The yearly celebration of innovation and creativity is back, bringing with it hundreds of events, exhibitions, installations and workshops across the city. Now in its 16th year, London Design Festival is a chance to discover a captivating variety of design and exquisite craftsmanship.
The King’s Cross Design Route at London Design Festival
There’s something going on in every corner of London and this year, King’s Cross is one of the festival’s designated Design Routes. Here’s what’s not to miss.
1. Matter of Stuff
Designed by Raw Edges, this concept pop-up gallery features work from some of the world’s most innovative designers.
Look out for new materials and finishes, particularly in marble and ceramics, as well as renowned pieces from Matter of Stuff’s furniture and lighting collection, including the Lunar, Orbit, and Solar chairs by Lara Bohnic.
Visit the Matter of Stuff pop-up at Fenman House | 15-23 Sep | Mon – Sat 11am – 7pm
Tom Dixon has collaborated with partners Bill Amberg Studio, Teenage Engineering, sound artist Yuri Suzuki, Spiritland and Ege to present a series of events and installations, ELECTROANALOGUE, all exploring the realms of digital technology.
Swedish synth and audio company Teenage Engineering transforms the last arch of the Coal Office building into a 1970s discotheque to launch their new OP-Z synthesizer. Electronic musician Yuri Suzuki will cut records in The Factory, while leather artisans Bill Amberg Studio present their debut hyperrealist collection to the public for the first time.
See ELECTROANALOGUE at Tom Dixon Studio & Store, Coal Drops Yard | 15-23 Sept, Mon-Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 11am-4pm | Free
In the last year waste plastic has taken centre stage in the debate around our impact on the environment. In this thought-provoking exhibition produced by James Shaw and Laura Houseley, we get an insight into how designers are approaching the crisis. By demonstrating how waste plastic can be used inventively and with expression to produce bold, exciting furniture and objects, these designers are helping inspire the reuse of plastic.
See PlasticScene at Gasholder 10 | 15-23 Sep | 11am-7pm | Free
4. Printed Leather
British designer Bill Amberg has spent three years creating a compelling new interior design product – digitally printed leather. The complex printing technology has been developed to penetrate the skin with super-fine dye, creating beautifully textured, standalone art pieces.
He then asked five design giants (including furniture designer Faye Toogood, surreal design studio Timorous Beasties, and Tom Dixon himself) to create their own patterns as part of his debut collection. Be among the first to see the collection as it launches exclusively at Tom Dixon during London Design Festival.
5. Creative Unions
Can design further public debate and become an agent of change? The graduating students of Central Saint Martins certainly think so.
In Creative Unions, students explore and respond to our current socio-political climate with work that shows ingenuity, originality, and urgency.
6. Enid Marx: Print, Pattern and Popular Art
Enid Marx’s extraordinary body of work came to define mid-century design, particularly her best-known commission, the iconic London Underground fabrics. In this new exhibition, House of Illustration brings together over 150 pieces from the textile designer, printmaker, and illustrator, creating the most comprehensive retrospective ever mounted.
About London Design Festival
London Design Festival celebrates and promotes London as the design capital of the world. It gives visitors and Londoners the opportunity to experience, discover, and be inspired by world-class design. Hundreds of installations and events, exhibitions and trade shows pop up across London, everywhere from world-famous museums to small local studios. In 2017, the event welcomed a record-breaking 450,000 individual visitors from over 75 countries.
Tradeshows taking place during the festival include 100% Design, Decorex International, designjunction, Focus/18 and London Design Fair. The V&A is the festival hub, hosting a whole range of activities and exhibitions.
Find out more and see the full programme at the London Design Festival website.