Restored last year, the copper roof of the new Design Museum, formerly the Commonwealth Institute, is quickly becoming one of London's newest landmarks. Photo: Gravity Road

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An international capital of design, London draws the industry's leading thinkers, influencers and practitioners year round. But September is the highlight. 

From the 16–24 September, the London Design Festival will, once again, amplify the city's global reach, bringing over 375,000 professionals from more than 75 countries together for transformational exhibitions, installations, seminars, product launches and some the most definitive trade shows in contemporary design – 
designjunction, 100% Design, and The London Design Fair

But it's not all wall-to-wall design in the British capital. If you need time-out, then head down to the Royal Academy on Piccadilly from Saturday 23 September for 'Jasper Johns: Something Resembling Truth', a major new survey of the American abstract-expressionist's iconic work. 

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DON'T MISS DESIGNJUNCTION 2017
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designjunction (21-24 September) presents more than 200 of the world's most iconic design brands to the world's leading design professionals. It’s the place #wheredesignmeets during the London Design Festival. 

Regarded as the best show for cutting-edge design, expect to discover a unique mix of furniture, lighting, accessory, material and technology brands alongside pop-up shops, installations and large-scale activations. 
Highlights at the show include product launches from iconic brands like Deadgood, Design House Stockholm, Friends & Founders, Humanscale, Kirkby Design, LSA, Marset, OMK 1965 and many, many more.  
Also on show will be standout installations, including a colourful project called ‘Gateways’ – a ceramics collaboration between Turkishceramics x Adam Nathaniel Furman which takes over the centre of Granary Square.

As always, food and drink plays an important part at the event. Campari will bring a taste of Milan to King’s Cross, with a customized barge serving cocktails. The centerpiece of the installation, called ‘Campari Creates’, will be Eley Kishimoto’s reinterpretation of the iconic Campari logo which will adorn the bank of the canal. 

Last but not least, as well as meeting brands, being inspired and networking, visitors will be treated to more than 70 pop-up shops, selling everything from homewares to tech accessories. 
Register now in advance for free, or pay £15 on the door. For more information visit www.thedesignjunction.co.uk 
 
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100% DESIGN RETURNS TO OLYMPIA LONDON FOR ITS TWENTY-THIRD EDITION
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100% Design, the UK's largest trade show for architects and designers, returns to Olympia, London from 20-23 September. The show welcomes hundreds of exhibitors and more than 27,000 visitors to Kensington over four days as the commercial heart of London Design Festival, helping to foster relationships between some of the world’s biggest architects, designers, specifiers, retailers and developers.
Each year 100% Design adopts a theme, which is reflected across its installations, features, talks programmes and show design. For the 2017 edition this is ‘Elements’, which considers everything from the fundamentals of design to the component parts that make up a product, the materials used to the stories and processes of development. As the new Content Editor of the show, Max Fraser will welcome visitors to 100% Design with an immersive installation which explores this theme on a grand scale.
This year’s exhibitors include Porcelain Tiles, Kinnarps, Bsweden, and Alki amongst many more spread over the five distinct show sections - Interiors, Workplace, Kitchens, Bathrooms & Bedrooms, Design & Build and Emerging Brands, complemented by Design London which presents a curated exhibition showing some of the best contemporary interior specialists for high-end interior designers and industry professionals.
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LONDON DESIGN FAIR 2017
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Set in Shoreditch, the creative heart of London, the London Design Fair has earned itself the reputation as the go-to show during the annual London Design Festival. This four-day event brings together 500 exhibitors from 31 countries, hosting the largest collection of independent designers, established brands, international country pavilions, features and exhibitions. 

Over 27,000 influential retail buyers, architects, interior designers, press, and design-savvy public attend to see the very latest in furniture, lighting, textiles and conceptual installations from around the world. 
In Assembly: the USA pavilion, curated by Sight Unseen, expect to see works from Ladies & Gentlemen Studio, Christopher Stuart, Studio Proba & Bower, with many pieces seen outside the US for the very first time.
 
The British Craft Pavilion, curated by Hole & Corner doubles in size, with over 40 of Britain’s finest makers working in a range of disciplines. Alongside these will be 2 large-scale commissioned installations by Ariane Prin & Zuza Mengham.
 
Taking its place alongside the other 12 country pavilions, for the first time ever, Dutch design gets its long-awaited showcase in London with Dutch Stuff. The notoriously rebellious and unorthodox attitude of Dutch design will be represented by Vij5, Dutch Invertuals and Form&Seek amongst others.

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