London Design Festival 2015 Preview

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It’s all change for this year’s London Design Festival. Not one, but two of the major events throughout this month’s festival have intriguing new venues.

Both designjunction and 100% Design boasting new homes for 2015 – as well as exciting programmes, themes and exhibitors. LDF continues to grow and, as such, presents something of a problem – albeit a nice problem.

There simply aren’t enough hours in the day or days in the week to take everything in, therefore we – just like the majority of you – have to cherry-pick.

Our workplace-based picks include 100% Design (specifically the Workplace hub for us please), designjunction, Tent London and Super Brands and the Clerkenwell Design Quarter.

Chairs-and-More_Tulip100% Design will celebrate its 21st edition this year in its brand new home, Olympia London (23-26 September). Staged in the dramatic Grand and West Halls, the show will take place across two levels and feature five distinct sections including Interiors, Design & Build, Kitchens & Bathrooms, Workplace and Emerging Brands. The popular talks programme, Talks with 100% Design, will also return, with headline speakers including Ilse Crawford.

William Knight, Show Director, comments: ‘It’s another significant and exciting year for 100% Design. We’re set for the most visually dramatic edition, bringing the UK’s leading design show to a new home for the first time in 17 years.

‘The natural light, intimacy and high-quality visitor experience at Olympia London, blended with the focused and original content of the show, promises to be a brilliant and stimulating combination.’

Based upon the central theme ‘Design in Colour’, 100% Design 2015 has collaborated closely with trend forecasters WGSN, among many others, to bring to life the visual and sensual experience of using colour across interiors and the build environment. The show will present specially commissioned editorial features, leading seminars and live content, alongside over 400 UK and international exhibitors.

The top colour trends for 2016, as forecasted by WGSN, will also thread throughout the show as a means to demonstrate the importance of colour and to help visitors to navigate the show.

100% Design’s Workplace hub – sponsored by SketchUp – will feature all aspects of commercial design for the sector, including seating, desking, electronic innovations, acoustic panels, storage systems, lighting
and flooring.

New to the show, Italian furniture manufacturer Chairs & More will preview its new collections, Tulip and Babah, while Steelcase will host a series of themed talks, led by leading researchers and experts, on current workplace trends, issues and solutions. Also, Irish furniture manufacturer Thomas Montgomery will be launching its workplace solution, FLOAT, in collaboration with Perch Dynamic Solutions.

Returning to 100% Design again this year, Vitra will launch the Konstantin Grcic designed Hack table system – made from raw wooden panels – to the UK market. Muirhead Leather will also return to the show with its high performance, low carbon leather, as will BuzziSpace – who promise to unveil a number of exciting, innovative new products. Speaking of innovation, Isomi will preview its first modular furniture made entirely of concrete, designed once again by Paul Crofts.

Other furniture companies joining this year’s line-up include Bestuhl, Boss Design Group, CMD, Century Office, Köhl Seating, Max Furniture, Frövi, Nowy Styl Group, PLYCOLLECTION, Sagal and Spacestor.

Moving away from furniture, mobile tech expert Aircharge will present its new mobile 100design_Workplace_Buzzispace_BuzziPicNic-Desk-High-Lowapplication at the show. This latest offering enables users to easily locate a public location that provides wireless charging compatible with the Wireless Power Consortium.

Soundtect and TopBrewer by Scanomat will also have a presence at the show; the former manufactures and supplies sustainable, acoustic panels for walls and ceilings, while the latter offers a patented, stainless steel tabletop tap – connected to smartphones or tablets – for brewing fresh coffee in the workspace, kitchen or café.

The flagship designjunction also returns during LDF. You can expect to discover a genuine mix of cutting-edge brands and newer labels, a premium offering of design-led pop-ups, an engaging talks programme, live workshops, flash factories and an emporium of eateries.

This year, designjunction takes on two spectacular new venues in Central London in an exciting step forward in the show’s evolution.

The College, former home to Central Saint Martins, will host 180 leading design brands. The iconic building on Southampton Row has been largely disused since the school’s closure in 2008. The show’s curated plethora of contemporary design brands will create a unique and striking contrast to the characteristic classrooms of Britain’s oldest design school. The impressive exhibitor roll-call includes leading UK and international brands such as Allermuir, Bisley, Bulo, Icons of Denmark, Herman Miller, James Burleigh, Fritz Hansen, Vitra, Made in Ratio, Modus, Andreu World.

Victoria House, meanwhile, will host an exciting pop-up shopping destination, hosting 35 design-led stores during the London Design Festival. Situated less than 50 metres from its counterpart The College, Victoria House offers more than 2,000 sq m of stunning exhibition space, all of which will be dedicated purely
to retail.

Heading back east, The Clerkenwell Design Quarter is an official destination within the London Design Festival. Partners include k vInterface (who will be celebrating the launch of its latest global collections throughout the festival, debuting the new Equal Measure, Near & Far and Narratives skinny plank ranges at its Clerkenwell showroom), Morgan and Viaduct, with an exciting event programme scheduled for the week-long design celebration.

Tent London and sister show Super Brands London takes place (24-27 September) at the Old Truman Brewery (just off Brick Lane). Tent and Super Brands have rapidly become the host fairs for national pavilions during the Festival, boasting 450 exhibitors from 29 countries. Super Brands London exhibitors include Italian lighting company Ines Art, Byedition from Portugal, furniture brand Maoli, and OOF. Furthermore, UK designer Nick Munro has teamed up with Dutch company Quooker, experts in delivering boiling water through a patented design, to bring the ‘Tea Bar’ to Super Brands London. The stand will feature a real mint wall that will allow visitors to enjoy the very freshest cup of mint tea!

This year a selection of country pavilions will be located within the show, including Taiwan with EATAIPEI, designed and curated by Rain Wu and Shikai Tseng, and the first ever Swedish Pavilion Design Café, designed and curated by Cate&Nelson with Swedish brands; Bolon Flooring, Offecct, Bla Station, Zero Lighting, Hey Café, Nöje, Montesinos, Skultana and many others. The Lithuanian Design Block also makes a debut with a selection of furniture, products and interiors brands, whilst the Italian Trade Commission will be taking over a 250 sq m space with a presentation of Italian craftsmanship from Southern Italy. Visitors will also be able to enjoy an exciting talks programme, which will include a special guest talk by Patrizia Moroso and Ron Arad.

Finally, it would be amiss of us not to mention that leading international designers Laetitia de Allegri and Matteo Fogale are joining forces with Johnson Tiles to produce an immersive installation for the London Design Festival, which will be positioned on the bridge over the Medieval and Renaissance galleries at the V&A. Taken from the French term that means ‘placed in the abyss’, ‘Mise-en-abyme’, will be unveiled on the opening day of the festival. The piece is being produced using bespoke floor tiling from Johnson Tiles, teamed with huge transparent acrylic shapes that visitors can walk through. The resulting effect will be a changing sense of perspective when travelling from one end of the bridge to the other.