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The London Design Festival 2017: Trends, news, and highlights

Since its conception in 2003, the London Design Festival has evolved into one of the most important industry events in the world. This year’s festival took place from 16 to 24 September, with a programme as diverse and extensive as ever, including hundreds of exhibitors and more than 450 events in a variety of locations and districts. Where to start? We embarked on a five-day tour of discovery for you in the design metropolis, starting in one of the main exhibition venues, the impressive Victoria & Albert museum.

London Design Festival 2017: Interior, architecture & technology

Saturday, 16 September, marked the starting point of the London Design Festival at which installations and exhibitions at the V&A museum were opened to the public. Tours were offered to provide background information and guide visitors through the broad range on offer and straight to the Festival’s highlights.

 
Those included the Reflexion Room, a fascinating light installation by Australian artist Flynn Talbot, which bathed the Prince Consort Gallery in a blue and orange light, creating an extraordinary visual experience, and Transmission, a futuristic sculpture of folded material by designer Ross Lovegrove, that snaked down the room for more than 20 metres, actively inviting visitors to touch. In addition to the installations and exhibitions at the VA museum, several projects were installed in various public spaces. These Landmark Projects were available for viewing from 16 September onwards. They ranged from the colourful Villa Walala, named after its creator Camille Walala, to the Urban Cabin, a mobile micro-house by Mini Living that shows what living in urban spaces could look like in the future. Moreover, the 15th festival offered a large number of workshops, product presentations, and talks. One of our personal highlights was the opening of German design label Pulpo's first shop as part of the Shoreditch Design Triangle, where visitors can see beloved design classics like the Oda lamp and admire innovative pieces of Pulpo’s latest interior collection.

Impressions of this year’s London Design Festival

London Design Festival 2017 Highlights
London Design Festival 2017 Highlights
London Design Festival 2017 Highlights
London Design Festival 2017 Highlights
London Design Festival 2017 Highlights
London Design Festival 2017 Highlights
London Design Festival 2017 Highlights

Design Frontiers: Design reinterpreted

In parallel to the London Design Festival, Design Frontiers, an independent group exhibition at Somerset House, brought together future-oriented concepts from 30 international designers. Design Frontiers highlighted the thinking and work of these celebrated designers in a novel way. The participants’ disciplines were broad-ranging, from automotive to fashion, product design to interior decoration. One of the highlights was the exhibition My Canvas.
Danish textile manufacturer Kvadrat invited 19 emerging, international designers to interpret the classic fabric, canvas. Another well-known participant was the British industrial designer Jasper Morrison, who has, amongst others, already designed furniture for Vitra. He presented the new fashion collection Jijibaba for the first time, created in collaboration with Spanish designer Jaime Hayon.

Design Frontiers: Exhibition in Somerset House

London Design Festival 2017 Highlights
London Design Festival 2017 Highlights
London Design Festival 2017 Highlights

Decorex International: High-end interior and design 

The Decorex trade fair also took place from 17 to 20 September on the historic grounds of Syon Park. The international trade fair for interior design held yearly, exhibits a wide array of wall coverings, furniture, lighting, and flooring by professional designers, architects, and well-known brands.   


This is where the latest trends, unusual designs and innovative materials are presented to an international audience of industry professionals. For this year's 40th anniversary of Decorex, past, present, and future interior design concepts were featured and celebrated. The following video gives a flavour of this year's event:
Quelle: InteriorsUBM / YouTube

Trends and news: 100% Design in London

In addition to the many exhibitions and installations taking place as part of the London Design Festival, various trade events complemented the diverse programme. One example is the annual 100% Design international100% Design international trade fair, which presents contemporary interior design and offers a presentation and discussion platform for architects, designers, retailers, developers, and leading brands from around the world.  

The trade fair, with the theme 'Elements', was opened by renowned British designer Michael Young, and ran from 20 to 23 September. In a conversation with moderator, designer and publisher of the London Design Guide Max Fraser, he spoke about his design work on the opening day of the fair. 

His latest innovation, the Roxanne armchair, was presented this year by Italian furniture maker Gufram. Not only is the name of the chair associated with the music of Sting and The Police, but the design is reminiscent of the 1970s and the disco interior style of that time.

The four areas of the exhibition – interiors; workplace; kitchens, bathrooms, and bedrooms; and design and build – also showcased future trends, new materials, innovations and products to an international specialist audience. Gira also participated again this year, presenting its latest building technology innovations– including the new Door Communication System 106 and the popular E2 switch product range in the new stainless steel design. Well-known products such as the HomeServer, flush-mounted radio, and Esprit Linoleum-Plywood frame and switch collection could also be viewed at the fair.

100% Design trade fair

London Design Festival 2017 Highlights
London Design Festival 2017 Highlights
London Design Festival 2017 Highlights
London Design Festival 2017 Highlights
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