis (right), which resemble coloured rock formations. Visit silveraltd.co.uk.
14 DESIGNERS GUILD
The brand’s new collection, on show at its King’s Road store, is inspired by the intrepid British author and explorer Isabella Bird, who travelled to India, China and Japan in the 19th century. Botanical wallpapers, fretwork patterns and intense colours conjure up the exotic scenes she encountered. Visit designersguild.com.
15 PADDINGTON CENTRAL DESIGN
This district is a new addition to the festival and has an architectural slant: head to Sheldon Square to see future concepts in residential and retail builds by Royal College of Art students, and Kingdom Street for Norwegian studio Snøhetta’s innovative library installation. Refuel at the Darcie and May barges outside Paddington Station designed by artist Peter Blake, which house a café and bar. Visit paddingtoncentral.com.
16 THE POWER OF COLOUR
Exuberant colour is a major trend at Focus this year. Pierre Frey’s bold, multicoloured Double Jeux embossed vinyl wallpapers (including the multicoloured Plein Été, above) sum up the mood, while Jean Monro’s Lustmore fabric, a design of foxgloves on linen, sees the brand experiment with vibrant shades. Visit pierrefrey.com; jeanmonro.com.
17 HISTORICAL PRINTS
Textiles inspired by past heroes are a recurring feature. Romo’s Gardenia collection is based on the work of botanical illustrator Alfred Wise, while Schumacher’s Fashion Forward wallpapers and fabrics (above) at Turnell & Gigon recreate 1930s patterns by fashion designer Paul Poiret. Visit romo.com; turnellandgigon.com.
18 FOR MICHAEL ARTISANS ANGOVE OF DEVIZES
British designer Michael Angove unveils his Living Wall tile collection for Artisans of Devizes at Focus. On 19 September from 10am-2pm, there’s the chance to see him at work in the Artisans of Devizes showroom. Here, he tells us more. What inspired your Living Wall designs? I love being outside, so it felt instinctive to create patterns based on nature. Designing tiles was a new experience, and I thought it would be fun to do something that looked like a wall of plants. The range is filled with flora and fauna I’ve seen on my travels.
How do you see them being used? They’re intended to work anywhere in the home – a kitchen splashback would be great. You could use them to transform a bathroom. Imagine how calming it would be to lie back for a soak and find the butterflies amidst the blackberries. I also think the designs would look incredible in entrance halls, for a modern take on the Victorian tiled dado.
How would you describe your style? I am a well-considered maximalist. Nearly all of my designs are complex botanicals at the moment – they are full of life and energy, which I think is important in design and an antidote to minimalism.
Visit michaelangove.com; artisansofdevizes.com.
19 VINCENT VAN DUYSEN AT SUTHERLAND
Outdoor furniture brand Sutherland is launching Belgian architect Vincent Van Duysen’s Franck lounge chair. Made of teak, it comes with cream upholstery. Visit sutherlandfurniture.com.
20 RUBELLI CASA
Rubelli turns the spotlight on 1950s design with its latest furniture. The Cinecitta range by architect Marco Piva is inspired by the glamour of Italian cinema, while the Triennale sofa (right) is named after Milan’s design museum. Visit rubelli.com.
21 ARCHITECTURAL CHIC
Expect a flurry of prints inspired by architecture. Donghia’s Block Party embroidered fabric (left) is a cityscape paying homage to the 1980s Memphis design movement; Zoffany’s Darnley collection is inspired by English country house style. Visit rubelli.com; stylelibrary.com/zoffany.
22 MORITZ WALDEMEYER INSTALLATION
London-based artist Moritz Waldemeyer has created an interactive lighting installation for this year’s event. Inspired by coronas, it will incorporate LED technology and will change colour as visitors move past it, projecting hues from the latest collections. Visit waldemeyer.com.
The London store celebrates women designers, architects and cultural figures during LDF with a series of window displays featuring designs by notable figures. Plus, visitors will be able to see the new AW18 collection, which includes mid-century-inspired cushions and throws by designer Eleanor Pritchard. Visit heals.com.
24 SCANDI TAKEOVER
Keep your eye out for new and unfamiliar Scandinavian brands this year, especially at Designjunction, which has several in residence. Notable names include Broste Copenhagen, known for its stylish and affordable homewares; Gemla, Sweden’s oldest furniture manufacturer, which is showing its new T13 chair in ash and leather and the Vilda chair (left), and Finnish label Kiva, which will launch its Kiva shelving with integrated lighting. 20-23 September; thedesignjunction.co.uk.
25 BROMPTON DESIGN DISTRICT
This area is a hub of big-name brands showing new collections – B&B Italia, Kartell and Cassina to name but three. Don’t miss a show by London-based Mexican designer Fernando Laposse (left) at 199 Brompton Road, showing his sustainable Totomoxtle veneer made from Mexican corn. Visit londondesignfestival.com.
