How to plan your time at London Design Festival

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  • Looking for the latest design trends or fancy updating your interiors? We’ve put together some handy itineraries to make the most of LDF

    The London Design Festival 2015 swings into action next week with design shows, exhibitions, pop-ups and installations.

    Whether you’re on the hunt for the latest design trends, fancy updating your interiors or just looking to learn a bit more about some iconic brands, here’s how to spend the day at one of the world’s biggest and best design events.

    For: the trend spotter

    Head to: designjunction

    Designjunction returns this year with a bang in two new venues on Southampton Row. At The College, former home of Central Saint Martins School of Art, Wrong for Hay, Fritz Hansen, Tiipoi, Herman Miller and Benjamin Hubert join a line-up of 180 established and cutting edge brands over five sprawling floors.

    Lightjunction is set to take over the old Dean’s office and staff headquarters with new products from names such as CTO Lighting,Orsjö, Rothschild & Bickers, Fontana Arte and RUBN.

    Kirkby Design x Jon Burgerman, the contemporary leg of textile company The Romo Group, have teamed up with New York-based artist Jon Burgerman to create 12 original fabric designs. Recognised as the leading figure in ‘doodle art’, Burgerman has used crayons, paints, inks and marker pens to create his distinctive and colourful illustrations, which have then been digitally printed onto a 100% cotton ground that can be used for both upholstery and drapes. Find out more at

    Head to: Focus

    A mighty 500 brands under one roof makes Design Centre Chelsea Harbour an essential resource for enthusiasts and professionals alike. There’s an impressive roster of speakers and workshops, including Homes & Gardens’ Giles Kime in conversation with designer India Hicks to discuss ‘Maximalism versus Minimalism.” For your discounted ticket price of £7.50 (normally £10), quote the code HMSGR at

    Head to: Tent

    Traditionally a hub of emerging UK design talent and trends, Tent, along with partner show Super Brands London, has spread its wings over the last few years. Now the most international shows in LDF, they will welcome 440 independent designers, brands and installations from 29 countries. As well as inspiring design, there’s a futuristic edge to Tent this year, with its first Techable Home area, complemented by a programme of talks and events next door at tech Community space Second Home. For more information visit

    Head to:100% Design

    Celebrating its 21st birthday in its new home at Olympia London, this self-proclaimed ‘commercial cornerstone’ of LDF is divided into four sections: Interiors, Workplace, Kitchen & Bathrooms and Design & Build.

    Celebrating the theme “Design in Colour”, the event has teamed up with trend forecasters WGSN to explore the top colour trends for 2016, which have then been worked into the display through a series of specially designed Installations.

    Highlights are set to include the critically acclaimed Talks with 100% Design programmes, with a lineup for 2015 that includes Ilse Crawford and Lyndon Neri of Neri&Hu, as well The Reclaimed Floor Company.

    For: the shopper

    Head to: Design Junction

    Victoria House will lead the shopping aspect of the show, with over 50 high-end design stores and boutique brands holding pop-up shops.

    Cutting-edge design and striking locations are the order of the day and the stellar lineup of brands includes Vitra, Benjamin Hubert, Linge Roset and Fritz Hansen.

    Make sure you pay a visit to the herd of printed and patterned elephants. Donated by Vitra, the iconic Eames Elephants have been interpreted by twenty-one designers, including Zandra Rhodes, Terence Woodgate, and Lee Broom. These will form part of an online auction (starting on September 23) which will raised funds for Teddy’s Wish.

    Head to: Islington Design District
    This is the place to go for quirky design stores, pop-ups and events. For beautiful, delicate, sherbet-coloured ceramics from Dutch designer Lenneke Wispelwey, head to Smug, the central hub of Islington Design District. New pieces join the store’s exclusive collection and founder Lizzie Evens will be hosting an evening talk with Lenneke on September 22 at 6.30pm.

    There’s also a caffeine incentive – get a stamp at every stop on the Islington Design District trail and get a free coffee from Café Smug. Find at more at

    Head to: Head to: Shoreditch

    Shoreditch is dense with shops, galleries and cafés, and you can barely stroll a couple of metres without bumping into an interesting event, pop-up store or gallery. Designer Lee Broom is launching his new 25-piece collection during LDF, which includes his first foray into the world of vases with Podium. SCP is going all out on sofas, showing pieces by designers including Faudet Harrison, MichaelAnastassiades, Konstantin Grcic and Matthew Hilton. Groundbreaking bulb maker Plumen has an installation at Les Trois Garcon, which is also showing furniture from Very Good and Proper. The Ace Hotel is the perfect people-watching pit stop and also offers popular tokyobiketours of London. For more information visit

    Head to: The Geffrye Museum

    Bringing together work by 50 potteres from across the UK, Ceramics in the City at the Geffrye Museum showcases leading names and emerging talent. Prices range from £10 for smaller pieces to several hungred pounds for large-scale creations. You can meet the makers too and learn more about their craft during free hands-on workshops. Find out more at

    Head to: Brompton Design District

    This is the neighbourhood to see big names alongside an expertly curated mix of emerging and independent makers. Mint gallery store is showing Twisting Craft, a selection of work by 60 makers inspired by organic shapes, natural materials and traditional craftsmanship – albeit reinvented. Look out for Nendo’s new Tokyo Tribal collection and Hanna Kruger’s quirky side tables. Similarly playful, Squint is collaborating with London Morgan, the official London dealership of the quintessentially English Morgan Motor Company. A limited edition Morgan three-wheeler will be showcased at Morgan cars and you can even say ‘tally-ho’ to walking by booking a chauffeur-driven tour of the area. Find out more at

    For: the design conscious

    Head to: V&A

    This is the hub of LDF and a good place to start your LDF journey, learning about design past, present and future. Highlights include the interactive sculpture of 250 hand-blown globes that will emit light and sound by Austrian designers mischer’traxler and bouqitue champagne house Perrier-Jouet, and Faye Toogood’s two-part installation, The Cloakroom, where visitors can collect one of the designer’s 150 coats to wear around the museum. A map is sewn into every coat to guide you through the second part of the installation, a series of sculptural garments, each one made from non-traditional clothing materials, such as wood and metal, bridging the worlds of furniture and fashion. For more information visit

    Head to: The Conran Shop
    The Conran Shop invites you on a journey with a handpicked selection of iconic names and emerging talent from around the world in its two London stores. There are interactive design trails to help you find your new favourite designer and we already have our eye on Brazilian talent Jader Almeida, whose timeless pieces are inspired by his country’s modernist architecture. For more information visit

    Head to: The Rug Company
    British design icon Paul Smith has created a new collection to celebrate the 15th birthday of his collaboration with the Rug Company. Comprising six rugs, two runners and a cushion, the collection includes typically bold geometry, abstract pattern and vibrant colour. An exhibition in store will chart the collaboration’s history and Smith’s design process. The collection will be available from November. For more information visit

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