London Design Festival is back! From Saturday 16 to Sunday 24 September, our capital will be filled with landmark art installations, thousands of design pop-ups, talks and workshops, dedicated design districts and more. And Broadgate and British Land will be at the heart of it - which is why we’ve selected some of the unmissable moments for 2017.
1. Villa Walala at Exchange Square (next to Liverpool Street), EC2A 2EH7am-9pm, 16-24 September, free
Part of Broadgate’s Shaped By Design season, you need to see this inflatable and immersive art installation in person to truly experience its joyous riot of colour.
As artist Camille Walala explains, “I wanted to introduce a sense of the unexpected. I think that, to turn a corner into Broadgate, and find a huge, bouncy, pink and patterned house will be hugely entertaining. And people are, of course, invited to come in and play.”
Come down, explore, take plenty of photos and share the love (plus if you tag #BroadgateDESIGN, you could be in with the chance of winning a signed artwork by Camille).
2. Shoreditch Design Triangle, across East London 16-24 September, free and ticketed
Villa Walala is also part of this year’s SDT - a celebration of the artists, designers, artisan and visionaries who work and create in East London. From an exhibition of recent work by Bethan Laura Wood at ONEROOM and bauble decoration workshops with the lauded designer Charlene Mullen to 50 independent events from the likes of Darkroom and Lee Broom, it’s a festival of UK innovation that needs to be explored.
3. LDF at V&A, 16-24 September, free
One of the festival’s main hubs, the V&A is hosting a number of specially created installations but take some time out in Flynn Talbot’s Reflection Room. An immersive coloured light experience that’s the first to ever appear in the museum’s Prince Consort Gallery, it contains 56 custom-made stretch membrane Barrisol panels in gloss black. Woven within the panels are Tryka LED profiles emitting vivid orange and blue hues. It’s set to be astonishing.
4. Designjunction, King’s Cross 21-24 September, ticketed
Open to both trade and the public, Designjunction brings together some of the design world’s biggest brands to showcase current trends, talks, workshops (Bloomon will be hosting their own bouquet workshops in Granary Square) while The Canopy brings together new and emerging names (Tom Pigeon and Another Studio to name just two) selling their wares in one of the best markets you’ll ever visit.
5. Vitra Eames Plastic Chair InstallationVitra Ltd, 30 Clerkenwell Road, EC1M 5PG, 18-22 September, 9.30am-5.30pm, free
Digitally personalise your own Eames chair at the famous Clerkenwell showroom while exploring the history of this iconic design. Plus, visitors will be given the opportunity to enter a competition to win an Eames Plastic Chair.
6. Design Frontiers, Somerset House, 18-24 September, free to register
A group exhibition of 30 international, ground-breaking designers including Tord Boontje/Swarovski, Jasper Morrison and Jaime Hayon and Sebastian Cox while Kvadrat will showcase 19 emerging and established names from around the world. Free to visit, it’s a fascinating chance to explore how new materials, recycling, transport and compostable furniture are shaping their vision.
7. citizenM ShoreditchEstate Playground by Yinka Ilori, 6 Holywell Lane, EC2A 3ET, 16-24 September, 9am-11pm, free
Once you’ve seen Villa Wallala, head up the road to citizenM Shoreditch which is collaborating with London-based designer Yinka Ilori to transform the entrance of the hotel into a vibrant public playground, inspired by Yinka’s memories of growing up on a council estate in North London. Unleash your inner child.
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