What to see at London Design Festival 2018!

London Design Festival is fast approaching, with a jam packed programme of installations, exhibitions, workshops, talks and design destinations taking over the UK’s capital between 15th-23rd September. Now in its 16th year, LDF was originally conceived by Sir John Sorrell and Ben Evans, with the concept to create an annual event that would celebrate and promote London as the design capital of the world and as the gateway to the international creative community.

With over 400 events taking place across London as part of LDF, planning an itinerary can seem a little overwhelming; we therefore thought we’d do some of the hard work for you… We’ve sorted through hundreds of listings, including installations, workshops, product launches, exhibitions, talks and seminars, pop-ups and open studios to bring you our top picks for this year’s fair. For ease, we’ve organised the listings by area: Central, North, East, South and West London.


Central London

Doon Street + Oxo Tower Wharf + Riverside Walkway, Southbank London
20-23 September | Thu-Fri 11am-8pm, Sat-Sun 11am-5pm
Interiors and product fair design junction attracted 28,000 visitors in 2017 and has firmly established its reputation for transforming some of the most exciting locations in London into premier design destinations. While the show was held in the creative quarter of King’s Cross for the past two years, this year’s event is set to move to the cultural hub of London’s South Bank with a stellar line-up of leading international brands. Showcasing the very best in furniture, lighting and product design from around the world, designjunction is a must see during LDF.

Chair Factory by WRKBNCH
73 Rivington Street, London EC2A 3AY
22-23 September | Sat 12pm-5pm, Sun 12pm-3pm

The chair factory expo is a fun, relaxed place where you can find out more about the history of the chair and use your inspiration and creativity to design your own chair. The best design will be selected, and the winner will be awarded with their own chair manufactured by us.

Innovations for working & learning spaces of the future by KI
New Fetter Place, 8-10 New Fetter Lane, London EC4A 1AZ
17-21 September | Mon-Fri 9am-5:30pm

KI proudly showcases graduates of the RCA and Imperial College London’s Innovation Design Engineering and Design Products Masters courses. Their ingenuity gives us a fascinating insight into the future of our working and learning spaces.

London Design Biennale 2018
Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA
4-23 September

Building on the success of the inaugural 2016 London Design Biennale, 40 countries, cities and territories are exhibiting at Somerset House in response to the theme ‘Emotional States’. Taking over the entirety of Somerset House it will explore big questions and ideas about sustainability, migration, pollution, energy, cities, and social equality. Three of the four coveted medals have been awarded to Egypt (most outstanding overall contribution), USA (most inspiring interpretation of the theme) and Latvia (contribution with the most exceptional design). The fourth medal winner is voted for by the public and will be announced on 19th September.  Spend a few hours at this year’s show and enjoy engaging and interactive installations, innovations, artworks and proposed design solutions – all in an immersive, inspiring and entertaining tour of the world.

Also in Central London:

Kellenberger-White: Alphabet
The Art of Collaboration
Mono Mania Mexico
The Plastics Cloud by SAP Leonardo and Design Thinkers Academy London
Celebrate 80 years of design at Knoll
Jasper Morrison – Cappellini 30 years of successful products
Zaha Hadid Gallery

North London

Coal Drops Yard, Stable Street, London N1C 4AB
15-23 September | Mon-Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 11am-4pm

Tom Dixon will host ELECTROANALOGUE, a gathering of digital innovations in the Coal Office, the brand’s new HQ and flagship shop in King’s Cross. In collaboration with friends and partners Bill Amberg Studio, Teenage Engineering, sound artist Yuri Suzuki, sound lab and bar Spiritland and Ege, ELECTROANALOGUE will explore the realms of digital technology through a diverse range of events, installations and interventions.

Independent Ceramics Market
Hackney Arts Centre, 13 Stoke Newington Road, London N16 8BH
23 September | Sun 11am-6pm

Independent Ceramics Market provides a unique opportunity to see a diverse range of ceramic artwork, and buy direct from the maker.

East London

London Design Fair
F Block, Old Truman Brewery, 15 Hanbury Street, London E1 6QR
20-23 September
Last year London Design Fair hosted the largest collection of international exhibitions, designers, brands, country pavilions, features and exhibitions in one destination during the London Design Festival. Located in the creative heart of East London, London Design Fair is a truly international industry event bringing together 550 exhibitors from 36 countries. Expect to see furniture, lighting, textiles, materials and conceptual installations at this four-day design trade destination.

ONEROOM Gallery, 9 French Place, London E1 6JB
15-23 September | Tue 9am-9pm, Wed 11am-5pm, Thu-Mon 11am-7pm

An emotional and unexpected journey through a magical house in the heart of Shoreditch, where a different colour plays the hero on each floor. Unveiling their new Colours Collection for the first time during the Festival, Foscarini takes over Oneroom gallery and saturates every room with colour.

