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| Designbest editorial staff


ver 400 events, exhibitions, workshops, installations (Landmark Projects that are updated every year): London Design Festival, now in its 17th edition, once again brings to live the British capital and puts on display the top from the international design scene.

Until the 22nd of September 2019 in fact, the top firms, architects and designers on the international scene are going to animate several areas of the city of London such as Clerkenwell Design Quarter, Banksie Design District, Brompton Design District and Mayfair Design District. The events is going unfold in many of the city’s art galleries, pop-up events, workshops, showrooms and antique stores.

This edition focuses on climate change as well as environmental pollution (primarily connected to plastic manufacture). The event in fact, stresses the important of recycling, opting for sustainable materials and alternative solutions to safeguard the environment.

The festival is primarily held in the Brompton Design District, here Jane Withers has drawn together a group designer under the title Nature/Nurture. In Shoreditch however, in its lobby and rooftop terrace, the Ace Hotel houses the event Custom Exercise, a collection of pieces designed by artists the calibre of Raw Edges and Fabian Cappello, who analyses recycled materials.  

To denounce the critical environmental situation, Sam Jacobs has created a mirrored cube that suspended over the entrance of the V&A museum, projects a video that illustrates marine species killed and injured by plastic. At the same time, inside the museum, Kengo Kuma’s installation Weaving into Lightness experiments by combining bamboo and carbon fibre.

Last but not least, Rossana Orlandi, has decided to place the emphasis, similarly to her contribution to the last Salone del Mobile in Milan, on the use and abuse of plastic, with a selection of plastic objects taken from the exhibition Guiltless Plastic presented at the Milan Design Week in April 2019 and created in collaboration with the Istituto Marangoni in Milan.

True to form, the program is full of interesting tips and events. Although London Design Fair takes place, as every year, in the Old Truman Brewery in Shoreditch, this edition has two key stages: King Cross Design District, a new district with a busy calendar of events and the Saatchi Gallery that on September 19, 2019 inaugurates I-MADE, a new and exclusive exhibition on Italian design curated by Giulio Cappellini.


Where: London

When: until September 22, 2019


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