The London Design Festival returns to the capital and will take place on 17 – 25 September

Words by Emily Martin

London Design Festival
17 – 25 September

THE LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL (LDF) returns for its 20th anniversary and brings with it the usual thought-provoking programme of events, exhibitions and installations. The 2022 programme will include museum exhibits; the Design Districts, which highlight clusters of creative activity across the capital; and the Global Design Forum, the Festival’s thought leadership programme that will bring together creative leaders to exchange ideas and solutions for some of the most pressing issues of our time.

Landmark Projects

Designer Sabine Marcelis is showcasing an outdoor installation in central London, inviting the public to gather, celebrating the Brutalist form of Centre Point and the wider architecture of London. Sony Design will present INTO SIGHT at Cromwell Place, a life-sized media platform, which plays on sensorial effects. The project aims to capture and discover new insights regarding the coexistence of physical and meta realities.

London Design Festival 17 – 25 September London
London Design Festival 17 – 25 September London

Festival Commission

LSI Stone will work with Stanton Williams and Webb Yates in collaboration with experimental design to realise Henge, a project in Greenwich Peninsula inspired by the Neolithic stone structures that ‘create a space separate from the outside world’.

Festival Hub

Now entering the 13th year together as the official Festival Hub, the V&A Museum will see some of its iconic spaces transformed by an extraordinary collection of specially commissioned installations and displays. This year’s projects will be linked by the idea of transformation: from the transformation of molecules and materials to the creative renewal of household objects, to the regeneration of the planet itself.

Design Districts

There will be 12 Design Districts as part of this year’s festival: Brompton Design District, Clerkenwell Design Trail, Islington Design District, King’s Cross Design District, Mayfair Design District, Shoreditch Design Triangle, Southwark South Design District, William Morris Design Line, Greenwich Peninsula, Park Royal Design District, and relaunched for 2022, Bankside and Pimlico Road Design District.

Design Fairs

Design London returns to North Greenwich for its second edition between 21–24 September 2022. Following its debut in 2021, the destination for contemporary design is set to double its floor space this year, where architects and interior designers can source furniture, kitchens and bathrooms, lighting and architectural fittings. The show also includes the second edition of Discussions at Design London; a thought-provoking talks programme that comprises headline keynotes, trend forecasts and panel discussions with experts.

Global Design Forum

Global Design Forum is LDF’s curated thought leadership programme, celebrating design and the minds shaping its future. This year’s programme will span a broad range of topics questioning how design is evolving to respond to the urgent needs facing our environment and society at large. There will be a specific focus on sustainable and regenerative design, discussions on opportunities and challenges that arise from new technologies and platforms, and also conversations on diversity and inclusion across the industry.

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