26 THE NEW CRAFTSMEN
If you haven’t yet discovered Jesmonite, one of the design world’s most on-trend materials, head to this Mayfair gallery to see new furniture, lighting and objects by designer Malgorzata Bany, who specialises in crafting the resin-plaster composite. 15 September-14 October; thenewcraftsmen.com.
27 MINT SHOWS MATERIAL CONSEQUENCE
Lina Kanafani’s gallery explores how the use of materials in design is evolving, with plastics and waste materials a major focus. Crafting Plastics Studio presents designs made of advanced bioplastics, while Tadeas Podracky makes sculptures from industrial glass waste (right) and Dutch duo MGKG create experimental seating from rope and linoleum sheeting (top). Visit mintshop.co.uk.
28 ALPHABET AT BROADGATE
London graphic design studio Kellenberger-white is known for its playful approach to typefaces, so its collection of chairs representing the letters of the alphabet, which will be installed in front of Exchange House, is entirely in character. 15-23 September; londondesignfestival.com.
29 MARYLEBONE DESIGN DISTRICT
A new addition for this year’s festival, the Marylebone area boasts big stores such as Selfridges alongside independent boutiques like David Mellor and Another Country. All three will be taking part, as well as many other retailers staging a mix of workshops, demonstrations and launches. 19-23 September;
30 ANOTHER COUNTRY
A first-time exhibitor at Decorex, Another Country will present a sculptural rattan chair by Belgian designer Alain Gilles. A departure from the brand’s usual style, the Fold chair is based on two curved sheets of paper, rendered as a light yet cocooning wicker shell. Visit anothercountry.com.
31 BLACKPOP AND SIR JOHN SOANE’S MUSEUM
Fabric and wallpaper brand Blackpop has teamed up with Sir John Soane’s Museum to create The Collector’s Collection, which reworks the latter’s architectural drawings, paintings and objets d’art as a series of multi-layered abstract prints. Visit blackpop.co.uk.
32 FUTURE HERITAGE
Focusing on craft talent, this exhibition presents work by glassblower Jochen Holz, who uses ancient techniques to create abstract neon lighting and colourful vessels. Also on show will be a delicate ceramic sculpture by Kaori Tatebayashi (right), based on flowers in Syon Park’s grounds. Visit jochenholz. com; kaoriceramics.com.
The trend for abstract, distressed textiles will be a strong presence. Riviere’s Rajasthan Transitional collection is reminiscent of peeling paintwork and tree bark, with faded colours and an innovative washing technique that distresses the wool pile. Visit
34 STATEMENT LIGHTING
Look out for several exciting new lighting ranges, including Czech brand Lasvit’s collaboration with design studio Yabu Pushelberg. The Cipher collection combines hand-blown crystal with champagne gold fittings (shown). Elsewhere, glassblower Jonathan Rogers’ Filigrana collection features bulb pendants adorned with delicate white stripes. Visit lasvit.com; jonathanrogers.co.uk.
35 RETRO REVIVAL
Expect a selection of colourful, vintagestyle prints this year, including Dupenny’s Accessories, Atomic and Aloha! wallpapers decorated with 1950s motifs, and vibrant cushions by new exhibitor The Monkey Puzzle Tree, featuring climbing leopards (left). Visit dupenny.com; themonkeypuzzletree.com.
36EBB & FLOW
This Danish brand, founded by designer Susanne Nielsen, is another new arrival at the fair and should draw the crowds for its pretty glass pendant lights and botanical-print lampshades, all in gorgeous pastel hues. Visit ebbandflow.dk.
37 OBSERVATORY AT LEE BROOM
The designer will transform his Shoreditch showroom for the UK launch of his stellar-inspired Observatory collection, which plays with spherical forms and light reflections. Visit leebroom.com.
38 THE ECO TOWNHOUSE AT SKANDIUM
Ethical design is the theme at the Nordic design store, with products that exhibit high levels of ‘ethical commitment’. Two brands take the lead in designing the exhibition: Skagerak and Danish storage specialist Montana, which has enlisted architect Helena Laursen to decorate two floors in its signature bold colour palette. Visit skandium.com.
39 BETHAN GRAY AT DESIGNJUNCTION
Welsh designer Bethan Gray is launching her debut lighting collection at Designjunction this year and also creating a bespoke bar with whisky brand The Glenlivet. Plus, she is unveiling a furniture collaboration with Anthropologie. She tells us more. What inspired your new Victoria lighting collection? I upturned one of my Victoria tea cups for Editions Milano over a light bulb and was inspired by the way that you could see not only the veins of the Carrara marble, but also the shadows from the hand-carved ridges.
