Looking at London Design Festival 2018

400 events, 11 different design districts and 5 trade show around the city

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Looking at London Design Festival 2018
19/09/2018 - With more than 400 events in 11 different design districts and 5 trade shows around the city, London is once again the capital of design! 

Hundreds of installations and previews by international architectural firms and designers invade the city, its museums and suburbs for nine days in a row with temporary installations, events in showroom, talks, special exhibitions, and cultural events.

The entire city of London is involved. Besides the design districts from east to west and from north to south of the city, you can't miss the appointment at the five London fairs revealing the latest and most exciting trends: 100% Design, Decorex, Designjunction, Focus: 18 and London Design Fair.

With this 2018 edition, the partnership between LDF and the Victoria & Albert Museum celebrates its 10th anniversary. The museum will be one of the main venues of the kermess with exclusive installations to see, photograph and share!

Plan your tour to the second edition of London Design Biennale to see design installations from countries, cities and territories of six continents bringing their personal visions of "Emotional States".

The event will end on Sunday 23rd September. Here you have an excursion of events scattered around the city not to be missed...

Matter of Stuff Concept Gallery
Matter of Stuff / Fenman House, 5 Lewis Cubitt Walk, King's Cross - N1C 4DF

350 square meters of space, 4000 pine dowels, 6500 meters of blue cord, 70 square meters of metal mesh to ceiling, 100 hours of installation: Matter of Stuff present a concept pop-up design gallery designed by Yael Mer & Shay Alkalay Raw-Edges, which unites its unique three-fold expertise: commissioning design, researching materials, and showcasing designs from renowned design brands. Matter of Stuff Concept Gallery

Matter of Stuff Concept Gallery

“The installation consists of a repeated one single element, a wooden dowel suspended from the ceiling by a blue string. This multiplied element creates a tactile invitation to the space as well as an architectural tool that defines the space; Our approach to the design of the Matter Of Stuff pop up store is to keep everything as raw as possible; the space left as honest and is nearly untouched, the walls are exposed, the floor is bare as well as the ceiling above the fixings.” Yael Mer & Shay Alkalay Raw-Edges

Waugh Thistleton Architects: MultiPly Waugh Thistleton Architects
The V&A Museum Cromwell Rd, Knightsbridge - London SW7 2RL

Waugh Thistleton Architects and Arup have collaborated with the American Hardwood Export Council to create MultiPly, an interactive modular maze-like installation in The Sackler Courtyard at the V&A. The pavilion confronts two of the age’s biggest challenges – the need for housing and the urgency to fight climate change – and presents the fusion of modular systems and sustainable construction materials as a possible solution.  Waugh Thistleton Architects: MultiPly Waugh Thistleton Architects

Waugh Thistleton Architects: MultiPly Waugh Thistleton Architects

“The structure will lead people a merry dance up and down staircases and across bridges exploring space and light.” Andrew Waugh from Waugh Thistleton Architects

London Design Biennale 2018
Somerset House, Strand - London WC2R 1LA

London Design Biennale: 40 countries, cities and territories at Somerset House until 23rd September 2018 reveal how design influences our emotions, indeed this second edition explores the theme of "Emotional States". London Design Biennale 2018 - Australia Pavilion

London Design Biennale 2018 - Australia Pavilion

Visitors to London Design Biennale will interact with brand new work by world-leading architects, designers, scientists, writers and artists in a broad, vibrant exhibition that includes AI and robotics, virtual reality, large-scale sculpture, immersive digital installations, performances and renderings of the future.

