Lh Design Lover’s Guide to London Design Festival 2019
London Design Festival (LDF) is a citywide design event that takes place over nine days every September in London. This year, it’s the 17th annual celebration and it will take place from the 14th to 22nd. It features dozens of installations, many events programs, workshops and talks all with one goal: to prove that London is the real city of design. Here are our top picks for things not to miss at the London Design Festival 2019:
PROJECTS @ LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL 2019
Paul Cocksedge: Please Be Seated
Get ready because this project will be the most ambitious of British Land’s commissions to date! Designed by Paul Cocksedge, this installation is a mix of innovation and technology. The design is made from scaffolding planks and features curves for people to sit and walk under.
Sam Jacob: Sea Things
The new installation designed by Sam Jacob is designed to highlight the need to rethink the global plastics systems, to consider its full lifetime journey and to design future-use into every product.
The exhibition will take the form of a large scale two-way mirrored cube suspended above visitors. Created alongside Rory Cahill, it will have an animated motion graphic that reflects an infinity that seems both as wide as the ocean and as large as the challenges we face.
Bamboo (竹) Ring: Weaving into Lightness by Kengo Kuma
Bamboo Futures by Elora Hardy and IBUKU
Black Masking Culture by Big Chief Demond Melancon of the Young Seminole Hunters + Assemble
Sacred Geometry by Rony Plesl
Avalanche by Matthew McCormick
VOID by Dan Tobin Smith + The Experience Machin
Take the Plunge by Volume Creative
DISTRICTS & DESTINATIONS
Bankside Design District
For the London Design Festival, Bankside celebrates the area’s thriving creative and design industries.
Brompton Design District
The curatorial theme of this district is Nature/Nurture, and has the name suggests, explores how design protects and learns from the natural world, reconsidering our physical and emotional connection to nature.
Chelsea Design District
From architecture to interiors, fashion and jewelry to fitness and food, Chelsea flourishes today as a neighborhood rich in artistry and artisan making.
Clerkenwell Design Quarter
Clerkenwell Design Quarter is home to some of the most influential contemporary design innovators in the world, with showrooms and studios specializing in furniture, lighting, kitchens, bathrooms, surfaces.
King’s Cross Design District
King’s Cross becomes a Design District for the first time, and it’s home to amazing design brands. More, however, this year will open their doors to the public presenting incredible installations, exhibitions, and talks.
Marylebone Design District
This Design District includes both internationally famous brands and independent studios/boutiques, from interiors to tailoring and jewelry to furniture.
Mayfair Design District
Mayfair is a leading destination for contemporary and collectible design in London. The design district welcomes back again a number of collaborators, including Sketch, Gallery FUMI, The New Craftsmen among others and promises to welcome new partners as well.
Pimlico Road Design District
If you are seeking for unique furnishings, interesting and antique artworks, Pimlico Road is a must-visit! The eclectic mix of retailers in this design district creates a shopping environment like no other!
Shoreditch Design Triangle
Shoreditch comprises over 60 different independents events and it’s basically a cultural event that celebrates the creative industry in east London.
Victoria Connections Design District
This year’s theme is “Connections: people and places” and it will showcase the role that design plays in Victoria & Westminster. You will be able to see the different forms of design in a variety of events and activities brought by an array of local businesses.
West Kensington Design District
Back for his second year, this design district plays host to leading design destinations, cultural installations, and must-see events.
It’s one of the UK’s leading design trade events and this year, marks its 25th anniversary. This year will present a line up of more than 400 exhibitors as well as an unrivaled talks program with some of the most affluent peoples across architecture and design.
Designjunction brings together the newest and most forward-thinking furniture, lighting and accessory designs of 2019.
Focus/19 at the Design Centre in Chelsea Harbour is the design event for excellence. It will welcome trade professionals and design enthusiasts from around the world. The program is dedicated to inspire, inform and deliver the best in world-class talent.
London Design Fair
London Design fair happens in four days and will bring together 550 exhibitors from over 40 countries.
Biodesign at Open Cell
As the name suggests, this exhibition will give the first taste of Biodesign – from sustainable pollination to grown fashion to professional medicines.
Global Design Forum
Happening at the V&A, the Global Design Forum features a unique mix of talks, debates, tours, and workshops. All of them together reflect the most innovative thinking in the world of design.
LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL 2019 AWARDS
London Design Medal 2019 Winners
Every year, London Design Festival recognizes the contribution made by leading design figures with four London Design Medals awarded. The medals will be presented on Monday 16 at the British Land Celebration of Design. The lucky ones are: Tom Dixon OBE (for London Design Medal), Daniel Charny (for Design Innovation Medal), Ross Atkin (for Emerging Design Medal) and Dame Vivienne Westwood (for Lifetime Design Medal).
For more information, please visit the London Design Festival official website, here.
Words by Rita Archer