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London Design Festival … one month to go

August 18, 2010

The London Design Festival kicks off one month today for nine days of design focused celebration.  For many designers and creatives it is the highlight of the design year and I am planning to see as much of the Festival as I can – even if it does consist of over 200 events and exhibitions.  As our mayor Boris Johnson recently said ‘The London Design Festival is the most vivid possible proof that London is the hub of the creative industries in the world’.

For myself there are always two main highlight to the shows – Decorex held at the Royal Hospital in Chelsea and 100% Design at Earls Court.

Decorex has been running for over 30 years and is generally recognised as one of the worlds premier Interior Design events.  The show has adapted over the last few years to cater for the contemporary market and is once again on my list of events to visit.  Decorex run a number of seminars over the 4 days of the show, this years speakers include David Linley, the kitchen designer Johnny Grey and well-respected interior designer Nina Campbell.  Decorex is primarily a trade show but is open to everyone on the afternoon of Tuesday 28 September.

100% Design has rapidly become one of the leading design and architecture event with over 350 hand-picked exhibitors all selected for their creativity and originality, the focus primarily on a contemporary style.  100% Design London actually comprises 3 separate shows – 100% Interiors, focusing on the interiors market 100% Materials that highlights architectural and interior materials and 100% Futures which is a showcase of emerging talent.  100% Design is on from 23 – 26 September with public entry available on Sunday 26th September.

Other highlights during the course of the Festival will include a series of breakfast and lunchtime talks at the V&A, a late night event at Exmouth Market in the heart of Clerkenwell and an installation by Paul Cocksedge on the South Bank called Drop, part of the Size + Matter now in its fourth year.  Another installation at Trafalgar Square sounds exciting, designers Clemens Weisshaar and Reed Kramm project Outrace allows the general public to take control of eight industrial robots on loan from Audi’s production line – one not to be missed!

If you find yourself in need of refreshment during the Festival the British based design and manufacturing company Established & Sons will become pub landlord at The Wenlock Arms, just off City Road.  The pub is close to the company’s HQ and is promising the best in pub grub, washed down with fine Great British all found in a pub furnished with some of the best contemporary furniture available.

Another good place to find rest during the Festival is the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in Hyde Park.  This year is the 10th year of the annual construction event at the Gallery with world-renowned French architect Jean Nouvel designing this years Pavilion.  A cafe is housed in the Pavilion and there is a full programme of events until it closes in October.

The London Design Festival website includes a great tool this year to allow you to keep a track of what you’d like to see in My Festival, click on the image below to start scheduling the event you want to visit – and tell me in the comments below what you intend to visit this year, maybe we can meet up …

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Margarida permalink
    September 1, 2010 2:39 pm

    100% Design exposition it’s an amazing event that connects the worlds of architecture and design with innovative, contemporary interior products.

    Don’t miss this big event, where My Face will be present, a brand, that I’m a fan. It’s a brand that fuses old world handcrafting with modern age aesthetics to produce artistic pieces of furniture. Wherever you put My Face’s pieces, they should elevate the room’s decor

  2. Filipa permalink
    September 1, 2010 2:53 pm

    I really enjoy to see this! At this year it will attend at the 100% design the brand Boca do Lobo. They are incredible in fusing old styles with contemporary aspects. Visit and get in love!

  3. Tattiana Romena permalink
    September 1, 2010 3:23 pm

    100% Design London is an excelent fair, a brand that I love is going to be there also. it’s called Delightfull and it’s lightning furniture with a taste for jazz and design will for sure grace your room with elegance and a perfect ambience.

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