Editor’s Pick: London Design Festival

Colour At LDF

Villa Walala

From 16-24 September, London Design Festival delivers a plethora of events and installations spreading out across the city. 2017 looks like being a vintage year for colour with landmark projects including Villa Walala, an exuberantly bright and unexpectedly soft-textured ‘building-block castle’ in the heart of Broadgate, designed by textile designer Camille Walala.

Estate Playground by Yinka Ilori x citizenM

There’s also citizenM’s collaboration with London-based designer Yinka Ilori to look forward to. Estate Playground will see the entrance to citizenM’s Shoreditch hotel transformed into a public playground inspired by Ilori’s experience of growing up on a council estate in North London, featuring bright patterns used in traditional Nigerian textiles. And Australian light designer Flynn Talbot will create Reflection Room, an immersive coloured light experience in the Prince Consort Gallery at the V&A.



Make time too for the major trade shows that anchor the event; 100% Design at Olympia (20-23), Decorex International, located at Syon Park (17-20) (Watch out for a seminar at Decorex by our own Head of Trends Hannah Malein, revealing MIX Magazine colour and material trends for Autumn Winter 2018/19), designjunction, now located at Kings Cross (21-24) and The London Design Fair at the Old Truman Brewery in East London (21-24).

Flynn Talbot Reflection Room

Visitors also need to make time for the eight official Design Districts, organised locally and independently via the platform of London Design Festival. This year sees a new Design District, Mayfair, join the group. The Districts include Bankside Design District, Brompton Design District, Brixton Design Trail, Chelsea Design Quarter, Clerkenwell Design Quarter, Islington Design District, and Shoreditch Design Triangle.


Design Frontiers 2017 Materialise - Katie Greenyer for The Big Studio Pentland Brands 2

And finally, don’t forget about Somerset House on the Strand. This year sees the launch of Design Frontiers (18-24), a group exhibition of over 30 international designers with the remit of illuminating their thinking and working practices. Tord Boontje will be there with a new chandelier and crystal lighting components range, designed exclusively for Swarovski. Keep an eye out too for My Canvas, a platform for both emerging and established designers to explore and interpret a textile in the Kvadrat collection.