A new teaching year has begun at the School and now that the we’ve all sharpened our scissors, tidied our tool boxes and pressed our aprons we can look ahead to some interesting happenings in and around London. September is full of design festivals and trade shows which celebrate the design and interiors world.
Under the umbrella of the London Design Festival, 17th – 25th September, there are tons of talks, exhibitions, installations and open houses allover the capital. Venues as diverse as the V & A to disused arches in Brixton. Here is our round-up of the best events that we hope will inspire you.
London Design Fair (including Tent London & Super Brands London) Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane
This presents the most progressive of UK and International furniture, lighting and interiors brands.
This is a great day out in relaxing surroundings – it is over near Richmond so plan carefully if travelling from Central London. Lots of fabric companies like Eleanor Pritchard and A rum Fellow, also furniture manufacturers. Probably more traditional than some of the other fairs, but not stuffy!
There are seven districts’ including the Shoreditch Design Triangle which celebrates the many creative companies in the area. It blends together a range of product launches, exhibitions, installations, workshops, talks and tours which will run throughout the Festival.
Design Junction, Granary Square, King’s Cross, 22-25 September
Polly Leonard, Founder of cult magazine Selvedge, in conversation with indigo designer and artist Katherine May, woodworker Max Bainbridge and quilt maker Abigail Booth of Forest + Found, as well as hand weaver Amy Revier. Polly will discuss how their work relates to the urban environment and why they find it important to work within the context of the city.
Six textile works featuring different folding techniques will be presented as the “clothing” of the boutique.
London Design Biennale, Somerset House, 7-27th September
Separate from the LDF, the first London Design Biennale has opened this September at Somerset House with over 30 countries and territories participating (7 – 27 September). Nations from six continents will present newly commissioned works that explore the theme Utopia by Design.