Preview: London Design Festival 15.09.17


Icon has scoured the ups and downs of the design extravaganza to pull out the events that you would be a fool to miss

Design Frontiers
Somerset House
16-24 September

Last year, Somerset House staked its claim as a vital stop on the LDF trail with the London Design Biennale. Now, before the glow fades, the powers-that-be need a lure for off-years. Inhabiting yet more of the venue’s bright interiors, Design Frontiers promises ‘an immersive and interactive experience’. But don’t be put off, the quality of the designers involved – Jasper Morrison, Jaime Hayon and more – suggests it will be a real highlight.

Villa Walala by Camille Walala
Exchange Square
16-24 September

One of LDF’s Landmark Projects, Camille Walala is installing a ‘temple to playfulness’ in Broadgate. In a nod to postmodernist attempts at city-making, it’s a landscape of inflatable pyramids and pediments that appears to have been airdropped like a giant emergency stress ball into the middle of Exchange Square. Walala designed the cover of our current issue – and you can read an interview with the designer inside.

Making a living
Aram Gallery
18 September - 28 October 2017

Designer Max Frommeld presents a collection of products for an experimental living space that respond to domestic activities: playing, resting, dressing and hosting.
Two sets of work are on display – items made in London that employ new construction techniques and materials, and a series of wooden objects carved intuitively during a month-long stay in rural California. We interviewed Frommeld in our latest issue.

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Set in Stone
Design Museum
16–24 September

Set in Stone gathers eight designers who are exploring the potential of marble and limestone in graphic pieces, domestic objects and projects for public use, presenting the qualities of stone and the technical means through which it is cut.

100% Design
Kensington Olympia
20-23 September

100% Design, founded in 1995, is a cornerstone of London Design Festival. Critic, author and former deputy director of LDF Max Fraser has been announced as the show’s new content editor so we can expect some changes this time around.

Punctuating Space
Viaduct Furniture
14–23 September

Viaduct introduces emerging designers and established talent in Punctuating Space, investigating colour, light, tactility and form. The show will mark the UK launch of an uncompromising batch of new products from a variety of European design studios.

The Glass Chain
Sto Werkstatt
Until 29 September

The Glass Chain explores an alternative future for glass in architectural design. The futuristic show, by UK newcomers Space Popular, has been inspired by an exchange of utopian letters in 1919–20 between German expressionist architects.

A New Normal: Production from Mass to the Masses
Machines Room
16–24 September

A New Normal questions how products can be made in a universe that is moving beyond mass production. The show looks at pioneering projects that are imagining a new normal, where manufacturing is redistributed to the masses.

Being Human
4 Cromwell Place
16–24 September

Part of Brompton Design District, Studiolise presents three recent collaborations at LDF: the Touch furniture collection with Zanat, which is hand-crafted in Bosnia; its hand-drawn wallpaper designs created with Engblad & Co; and, finally, an oil lamp produced for Wästberg’s Holocene collection.

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Bold: Graphic Design from India
Rich Mix, Bethnal Green Road
7–30 September
The Indian Design Platform returns to LDF for the third time, showcasing the work of contemporary graphic designers working in posters, zines, film and digital. Bold reveals the vibrancy and diversity of India’s visual communications scene today.

The Roman Singularity
Sir John Soane’s Museum
16 September – 9 November

Adam Nathaniel Furman’s The Roman Singularity celebrates the Eternal City as a spatial equivalent to the Internet – a pilgrimage site for the world’s imagination. A miniature city of buildings encapsulating the resulting stories has been 3D-printed and hand-crafted out of ceramics.

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Copeland Gallery
16–24 September

Conceived by London-based designers Unit Lab with Dean Brown and Kirsi Enkovaara, Water will see a diverse group of 13 multi-disciplinary designers come together to realise products, materials, installations and experiments that incorporate, exploit or examine water.

SEMC Deptford
Deptford Market Yard
23–24 September

SEMC returns to Deptford Market Yard for a second year for a weekend of music, food and shows by Sebastian Cox, IYA studio and Georgia Bosson. With workshops hosted by Aldworth James & Bond, and Festa Sul Prato’s interactive exhibition, it’s the best way to end LDF 2017.




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