- London Design Festival returns for the 16th year in 2018.
One of the major events for the design world will be taking place at the end of summer; the 16th edition of the London Design Festival - whose vision is to celebrate and promote London as the design capital of the world - will run from 15 to 23 September 2018. The numbers alone prove how well received it is with the general public. In 2017, the Festival welcomed a record-breaking 450,000 individual visitors from over 75 countries. This year it is also celebrating 10 years at the V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum) as the official London Design Festival hub. For the nine days of the Festival, visitors to the V&A will explore a range of special displays and installations throughout the museum, complemented by an extensive programme of events, daily tours, and workshops from Global Design Forum. And the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) is returning for their fifth London Design Festival with a Tulipwood structure, which will be the first installation ever to be located in the new Sackler Courtyard at the V&A.
So let's take a look at some of the design names that visitors can expect to see as part of the series of London-wide commissions and installations.
First of all, the European furniture brand Sé, known for its elegant, distinctive collections by leading international designers, which we also saw during Milan Design Week. Under the title “Below the Heavens” Sé’s flagship showroom, located in the heart of London’s Brompton Design District on the Fulham Road, will become home to key pieces from Collection IV by designer Ini Archibong, alongside complementary pieces from Sé’s existing collections.
As part of designjunction, the trade show that presents the best in furniture, lighting and product design from all over the world from 20th to 23rd September during the London Design Festival, the French design brand Petite Friture will celebrate their first year with two new collections to be launched first in Paris at the show Maison et Objet (September 7-11): the outdoor "Week-end" collection by Studio BrichetZiegler in twelve new colours to decorate terraces and gardens and the "Ping" series of containers by Hungarian designer András Rigler.
German design brand Pulpo known for producing timeless and unique products, and the maximalist design destination, W.A. Green on Charlotte Road in Shoreditch, East London invite you to discover a fun and eclectic installation, made in collaboration with artist and designer Lois O´Hara who will also continue the celebration of colour outside the showroom through a site-specific mural. W.A.Green is a new store launched in 2017 by Zoë Anderson who curated it in line with her belief that, like fashion, personal moods and tastes can change with the season and that interior design can act as a hit of “dopamine for the home”, something that makes it good for us.
We started our short tour “below the heavens” and we're ending it on the ground with rugs. More specifically, in the design concept store Silvera on King's Road that will be hosting a space-themed rave to launch the latest collection of cc-tapis, Super Fake by Bethan Laura Wood, inspired by the clash between the man-made and the natural. The TRIP TO THE HYPER CRAFT concept by Italian brand cc-tapis, socially active for years with the aim of providing education to the children of weavers in Nepal, lands in London with a rave where guests will be fully immersed in the surreal world of cc-tapis that blurs the lines between perception and reality.
London Design Festival
15 - 23 September 2018
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