Our top tips for London Design Festival 2018

London Design Festival is coming up, and it’s bigger than ever. With Design Junction now on the South Bank and 100% having Philippe Starck in attendance, there’s so much to see and not enough time to see it in. Our tip on getting the most out of it? Identify one or two districts and a few key events, installations and talks – and don’t feel guilty about missing the rest! There’s always next year…

We asked an industry insider to help us sift through the enormous choice – Julienne Webster, Founder of PR agency Industry Publicity. Her client list is a who’s-who of leading and ground-breaking design, interiors and architecture companies. Her top tip? Stay East…

Clerkenwell Design Quarter
One of London Design Festival’s official districts, the vibrant Clerkenwell Design Quarter is curated by Julienne and brings together events, showrooms, pop ups, restaurants and bars in a one-stop destination. Julienne recommends these not-to-be-missed highlights:


C O M M O N  S E N S E S
Iconic London furniture showroom, VIADUCTis celebrating London Design Festival with a series of installations: Common Senses. Five internationally renowned designers strip the design process back to its roots through exploration of the quality and simplicity of materials.

  • Ilse Crawford an academic, designer and creative director of multi-disciplinary Studioilse
  • Farah Ebrahimi Art Director of the innovative German furniture company e15
  • Nani Marquina (pictured above) textile designer and creative director of the eponymous hand-crafted rug company, Nanimarquina
  • Nina Maso co-founder of the elite Catalan lighting and furniture company Santa & Cole
  • artist Fien Muller the co-partner of Belgian furniture project, Muller Van Severen.

M O N O  M A N I A  M E X I C O
Just round the corner from Viaduct, Italian furniture company MOROSO, are hosting Mono Mania Mexico, a dramatic and animated exhibition of new furniture and textiles by Bethan Laura Wood. Inspired by her first visit to Mexico this selection of rugs, fabrics, furniture and tapestries capture the colourful essence of Mexico and subtly reference the craft of embroidery from traditional Otomi textiles.




B R U T A L I S T  T A P E S T R Y
At some point if you are in this area, you’ll probably walk through
BEECH STREET TUNNEL under the Barbican Centre, where you can see how Jason Bruges has transformed the tunnel with imagery, video, and sound in this huge twenty one metre long installation.

If you haven’t already seen them, it’s also a good chance to see the two works by Banksy on the corner of Golden Lane and Beech Street.

If you decide to go East from here towards Shoreditch Design Triangle, then make a stop at OLD STREET YARD to see the the Living Unit installation. Developed in response to the rise of micro-dwellings this adaptable, sleek, design, comprises three modular pods revealing innovative space-saving design solutions. Something that is hotly debated in London’s over heated property market.


T H E  F O S C A R I N I  R O O M S
Venturing further East is the extraordinary ONEROOM GALLERY where lighting innovators, FOSCARINI are taking over all three floors for the experiential installation The Foscarini Rooms. A theatre of colour and light with spectacular and surprising colour combinations. Designed by Oneroom founders, Carlo Ninchi and Vittoria Locatelli, each dramatically different scenario will totally envelop you in this incredible experience. 

And of course, if your feet can take it, there’s London Design Fair at the Truman Brewery – always worth a look if you’ve got the energy.

LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL – 15 – 23 September 2018


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