Coal Drops Yard, Stable Street, London - N1C 4AB

Tom Dixon hosts ELECTROANALOGUE, a gathering of digital innovations in the Coal Office, the brand’s new HQ and flagship shop in King’s Cross. ELECTROANALOGUE Tom Dixon


In collaboration with friends and partners Bill Amberg Studio, Teenage Engineering, Ege carpets, Spiritland, Formica and Kirkby Design, ELECTROANALOGUE explores the impact of digital technology through a diverse range of installations and events. The Coal Office becomes a creative hub, stimulating the senses through interactive experiences in sight, sound and touch.

darc room
Nicholls & Clarke Building, 3/10 Shoreditch High Street, London - E1 6PG

darc room is London Design Festival's lighting destination in the heart of London's design district. darc room

darc room

darc room offers inspiration and solutions for anyone involved in lighting specification by featuring lighting suppliers, creative lighting installations and a high-quality speaker program.

Material of the Year: Plastic, Beyond the Chipper
Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane - E1 6QR

Returning for 2018, Material of the Year places the spotlight on a material currently holding precedence in the design world. Not one to shy away from a conversation, for 2018 London Design Fair explores this year’s most loathed material: plastic. Charlotte Kidger for Material of the Year: Plastic,

Charlotte Kidger for Material of the Year: Plastic,

It’s no secret that single-use plastic forms a real environmental threat, so for the 2018 edition of Material of the Year we have cast an eye on the design industry to see how the material is being repurposed in imaginative and valuable ways. At London Design Fai four designers are demonstrating a determined and refined approach to working in recycled plastic.

Where Are My Glasses? by Ron Arad for VENINI by Vessel Gallery
114 Kensington Park Road, London W11 2PW, Notting Hill Gate - w11 2pw

Vessel Gallery presents an extraordinary fusion of form and material combining glass and metal, creativity and technique that characterizes Ron Arad's first project for VENINI. Where Are My Glasses? is a collection of three vases with exclusive new unique pieces launched at Vessel Gallery for LDF. Where Are My Glasses? by Ron Arad for VENINI by Vessel Gallery

Where Are My Glasses? by Ron Arad for VENINI by Vessel Gallery

Ron Arad's creative genius suggested inviting VENINI's maestros to blow the glass into a metal spectacle frame which at a certain point act like an almost too-tight belt. This is the instant in which the form of each Where Are My Glasses? vase at last gives in to the opposite force of the metal frame, crystallizing into extraordinary one-of-a-kind piece.

TRIP TO THE HYPER CRAFT/ Voyage of the Super Fake landing at SILVERA
241-245 King’s Road London SW3 5EL, London - SW3 5EL

Design concept store Silvera hosts a space-themed rave to launch cc-tapis's latest collection, Super Fake by Bethan Laura Wood. cc-tapis's VOYAGE OF THE SUPER FAKE concept landed in London with a party in which guests were completely immersed in the surreal world of cc-tapis. TRIP TO THE HYPER CRAFT/ Voyage of the Super Fake landing

TRIP TO THE HYPER CRAFT/ Voyage of the Super Fake landing

The explosive collection of rugs inspired by the clash between the man-made and the natural will be on display in Silvera's King's Road showroom for the duration of the London Design Festival.

Printed Leather Launch at Tom Dixon Studio by Bill Amberg Studio
Tom Dixon Studio, The Coal Office, Coal Drops Yard London - N1C 4DH

Bill Amberg’s printed leather collaboration with leading British designers Tom Dixon, Faye Toogood and Timorous Beasties alongside US-based Alexandra Champalimaud and Natasha Baradaran, sees a completely unique new product introduced to the global interiors market. Bill Amberg + Faye Toogood

Bill Amberg + Faye Toogood

“The wonderful alchemy of some of the world’s most prestigious designers combined with a printed leather that for the first time brilliantly illustrates the natural characteristics of the material I love, is something I’m so excited to share”, says Bill. “The quality is something that should be seen and touched to be fully appreciated.”

Kellenberger-White: Alphabet
Broadgate, London - EC2M 3WA

Known for their playful approach to typefaces, Kellenberger–White has designed a new series of alphabet chairs as a Landmark Project at Broadgate, supported by Festival Headline Partner British Land. Alphabet


The design studio has created a bespoke typeface which comes to life through a series of 26 dynamic alphabet chairs. These transform the Broadgate neighborhood into an interactive, urban playground: visitors are encouraged to explore, interact, move, and make words with the letters, which consist of 26 bespoke colourful alphabet chairs popping up in Finsbury Avenue Square.

