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London Design Festival announces 2022 programme

London Design Festival returns to the capital on 17-25 September 2022 with an exciting line up of events, installations and thought-leadership.

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Swivel by Sabine Marcelis

Celebrating 20 years, London Design Festival has announced a programme of exciting installations and talk programmes ahead of its return on 17-25 September 2022.

“The design and creative sector in London and the UK has enjoyed a golden period this century,” comments Ben Evans CBE, London Design Festival Director. “An extraordinary rush of ideas fed by a steady migration of world class talent made London the global capital it now is. On our 20th anniversary we want to take stock and move forward to ensure the Festival continues to support the design community, commissions and showcases new ideas, and reflects on the key issues from technology to sustainability to wellbeing so that the next 20 years are as fruitful as the past 20.”

Landmark Projects

Rotterdam-based designer Sabine Marcelis will be creating a large-scale public seating scheme at St Giles Square, titled Swivel. Juxtaposing natural materials with the surrounding concrete and glass, the outdoor installation will create a playground of seating that invites pedestrians to pause their journey and appreciate their surroundings – celebrating the Brutalist form of Centre Point and the wider multifaceted architecture of London. Swivel will remain in situ until November 2022.

“This project, as with most of my work, is a celebration of materials,” says Marcelis. “I wanted to respond to the space by injecting a bit of colour and fun into this urban environment. Being an interactive piece, it welcomes audiences to decide how they would like to experience the space. It could encourage strangers to interact with each other, for friends to sit together or even allow people to create a moment of pause for themselves.”

At Cromwell Place, Sony Design will present INTO SIGHT, a life-sized media platform which plays on sensorial effects through light and sound. Visitors are invited inside, exploring visual and audio dimensions that continuously evolve through their interactions. This project aims to capture and discover new insights regarding the coexistence of physical and meta realities.

LDF22 Commissions

LSI Stone will work with Stanton Williams and Webb Yates in collaboration with experimentadesign to realise Henge, a project in Greenwich Peninsula inspired by the Neolithic stone structures that “create a space separate from the outside world”.

The circular form will create a focused gathering space that invites those who work, live and visit the area to engage with it creatively, and will feature music and sound design. The pavilion will be made of 150 million year old Jurassic limestone and marble – a zero carbon, recyclable material.

V&A Festival Hub

Now entering the 13th year together as the official Festival Hub, the V&A will see iconic spaces within the Museum transformed by an extraordinary collection of specially-commissioned installations and displays by international contemporary designers.

This year’s projects will be linked by the idea of transformation, and include Plasticity, a monumental sculpture designed by Niccolo Casas, 3D-printed by Nagami, and made with Ocean Plastic®, marine plastic waste intercepted by the collaboration network Parley for the Oceans.

The project explores the possibility of turning a harmful waste material into new uses, while highlighting the work of the organisation in cleaning up the world’s beaches and coastal communities.

Design Districts and Destinations

There will be 12 Design Districts as part of this year’s Festival: Brompton Design District, Clerkenwell Design Trail, Islington Design District, King’s Cross Design District, Mayfair Design District, Shoreditch Design Triangle, Southwark South Design District, William Morris Design Line.

Greenwich Peninsula and Park Royal Design District will return after successful debuts last year, and Bankside Design District and Pimlico Road Design District will be relaunched for 2022.

The commercial pillars of the Festival, LDF’s design destinations provide a meeting places for designers, manufacturers, buyers, specifiers, the media and design enthusiasts to discover new product releases and trends. Design London will return to North Greenwich for its second edition between 21-24 September 2022. Alongside a multitude of product showcases, visitors can also take advantage of talks programme Discussions at Design London.

Missing from this year’s festivities, London Design Fair will make its much-anticipated return on 21 – 24 September 2023 to the Truman Brewery in the creative heart of Shoreditch.

Applications to exhibit are now open and approved exhibitors for 2023 will showcase the best in design across furniture, lighting, bathrooms, materials, surfaces, and collectable design – with a big focus on sustainability.

Global Design Forum

London Design Festival’s curated thought leadership programme, Global Design Forum celebrates design and the minds shaping its future.

The programme for 2022 will span a range of topics questioning how design is evolving to respond to the urgent needs facing our environment and society. There will be a specific focus on sustainable and regenerative design; opportunities and challenges that arise from new technologies and platforms; diversity and inclusion across the industry; opening up the design process and material innovation.

“London Design Festival is a highlight of the cultural calendar in our city,” says Justine Simons OBE, Deputy Mayor for Culture and the Creative Industries, London. “This 20th anniversary edition is more important than ever, inviting audiences locally and internationally to experience the festival’s dynamic programme at the many districts that span the capital. I am looking forward to seeing design thinking and innovation come to life in September.”


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