Promoting design talent across the capital, the London Design Festival (15-23 September) is one of the calendar’s most exciting and inspiring events. Here, discover the key destinations, pop-ups, installations and shows you just can’t miss.
1) Alphabet by Kellenberger-White, Finsbury Avenue Square, EC2M 2PG; nearest tube Liverpool Street Station
One of three Landmark Projects at LDF, Alphabet is supported by Festival Headline Partner, British Land. Visitors are encouraged to play, interact and make words with the 26 colourful alphabet chairs at this innovative urban playground. Find out more here about this wonderful installation.
2) Paddington Central Design Route, W2 6PY; nearest tube Paddington
The Design Routes were introduced to LDF for the first time last year in order to recognise clusters of activity around London and, this year, will take place in both Brixton and Paddington Central with walkable trails featuring design and creative communities.
Paddington Central’s must-see pop-ups
The Book Pavilion, Kingdom Street
At Paddington Central, the innovative architects Snøhetta have created The Book Pavilion, an innovative installation which transforms the principles of the library via mechanical, rotating pavilion of oversize books.
Flip Book Urban Oasis by Ido Garini, Canal Side, Sheldon Square
Founder of Studio Appétit, Ido Garini has created an installation along the canal that will mimic the exciting lifesize sensation of a pop-up book. The colourful oasis will be flipped throughout the day to create new atmospheres and visitors are encouraged to get involved!
Darcie & May Green, Grand Union Canal
Home to Antipodean menus, these barges feature the work of Pop Art legend Sir Peter Blake with his trademark heart, star and letter motifs. Pop by and revel in an iconic floating artwork.
Colour Transfer by Liz West, underside of Westway viaduct
Experience colour and light with Liz West’s site-specific installation. Liz will also be holding talks inviting visitors to experience a new world of vibrant colour.
The RCA’s Residential Build of the Future, Sheldon Square
An interlocking one-bedroom maisonette that experiments with new and varied apartment types. Explore the future…
The RCA’s Future Of Lobby Spaces, 2 Kingdom Street
How art and culture of revolutionising these traditionally austere and grand status spaces.
The RCA’s Retail Of The Future, under Bishop’s Bridge
Presented on four giant light cube, this exhibition will explore how emerging technology will affect retail spaces.
3) Shoreditch Design Triangle, across East London, nearest tube Shoreditch High Street
One of 11 design districts across London, the Shoreditch Design Triangle is a celebration of the neighbourhood’s innovative creative companies. With launches, exhibitions, installations, workshops, talks and tours, wander the area on foot and discover a world of furniture, fashion, books, ceramics, flowers, bikes and beyond.
4) London Design Biennale, Somerset House, nearest tubes Temple and Covent Garden
40 countries, cities and territories will exhibit at Somerset House between 4-23 September, in response to the theme Emotional States. Tackling big questions and ideas about sustainability, migration, pollution, energy, cities, and social equality, visitors are encouraged to engage with interactive installations, innovations, artworks and proposed design solutions - all in an immersive, inspiring and entertaining tour of the world.
5) A Fountain for London by Michael Anastassiades, Brompton Design District and at the V&A
One of four V&A Projects for LDF (don’t miss the incredible Pentagram X 14-18 NOW: Dazzle), The London Fountain Company presents a prototype for a new drinking water fountain designed by Michael Anastassiades. Designed to reduce plastic bottle use and encourage public drinking fountains, the first fountains will be sited in the V&A’s John Madejski garden and in a public space in Brompton Design District at the initiative of South Kensington Estates.
6) Mind Pilot by Loop.pH, Design Museum, nearest tube Kensington High Street
The spatial laboratory Loop.pH will animate the Design Museum atrium with a spectacular immersive, interactive installation Mind Pilot. The exciting installation will allow you to pilot a helium filled, textile airship with the power of your mind. Really!
7) The British Land Celebration of Design Medals Exhibition, at the V&A, nearest tube South Kensington
Each year, The British Land Celebration of Design awards four medals to designers who make and have made significant contribution to our lives via innovation, originality and imagination. From Emerging Talent to Lifetime Achievement, past winners have included David Adjaye and Bethan Laura Wood as well as Zaha Hadid and Thomas Heatherwick. Discover this year’s winners, their work and their inspiration with a visit to the Clore Study Area of the V&A and lose yourself in a world of creativity.
Broadgate will be hosting an array of exciting events to celebrate London Design Festival including text-inspired art by Elisa Artesero, Venoor Living x Theatre Deli and more. Visit our What’s On page for the latest updates.
Alphabet will be open from 7am-9pm daily, 15-23 September at Finsbury Avenue Square, EC2A 2EH next to Liverpool Street Station and Moorgate.
With some of London's best street food, bars and restaurants plus a public art trail, explore Broadgate and beyond.
Share your photos with us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook #BroadgateDESIGN #LDF18 #ALPHABET