London Design Festival 2014 preview

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  • Wallpaper* Middle East Revealed

    A dozen designers from seven Middle-Eastern countries come together in Wallpaper’s overview of the region’s culture, presented in association with Dubai Design District (d3). Curated by Suzanne Trocmé, the show includes a multi-disciplinary range of talent, whose work contributes to mapping the area’s cultural identities.

    17 - 21 September; Dray Walk Gallery, The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL

    Pictured: ’Illusion’ armchair, by Dubai-based designer Khalid Shafar

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  • Jeremy Wintrebert at Gallery Fumi

    Gallery Fumi is staging a solo exhibition of stunning new large-scale, hand-blown, cloud-like glass works and lighting installations by Jeremy Wintrebert. The show coincides with a special commission by Perrier-Jouët exhibited at the V&A for the duration of the festival.

    13 - 21 September; Gallery Fumi, 16 Hoxton Square, London N1 6NT

    Pictured: A detail of ’Glass’, by Jeremy Wintrebert

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  • ’Alan Kitching and Monotype’

    Typographer and graphic designer Alan Kitching has worked with Monotype to create a series of prints celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of five graphic design legends: Tom Eckersley, Abram Games, FHK Henrion, Josef Müller-Brockmann and Paul Rand. Exhibited alongside Alan’s work will be posters conceived by the five designers.

    13 September - 16 October; Well Gallery, London College of Communication, Elephant and Castle, SE1 6SB

    Alan Kitching and Monotype: Celebrating the Centenary of Five Pioneers of the Poster

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  • ’Urban Plunge’ at Roca London Gallery

    Jane Withers is curating an intriguing exhibition exploring both existing schemes and future plans for urban river swimming, documented through drawings, photographs and models. The result of a study Withers undertook in her capacity as design consultant and co-founder of Wonderwater, the showcase was commissioned by Roca London Gallery, and investigates projects that enrich and humanize urban areas from London to New York.

    13 - 21 September; Roca London Gallery, Station Court, Townmead Road, SW6 2PY

    Pictured: ’Thames Baths’, by Studio Octopi

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  • 100% Norway at Tent

    The annual exhibition of Norwegian design returns to Tent with a show curated by the Bergen Academy of Art and Design. ’A lifetime of design’ features work from freshly-graduated students and established designers, offering a panorama of the creative process through experiments, exploration and finished products.

    18 - 21 September; T3-A Hall, First floor, Old Truman Brewery, Hanbury Street, E1 6QR

    Pictured: ’Topiary’ lamps, by Vera & Kyte

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  • New launches at 100% Design

    Now in its 20th year, 100% Design returns to its traditional Earls Court home for the last time before moving to a new venue in Olympia in 2015. Among the designers and brands present within its halls will be British stalwart Heal’s, new French label Masam, and surface company Mykon, which will showcase its first venture into product design through a collaboration with designer Alexander Purcell Rodrigues.

    17 - 20 September; Earls Court Exhibition Centre 2, Warwick Road, London, SW5 9TA

    Pictured: ’Blade’ table, by Alexander Purcell Rodrigues for Mykon

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  • ’Future Stars?’ at Aram Gallery

    For the gallery’s Golden anniversary year, curator Héloïse Parke is looking to the future, bringing together the work of seven young designers whose work maps a new direction for designing and making.

    13, 15 - 21 September; Aram, 110 Drury Lane, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 5SG

    Pictured: ’Freja Shoes’, by Cat Potter, and ’Planet’ ring, by Sophie Thomas

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  • Born in the USSR

    Contemporary Russian design takes centre stage at Gallery Elena Shchukina, with an exhibition of 14 designers’ work ranging from ceramics to fashion. Curated by Wallpaper* editor-at-large Suzanne Trocmé, the pieces offer an aesthetic and cultural view of the country and the impact its politics have had on their creators.

    11 September - 28 November; 18 Beauchamp Place, Knightsbridge, SW3 1NQ

    Pictured: ’Vool’ stand, by Meta Works

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  • Wallpaper* at Designjunction

    For its fourth London edition, Designjunction has packed its vast Sorting Office venue full of design action. One of the chief draws will, of course, be Wallpaper’s collaboration with Afghanmade, for which five carpet brands have made their first forays into Afghan weaving. Other highlights include a charitable venture for Anglepoise and Ercol; the launch of new British/Indian brand Tiipoi; a pop-up café by Mario Trimarchi for Alessi; and The Fleet of Dazzle, a collaboration between Patternity and the Imperial War Museum.

    18 - 21 September; The Sorting Office,
21-23 New Oxford Street, WC1A 1BA

    Pictured: Workers finishing ’Paseo Mio’, by Giulio Iacchetti for Nodus at the Tanweer carpet factory in Kabul. Photography: Tina Hager

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  • Oyuna presents ’Soft Edge’

    Cashmere designer Oyuna Tserendorj explores whether her native country’s signature Mongolian cashmere can break out of its super-soft image, working with a trio of hard-edged design practices: Study O Portable, Hunting & Narud, and long-term collaborator Peter Marigold. Each will create its own take on an Oyuna product.

    13 - 21 September; London Morgan, 3 Astwood Mews, London, SW7 4DE

    Pictured: Peter Marigold’s experiment with Oyuna cashmere and patterns from rusted metal

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  • ‘Masterpiece’ at 19 Greek street

    ‘Masterpiece’ is a collection of nine experimental pieces from young designers (ranging from Tomas Libertiny to Valentin Loellmann) who share the gallery’s optimistic view on what lies ahead for design. Their works explore existential questions and issues through ceramics, marble, carpentry and glassworks. This month also sees the debut of another venture by the gallery: Sixteen, a ‘design charity’ that will develop the craftsmanship skills of disadvantaged youths in Britain.

