London Design Festival is the fast and furious design celebration and it’s happening all over the city, right now. If you love design, this is your chance to immerse yourself and join the party.
It runs from 16th-24th September and covers the city from lively Brixton to my trendy part of town, East London. The festival spans 9 design districts and they couldn’t be more different. I have picked my favourites to give you my guide to this fabulous festival.
SHOREDITCH DESIGN TRIANGLE
Having launched in 2008 there is so much going on here. I would condense it down to a couple of hours to dive into Lee Broom’s all-black fantasy in Rivington Street, where he has created all-black versions of his most iconic furniture and lighting pieces in celebration of his studio’s 10th anniversary. There is supposed to be a super-cool pop-up cafe nearby by Darkroom, packed full of plants, which maybe worth a look and a very large coffee.
Lee Broom’s all-black fantasy
BROMPTON DESIGN DISTRICT
This is the cultural heavyweight for design devotees. I am super-excited about the events happening at the Victoria & Albert Museum, where you can pick up a little guide book and a map from a bionic chandelier to a room full of coloured lights. Lots of late night events too, which sound amazing too.
Our Essex Road store
Of course, I am going to say Islington as this is where my flagship store on Essex Road is. Although this programme is not a large one, everything is in walking distance and has a myriad of yummy restaurants to visit too. Make sure you pop in and say hello.
BRIXTON DESIGN TRAIL
Bursting with creativity, this is the fun place to hang out. With the motto Love is Power loads of creatives are in overdrive with a Crafty Fix Market, a Design Circus at Brixi, Pop Brixton, Brixton Village Market and The Black Cultural Archives will host installations, as well as emerging venues including a collection of maker workspaces and new creative hub, The Department Store and so much more.
That’s the roundup. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do. See you on the other side.