Events: London Design Festival

By Stefanie Gerdes
August 8, 2019

From 14 to 22 September, London Design Festival (LDF) will take over venues and institutes across London with striking installations and a whole host of new and exciting product launches.

The event includes Designjunction, 100% Design, London Design Fair and FOCUS/19 in its line-up, which last year welcomed 588,200 exhibitors from over 75 countries.

“London and design go hand in hand,” says Ben Evans CBE, LDF’s director. “It is part of our story. London Design Festival is a platform for hundreds of design stories to be told.”

100% Design, Olympia

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, 100% Design will mark the occasion by featuring a curated selection of brands including Arper, Dare Studio, Boss Design, Liqui Contracts, Swedish furniture makers Gärsnäs and BSweden plus contemporary Italian furniture company DA A Italia.

New for this year, the show will present ‘A Sense of Finland’ curated by Finnish-English designer Hanna Laikola, who founded Hemlo, in collaboration with renowned Nordic brand Tapio Anttila Collection and Polar Life Haus. They will showcase the best of Finnish furniture, products and lighting which are focused around sustainability, well-being and healthy living environments.

Designjunction – Kings Cross

Now in its ninth year, Design Junction is welcomed to the newly established Kings Cross Design District.

This year’s theme is ‘React’ where exhibitors will be creating inventive designs and installations to encourage visitors to think differently about the world and the spaces around them.

In addition, there will be a selection of imaginative activations, interactive features and pop-up shops across several key areas throughout the design district, including Cubitt House, the Light Tunnel and Everyman Cinema for talks and debates.

Focus – Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour

From 15 – 20 September, Focus/19 will showcase a plethora of products, with 600 international brands presenting fresh colour launches and collaborations.

The event is also set to host a range of  workshops, talks, tours and artisan demonstrations.

Highlights include panel discussions with interior designers such as Staffan Tollgard, Andrew Winch, Anna Beeber of Champalimaud, Paolo Moschino, Charu Gandhi and Kate Guinness.

London Design Fair – The Old Truman Brewery

London Design Fair will once again transform Shoreditch’s Old Truman Brewery into an epicentre of original, visionary and aesthetic design hosting a range of brands and global country pavilions.

International design collaboration Adorno will present Crossovers, a showcase of dynamic works selected by ten curators from ten countries.

A new element of this year’s fair is The Bathroom Gallery. This bespoke exhibition will spotlight some of the world’s foremost bathroom brands, including Laufen and Roca.