Kicking off this weekend, here's our round-up of who to see, where to be and what to eat during London Design Festival, the biggest event of our year.
For the next week or so, expect to be dazzled, as the best in international design hits the capital for the 2019 London Design Festival.
1 LIGHTING SHOW AT LEE BROOM
The designer’s magnificent Kaleidoscopia installation at his Shoreditch showroom will present a series of eye- popping optical illusions and showcase his futuristic lighting collections, including Orion, Eclipse and Little Lens Flair.
17-22 September, 95 Rivington Street, EC2A.
2 humble pie
If you’re heading to Focus at Design Centre Chelsea Harbour, refuel afterwards at London’s most Instagrammable new restaurant, Humble Pizza, 342 King’s Rd, SW3.
It’s a Bauhaus bonanza at Aram Store with gorgeous classics by German brand Tecnolumen – we’re taken with Marianne Brandt’s MBTK 24 Si teapot, circa 1924 – which are shown along- side modern pieces including the industrial-style offerings by New Tendency. 110 Drury Lane,WC2B.
4 DESIGN JUNCTION, KING’S CROSS
Hotfoot it to N1 destination Cubitt House for the latest need-to-know brands. You’ll find reissued lighting from Verner Panton at Verpan and new pieces from Very Good & Proper, and enjoy a mooch around the Canopy Market pop-up for cool shopping from 70 indie boutiques.
19-22 September, King ’s Cross, N1C (designjunction.com)
5 LONDON DESIGN FAIR, SPITALFIELDS
Over at London Design Fair, don’t miss the first UK pop-up shop by US blog Design Milk. Milk Stand is a cash-and-carry booth featuring up-and-coming brands and one-of-a-kind creations for the home. Use promo code 2-4-1-LE and you can buy two Adult tickets for the price of one if booked online in advance (londondesignfair.co.uk).
17-22 September, The Truman Brewery, Spitalfields, E1 6QR (londondesignfair.co.uk).
For chic eats and cocktails, check out recently opened restaurant Kym’s. Its timber interior is by architecture practice Michaelis Boyd and the ever-evolving drinks menu is inspired by Chinese traditions. 19 Bloomberg Arcade, EC4N.
7 LEGACY EXHIBITION AT V&A MUSEUM
This one-off spectacular sees leading cultural figures collaborate with cutting-edge designers to create 10 ‘heirloom’ pieces made using American red oak. Unexpected pairings including ballerina Tamara Rojo with Martino Gamper and V&A director Tristram Hunt with Jasper Morrison.
14-22 September, Cromwell Road, SW7 (vam.ac.uk).
Sustainability takes the spotlight as Mint showcases 60 craftspeople reducing design’s impact on the planet. 2 North Terrace, SW3.
9 TALKS AT FOCUS/19
Make space in your diary for an exciting series of talks taking place at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour. Pip McCormac will be hosting a panel discussion as part of the Conversations in Design series with designers Kate Guinness, Nicholas Spencer and Charu Gandhi, offering advice on how to build and grow your interiors brand.
Tickets for readers are offered at £7.50 (usually £10). Visit dcch.co.uk, quoting code LIVE. For decorating inspiration, also on 19 September, Busola Evans will join the panel of experts talking about tile colour trends with Artisans of Devizes, plus you can see and hear all about the new collections at Zoffany with head designer Peter Gomez.
15-20 September, DCCH, Lots Road, SW10 (dcch.co.uk).
10 WESTMINSTER CATHEDRAL
Design duo Patternity deserves a place in every pattern-lover’s heart, and its inviting installation, Life Labyrinth at Westminster Cathedral Piazza, is a maze of striking graphic shapes combined with soft grasses and wildflowers.
14-22 September, Victoria Street, SW1P.
11 100% DESIGN
Head to 100% Design for the Nordic pop-up house, A Sense of Finland.
18-21 September, Hammersmith Road, W14 (100percentdesign.co.uk).
12 BROMPTON’S DESIGN STORES
Block out Thursday 19 September as venues such as Cassina, B&B Italia and The Conran Shop will open late. You can browse the best of the new season drops with added cocktails and canapés (bromptondesigndistrict.com).
Recycling gets cool at Waste Not, Want Not. See classic and new designs from Mattiazzi, Emeco and Mater at Viaduct’s exhibition on pioneering design and sustainable materials.
13-21 September, 1-10 Summers Street, EC1R.
14 MARTYN THOMPSON AT JO MALONE LONDON
This exhibition brings the New York textile designer to Jo Malone’s Georgian townhouse in Mayfair, filling it with specially commissioned pieces from his eponymous studio, alongside designs from Pinch and 1882 Ltd and floral displays by Nikki Tibbles of Wild at Heart.
14-22 September, 52 Gloucester Place, W1U.
15 TOUCHYSMELLYFEELYNOISYTASTY AT TOM DIXON
A pop-up bakery and live weaving demos by Scottish mill Bute Fabrics are just some of the highlights at this hands-on experimental lab devised by the team at Tom Dixon and on show at its expansive Coal Office HQ.
14-22 September, 4-10 Bagley Walk, N1C.
16 I-MADE AT THE SAATCHI GALLERY
Part of Chelsea Design District, see the best in Italian design at this King’s Road institution. Curated by the legendary Giulio Cappellini, it features classic pieces from all the major players including Flexform, Poliform, Ethimo and Cassina (pictured below).
19-22 September, Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road, SW3.
17 NEW COLLECTIONS AT DCCH
Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour is a one-stop destination for fabric, wallpaper and all the trimmings. New collections by Cole & Son (below), Osborne & Little and Designers Guild are sure to catch your eye, while showroom openings by David Hunt Lighting and Italian furniture brand Turri mean there’s more to browse than ever.
Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour, Lots Road, SW10.
18 TAKE A SEAT
Don’t miss Paul Cocksedge’s installation Please Be Seated, 14 Sept-11 Oct, Finsbury Avenue Square, EC2M.
19 MONOLOGUE’S FIFTH ANNIVERSARY
This Shoreditch concept store is known as much for its inspiring space as for its contemporary design. In celebration of its fifth birthday, it’s launching a selection of new products by hip Euro brands, including statement rugs by CC-Tapis, sculptural ceramics by Bitossi and Federica Elmo’s Onda Marmo dining table for Bloc Studios. 93 Redchurch Street, E2.
20 COAL DROPS YARD
You can’t move for hip boutiques and homeware brands in this King’s Cross corner. Hit up Kitchen Provisions for its distinctive selection, browse French linens at Caravane and find treasures at charity-shop-with-a-difference Boutique by Shelter (coaldropsyard.com).
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