Lose yourself in the London Design Festival 

London Calling

The London Design Festival (19 to 27 September) has always been greater than the sum of its various locations across the British capital. Last year, one of its chief crowd-pullers, 100% Design, celebrated its 20th edition; this year, there's continued cause for celebration as the big-top event takes up residence for the first time in that architectural grande dame of Victorian exhibition halls, Olympia London. Its barrel-vaulted glass roof and beautiful galleries, not to mention the exhibition's new layout, will form an ideal backdrop for the design brands on show.

If you're taking time out from the big trade fairs while in town for LDF, we recommend Mexican architect Frida Escabedo's installation 'You Know, You Cannot See Yourself So Well as by Reflection' at the V&A Museum's John Madejski Garden. With its layers of mirrored platforms that invite visitors to explore and populate them, the installation aims to get us thinking about identity and cultural exchange. Oh, and when in London, do as the British do: download our carefully crafted Architonic Guide now!

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Architonic Guide London 2015

These are busy times. Which is why it’s never been more important to tackle your professional research efficiently. That includes fair visits. For 100% Design, Designjunction and Tent | Super Brands, we’ve published the second London edition of our always popular Architonic Guide, allowing you to optimise your critical pre-fair planning, which in turn means a more effective use of your time when you’re out and about in the British capital.

The premium-segment manufacturers featured are a selection based on our editorial decision, providing you with an indispensable business tool. But don’t just take our word for it. Download it now!

100% Design 

Design in Colour

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Wall installation by Anne Kyyrö Quinn

100% Design, the UK's largest design trade show celebrates its 21st edition at a brand new home, Olympia London. Staged in the dramatic Grand and West Halls, the show will take place across two levels and benefit from natural light, grand architectural spaces, and five distinct sections; from Interiors to Design & Build through Kitchens & Bathrooms, Workplace and Emerging Brands.

Colour wave by Studio Design UK 

Based upon the central theme 'Design in Colour', this year's 100% Design has collaborated closely with trend forecasters WGSN among many others, to bring to life the visual and sensual experience of using colour across interiors and the built environment. The top colour trends for 2016 will thread throughout the show and act as a means of navigating the show floors as well as demonstrating the day-to-day importance of colour. 

Trimaxion by Charles Lethaby

Eau de lumière chandelier by Designheure

This leading design event is supported by specially commissioned and thought-provoking editorial features, including Anne Kyyrö Quinn’s resplendent auditorium, Studio Design UK and Perspex® Acrylic Brand’s hanging colour wave central bar, a natural pigment inspired Mattergarden and Fabrica designer Daniel Rous’ multi-sensory Half-Three cafe. The world-leading seminars and live content include speakers Ilse Crawford, Winy Maas, MVRDV, Roger van der Heide, Peter Murray and Pavlo Schtakleff.

Alongside this host of activity over 400 exhibitors including Tafaruci Design, Vitra, Sé, BuzziSpace, Steelcase, Tom Raffield, Sottini, Designheure, DUISTT, Original BTC, Porcelanosa, Bette, ZUCCHETTI.KOS, Formica Group, Barrisol Normalu S.A.S, Charles Lethaby Lighting, will showcase their exciting new collections.

Twill - limited edition by Bartoli Design and Laurameroni

Time Piece by Sé

100% Design

Olympia London, Hammersmith Rd, Kensington, London, W14 8UX

23-26 September (trade only, public day Saturday)

10:00-18:00 Wed, Fri and Sat
10:00-21:00 Thursday

Tickets: Entry to 100% Design is free to Trade Professionals who register in advance (£15 on the door), Student tickets cost £10 in advance (£15 OTD), Public tickets are £15. 
 

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designjunction at London Design Festival

London’s leading design show returns. One show. Two venues.

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This September, London’s leading design show, designjunction, returns with its most impressive show yet. Across four days during the London Design Festival designjunction presents cutting-edge design, giant installations, 50 pop-up shops, live workshops and flash-factories, a leading seminar programme, Tokyobike tours, design masterclasses and delectable bars and restaurants.

The fifth edition of this critically acclaimed show is set to raise the bar this year by taking over two new Central London venues, both located on Southampton Row.

