London Design Festival - what to see and do at this year's LDF

Now in its 12th year, the London Design Festival grows ever larger and more diverse. Here are a few of our September (and beyond) highlights picked from the 300-plus events and installations across the capital, including Blueprint at designjunction and DesignCurial in the Clerkenwell Design Quarter

Urban Plunge

Urban Plunge

Roca Gallery London,
11 September -10 January

Launching to coincide with LDF, this exhibition explores both existing schemes and future visions that transform urban rivers into public leisure spaces.


Alan Kitching and Monotype

The London College of Communication, SE1
13 September -16 October

Graphic designer Alan Kitching's homage to five design legends: Tom Eckersley, Abram Games, FHK Henrion, Josef Müller-Brockmann and Paul Rand.


Design Reunion

Platform Gallery, Habitat King's Road, SW3
13-21 September

This exhibition showcases work from six of London's most respected designers, including Tord Boontje and Simon Pengelly, and explores the ideas that inspired each piece.


Double Space for BMW - Precision & Poetry in Motion

Double Space for BMW - Precision & Poetry in Motion

by Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby
V&A, SW7
13-21 September

Two mirrored, silver structures, suspended from the ceiling of the Raphael Gallery, create an immersive experience for the viewer.


Human Nature

by Jeremy Maxwell Wintrebert
V&A, SW7
13-21 September

The Paris-based designer has created a bold glass installation at the entrance to the museum's Glass Galleries.


Restless Futures

Central Saint Martins, N1C 4AA
13-20 September

A showcase mix of recent graduates who are shaping future design practice. In focus this year are polemics: disruptive technologies, expanded boundaries and democratising

Crest by Zaha Hadid Architects

Crest     by Zaha Hadid Architects

V&A, SW7
13-21 September

Hadid has created a typically sculptural structure for the central John Madejski Garden at the V&A. It will subsequently move to ME by Melia hotel in Dubai


The Wish List

in collaboration with Sir Terence Conran and Benchmark Furniture
V&A, SW7
13-21 September

Ten design legends teamed with ten emerging talents to make something they have always wanted, but never been able to find.


Wikihouse 4.0

The Building Centre, WC1
13-21 September

The world's fi rst open source, digitally printed house will be built in central London. The WikiHouse is a lowenergy house whichanyone can download, adapt, 'print' and assemble in a few days.


Queens Park Design District

Lonsdale Road, W11
13-21 September

Queens Park Design District, new this year and led by Bill Amberg Studio, will be launching a fl ag design project - reworking the Union Jack post Scotland vote, we are told



Clerkenwell Design Quarter
13-21 September

Clerkenwell launches an architecture and design film festival. Films about, or with, a slight link to architecture and design - all for free. Toto will also hold a 'Toilet' Pecha Kucha with DesignCurial on board, as it were...


Global Design Forum

Southbank Centre, SE1
15-19 September

Expanded into a five-day event, this year's forum invites high-profile international speakers to debate topics such as democracy in design, and how to kickstart a sustainable economy.


At home with the Days

Islington, N1
17-21 September

Twentytwentyone will host a selling exhibition of furniture and objects from Robin and Lucienne Day's home -- items they collected and made during their 70 years together.


100% Design

100% Design

Earls Court, SW5
17-20 September

The show's 20th year bringing together interiors, workplaces, kitchens and bathrooms, with design doyen Philippe Starck opening proceedings this year.




Old Sorting Office, WC1A
18-21 September

The fourth edition of designjunction includes Blueprint and a range of pop-up stores, live factory demonstrations, product launches, large-scale installations and a lively seminar programme.


A Place Called Home (in collaboration with Airbnb)

Trafalgar Square, WC2
18-21 September

Four designers - Jasper Morrison, Patternity, Raw Edges and Studioilse - have been invited to dream up a domestic space that you wouldn't want to leave. Test it for yourself...


Tent London and Super Brands London

Tent London and Super Brands London

Picture: Vera & Kyte - Pedestal tables

Old Truman Brewery, E1
18-21 September

Now in their eighth year, Tent and Super Brands return with over 280 companies from 29 countries ranging from designer makers, through country pavilions, to brands. Also a bar this year by AfroditiKrassa.


In conversation with Zeev Aram

In conversation with Zeev Aram

Aram, WC2
19 September

Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of his London store, Aram owner and founder Zeev Aram looks back over his life and role in the development of the capital's design scene (see Blueprint 334).



Agnes pendant 10 Bronze by Lindsey Adams Adelman for Roll & Hill

Picture: Agnes pendant 10 Bronze by Lindsey Adams Adelman for Roll & Hill

Syon Park, TW8
21-24 September

The backdrop of Robert Adam's Syon House will provide this luxury design and interiors show with space for more exhibitors andbigger stands.

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