Taking place from 19th – 27th September 2015, London Design Festival celebrates the wealth of creativity in the city. There’s so many events taking place over the next nine days that it would be easy to become completely overwhelmed. To help you out, we’ve sifted through the hundreds of events taking place to bring you our top seven. We’ve chosen events that feature heritage design, antique traders and colourful installations!
#1 An installation and talk on Contemporary Artisan Design in China
Location: Rouge, Stoke Newington
When: Sunday 20 September, 5pm-7pm
This installation features artisan workshops on rural China, and is complemented by a presentation about the restoration of rustic vintage Chinese furniture and contemporary ceramics by Lei Yang and Kaja Kippenberg. If you enjoyed our feature about vintage and contemporary furniture dealer Orchid Furniture, attend this event to discover more about the little known side of modern China. More information.
#2 Alfies and the Church Street Design Trail
Location: Alfies Antique Market, Church Street
When: A day of special events on Thursday 24 September
All along the Church Street Design Trail you’ll find many specialist dealers with impressive collections of iconic pieces from across the eighteenth to twentieth centuries. You can take part in in-store events at Alfies such as an upholstery workshop, along with claiming a free glass of bubbly!
Leon Young will also be offering a unique tour of the Church Street shops. The tour will give you a behind-the-scenes look into the range of design pieces available on the street and you’ll learn more about how many of the dealers launched their businesses on Church Street. More information.
#3 Blue and White: British Printed Ceramics
Location: The V&A Museum
When: 31 January 2015 – 3 January 2016
You know how we love blue-and-white printed ceramics here at Layer? (If not check out our whole post dedicated to them!) We’ll certainly be making our way down to the V&A for this one!
The display features a huge range of designs and decoration used in blue-and-white printed ceramics in Britain from the 1750s to present day. More information.
#4 Ladybird by Design: An exhibition of over 120 original illustrations celebrating 100 years of Ladybird Books.
Location: House of Illustration
When: Expert panel discussion on Tuesday 22 September. Late opening on Friday 25 September, 6-10pm.
We can almost guarantee that you will have been brought up reading the classic Ladybird books. Rediscover the genius of Ladybird Books in this exhibition of over 120 original illustrations from some of the best-loved Ladybird titles. House of Illustration is also hosting a series of fantastic Ladybird-inspired events to accompany the exhibition. See the link to find out more! More information.
#5 Better Bankside: Colourful Crossings
Location: Southwark St, London SE1
When: August – November 2015
Better Bankside has commissioned three very different artists to brighten up Southwark Street. Commissioned by the Avenue of Art initiative, it is intended to take art out of its traditional gallery contexts and to transform public spaces. The artists and architects involved include: EXYZT, Morgan Silk, and Adam Frank. Visiting Southwark Street is a great way to enjoy London Design Festival without having to pay a penny! (It’ll also make for some great Instagram snaps!). More information.
#6 Celebrating Robin Day
Location: The V&A Museum
When: 19 – 27 September 2015
The Pioneer of British Modernism Robin Day (who made plastic cool) will be honoured across London at various events during the festival. It is also the centenary of his birth which makes the celebrations even more poignant. The V&A is offering a free Robin Day exhibition called ‘Works in Wood’ which takes a look at his sometimes neglected designs in the aforementioned material. We will definitely be skipping along to this one as if you’ve our feature with Hopper + Space you’ll know how crazy we are about mid century design here at Layer. More information.
#7 Deep Breathing Space
Location: 19 Greek Street
We are great advocates of ‘slow living’ and being in the moment but we are also aware of how difficult this can be with our modern, frenetic lifestyles and we’ve written about this before as we spoke with Simon at The Danish Homestore. Why not call into 19 Greek Street where the whole space on the top floor has been turned in to a pop-up Wellness centre. Somewhere to just relax, take a breath and think about your next move on the design trail of London Design Festival, enjoy! More information.