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| Designbest editorial staff

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ou should definitely be in London this weekend, in particular if you’re real design buffs, cool hunters and love to express your personal style at home. In fact, The London Design Festival is on from the 17th until the 25th September 2016, our customary appointment with what’s hot on the interior design scene.

This year, there are over 400 different exhibitions, gallery openings and events; they bring together a host of international names that go from more established designers to emerging talents, as well as top brands (Lema, Molteni&Dada, Riflessi, Slamp, Mooi, Kartell just to name a few). For the first ever, The London Design Festival will focus on construction materials and drawing a link between the worlds of design and engineering.  

It’ll be a real shame if you miss the many installations dotted around the city. The Smile is definitely worth a visit; this is a huge timber-framed structure, a 34 metre-high smile visitors can enter in and look at the city from (there are viewing platforms on either side). There’s also a mediation room in black marble, inspired by the waves of the ocean (an installation by French designer Mathieu Lahanneur), and a small living room located in Shoreditch, which reminds us of a forest. And at the Victoria & Albert Museum, you can peer through slots cut in a black box, where, with special cinematic techniques, you can enjoy scenes from a novel.

Finally, don’t forget to visit the London Design Biennale, in its first edition. Architects and designers from thirty seven countries from the six continents have been asked to contribute installations and works of art exploring the theme “Utopia by Design”. The Italian entry is overseen by Silvana Annicchiarico and Giorgio Camuffo: twenty designers reinterpret the iconic white flag, which at the beginning of a new they’ll replace with a different object.

Furthermore, the twenty first edition of 100% Design will open on the 21st September. 100% Design is the largest interior design and furniture fair in the United Kingdom, also in London. This year’s theme is “Experience”, namely an invitation to visitors, exhibitors and experts in the field to share relevant experiences on social media platforms.  

And what if we shared our ideas and thoughts on British style?

 

Where: London, United Kingdom  

When: 17 - 25 September 2016

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