London Design Festival 2015
As the London Design Festival (19 - 27 September) takes over the capital, we’ll be bringing you the highlights as they happen, from the best new collections and brand debuts to show-stopping installations...
Multiplex by Tom Dixon and Wallpaper*
A design, fashion, art and interiors emporium, taking up residence at Selfridges and debuting during London Design Festival to stay on for a month of talks, broadcasts and shopping evenings. The Multiplex will host departments that include technology, beauty, future ideas, material lab, fashion and food.
18 September-15 October; The Old Selfridges Hotel, 1 Orchard Street, W1H 6HQ; www.tomdixon.net
Installations at the V&A
The festival’s home hosts once again a series of diverse installations: in the entrance, Swarovski presents a 18m tall sculpture by Norwegian designer Kim Thome, while Austrian duo Mischer’traxler installed a nature-inspired show in the grandiose Norfolk Hall Music Room, in collaboration with Perrier Jouët. A project by Barnaby Barford features 3000 bone china façades inspired by a modern Tower of Babel.
Pictured: Kim Thome and his double-sided monolith. Photography: Mark Cocksedge
This year’s edition of the festival sees it take residence in Somerset house’s West Wing over ten rooms and giving free reign to ten designers to create something within the spaces. Featured projects will be technological installations, new products displays and two reading rooms, with designers taking part including Jasper Morrison, Nendo and Faye Toogood. Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec will also present the Serif, a new product for Samsung which will give a new dimension to technology for the home.
21-27 September; Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA; www.somersethouse.org.uk
Pictured: Alex Rasmussen’s digitalised ocean wave. Photography: Rob Kulisek
A Bullet from a Shooting Star by Alex Chinneck
London artist Alex Chinneck has us used to his large-scale structures that defy gravity and surprise the viewer. For the Festival, Hong Kong developers Knight Dragon gave him carte blanche over a soon to be developed patch of land, and Chinneck staged an upside down electricity pylon, majestically fluctuating at a skewed angle over the area.
Wallpaper* Nail Bar at Ace Hotel
Serving once again as a central hub for the east London Shoreditch Triangle, the Ace Hotel will host the second installment of the Wallpaper’s ‘Nail Me!’ nail bar, created by Bozarthfornell Architects and Testi for this year’s Handmade Exhibition in Milan. Giving new design life to manicure, we have partnered with designers Philippe Malouin and Fabien Cappello to create a nail art available throughout the week.
21-23 September; 100 Shoreditch High St, London E1 6JQ; www.acehotel.com/london
Photography: Leandro Farina
Paul Smith for The Rug Company: 15 Years of Creative Collaboration
British eccentricity and wit have never been in such good company as they are in the hands of The Rug Company and long term creative collaborator Paul Smith. To celebrate their 15 year partnership, the famed fashion designer has created a new collection of hand knotted rugs. As well as unveiling these, The Rug Company’s King’s Road showroom will host a dedicated exhibition to explore the evolution of Smith’s designs.
19, 21-26 September; 555 King’s Road, SW6 2EB; www.therugcompany.com
Pictured: Swirl by Paul Smith for The Rug Company
Patternity’s Festival of Pattern
A festival within the Festival, pattern enthusiasts Patternity stage a cross-disciplinary series of events and inspirational experiences that celebrate and explore pattern in its every variation. The Festival includes a series of exhibitions, workshops, talks and debates as well as pattern-spotting field trips throughout the city.
19-22 September; Londonewcastle Project Space, 28 Redchurch Street, E2 7DP; www.patternity.org
Pictured: Patternity Studio collaboration and special project
Fredrikson Stallard’s Momentum
Fredrikson Stallard’s studio turn 10, and to celebrate, they open their doors to showcase ten new works produced in collaboration with David Gill Gallery. A celebration of the experimental and the rigorous, as the pair calls it, the ‘Momentum’ collection references their signature style, which touches upon both the unique and the mass-produced, giving new shapes to furniture. The Species sofa gives new drastic shape to Ian Stallard and Patrik Fredrikson’s organic luxury; the red velvet embraces an asymmetric rock forming a study in evolution, the designers explain, ‘created with a brute force that is at odds with ideas of comfort or human contact, yet so inviting by the nature of its materials.’
Pictured: ’Parachute Table’
Design House by Mallett
Celebrating 150 years, Mallett Antiques is looking to the future with Design House, a curated space championing three contemporary design houses it believes to be creating heirloom pieces for years to come. Among them: Mexican silver company Tane, hip New York wallpaper firm Calico and Italian jewellery house Pomellato. Although a short-lived exhibition, the shopping element will go on long after the festival fun ends.
21-26 September; Ely House, 37 Dover Street, London, W1S 4NJ; www.mallettantiques.com
Pictured: Lunaris Midnight Installation by Calico Wallpaper
Ligne Roset edits Pierre Paulin
French editeur Ligne Roset has been working with Maia and Benjamin Paulin, the late Pierre Paulin’s wife and son, to re-issue key pieces from the designer’s first collection of furniture. The collection on display will include the Daybed nomadic sofa and Secretaire Mural amongst other items from the designer’s 1950s and 1960s production.
