Are you going to London Design Festival? Perhaps it’s no surprise that, when asking this question, a number of the responses we’ve received have been along the lines of ‘too busy’ or indeed ‘too far’. Others are coordinating their time with meetings and many are extremely keen to get out and about and view ‘what’s new’. But which and where? Here is our bit to help if you are looking to attend.
One of the true highlights of last year’s festival. We loved designjunction’s new home at Kings Cross. The weather helped of course, but the King’s Cross development really breathed new life into an event we already rated highly. The team at designjunction have told us that King’s Cross will be their new temporary permanent home; they will create the event in the public areas, building the necessary exhibition areas each year.
Will Sorrell, Event Director of designjunction is (not surprisingly) extremely positive: ‘We’re thrilled that the celebration returns this September, bringing together visitors from all over the globe. With the plethora of inspiring design, architecture, culinary delights and retail hot spots that are on offer, it’s a great location to be, and even better that it’s all situated within just a one-mile radius of King’s Cross.’
The two areas that will draw the Mix team are the two temporary locations (two-floor pavilions) in the public areas beside Dishoom and the Canopy, which will have 70 or so design stands, complete with café this year.
Another part of the regular LDF fayre is 100%. Now in its 23rd year, the archetypal exhibition at Olympia is divided into five design areas: Interiors, Emerging Brands, Design and Build, Kitchens and Bathrooms and Workplace.
We have been told to look out for product launches from Gufram, who will present Michael Young’s Roxanne seater, while Mullan Lighting will show bespoke hand crafted luminaires and interiors wholesale distributor Padhome will showcase new designs by concrete brand Lyon Beton. It’s also worth checking out the comprehensive talks programme – which will be sure to whet those creative appetites.
Friends of Mix showing their own wares at 100% include Kinnarps, Knightsbridge, Silverline, Century Office and Tangent.
Here’s something a little different, which we’re certainly hoping to pay a visit to. British interiors label Buster + Punch will host a week of events (18th–23rd September) at their London showroom. The name is inspired by the brand’s original story building motorbikes and will see the launch of FAT CANDLE with Michelin star chef Tom Sellers, a HARDWARE HACKS workshop, a GARAGE SALE pop – up shop and the BUSTER BULB / TUBE launch party, complete with DJs. They also have a late-night studio opening on Wednesday 20th September.
London Design Fair
London Design Fair (LDF) is the trade destination of the London Design Festival (LDF). Confused? Don’t be. Head to the delightful Old Truman Brewery at the Spitalfields end of Brick Lane. Some of you may know it as Tent London or Superbrands – and it’s business as usual this year.
Located in Shoreditch, the London Design Fair is a four-day industry event that brings together 500 exhibitors from 28 countries and constitutes the single largest collection of international exhibitions, designers, brands, country pavilions, features and galleries throughout the festival, and includes independent designers, established brands, international country pavilions, features and exhibitions.
The Craft Pavilion will make a return to the fair after the success of ‘This is India’ in 2016, with the Guest Country spotlight in 2017 falling upon the USA in Sight Unseen’s curated gallery, ‘Assembly’. υ
darc room is a lighting specification event. New for us this year – but an event we’re looking forward to. We were invited by our good friends Enigma Lighting – and this is definitely in our diaries. A five minute walk from Holborn, it’s housed at B1 – a 22,000 sq m space in Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square. There promises to be lots of wonderful lighting and a number of fascinating talks, including artist Daan Roosegaarde; Felix Hallwachs, CEO of Studio Olafur Eliasson’s Little Sun solar light project (who will also have an interactive installation); Croatian lighting designer, Dean Skira; Daniel Stromborg, product designer at Gensler USA; and Kerem Asfuroglu, lighting designer at Speirs + Major.
Even if Decorex is seen by some as a consumer show, we cannot ignore the crossover of home and workplace. We feel it important to give Decorex its due place in our LDF preview and hope to pay a visit for a bit of cross-sector inspiration.
Billed as the only one of its kind in the UK for the luxury interiors market, it has endured and thrived for 40 years. With over 400 exhibitors, from leading names to emerging talents, Decorex is set in the delightful Syon Park on the other side of the Thames from Kew Gardens.
We mentioned the showrooms a little earlier, and we’ll be paying a visit to a number throughout the Festival. We’ll be popping along to the KI showroom, for starters. KI are keen supporters of Mixology, sponsoring the Student Award for a number of years. They have now teamed up with RCA/Imperial College and chosen projects from the final year of the Design Engineering double masters course.
Following last year’s successful exhibition, a selection of final projects will explore how innovation can transform our working and learning spaces in the future.
The winner of this year’s KI Award, Pratik Ghosh’s ‘Drop by Drop’, is a natural plant-based water filtration system, which will be on display alongside a number of other outstanding award entrants who displayed remarkable ingenuity, showing how design and engineering can improve our lives.
Milliken’s Clerkenwell showroom, meanwhile, will become a celebration of creativity in the city for this year’s London Design Festival. To accompany the launch of design journalist Katie Treggiden’s book: Urban Potters – Makers in the City, Milliken will host an exhibition of work by London-based ceramicists. Matthew Raw will be ‘artist in residence’, delivering demonstrations and making-workshops throughout the week, and there will also be screenings of the Made in London short films.