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London Design Festival 2021

London Design Festival celebrates and promotes London as the design capital of the world.

The 19th edition of the London Design Festival triumphantly returns to the capital for nine days this month featuring 200 events and a mix of design-related talks, workshops, trade shows and installations on show until Sunday 26 September 2021.

From large-scale outdoor installations to design-led talks and hands-on workshops, London Design Festival is a city-wide celebration of the best in contemporary design and we’ve put together our not-to-be-missed highlights from this year’s line up…

Design London | Design District at Greenwich Peninsula

Design London 2021Making its debut during London Design Festival 2021, Design London (22-25 September 2021) will showcase a curated selection of cutting-edge furniture, lighting and contract interiors brands as well as collaborations with renowned and emerging designers.

Situated alongside a dynamic new Design District on Greenwich Peninsula, the inaugural Design London will feature a multitude of international brands, including esteemed Italian brands Ethimo Design; Penta and Artemide, Danish brand Fritz Hansen, as well as bespoke sculptural lighting company Cameron Design House who will reveal new contemporary brand Empty State.

Across the four days of Design London explore everything from sought-after brands, to topical discussions in a kaleidoscopic auditorium and exclusive parties. The striking venue will also showcase an array of captivating lighting installations plus a specially built Danish Pavilion and an unmissable design film premiere.

Design For Our Times: Material Innovation | Brompton

Design for our Times_LDF21Presented by Design Exhibition Scotland, Design for our Times focuses on material innovation in design. Exploring fresh ideas from a range of designers, their vital aim is to share their insights, vision and inspiration and, of course, prompt us all to rethink our daily lives and the materials we use.

Pioneering circular projects are highlighted that respond to our contemporary challenges, including: building bricks by K-Briq made of 90% construction waste; furniture made of ‘spent grain’ leftover from whisky and gin distilling by Draff Studio; tree shelters made of mycelium by recent design graduate Catriona Brown; and furniture by Chalk Plaster that harnesses gypsum extracted from unwanted plasterboard. Four ingenious projects that explore new ways of working.

Landmark Project: Medusa | Brompton

Medusa_LDF21Medusa by Architect Sou Fujimoto and production studio and technology developer Tin Drum is a mixed reality project examining structure, nature and visualisation at the V&A Museum.

Inside the Raphael Court, a succession of natural and architectural features slowly morph and evolve based on the movement of audiences in the space, creating an almost living design that indicates the interrelation of all things and prompts thought about climate change, the role of nature in modern life and designed space.

This is the first time I am designing architecture with non-physical materials – it’s using light and pure expanse of the space. It’s an architecture experience but completely new and different” – Sou Fujimoto

The Makers’ Market | City of London

The Makers Market_LDF21The Makers’ Market sees a host of design-led brands and makers in residence at The Royal Exchange until 24 September.

Created in collaboration with the LDF team, the event showcases eight independent brands, encompassing a range of goods and disciplines – from glassware, furniture and fabrics to woven jewellery and leather goods. The brands are exhibiting and selling their unique, handcrafted products in a specially created pop-up space on the mezzanine level of the grand central courtyard.

The Makers’ Market celebrates the ability to combine traditional skills with visionary thinking, by providing a platform for today’s pioneering makers. Each exhibitor has been selected for their innovative interpretation of traditional crafts and materials to create unique and distinctive pieces.

Global Design Forum: Material difference: from the humble to the radical | Brompton

Material difference_GDF21Global Design Forum is London Design Festival’s curated thought leadership programme, celebrating design and the minds shaping its future.

This year the programme spans a range of topics questioning how design is evolving to respond to the urgent needs facing our environment and society at large. The programme is a hybrid of live sessions hosted at the V&A Museum and digital events.

22 September 2021, 1.30pm | From cardboard to pine, meet the designers who are working with materials in unexpected ways to create products and objects that challenge the quality and value of certain materials.

Featuring insight from designer, maker and artist, Mac Collins; Peter Marigold, designer and maker of objects including furniture, consumer products and public artworks; designer, design commentator, researcher & educator, Caroline Till; Arthur Mamou-Mani, architect and director of Mamou-Mani and Yesenia Thibault-Picazo, designer and co-founder of Wax Atelier.

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