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Decorex International
The Smile by Alison Brooks Architects
The Smile by Alison Brooks Architects
You Say You Want a Revolution: Records & Rebels 1966-70
London Design Biennale
DesignJunction
DesignJunction
The Middle - Tom Ellis at the Wallace Collection
 

 

The London Design Festival, 17-25 September 2016, brings an excess of 300 events and a big smile to the capital. We've listed the main events, highlighting the days they're open to the public, and previewed the must-see events on in London during the festival.

 
 

The London Design Festival

Paul Smith designs a crazy golf course in Trafalgar Square for this year's festival.

 

Dates: 17th - 25th September 2016

 

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.

 
 
 

The Smile by Alison Brooks Architects

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.

 
 
 

You Say You Want a Revolution: Records & Rebels 1966-70

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.

 
 
 

London Design Biennale

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.

 
 
 

DesignJunction

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.

 
 
 

London Design Fair

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.

 
 
 

100% Design

Cutting edge design at the commercial cornerstone event of The London Design Festival.

Olympia Exhibition Centre, Hammersmith Road, Earls Court, London, W14 8UX

Tube: Kensington (Olympia) Station

 

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,

 
 
 

Decorex International

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.

 
 
 

The Middle - Tom Ellis at the Wallace Collection

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.

 
 
 
 
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