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London Design Festival: 7 Things To Do

Posted on Dec 11, 2016 by

“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.

Simple and elegant these glass pendants have a powerful impact within a space. We're excited to see each of this years launches at 100% Design, check out three lighting collections that have caught our eye

Simple and elegant these glass pendants have a powerful impact within a space
Image courtesy of 100% Design

2. designjunction

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!

Iconic brand String offer a functional and stylish selection of shelf storage systems. Warehouse Home is media partner for designjunction. Here, we share a selection of inspiring contemporary lighting, furnishings and accessories you should look out for at the September interior design show

Iconic brand String offer a functional and stylish selection of shelf storage systems
Image courtesy of designjunction

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!

Minimal in form, Troels' designs allow the material to shine. Read the full story in issue four of Warehouse Home interior design magazine

Minimal in form, Troels’ designs allow the material to shine. See them at London Design Fair
Image courtesy of Troels Flensted

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

Create a centerpiece with the Brick vase; its design is inspired by the city and urban environment. We share 3 must see designers exhibiting at Top Drawer this September

Create a centerpiece with the Brick vase; its design is directly inspired by the city and urban environment
Image courtesy of Top Drawer

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!

We featured the work of travelling American signwriter Mike Myer from Better Letters in our launch issue

We featured the work of travelling American signwriter Mike Myer from Better Letters in our launch issue
Photography by Charlie Surbey | Styling by Carole Poirot and Sophie Bush

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!).

Over the course of human history, it is the Ash tree from which we have made the most varied use

Over the course of human history, it is the Ash tree from which we have made the most varied use
Image courtesy of Penguin Press

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!

Ideal for any interior, these diamond-shaped terrariums are easily maintained and feature as part of Graham & Green's 2016 summer collection. Read our tips in issue four of warehouse home interior design magazine

Ideal for any interior, these diamond-shaped terrariums are easily maintained
Image courtesy of Graham & Green

Bonus

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.

A unique piece featuring a slab of precious pink Oynx recomposed with yellow coloured resin. Read the full story on Quartz inspired trends in issue four of Warehouse Home interior design magazine

In collaboration with Urquiola, this unique design features a slab of precious pink Oynx recomposed with yellow coloured resin
Image courtesy of Monologue London

Read Warehouse Home Issue Four here! The latest issue of the internationally renowned Warehouse Home magazine is live online and can be enjoyed in full and entirely free. Read Warehouse Home Issue Four by clicking here or view in the reader below.

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