You are designing a bar with The Glenlivet – what is it like? The Glenlivet had previously commissioned me to design a bottle and canister for its Vintage 1967 whisky. The bar design borrows elements from that: copper echoes the whisky stills, while hand-stained birdseye maple reflects the charred wooden barrels. The bar itself will be black marble, with an inlaid motif inspired by the River Spey and the layers of mist that gather in the valleys surrounding The Glenlivet distillery. My Victoria lighting will make an appearance, too
Tell us about your furniture with Anthropologie. It’s based on indigenous American cultures. I was drawn to the graphic patterns found on their ancient pottery – they look so contemporary. I’m particularly proud of a cast-resin bar cabinet inspired by the Puebloan feather motif. I also love the materials we’ve used – Carrara marble, brass, glass, velvet and wood – and the colour palette of rose pink, charcoal, mint green and brass.
40 BANKSIDE DESIGN DISTRICT
There are plenty of reasons to head to Bankside this year, including typography studio Type Tasting’s workshops exploring the story of fonts, civilisation and gin; sign-writing workshops courtesy of Better Letters’ pop-up graphics school; and a talk at the Globe theatre on its new visual identity. Visit londondesignfestival.com.
41 100% DESIGN
Emerging talent is the theme with two new exhibitions, 100% Futures and 100% Forward. The first celebrates London studios, while the latter highlights the work of eight new designers, including Daniel Schofield (seen). 19-22 September; 100percentdesign.co.uk.
42 WEST KENSINGTON DESIGN DISTRICT
New for 2018, this trail offers a rare opportunity to see inside the V&A’S archive at Blythe House with a guided tour. Visit londondesignfestival.com.
43by A FOUNTAIN FOR LONDON
Set up curator Jane Withers and publisher Charles Asprey, The London Fountain Company aims to revive the tradition of drinking fountains and reduce plastic bottle usage. It has enlisted designer Michael Anastassiades to create a prototype (left) for the V&A’S John Madejski garden. Visit londondesignfestival.com.
44 VANDERHURD COLLABORATES
WITH ADAM BRAY
Rug designer Christine Van Der Hurd has teamed up with interior decorator Adam Bray to put a new spin on the traditional Moroccan rug. Featuring a bright border framing a swathe of natural wool or hemp, the rug is aimed at cool, urban interiors and will launch at Van Der Hurd’s Portobello Road studio. Visit vanderhurd.com.
45 LONDON DESIGN BIENNALE
The second edition of this event at Somerset House has new design from six continents. The theme is Emotional States, so expect a variety of work that explores how design affects our state of mind. Among the nations and regions contributing are Colombia, Latvia and Hong Kong (seen). 4-23 September; visit londondesignbiennale.com.
In keeping with its commitment to long-lasting design, the furniture maker will stage a display of objects at its Marylebone shop that have been used and cherished for years. Each piece shows how our emotional attachment to things encourages longevity. Objects include a 36-year-old transatlantic tape measure and an ingenious toasting fork made by a great grandfather. All have been loaned by Vitsoe customers and friends. 15 September to 6 October; visit vitsoe.com.
47 PIMLICO ROAD DESIGN DISTRICT
Don’t miss the talk between interior designer Tom Bartlett and fabric doyenne Bernie de Le Cuona, whose new showroom is on Pimlico Road. 20 September, 10am; book free tickets at
48 DONNA WILSON POP-UP SHOP
The Scottish designer is celebrating 15 years in business with a raft of events near her Shoreditch studio. On Charlotte Road, there’s a pop-up shop with pieces from the AW18 collection and there will be 15 events in total, including workshops and talks. 17-22 September; visit donnawilson.com.
49 COLOUR IN DESIGN
H&G editorial director Sarah Spiteri joins textile artist Ptolemy Mann and designers Nicole Salvesen and Emma Pocock to throw the spotlight on to the world of colour. You will learn how to incorporate both strong and neutral hues into a space, where to look for style ideas, and how to be playful to create an original and individual interior. WHEN 3pm, Tuesday 18 September. WHERE Decorex, Syon Park, London. HOW TO BOOK: Register at decorex.com.
50 THE PERFECT INTERIOR: OBSERVATIONS
FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE POND
A fresh look at how to create a beautiful home that flows effortlessly and oozes personality. Led by Sarah Spiteri, editorial director of H&G, our international panel will not only share its expertise on masterminding a dream home, but will also consider how today’s design landscape differs between the US and the UK, exploring decorating styles, defining latest trends, and spotlighting commonalities and key influences. The panel includes tastemaker Timothy Corrigan (above centre), interior decorator Adam Bray (above left) and Claire Sa of De Rosee Sa (right).
WHEN 11.30am, Sunday 16 September.
WHERE Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour, London.
COST Tickets are offered to H&G readers for £7.50 (normal price £10).
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