Surface Matter Selects
29 Westgate Street, London E8 3RL
15-22 September | Mon-Fri 9.30am-5.30pm, Sat-Sun 10am-4pm

Surface Matter invites you to delve into a mix of workshops, events and talks, focused around Colour, Material and Design. Explore new materials and skills with selected designers, makers and experts, who are pushing the boundaries of design and materiality.

West London

100% Design
Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, London W14 8UX
19-22 September | Wed 10am-5pm, Thurs 10am-9pm, Fri-Sat 10am-5pm
This year, 100% Design brings together a number of new projects alongside new product launches, over 400 international design brands and the newly launched West Kensington Design District. The show will also present 100% Futures – an exhibition showcasing a selection of inspiring and innovative designs geared towards ‘Designing for London’. Spearheaded by renowned British design journalist Max Fraser, 100% Futures will cover travel, technology, well-being, public spaces and sustainability.

Decorex International
Syon Park, Brentford TW8 8JF
16-19 September | Sun-Mon 10am-6pm, Tues 10am-7pm, Wed 10am-5pm
Decorex, the show of choice for the luxury interiors and design market, returns to the historic location of Syon Park for its 41st year. One of LDF’s five key Design Destinations, the 2018 edition will run from the 16th-19th September. The internationally renowned showcase will this year present ‘Blank Canvas’ as its show theme;  allowing participants to explore how an empty space can celebrate a new beginning, a chance to create something beautiful.

Belonging by The Design Museum
224-238 Kensington High Street, London W8 6AG
15-23 September | Open daily 10am-6pm, last admission 5pm
For eight days during the festival, the spatial laboratory Loop.pH will animate the Design Museum’s atrium with an interactive, site-specific installation called Mind Pilot. Visitors to the museum will have the opportunity to pilot the textile airship using the power and focus of their minds.

Henning Stummel launches his first furniture range
Tin House, 2 Smugglers Yard, Devonport Road, London W12 8HU
15 & 17-22 September | Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 10am-1pm

Henning Stummel, architect of the red metal-clad Tin House, has developed a new concept in furniture. Each sofa, armchair and coffee table is made from one sheet of plywood. The pieces are easy to assemble and take apart – no screws, no glue, no tools. The range of concept furniture, called NOMAD.LONDON, is made for the on-the-move generation.

Republic of Fritz Hansen Travelling Exhibition – Celebrating 60 years of Arne Jacobsen’s Work
13-15 Margaret Street, London W1W 8RN
17-23 September | Mon-Sat 10am-6.30pm, Sun 11am-5pm

60 years ago Arne Jacobsen presented the world’s first design hotel: the SAS Royal Hotel, an architectural revolution where everything from furniture to cutlery was also designed by Jacobsen himself. The Travelling Exhibition celebrates both the anniversary and the work of this design great.

Also in West London:

Scholten & Baijings: Time For Tea
Residential Build of the Future by Royal College of Art
Dodo Pavone Travels from The Museum of Extinct Animals by Moooi
Designs for the Natural Home by Another Country
Galerie Patrick Seguin – Art & Industrie

South/West London

Waugh Thistleton Architects: MultiPly
The V&A Museum, Cromwell Rd, London SW7 2RL
15-23 September | Open daily 10am-9.30pm

Waugh Thistleton Architects and Arup have collaborated with the American Hardwood Export Council to create MultiPly – an interactive, modular maze-like series of interconnected spaces that overlap and intertwine, encouraging visitors to rethink the way we build our homes and cities. The pavilion, which will sit in The Sackler Courtyard at the V&A, confronts two of the age’s biggest challenges – the need for housing and the urgency to fight climate change – and presents the fusion of modular systems and sustainable construction materials as a possible solution.

British Land Celebration of Design Medal Exhibition
The V&A Museum, Cromwell Rd, London SW7 2RL
15-23 September

For the fourth year, London Design Festival presents an exhibition featuring the work of the four winners of the 2018 London Design Medals: fashion designer Hussein Chalayan, architect and designer Eva Jiricna, architect, designer and professor Neri Oxman and fashion designer Grace Wales Bonner. The exhibition illustrates the breadth of work and scale of achievement of each of the four winners across the categories of London Design, Design Innovation, Emerging Design and Lifetime Achievement. This year’s exhibition, inspired by the idea of a card house, will guide visitors through texts, images, illustrations, prototypes, materials and objects, narrating the creative story of each designer.

Gender Equity In Cities by 3°09
St. Matthews Park, Brixton Hill, London SW2 1JF
15 September | 10am- 10pm

In architecture, within the top 100 practices in the world, only three are led by women and historically our cities have been designed by men. This conference highlights the challenges of city life through the perspective of gender through workshops, panel discussions and immersive technology.

Also in South/West London:

Pentagram X 14-18 NOW: Dazzle
Hotel Praha by Sigmar & OKOLO
SLEEP OVER by venturethree
This Will Be The Space
The Rug Company presents its new collection with Jonathan Saunders
“Design for living” by B&B Italia
The Data and Life of Great Future Cities by Roca London Gallery