If you want to see a crazy golf course by Paul Smith in Trafalgar Square click on over to the London Design Festival website and get involved in the Kickstarter campaign. Should funding reach its target the golf course will be a highlight of the festival, an all-encompassing celebration of the capital's design industry. The annual festival takes in sectors as diverse as fashion, architecture, retail, typography, photography and textiles in an ambitious city-wide project. Cultural institutions like the V&A, Somerset House and the Design Museum often take part and the city is divided into design districts - there are hubs in Brompton, Chelsea, Clerkenwell, Islington, Queens Park and Shoreditch. Events vary from product launches in tiny boutiques to massive trade shows including designjunction and 100% Design, all part of this fun, fascinating exploration of cutting edge design across the city.
London Design Festival
Paul Smith designs a crazy golf course in Trafalgar Square for this year's festival.
Dates: 17th - 25th September 2016
Chelsea College Of Art And Design, 16 John Islip Street, London, SW1P 4JU
Tube: Pimlico Station
Dates: 17th September - 12th October 2016
Here's something cheer you up: step inside The Smile, one of the London Design Festival's landmark projects. Just like the real thing, The Smile curves up at the corners but this smile is 34 metres - that's 10 metres longer than a tennis court - it's made out of timber and lights up like a lantern at night. Visitors can walk through the rectangular wooden tube from end to end, passing up its funnel-like space and exploring the sensory experience of light, texture and sound as the slope gradually rises. You'll find The Smile, designed by Alison Brooks Architects, on the Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground of the Chelsea College of Arts from 17th September until 12th October 2016.
Musical odyssey through the greatest music and performances of the 20th century.
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL
Tube: South Kensington Station
Dates: 10th September - 26th February 2017
Taking its title from the famous 1968 Beatles song, this major V&A exhibition examines the optimism, ideals and aspirations of the late sixties, expressed through music, fashion, film, design and political activism. Taking visitors on a musical odyssey through some of the greatest music and performances of the 20th century, music highlights include Sam Cooke's 'A Change is Gonna Come', The Who's 'My Generation' and Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock. The Paris protests of May 1968 which prompted John Lennon to write the famous Beatles song 'Revolution', World Fairs, the Woodstock Festival of 1969 and communes on the West Coast of America all get air time in the exhibition as it considers how the revolutions of the 1960s changed the way we live today.
Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA
Tube: Temple Station
Dates: 07th - 27th September 2016
Produced by the team who created the London Design Festival, the three-week long London Design Biennale brings a new international element to the annual London festival. Held for the first time in 2016, the London Design Biennale brings design installations and exhibitions from up to 40 nations to the heart of the capital. Exhibitors will respond to the 2016 theme 'Utopia by Design' through contemporary design, their presentations occupying the former royal palace at Somerset House , including the famous Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court.
Four design hubs in King's Cross include ten exhibitions in Granary Square.
Granary Square, Good's Way, Bloomsbury, London, N1C 4AA
Tube: King's Cross Station
Dates: 22nd - 25th September 2016
DesignJunction returns to London for a sixth year and makes King's Cross its home with four hubs dotted around the 67 acre site, including Granary Square where ten exhibitions and installations will be displayed. Held during, and a big part of, the London Design Festival, designjunction gives visitors an exciting insight into some of the most innovative products and creations in the design world. Design hubs can be found at Cubitt, a two-floor pavilion in Lewis Cubitt Square - a showcase for contemporary lighting - The Canopy, a pop-up venue for retailers to show everything from technology to textiles, and The Crossing in Central Saint Martins. The cutting edge show also has a seminar programme, large-scale installations and places to eat. Added extras include a late night shopping event with special discounts, free fizz, a design masterclass, live demos and music.
Tent London and Super Brands become the London Design Fair in 2016.
The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL
Tube: Aldgate East Station
Dates: 22nd - 25th September 2016
Merging Tent London and Super Brands London, the London Design Fair is new for 2016, extending The London Design Festival event from two to three floors of the Truman Brewery. Over 200 international exhibitors, showcasing the very latest in contemporary interior products, including furniture, lighting, ceramics, textiles, materials and accessories, will be on display at the event which this year launches the British Craft Pavilion. Fifteen country pavilions include 100% Norway, a key element of the fair, the new 'This Is India' pavilion and country showcases on China, Portugal and Switzerland. With a growing trade focus there are two trade-only days and two trade and consumer days - on 24th and 25th September 2016.
Cutting edge design at the commercial cornerstone event of The London Design Festival.
Olympia Exhibition Centre, Hammersmith Road, Earls Court, London, W14 8UX
Dates: 21st - 24th September 2016
The commercial cornerstone event of The London Design Festival, 100% Design is a vast showcase for more than 400 architects, product designers and interiors specialists. This year the theme is 'Experience' which runs throughout the show, seen in specially commissioned installations, immersive and sensory experiences. Talks are curated by the Design Museum which is 'on loan' until it opens at its new Kensington home on 24th November 2016. And, making its debut alongside 100% Design is LuxuryMade, a new show of contemporary high end furniture, fabrics and carpets, lighting and accessories from names like Lasvit, Cassina, Poltrona Frau and Zimmer & Rhode. You'll find LuxuryMade in Olympia's Pillar Halls, parts of which have been hidden from public view for over 20 years,
British furniture designer Tim Gosling delves into the archives of the V&A.
Syon Park, Road, Brentford, Kensington, London, TW8 8JF
Tube: Richmond Station
Dates: 18th - 21st September 2016
Decorex, the longest-standing design and interior show during The London Design Festival, returns to Syon Park in 2016, with Robert Adam's Syon House providing an elegant backdrop to the event. This year's theme, 'The Roots of Design', is evident from the moment you enter with 'The Heritage of Chair Making' a spectacular exhibition by British furniture designer, Tim Gosling, to welcome visitors to the show. Over 400 companies exhibit new products and collections from contemporary, traditional and bespoke furniture to the latest lighting, floor coverings, fabrics and wall coverings, accessories and bespoke services. While primarily a trade event, members of the public are able to attend the show on the penultimate day.
Tom Ellis's artistic response to the Wallace Collection.
Wallace Collection, Hertford House, Manchester Square, London, W1U 3BN
Tube: Bond Street Station
Dates: 15th September - 27th November 2016
British artist Tom Ellis has spent the last four years immersing himself in the stunning works of art at the Wallace Collection and, from September, he reveals his artistic response. Works vary from large-scale paintings, shown on runners in the Front State Room, to sculpture, figurative paintings and furniture. You'll encounter his work across three spaces: the Front State Room, the exhibition galleries, and on the front lawn of Hertford House which overlooks Manchester Square in Marylebone.
IN THIS ARTICLE
The London Design Festival
The Smile by Alison Brooks Architects
You Say You Want a Revolution: Records & Rebels 1966-70
London Design Biennale
London Design Fair
The Middle - Tom Ellis at the Wallace Collection
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