From 19th-27th September 2015, London will be celebrating design with the The London Design Festival 2015. The festival events will be staged in up to 300 different venues across the city but the hub is at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) so that would make a good starting point from which to explore the Festival. Most of the events are free, but check the LDF website for details of individual events just in case.
We’ve picked our top 5 must-see events during London Design Festival but for a full roundup do visit the LDF website for more information.
Lee Broom invites you into his unique world with the launch of his dedicated new retail space, Electra House. The Shoreditch store will offer Lee’s trademark immersive experience and showcases Carousel, a striking new light fitting and Fulcrum, a collection of optical crystal candle sticks.
To celebrate the launch of Lee Broom’s new collection of vases and accessories, for one week only, his flagship store will become ‘The Flower Shop’. Available exclusively at the store, the collection will take center stage in an immersive floral display throughout the space, which will be completely re-designed for the event. This follows the success of his award winning Milan show ‘The Department Store’ where all 25 pieces from the collection will be on view and available for purchase at The Flower Shop. Acclaimed food writer Pip McCormac will also be creating edible floral treats from his book ‘The Herb & Flower Cookbook’ throughout the week.
As part of a collaboration with Laura Housely, editor of Modern Design Review, The Ace Hotel in Shoreditch will be staging an exhibition entitled Ready, Made, Go. Showcasing commissions by a group of cutting-edge designers, including Philippe Malouin and Studio Vit, the criteria for the individual products is that they must fulfil specific needs of the hotel.
The objects, ranging from door furniture to lighting and fabrics, will be available to view during the festival, and will then be put into production for use at the hotel afterwards.
As the hub of the London Design Festival, The Ace Hotel is the perfect place to stop by for a juice from Lovage, grab a bite to eat at Hoi Polloi or pop by the Lobby Bar for something a little stronger.
At Calvert Avenue, E2, Luna & Curious will be hosting free ‘hands-on making’ workshops daily from 12 to 4pm for the nine days that London Design Festival runs. The idea behind the workshops is that many products are handmade, yet this interaction with hands is invisible in the final product… there is no mark left, no lasting presence left by touch.
The three workshops it will run will allow visitors to create art and objects in which their own handiwork is very much in evidence: using experimental mark-making to make stationery and artworks; building and decorating a clay pinch pot; and nail art inspired by mark-making techniques. To see the itinerary, visit the website.
There will be a herd of very special elephants at Designjunction which runs from 24-27 September this year. 21 iconic Eames elephants, donated by Vitra, have been customised by a select group of big design names, among them Lee Broom, Russell Pinch, Eley Kishimoto and Patternity, to be auctioned off in aid of the charity Teddy’s Wish. The two-week online-bidding window opens with the show on 23 September.
Celebrating a 15 year collaborative partnership, Paul Smith and The Rug Company have created an exhibition of new carpet creations. The collection comprises six rugs, two runners and a cushion in a muted, midcentury-esque palette, with irregular patterns inspired by abstract art, and will be previewed at the 555 King’s Road shop ahead of its launch in November.
Around the corner in Knightsbridge, Harrods has the exclusive new children’s collection by Barber & Osgerby for The Rug Company’s, which will be shown as part of its Timeless Design exhibition.
For more information about London Design Festival, do visit the website here and follow #LDF15 on social media.