London Design Festival 2020

By Elspeth Pridham
July 21, 2020

The eighteenth edition of London Design Festival returns to the capital this autumn from 12 – 20 September

This year’s London Design Festival will be a pared back event. London Design Fair, 100% Design and Design Junction, that usually run as part of the nine-day Festival, have all been cancelled, but there is still much to enjoy.

With international travel affected, the organisers promise a strong local focus. Landmark Projects, Festival Commissions and Partner events will appear across the Design Districts, with physical installations taking place alongside virtual exhibitions, including a new digital portal for freelancers to promote their work.

London Design Festival director, Ben Evans CBE says, “The show must go on. Showcasing is essential for the sector to survive and this year, more than ever, we are determined to offer every opportunity for designers to be seen and heard.”

Landmark Projects
London-based architecture practice Studio Weave, supported by Lendlease and LCR, will create The Hothouse, a large- scale installation located at International Quarter London (IQL). The structure of The Hothouse is reminiscent of a Victorian glasshouse and will provide a controlled habitat for cultivating plants that would not ordinarily grow in the UK. IQL is a new neighbourhood in the heart of Stratford. The area has a rich tradition for growing under glass and was historically once dominated by a 20-mile stretch of greenhouses along the Lee Valley corridor.

SAP, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and LDF, will curate and promote a selection of stories and supporting resources to empower and equip the design and creative community to seize the opportunity of the circular economy. Over the course of the nine days of the Festival there will be a series of talks, panel discussions and seminars from a diverse range of contributors.

Design destinations
This year the Virtual Design Destination by Adorno will be the place to discover curated country collections. Adorno will present fourteen country pavilions virtually during the event, launching two collections per day over seven days.

Meanwhile, Focus will run from 13 – 18 September at Design Centre Chelsea Harbour. 120 showrooms will present their new collections alongside house guests in the Design Avenue. A virtual programme of online talks, webinars and product launches will reach out to a wider audience worldwide.

Design Districts and Partner Events
Shoreditch, Brompton, Kings Cross and Marylebone are this year’s Design Districts where leading brands and new designers will showcase their latest work. In addition, the William Morris Design Line will be a new route guiding you through the streets of Walthamstow.
And look out for innovative events brought to you by Japan House, Jo Malone, Musicity Expo and Tom Dixon