The London Design Festival crosses dozens of spots, features tons of events, includes hundreds of exhibitions and has one clear purpose: to prove that London is the capital of design. This year is its fifteenth annual celebration and the preponderance of events take place from September 16-24 2017.
It’s the ideal opportunity to explore craft and design at its very best. But, with some mighty London museums at its wheel, eight ‘Design Districts‘ and five ‘Design Destinations’ across the city, where do you begin? We’ve selected the highlights below so you can plan your ideal visit to London Design Festival 2017.
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Global Design Forum
This one-day forum brings together some of the greatest names and thinkers in contemporary design. Among them are Camille Walala, Es Devlin, Amanda Levete, and Ross Lovegrove. Speakers have been prepared to be daring in both their thought and presentation, surely resulting in some new directions in place of traditional discussion.
Unleash your hidden kid at Yinka Ilori’s London Design Festival installation, jumping up at citizen’s Shoreditch branch for the full duration of the festival. The designer has built a swing, slide, and roundabout splashed with eye-popping patterns that make a nod to his African roots, inspired by the playgrounds he used to frequent in north London as a nipper.
Design Junction in King’s Cross
More than 200 design brands will be dispersed across five locations in King’s Cross: Cubitt House and Cubitt Park, The Canopy, Granary Square and The Crossing. It’s going to be a showy mix of pop-up shops, workshops, and interactive sculptures. Look out for the ‘Campari barge’, a floating cocktail bar narrowboat on the King’s Cross waterway.
The designer of the moment, Camille Walala is paying her lively hues to Broadgate Circus in the form of a light and squidgy building-block castle. The London Design Festival landmark project will be wrapped in bright patterns and filled with squeezy stress balls and other wonders intended to de-stress visitants and encourage playfulness away from the daily grind.
Brixton Design Trail
Cherish installations, master about crafts and shop for elegantly produced results with the help of the Brixton Design Trail. The theme for 2017 – ‘Love is Power’ – is all about acceptance, difference and the spirit of society that runs through Brixton. Don’t miss ‘Sanctum Emphemeral’ a guided tour of a reminiscent outdoor photo exhibit led by residents of the Cressingham Gardens Estate.
Bankside Design District
The Bankside area is brimming with events this London Design Festival, with many of the designs concentrating on typography drawing fans of fonts and type to the water’s edge. The main highlight is a pop-up exhibition from San Francisco’s Letterform Archive, showcasing work by Eric Gill, Edward Johnston, Herbert Matter and Piet Zwart.
South East Makers Club
Take a journey of south London’s best design hotspots over the final weekend of London Design Festival. Programme highlights include an exhibit investigating water at Copeland Gallery, a design-themed pub quiz, a maker’s market packed full of beautiful things crafted by local designers and various talks and open studios across Peckham, Nunhead, Deptford, Brockley and New Cross.
London Design Festival at V&A
The V&A is London Design Festival’s hub once again, housing a number of specifically selected installations and exhibitions from a global lineup of designers. Don’t miss Flynn Talbot’s colored light experience ‘Reflection Room’ or an exhibition of over 1000 handmade clay sculptures in the Ceramic Galleries.