10-27 September; 23-25 Mortimer Street, W1T 3JE; www.ligne-roset-westend.co.uk
Pictured: Daybed designed by Pierre Paulin, Ligne Roset
Childhood Recollections: Memory in Design
Writer and curator Clare Farrow has gathered the childhood memories of six architects and designers, exploring their past influences to better understand their work. Featuring Zaha Hadid, Kengo Kuma, Daniel Libeskind, Nieto Sobejano, Denise Scott Brown and Philip Treacy, the exhibition forms a fantastic bridge between the creative’s production and where their aesthetics came from. Each memory is illustrated through cabinets of curiosities displaying photographs, text, objects, materials, scent, film, music and sketches, ranging from bird feathers inspiring Treacy’s hats to images of Daniel Libeskind’s childhood in post-war Poland.
19, 21-26 September; Roca London Gallery, Station Court, Townmead Road, London, SW6 2PY; www.childhoodrecollections.roca-exhibitions.co.uk
Pictured: Denise Scott Brown in the Las Vegas Desert with the Strip behind her, 1966. Photography: Robert Venturi
Inside Out by the Crafts Council at Habitat
The Crafts Council presents Inside Out, an exhibition presenting work by makers that spans from the 1970s until the present time. Including works by Michael Anastassiades, Michael Marriott and Tomoko Azumi, the show features a wide range of techniques and materials that together form a map of craft.
19-27 September; Platform, Habitat, 1st Floor, 208 King’s Road, SW3 5XP; www.habitat.co.uk
Pictured: Table = Chest (prototype), Tomoko Azumi, 1995. Photography: Ed Barber
The Art of Progress at 19 Greek Street
Staging the gallery’s most experimental and innovative exhibition yet, 19 Greek Street’s Marc Peridis expands the space’s scope beyond design, through an ethical lifestyle show that branches into art, fashion, beauty, food and drink. The building will boast a café, a curated apartment, a gallery and lecture room and a top floor meditation area to decompress from Festival fatigue.
19-27 September; 19 Greek Street, W1D 4DT; www.19greekstreet.com
Pictured: Chair No 15 by Anders Hammarstrand
Factory by Benchmark and 1882 Ltd
The Future Laboratory hosts Factory, a celebration of design, craft and industry hosted by Benchmark and 1882 Ltd, showcasing works by the likes of Lindsey Adelman, Maria Jeglinska, Max Lamb and Kiki van Eijk. Paying tribute to the art of making through workshops, demonstrations and interactive displays, the exhibition’s goal is to highlight the vital role that design and craft play in the industry.
Living in the Material World
As the new Tate Sensorium opens this year, design seems to be getting much more scientific. New research consultancy Matter is launching at design store One Good Deed Today, taking guests on a journey of how materials are conceived through our biological senses, experiencing design through audio themed woodblock printing workshops with Alex Booker of Booker Print House, exploring scent and emotion with artist Amy Radcliffe and tasting sessions with Save the Date Café.
Pictured: Scentography by Amy Radcliffe
Lee Broom Flower Shop
Summer might not be over after all with Broom’s transformation of his studio into a fully blossoming flower shop. Celebrating his new vases, the store will contain a specially curated flower display to compliment the new collections. Blooms will also be on the menu, with a basement kitchen serving up edible floral treats taken from Pip McCormac’s cookbook.
22-27 September; 95 Rivington Street, EC2A 3AY; www.leebroom.com
Pictured: Lee Broom’s Podium Vase
EaTaipei at Tent
Taipei is arriving in London with an exploration of its culture and design through its traditional cuisine. In celebration of the Taiwanese city becoming World Design Capital for 2016, EatTaipei will host five food-tasting sessions a day in addition to a showcase from designers including Pili Wu and Kimu design. The culinary project has been bought together by designer Shikai Tseng, architect Rain Wu and chef Chung-Ho Tasi to give visitors an insight to expanding city’s rich historical craft in a tasty experience.
24 – 27 September; Old Truman Brewery, Hanbury Street, E1 6QR; www.tentlondon.co.uk
The design fair turns five, and moves to two new locations formerly home to Central Saint Martins school of art and design. This year’s edition of the show features, amongst other things, a wood reproduction of a London Underground station by Camilla Barnard, the debut of Layer, a new design studio fronted by Benjamin Hubert and the second installment of A Child’s Dream charitable auction.
24-27 September; The College, 12 Southampton Row, WC1B 4AP / Victoria House, 37 Southampton Row, WC1B 4DA; www.thedesignjunction.co.uk
Pictured: TON’s new Split chair by Arik Levy
Molteni’s 80th anniversary celebrations arrive to London’s Shaftesbury Avenue. Their travelling retrospective looks back at the manufactory history of Italy, combining its industrial and cultural memory under one roof. Expect classics and a few new finds, from Chelsea by Rodolfo Dordoni, Vicino by Foster+Partners and the latest addition to the Gio Ponti collection.
19, 21-26 September; 199 Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2 8JR; 80.molteni.it
Pictured: Teatro, Aldo Rossi, 1982
Wallpaper* & EcoWorld Ballymore present Wardian E14, the site of Glenn Howells Architects’ two new residential towers in the Docklands. Celebrating the launch of their marketing suite, Camlins Landscape Architects have been commissioned to furnish a special glasshouse to act as a conceptual preview of the development to come.
21 September-29 November; 76 Marsh Wall, London, E14 9SL