The London Design Festival 2013 announces Design Destinations & Districts

Over the past eleven years, a number of key design exhibitions have become an integral and vital part of the London Design Festival, each offering an exciting mix of designers, products, talks, installations, restaurants, bars and innovations housed under one roof. These Design Destinations are hubs for conducting business during the Festival, providing a focal point for international buyers, specifiers and the media. This year we are happy to announce two new Design Destinations: FOCUS/13 at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour and Southbank Centre.

The six Design Destinations; including 100% Design, Decorex International, designjunction, Tent and Super Brands London cover each corner of the city and each event offers a plethora of content from a range of exhibitors – from designers and international brands. They are must-sees for anyone interested in design, from professional designers to the general public keen to see the latest innovations and ideas from the heart of London.

Opening dates and times vary across each Design Destination, please refer to each event below for further details.



Twitter: @designlondon @talkswithdesign

Now in its 19th year and second under the new ownership of Media 10, 100% Design returns as a key event supporting the design industry; promoting the best in global design and uncovering emerging brands. This year is the show’s biggest ever with 3000 sqm of additional floor space and features including Sustainable Materials, Co-Design, 3D Printing and Urban Agriculture will inspire this years show focus.

This year’s visual concept and show theme is ‘Creative Balance’. This was conceived by communications design agency Thomas.Matthews and provides the exhibition’s visual identity and an exploration of creative process and its value in the commercial world.

Following last year’s success, the curation of the show will again focus on four industry sectors, each arranged around a central ‘hub’ by a different designers – Interiors by Talenthouse, Office by TILT, Kitchen & Bathroom, Eco Design & Build by Material Lab – creating clear navigation for visitors.

New sections have been added including ‘Gateway’, which provides

an opportunity for early-career designers to be recognised at the show. Nations, including France, Italy, Portugal, Argentina, South Korea, Taiwan and China are showcasing their design prowess in the International Pavilions.

British designer Benjamin Hubert will create the 2013 auditorium, providing a dramatic backdrop to ‘Talks With 100% Design’. Confirmed speakers include Tom Dyckhoff, chairing a panel debate on UK Architecture and a session from New London Architecture with Peter Murray. Giulio Cappellini will headline Thursday’s programme, with subsequent sessions being staged with the RSA, Frame Magazine and The British Council.

Members of the public are able to attend the show on the final day, Saturday 21 September.




Twitter: @decorex_Intl

Decorex is the longest-standing design and interior show during the London Design Festival. This year the show moves to a new location; that of Perks Field & The Orangery, Kensington Palace where over 300 companies come together to exhibit new products ranging from contemporary, traditional and bespoke furniture to lighting, floor coverings, fabrics and wall coverings, accessories and bespoke services. Exceptional quality, beautiful materials and outstanding craftsmanship are recurring features across Decorex.

Exhibitors demonstrating such attributes include Amy Kent with her hand-knotted wool and silk carpets; handcrafted Moroccan tile specialist Habibi Interiors with the launch of its new range of customised panels; and Cox London is releasing a new collection of handmade lighting and furniture designed and produced in London.

A myriad of other product typologies grace the exhibitor stands including hand-painted organzas, glass chandeliers, bone china lighting, hand- carved water gilded furniture, complex textiles, luxury tableware and high quality metalwork. The great variety on display provides a key source of new products in one location.

Informed by the historic site of Kensington Palace, the theme of the show is the Silk Route, when silks, porcelain and other luxury goods were introduced to Europe. This theme is being interpreted into the design of the main entrance, this year the job of interior designer and hotelier Kit Kemp.

Furthermore, the central Champagne Bar is created by Martin Brudnizki Design Studio. The design seeks to demonstrate the studio’s love for the interior design process and captures the excitement of the build phase of a project in its rawest state.

Decorex International is a trade only event. General public admission is available on Tuesday 24 September from 13:00-19:00.




Twitter: @_designjunction

For the second year, the voluminous industrial 1960s Postal Sorting Office in Holborn is the backdrop for designjunction, a design show presenting an edited selection of global brands and emerging companies. For its third edition spread over three enormous floors, the show not only brings together exhibitors of furniture, lighting and accessories but also pop-up shops, large-scale installations, eateries, flash factories, seminars and screenings.

This year, the organisers are placing greater emphasis on illumination with the launch of an area dedicated to high-end decorative lighting, suitably called ‘lightjunction’. Staged in partnership with experts Cameron Peters Fine Lighting, the show brings together international lighting brands to exhibit their beautiful yet practical lighting designs.

British producers are well-represented at the show, with brands such as Modus, Assemblyroom, Dare Studio, Jake Dyson, Innermost, Pinch, MARKProduct and Bark Furniture joined by European manufacturers such as Zanotta, Bolon, Carl Hansen, &tradition, Laufen, Artifort, Fritz Hansen and Girsberger.

