From Saturday 15th September until Sunday 22nd September 2018, the vibrant city of London came together to celebrate design and promote London as the design capital of the world. The annual event showcases cutting - edge works by architects, artists, retailers and interior designers at venues citywide and has filled London with inspiration since 2003.
Day 1 ~ The TEK team joined London Design Festivalon Thursday and after a quick stop stopping off at one of our favourite places to get lost in; Japan House for their 'Biology of Metal' exhibit we kicked off with The Conran Shop X Pinterest party. The immersive event encouraged you to scan your favourite products with your Pinterest camera and add them straight to your board, from reality to your phone. With prosecco, a dj, energetic atmosphere and surrounded by beautiful furniture, we had a great evening networking which we ended with food and drinks at one our favourite London eateries ~ Market Halls Fullham.
Day 2 ~ We headed straight to the incredible LDF hub at the V&A, for their range of special installations and displays, all celebrating 10 years of LDF at the V&A. Situated outside of the museum was also MultiPly, where the pavilion delved into two of the current global challenges; housing and climate change presenting a fusion of modular systems and a responsible choice of materials as a vital solution. Next on our plan was 100% Design, the largest and longest running design trade show for industry professionals in the UK where we attended striking installations and witnessed inspiring collaborations. We then headed straight to Design Junction's brand new home in South Bank's Oxo Tower as well as Doon Street and Riverside Walkway for the very best in global furniture, lighting and product design before squeezing in a visit to the Design Museum for their ‘Conscious Consumption' exhibits.
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London Design Festival.
Day 3 ~ One of the highlights of our day has to be soaking up the inspiration of London Design Fair, located in one of our favourite venues; The Old Truman Brewery. From our past visits to LDF, London Design Fair is always a huge highlight of innovation and inspiration, and this year was no different. Shoreditch Design Triangle was filled with LDF gems hiding around each corner and we were so excited to attend Farrow and Ball’s Colour Stories at Village Underground, an immersive installation exploring their new colours, beautifully encapsulated in a series of multi-sensory worlds designed to surprise and delight ~ it did not disappoint. We ended our Saturday with a visit to sustainable lifestyle brand Venoor Living's pop up at Theatre Deli before paying a visit to the playful and oh-so instagramable Alphabet Chairs in Broadgate.
Day 4 ~ Our final day, ended with catching a peak at one of the most talked about installations of LDF18 ~ Feed the Lions at Trafalgar Square were the interactive public sculpture by British designer Es Devlin relying on public submissions and artificial intelligence to create a collective work of poetry. Finally we hopped on the underground and found ourselves at the beautiful Somerset House for London Design Biennale, which you should keep your eyes peeled for for our next Re-Veil entry all about the exhibits of 40 countries, cities and territories in response to 2018’s theme ‘Emotional States’.
Although we crammed as much as possible into our trip to LDF, there were a few, exhibitions or installations that we couldn't find time for but from everything we witnessed we're excited to get back to our projects with a fresh outlook.
Until next year London Design Festival!
14-22 September 2019.