For ten days in September, starting on 14th, the capital will host the most famous interiors extravaganza, which will see an estimated 200 or more international exhibitions. This is the London Design Festival’s tenth anniversary and for all you budding interior designers, it is a chance to see playful, colourful and avant garde products, such as Jerszy Seymour’s fabulously brightly coloured moulded wax chairs or the new collection by Knoll. There are also fantastically retro pop up cafes, for instance – the London Transport cafe will serve up a variety of old fashioned treats if you can tear yourself away from the hundreds of design exhibits. The London Design Festival was first held in 2003 and has now grown to become one of the world’s most important annual design events. The Festival programme is made up of over 300 events and exhibitions staged by hundreds of partner organisations across the design spectrum and from around the world. The Festival will aim to showcase the city’s pivotal role in global design.
At the center of the Festival are the commissions, the Landmark Projects, which have been created with the help of some very generous supporters. For the Landmark Projects some of the world’s greatest architects and designers have been commissioned to create pieces of work in some of London’s best-loved public spaces. And then you have the Partner events; if anything is evidence of this city’s vitality, it’s the sheer scope and quality of the Festival events programmed by the Partners. From established businesses to emerging practises, from entrepreneurs to educators, from manufacturers to retailers, the Partners represent the heart of London’s design culture.
Therefore you could say that the Festival is both a cultural and a commercial event. As the programme ranges from major international exhibitions to trade events, installations to talks and seminars, from product launches to receptions, private views and parties, you will come across both commercial products and hopefully see some amazing cultural advances. The best thing about the London Design Festival is that the majority of events are free of charge – which enables visitors to participate, listen, learn, commission and make purchases.
The London Design Festival is certainly going to be the place to view new and innovative design products over the next ten days; but don’t take our word for it, here’s what some renowned visitors are already saying:
“The London Design Festival is the most vivid possible proof that London is the hub of the creative industries in the world.” – Boris Johnson, Mayor of London
“The London Design Festival brings attention to the extraordinary talent that exists in this city.” – David Chipperfield, David Chipperfield Architects
“The Design Festival does for London what the Trianalle used to do for Milan, a highlight of the year, educating designers of all nations understand the pleasure of being in London with the huge number of things to see.” – Sir Terence Conran
“The annual London Design Festival has become a symbol of strength, boasting up to 200 events that highlight every part of the creative industries from sculptures on the South Bank of the Thames to displays of low energy lighting in the Victoria and Albert Museum. It is a strength, industry insiders argue, that has much room to grow.” – The Times
“It has become bigger, and more eclectic each year. The festival’s motley assortment of talks, debates, exhibitions acts as a fun entrée to the London design scene…. Historically, Britain in general – and London in particular – has a great design tradition dating back to the 18th century.” – International Herald Tribune
“A formidable cultural event and something of a forum for people all over the world.” – Tom Dixon, Designer