The Diary in September

Our pick of events happening this month or coming up

Words by Sophie Tolhurst

London Design Festival
14 – 22 September

Now in its 17th year, the nine days of the London Design Festival will engage with around 500,000 visitors through Design Districts, Design Destinations, Design Routes, and its Global Design Forum. Well worth a visit are the specially commissioned projects located at the V&A.

Chicago Architecture Biennial: ...and other such stories
19 Sept 2019 – 5 Jan 2020

Image credit: Vertical cityImage credit: Vertical city

This looks at the histories of migration and colonialism with the understanding that social and spatial injustices are intertwined. Questions are asked of the design of cities and ecologies through presentations of planning, art, policymaking, design and activism.

Decorex International
6 – 9 October
Olympia, London

Image credit: Kaori Tatebayashi at Future HeritageImage credit: Kaori Tatebayashi at Future Heritage

The well-established design show for the luxury interiors market will be at Olympia London for the first time in its 41-year history. Expect new collections and commissioned pieces from 400 exhibitors – both established and the up-and-coming – a speaking programme and curated exhibitions.

100% Design
18 – 21 September
Olympia London

Image credit: Studio Desimone WaylandImage credit: Studio Desimone Wayland

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, 100% Design takes place across four days during the London Design Festival. Returning this year is Design Fresh, a curated selection of emerging talent, while a new exhibition space, Detail London, will show soft furnishings and wall coverings.

William Blake
11 Sept 2019 – 2 Feb 2020
Tate Britain

Image credit: William Blake (1757-1827) / Newton 1795-C. 1805 / Colour Print, Ink and Watercolour on Paper / TateImage credit: William Blake (1757-1827) / Newton 1795-C. 1805 / Colour Print, Ink and Watercolour on Paper / Tate

Heralded as a revolutionary poet only after his death, this exhibition states the importance of William Blake as a visual artist. More than 300 rarely seen works will be presented, including the projection of unrealised fresco designs. Curation will frame Blake’s work with his political ideology and contemporaneous issues.

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