London’s Design Festival – 6 Key Arts Venues for September…

Block out your creative diary for September ’17, the London Design Festival is both imminent and influential for the public and industry professionals alike…

1. London Design Fair

The keystone event within the overarching London Design Festival, the London Design Fair will take place in the Old Truman Brewery, Hanbury Street.  See #LDNdesignfair for updates.

From September 21st to 24th, the London Design Fair is centred in the vibrant, eclectic creative powerhouse that is East London.  For the 10th consecutive year, this go-to trade event will host the largest collection of exhibitions (both domestic and international), designers, brands, country pavilions, and features throughout the whole of the design festival.

2. Decorex International

Decorex is a ticketed event (£15 trade/£30 public). See #Decorex, #Decorex17 and #TakeYourSeat for details.

Celebrating 40 years of design collaborations, Decorex is the leading UK venue for interior design.  Set in the historic grounds of Syon Park, it will feature over 400 of the most renowned, high-end interiors exhibitors world-wide.  Curated by Design and Applied Arts Critic, Corinne Julius, Future Heritage will return to showcase the work of some of the leading names in British craft.  Artisan designers will include: Helen Carnac, David Gates, Simon Hassan, Merel Karhof, and Naomi McIntosh.  Lectures by the industry’s key movers and shakers will cover the gamut of subjects from lighting to global projects, from hotels to growing your own business.  For its 4-day duration from 17th to 21st September, the Decorex theme for 2017 is ‘Collaboration’.

3.  100% Design

100% Design returns to Olympia this year with the theme ‘Elements’. Last year top-flight delegates wielded a combined spending power of £3.9billion, reflecting the show’s highly professional, international audience.  See #100design for updates.

From 20th to 23rd September, this 4-day showcase will take up residence in one of London’s most prestigious event spaces – Olympia.  First staged in 1995, 100% Design is expected to attract over 27,000 visitors, including architects, designers, specifiers, retailers and developers, plus influential multi-nationals.  Featuring an unrivalled programme of speakers, this cornerstone, award-winning industry event will curate bespoke design installations for the discerning visitor.

4. Focus/17

With 100+ events in six days, Focus/17 presents an exciting opportunity to get a fresh industry perspective by connecting with top influencers at talks, workshops, demonstrations and discovery tours…

Based at the Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour, Focus/17 is home to world-class brands, influential talent, as well as designers, architects and ‘tastemakers’.  Interior accessories and themes by some of the world’s most eminent interior design specialists, plus a raft of expert consultants ready to work in concert to create the perfect space, Focus/17 is home to 120 showrooms creating taylor-made, bespoke pieces for a one-off ethos.

5.  designjunction2017

Taking place across 5 destinations: Cubitt House and Cubitt Park, The Canopy, Granary Square and The Crossing – a mix of global furniture, lighting, accessory, material and technology brands will exhibit alongside pop-up shops, installations and interactive features.

This leading destination for both interior design and industry culture will take place from 21st to 24th September in King’s Cross.  Presenting more than 200 world-class international brands, plus smaller cutting-edge labels, this expert-led event offers a unique visitor experience with high-class restaurants, designer pop-up shops, installations and interactive features to strike a balance between creative involvement and commercial networking.

6. Design Frontiers, Somerset House

At Design Frontiers, Katie Greenyer of Pentland Brands will present ‘Materialise’ –  a celebration of individual components that piece together in perfect harmony, creating products that help athletes swim faster, climb higher and train harder.

Coinciding with the London Design Festival and set in the Terrace Rooms and West Wing Galleries of Somerset House, the ‘Design Frontiers’ exhibition will celebrate 30 of the capital’s iconic creative leaders.  From Vivienne Westwood to Gareth Pugh, renowned designers responsible for shaping and nurturing their specific design discipline will be showcased in this world-class setting.  According to Ben Evans – Design Frontiers Curator – this group exhibition “… will be an unmissable highlight. Design Frontiers displays the broad reach of the discipline: the way in which design touches every part of our everyday lives, and ultimately how it might improve them.”.  Other contributors include Jaguar, Swarovski, Compac, Form Us With Love et al.  In ‘Moving Mephitic Air’, Somerset House Studios Residents – Superflux and Strange Telemetry – along with artist Wesley Goatley, will draw on their critical art and design practices to create new ways of sensing and understanding London’s air pollution crisis.




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