Blown Away by design Gallery Collective Matter of Stuff in Collaboration with sketch
sketch, 9 Conduit St, London - W1S 2XG

Matter of Stuff returns to iconic London venue sketch with a new site-specific exhibit for London Design Festival 2018 - Blown Away.
Six international designers will showcase a series of innovative hand-blown glass works and movement, including a new chandelier by master glassblower Simone Crestani in borosilicate glass.  Matter of Stuff + sketch

Matter of Stuff + sketch

For the first time in London, WonderGlass will present Echoes chandelier – a never seen before illuminated speaker sculpture by studiopluz. The show will also feature a bespoke chandelier by Bocci, adapted exclusively for sketch.

Vincenzo De Cotiis - En Plein Air by Carpenters Workshop Gallery
4 Albemarle Street, Mayfair, London - W1S 4GA

'En Plein Air', a solo gallery exhibition of works by Italian Architect and Designer Vincenzo de Cotiis. Vincenzo de Cotiis returns to London with his latest series, comprised of new pieces from his ‘progetto domestico’ collection. Vincenzo De Cotiis, En Plein Air

Vincenzo De Cotiis, En Plein Air

En Plein Air – French for ‘outdoors’ – relates to the movement in art history when artists, at the end of the 19th century, left their studio to paint outdoors. The collection exhibited visualises painting, history and nature by combining each practice in a subtle yet incredibly sophisticated way. It is an aesthetical and technical achievement, combining semi-precious stones, three-dimensional Murano glass, recycled resin and cast brass. With a special care for details and opulence, the exhibited works echo the great hours of early 20th Century furniture.

The Foscarini Rooms
ONEROOM Gallery, 9 French Place, London - E16JB

The Foscarini Rooms is an immersive exhibition that introduces the company’s latest Colours Collection during this year’s London Design Festival. Leading lighting innovator Foscarini offers an emotional and unexpected journey of discovery through a magical house in the heart of Shoreditch, where a different colour plays the hero on each floor. The Foscarini Rooms

The Foscarini Rooms

Unveiled for the first time during the Festival, Foscarini takes over Oneroom gallery, plunging visitors into a theatre of colour and light through a spectacular saturation of shades. Spanning three floors, this experiential installation – designed and curated by Oneroom founders, Carlo Ninchi and Vittorio Locatelli – will offer a dramatically different experience on every level.

CDH x GERONIMO by Cameron Design House
7 Dray Walk, Shoreditch,  London - E1 6NJ

Temporary versus timeless. Organic versus engineered. Enchanting, consuming, whimsical.  CDH x GERONIMO


"CDH x Geronimo" is an immersive light installation between bespoke lighting creators Cameron Design House and balloon artist Jihan Zencirli aka Geronimo. The multi-sensory four-day event featured Cameron Design House's unique contemporary Helmi chandelier's alongside Geronimo's eccentric balloon sculptures combined within one single colour explosion.

Henrik Vibskov: The Onion Farm by Henrik Vibskov

Danish fashion designer Henrik Vibskov creates 'The Onion Farm' in Room 94 of the V&A's Tapestry Galleries. Henrik Vibskov: The Onion Farm by Henrik Vibskov

Henrik Vibskov: The Onion Farm by Henrik Vibskov

The Onion Farm by Henrik Vibskov is a light, dynamic structure, that spins along the gallery. Industrial, colourful brushes and red textile ‘onions’ are seemingly hanging and growing from the structure. The installation, in line with the tapestries, creates a strong tactile impression, but, in its materiality, contrast with the space. This sense of an ancient weaving technique will be reflected in the new work, composed of colourful spindles spun together with a knitted textile. While the tapestries cannot be touched by the public, The Onion Farm is meant to be interactive; visitors are invited to touch and move through it as they walk along the gallery.
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