The College, will showcase more than 180 leading international contemporary design brands, and hundreds of new product launches, across five spectacular floors alongside a bespoke restaurant from Transport for London and a life-size, pop-up wooden underground station. Don’t miss lighting installations at The College from Curver, Luum, Haberdashery and Blackbody.

Look out for leading brands including: Wrong For HAY, Fritz Hansen, Vitra, Herman Miller, PROOFF, Fontana Arte, James Burley, La Chance, String, Orsjo, Mitaab, Modus, TON, Serralunga, Icons of Denmark, Content by Conran, Objekten, Northern Lighting, RUBN, MOLO, Brokis, Marset, EOQ, H and Made In Ratio.

Across the road, Victoria House B1 will be the most exciting pop-up shopping experience the London Design Festival has ever seen. Shop from more than 50 boutique brands selling high-end homewares, cutting-edge design objects, watches, tech accessories, luxury leather goods, statement jewellery and much more.

Look out for a herd of customised Elephants at Victoria House B1 – part of designjunction’s charity project and live auction ‘A Child’s Dream’.

Once again designjunction’s seminar programme will push the boundaries of design with three days of seminars covering the theme of ‘Design for a Reason’ with Sir Kenneth Grange, Yves Behar, Benjamin Hubert and Terrence Woodgate among the many names joining the programme.

Visit designjunction

Tickets are free for trade when purchasing in advance and £14 on the door. 

Events

Late Night Shopping: Thursday 24 September, 
Victoria House B1

Complimentary Design Clinics with Nest.co.uk (45-minute session with Interior Designers 2 Lovely Gays), Victoria House B1

Designjunction

The College, 12-42 Southampton Row, London WC1B 4AP

Victoria House B1, 37 Southampton Row, London WC1B 4DA

24-27 September

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Explore all that Tent & Super Brands London have to offer!

Two Shows, Pure Design

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Remaining in our iconic ex-industrial building at the Old Truman Brewery for the 9th year, Tent & Super Brands London will host over 440 diverse and inspiring independent designers, global brands and installations from 29 countries, with thousands of new furniture, lighting, interiors products and ideas being launched over the 4-day event.

Tent London

Since it was founded in 2007, Tent London has been the show for original thinkers and early adopters looking to discover and buy the best in contemporary design from both well-known and emerging independent designers.

Super Brands London

Back for its 5th year with a dynamic collection of interior products, Super Brands London is the place to see a selection of the world’s most progressive furniture, lighting and interiors brands. For 2015, we welcome &New, Byedition, Caesarstone, Oof, Lammhults, Neo/Craft, POIAT, Solid Floor & Yask & more!

Gallery & Country Showcases

Tent London 2015 has become the unofficial host for country presentations, making it the most international exhibition of the Festival with curated presentations from Norway, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Taiwan, Korea, Ireland, Australia, Czech Republic, and Italy. Each showcase will include up to 30 designers, brands and installations, reflecting their national design direction of the moment.

Super Talks

Leading the Super Talks programme this year is Patrizia Moroso and Ron Arad; the Super Talks programme will mirror this year's international direction and will be the go-to-event for visitors to learn about international trends, designers, diversity and influences from eminent industry figures from around the world. All talks are free to attend & include free entry to the shows.

Bars & Cafe's

From the Fika lounge in Super Brands, where visitors can relax with a coffee Swedish-style, to the ultra-chic eatery in Tent London designed by Helen Hughes, take the weight off your feet and recharge before exploring the rest of the show. 

Tent London & Super Brands London is the show for original thinkers and early adopters looking to discover the best in contemporary design.

Material Tendencies: Tom Dixon

Continuously diving into new worlds and unusual experiences, Tom Dixon likes to design from a naive, inexperienced perspective. His eponymous brand – a British design and manufacturing company of lighting and furniture, established in 2002 – shows that Dixon is a designer who completely controls the chain, from raw material to the client.

Probably best known for his passion for and long-term experience with metal – often working with iron, steel, copper and brass – we were curious to find out which other materials Tom Dixon likes to work with. Architonic caught up with the British designer recently to ask him which he would pick if he had to chose just one material for the next three years...

Tom Dixon: ‘I would work with nanotechnology. But I’m not really bothered. I mean, I’m quite happy to work with any material. I have lot of obsessions, which last for a year or two… I am also very interested in textiles, because I’ve never been very good at textiles, so maybe I have a soft phase coming on.’ He smiles.

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