    13 – 21 September; 19 Greek Street, Soho, W1D 4DT

    Pictured: ‘Shelf 02’ by Hamajima Takuya and ‘Transmission’ chandelier by Studio Deform, from the Masterpiece collection

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  • Alfredo Häberli teams up with Kvadrat

    Danish textiles manufacturer Kvadrat unveils its latest collaboration, showcasing Alfredo Häberli’s new collection with an in-store installation by the designer titled Dis-Play, which will act a giant moodboard to illustrate his creative process.

    15 – 21 September; Kvadrat Ltd, 10-12 Shepherdess Walk, N1 7LB

    Pictured: Details of Häberli’s textile collection for Kvadrat. Photography: Jonas Kuhn

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  • NOW Gallery opens in Greenwich

    Opening on 17 September, this new public space for art and design is located in the Greenwich Peninsula and is a pivotal part of the area’s on-going regeneration. Designed by Marks Barfield Architects, the gallery is headed by curator Jemima Burrill and includes a wide network of collaborators, from Made Thought to Jason Bruges. Dutch designer Simon Heijdens has been charged with creating the inaugural installation, which is part of a series of three-month-long commissions from established and emerging artists, designers and creatives.

    19 – 21 September; Now Gallery, 1 Green Place,
Greenwich Peninsula, London, SE10 0PE

    Pictured: Now Gallery’s entrance

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  • Bocci and Mallett at Ely House

    Canadian design company Bocci and antique dealer Mallett present a series of installations at the latter’s 18th-century Ely House, juxtaposing old and new and including a three-storey-tall, 57-light chandelier in the stairwell.

    13 - 21 September; Ely House, 37 Dover St, London W1S 4NJ,

    Pictured: Installation view at Ely house

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  • Installations at the V&A

    The museum resumes its role as London Design Festival hub once again, laying on a series of ambitious installations and exhibitions. Look out for Barber Osgerby and BMW’s giant, revolving ‘Double Space’ installation in the Raphael Gallery (read more in our October issue), a light installation by Michael Anastassiades and Flos, a sweeping structural work by Zaha Hadid in the John Madejski garden. The Wishlist exhibition - spearheaded by Sir Terence Conran and produced in collaboration with AHEC and Benchmark – will also be top of our hit list. For this show, design big guns like Conran, Sir Paul Smith and John Pawson have tasked young designers, such as Lola Lely, Sebastian Cox and Gareth Neal to create the object they have always wanted.

    13 – 21 September; Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL

    Pictured: ‘Getting away from it all’, a desk area designed by Sebastian Cox for Sir Terence Conran. Photography: Petr Krejci

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  • ‘Harrods is Design’

    The iconic department store is muscling in on the London Design Festival action for the first time this year with ‘Harrods is Design’, an in-store design trail over two floors, which includes launches from brands and designers such as Zaha Hadid (previewed in our October issue), Stephen Burks for Roche Bobois, Yoo and Bethan Gray. These offerings are part of newly appointed Director of Home, Annalise Fard’s efforts to reinvigorate the store’s design department.

    13 – 21 September; Harrods, Brompton Road, SW1X 7X

    Pictured: ‘Traveller’ chair, by Stephen Burks for Roche Bobois

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  • Wrong for Hay + Antto Melasniemi

    Dining out on the success of its London Design Festival debut last year, Wrong for Hay will not only launch new lighting pieces in its St James’ showroom, but will also host a pop-up restaurant, ’Design & Dine’, with talented Finnish chef Antto Melasniemi. Wallpaper* entertaining director Melina Keays and former interiors director Benjamin Kempton have been enlisted to curate the space, conceiving unexpected ways of engaging with the brand’s collection. Meanwhile, Hay and Wrong for Hay will also be popping up at Selfridges with a minimarket of objects from their collections.

    13 - 20 September; 34 Queen Anne’s Gate, SW1H 9AB,

    Pictured: ’Atomic Pot’ illustration, and one of the dishes at Design & Dine: ox tongue with beetroot, tomato, radishes and chanterelle mushrooms

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  • ‘Extra-Ordinary Gallery’ by Fabrica

    Fabrica’s exhibition at Ace Hotel London is a study of ordinary, everyday items. Created by an international team of young product designers, graphic designers, architects and illustrators, and produced in Italy, these objects celebrate the beauty of daily rituals with simplicity and elegance.

    13 – 21 September; Ace Hotel London Shoreditch, 100 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6JQ,

    Pictured: ‘Héraclès’ paperweight by Charlotte Juillard, ‘Bu!’ wall organizer by Federico Floriani, and ‘Prêt à Boire’ carafe by Giorgia Zanellato

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  • Formafantasma at Established & Sons

    Design duo Formafantasma’s latest work considers the passage of time to mark the tenth birthday of Established & Sons. The installation features a series of clocks: each timepiece uses the qualities of precious materials to track the progress of days, hours, minutes, seconds and nanoseconds.

    15 - 21 September; Established & Sons, 5-7 Wenlock Road, London, N1 7SL,

    Pictured: ’Fan’ and ’Pendulum’, from the collection

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  • Airbnb presents ‘A Place Called Home’

    This year’s annual Landmark Project is presented by Airbnb in conjunction with London Design Festival. Jasper Morrison, Studioilse, Patternity and Raw Edges have designed four structures for Trafalgar Square that muse on the notion of what ‘home’ means to them.

    18 – 22 September; Trafalgar Square, WC2;

    Pictured: Jasper Morrison’s project, inspired by a pigeon fancier’s house

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