Part of the ground floor is home to a series of interactive Flash Factories, where the process of industrial production is brought to life through live demonstrations, from authentic craft making to 3D printing. Furthermore, over 30 design-led pop-up shops are selling furniture, fashion, art, ceramics, glassware, books, watches and accessories at the show, including Patternity, Tokyobike, Outline Editions, Anything and Dezeen Watch Store. And fans of 20th Century collectibles will be able to purchase originals from Midcentury Modern show, taking up residency at designjunction.

Live debates and panel discussions are happening throughout the day in a new seminar theatre designed by architecture duo VoonWong+BensonSaw. In addition, visitors can enjoy food and drink from a selection of London’s finest street food eateries.

Open to the public.




Twitter: @DesignCentreCH

FOCUS is an annual interior design event which takes place at the Design Centre at Chelsea Harbour – an established venue in West London that houses 99 showrooms with over 500 brands producing everything from fabrics, wall coverings, tiles and carpets to furniture, lighting, accessories, kitchens, bathrooms and outdoor living.

This four-day event marks the start of the autumn season and a foray of new product launches are unveiled, with many of the showrooms featuring original displays and hosting bespoke events and workshops for the attending designers, architects and specifiers. Showrooms include Chaplins, Cole & Son, Creston, Harlequin, Nicholas Haslam, Poltrona Frau, Porada and Whistler Leather.

Throughout the event, international names take to the stage in a series of talks and debates that explore current interior trends as well as issues confronting the industry. Industry insider and stylist Emilio Pimentel-Reid is leading a curated tour which brings together his round-up of his favourites from across the venue.

Specially commissioned for the event is the Tatler Restaurant where visitors can relax and enjoy a meal throughout the event.

Visitors can make use of the free shuttle service between Sloane Square and the Design Centre, which stops at selected Chelsea showrooms as well as Decorex throughout the day. FOCUS/13 is part of the Chelsea Design Quarter.

FOCUS/13 is a trade only event. General public admission is available on Wednesday 24 September.




Twitter: @southbankcentre

Southbank Centre is fully embracing design during this year’s London Design Festival. Returning to the Queen Elizabeth Hall’s brutalist undercroft for the second year is Designersblock, a buzzing showcase for talented young designers, now in its 16th London edition (19-22 September). New design talents are also joined by more established exhibitors as part of its Designers In Production showcase.

International designers are given a platform with showcases dedicated to Swedish, Mexican and Indian design talent (18-22 September). Furthermore, the Southbank Centre Shop is dedicating its window to the characterful Italian homewares brand Seletti, whilst Polish company Zieta is launching it’s new +3 range that uses a process of inflating metal into unique designs (13-30 September).

British producer Mathmos, the inventor of the lava lamp, is celebrating its 50th birthday with the world’s largest lava lamp displayed with vintage photography showcasing the history and story of the lamp (11- 30 September). Furthermore, Geraldine and Wayne Hemingway have curated an exhibition on 1950s design, exploring the icons of the 1951

Festival of Britain and highlights of Mid-Century Modern style.

The future of design also has a voice with ‘The Fifth Element’ – a live exhibition of installations aimed at pushing the boundaries of design by fusing research and scientific technologies to create experimental

concepts (15-22 September). In the Sunley Pavilion, a three-day series of talks, debates and film showings are exploring the themes of ‘Design Entrepreneurship’, ‘Design Past/Design Future’ and ‘Design in Film’. The Festival’s own conference, the Global Design Forum, also takes place in the Purcell Room on 17 September.

And food lovers can enjoy a design-themed  Real Food Market (19-22 September) as well as classic British dishes from the London Transport Mobile Canteen. Open to the public.




Twitter: @tent_london

Now in its 7th year, Tent London returns to the Old Truman Brewery with its showcase of home grown and overseas talent. Garnering a reputation for showcasing new ideas across multiple design disciplines, this year the show organisers have concentrated on rooting out undiscovered European talents such as Vera & Kyte, Atelier Violeta Galan, Grand, Orée, Philipp Aduatz and Tokio. Showing alongside are UK-based established independents including Studio Jon Male, Chisel & Mouse, Thomas & Vines, Suzanne Goodwin, Room39, Erica Wakerly, Bold & Noble, Inca Starzinsky, Curiousa & Curiousa and Parris Wakefield.

Breaking up the stands are Project Spaces, which give architects and designers the possibility to experiment with ideas and processes, three dimensional environments, colour, material, light and human interaction. Furthermore, countries demonstrate their design prowess with unseen work from over 100 designers and companies from Norway, Taiwan, Hungary, Ireland, Spain and China.

New for 2013, Brink is an 800-square-metre space dedicated to the best design graduates from the UK and beyond, putting them in front of a professional audience attending the show.

Sister show Super Brands London is co-located with Tent, giving international brands temporary showrooms to broaden their exposure in the UK market. Participating companies include Edra, Ligne Roset, Objekten, Munna, Surface View and Jacuzzi. Furthermore, talks, demonstrations, workshops and idea sessions make up the Super Talks programme, this year under the theme Mobilised.

