London Design Festival: 7 Things To Do
“Apologies to Milan and Tokyo. Regrets to Stockholm and Paris. Forgive me, Eindhoven, Berlin, Barcelona and, most particularly, New York. But London is the design capital of the world.” – New York Times
Regarded as one of the worlds most important annual design event, The London Design Festival, now in it’s fourteenth year, is made up of over 400 events and exhibitions from across the design spectrum, each promoting the city’s creativity and delivering a truly unmissable celebration of design. As proud media partner to several featuring contemporary design destinations, the Warehouse Home team have selected 7 exciting and unmissable events taking place across the capital this September.
1. 100% Design
Now in it’s twenty second year, the UK’s largest design trade show once again returns to Olympia, London from 21st – 24th of September. This year 100% Design explores the theme of ‘Experience’ and considers the way in which design guides, frames and improves the way that we live, work and consume. Have you seen our curated selection of designers and exhibitors featuring at 100% Design? It includes alternative furniture producers ALTAR and 3 new and must see lighting collections from Ebb & Flow, Industville and Graypants.
The leading exhibition for contemporary interior design and culture, designjunction is held annually across London, Milan and New York. This September the event will move to a new and exciting long term location – Kings Cross; a vibrant destination dubbed to become the next creative quarter for London. Visit designjunction between the 22nd – 25th of September to experience a celebration of design, food, culture and creative business. Featuring String Furniture, Brokis, H Furniture and Korridor, did you spot our 4 must see designers post featuring? Take a look now!
3. London Design Fair
2016 marks the launch of London Design Fair, a new umbrella brand that includes both Tent London and Super Brands London as well as a showcase of promising international trade. The event is set to top last years statistics as the fair moves to new quarters on the third floor of the Truman Building. Over 25, 000 influential buyers, architects, designers, press and design conscious public attend each year, but we haven’t even got to the exciting part yet! Attend LDF between the 22nd to the 25th of September and visit the first Warehouse Home POP UP! Featuring a showcase of carefully curated collection of handpicked wallpapers, soft furnishings, homewares and lighting from a variety of independent designers and bigger brands all available for purchase. Stay tuned for more exciting details! Or if you can’t wait check us out online at the Warehouse Home Shop!
4. Top Drawer
Synonymous with top quality product and innovative design, the UK’s leading international design-led event for creatives, retailers and brands presents four unique design worlds united as one by the unique Top Drawer brand. A major destination for design-led products and buyers from all over the world. Be sure to visit Aandersson Ceramics, Puik Art and our friend Christian Marsden from Stolen Form! (We’re sure you’ll remember his exclusive brick dish and vase designs from Issue Three!) Four must see designers and exhibitors this September!
Brick vase in blue, £34, Warehouse Home Shop
5. Better Letters Lettering Workshops
Travelling American signwriter Mike Myer from Better Letters (you might remember his work from our launch issue!) will be providing two, intense, one-day workshops introducing students to the traditional craft of signwriting in the fabulous Market Hall at Borough Market. Workshops are priced at £180 and are running between the 17th and 18th of September. Also be sure to look out for Ghostsigns, a walking tour from Bermondsey Street to Union Street focusing on the fading remains of hand painted advertising on brick walls! We suggest you book in advance!
6. The Future Craftsman
Over the course of human history, it is the Ash tree from which we have made the most varied use. Robert Penn felled an Ash tree and then set out across Europe and the USA to discover how many unique and beautiful objects might be crafted from that one single specimen. Why not join craftsman and now author Robert as he talks through the explorations of his craft (spot his book “The Man Who Made Things Out Of Trees” in Warehouse Home Issue Four!).
7. Graham & Green Terrarium Workshop with London Terrariums
Join Graham & Green and terrarium expert Emma Sibley of London Terrariums in Bayswater on Monday the 19th of September and learn how to make your own Tinyjohn terrarium! And while your there, why not make the most of it and take a peek at the brand new Graham & Green flagship! With beautifully styled concept rooms, the store is currently showcasing their extensive autumn collection of furniture, lighting and accessories. You can even pick up a copy of Warehouse Home! And for those who can’t make it into store, take advantage of our exclusive 15% discount when you shop online!
8. London Design Festival at the V&A – Masterclass with Patricia Urquiola
Our bonus pick is of course a special one, and a very unique opportunity at that! Join architect and designer of the moment, Patricia Urquiola (featured twice in Warehouse Home Issue Four, we’re certain you’ll remember her striking design collaborations) at the V&A Museum as she gives voice to the empathetic relationships with people, objects and contexts she has explored throughout her career. Witness her ideas, inspirations and experimental approach to design.
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