Open to the public.



For many, the task of selecting what to visit during the Festival can seem overwhelming, particularly for those who have limited time or those who are unfamiliar with designers or brand names. London’s design communities gravitate to different districts creating distinct clusters of activity. Design Districts can be a great place to start your Festival journey as each area hosts a wealth of varied activity often within the distance of a few streets.

Design Districts are not directly organised by the London Design Festival but have been an important part of its growth and are wholeheartedly embraced as an important part of the Festival’s navigation. Each has evolved over the Festival’s history and this year we are happy to announce two new Design Districts, Chelsea Design Quarter and Clerkenwell Design Quarter to join the existing three; Brompton Design District, Fitzrovia Now, and Shoreditch Design Triangle. Each District very much tells the story of the area’s personality and they each have their own late night openings and parties throughout the Festival.

Late Nights

Monday 16  September: Chelsea Design Quarter

Tuesday 17 September: Clerkenwell Design Quarter and Shoreditch

Design Triangle

Wednesday 18 September: Fitzrovia Now

Thursday 19 September: Brompton Design District

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Twitter: @BromptonDesign

Late Night Thursday 19 September

Image: The Conran Shop

Chelsea will host Conran and’s collaboration ‘Disrupting Design’.

Leading design shops, exhibition spaces, museums and institutions on and around London’s Brompton Road joined forces in 2007 to become the Brompton Design District. Initiated by South Kensington Estates and local organisations, the Brompton Design District has helped encourage new design in an area renowned for its preeminent retail as well as its historic links with design and education.

For 2013, Brompton Design District expands its role as a platform for new design and exploration into how design can bring value, meaning and pleasure to our lives. Bringing together local retailers, restaurateurs and institutions, it breathes new life into the cultural heart of the neighbourhood.

Highlights from independent local retailers include an exhibition at Mint, where the much followed tastemaker, Lina Kanafani will curate an eclectic selection of works by designers who embrace new concepts and methods. Skandium, world leader in Scandinavian design, with

Studio Skandium will present three design studios: Stig Lindberg, Cate & Nelson and Emma Lonsdale.

The Conran Shop, with Jasper Conran at the helm, teams up with’s Co-Founder Bradford Shellhammer to host Fab’s third ‘Disrupting Design’ competition in London. A panel of experts will select the best products to put into production and sell on

Leading international brands with showrooms on Brompton Road will be exhibiting as part of the Festival, including names such as B&B Italia, Boffi and Cassina.

Brompton Design District’s renowned Pop-Up Programme, curated by internationally respected curator Jane Withers returns with its aim to reinforce contemporary engagement and the cultural richness of the area. Contributing designers include Paul Elliman, Keith Harrison, Peter Marigold, Gemma Holt, Kieren Jones, Study O Portable, 1882 Ltd, Philippe Malouin and Fort Standard.

Harriet Anstruther Studio presents the first in a series of ‘HAS Presents: A Slashstroke Space Warp’ at 1a Cromwell Place. Visitors are encouraged to interact with the environment and will be able to pose for and take a souvenir photograph with them to keep.



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Twitter: @ChelseaQuarter

Late Night: Monday 16 September

Image: Textile Designer Nya Nordiska will be part of Chelsea Design Quarter during the London Design Festival.

The newly launched Chelsea Design Quarter (CDQ) brings together some of London’s most vibrant  showrooms and established creative communities  all within a casual stroll along the King’s Road, Lots Road and Imperial Wharf.

The district boasts a large and diverse selection of established interior companies concentrated in one area. Over 40 individual showrooms are members of CDQ, ranging from well-known international names such as The Rug Company and Roca London Gallery to smaller design specialists like the directional Nya Nordiska Textiles. During the London Design Festival, Chelsea Design Quarter will host a schedule of showroom talks, creative workshops and exhibitions bringing together the leading figures from the world of design.

Highlights include panel discussions – interiors and fashion at The Rug Company; lighting with Sally Storey and Emily Todhunter at John Cullen and Best & Lloyd; a talk by French decorator Jean Louis Deniot on his new furniture collection for George Smith; a talk by Bethan Grey on designing with natural materials at Lapicida. The Roca London Gallery is hosting an exhibition called ‘Design Exquis – Roca Edition’ which involves a chain of designers responding in turn to an object created by their predecessor through their own design language. The exhibition will be accompanied by a round table discussion with designers and architects.

With a host of shops, showrooms, cafés and restaurants, CDQ is the place for interior designers and those interested in design. This is a place to celebrate design with the many attentive showroom and gallery owners, to keep up with the latest decorating trends, to catch up with friends over lunch and to simply revel in the infectious village atmosphere along the King’s Road, Lots Road and Imperial Wharf.



For further information and a full list of participants visit:

Twitter: @ClerkenwellDQ

Late Night: Tuesday 17 September

Also new for 2013, Clerkenwell Design Quarter is located in an area with a long and glorious past. Today it is home to thousands of creative individuals and organisations all developing and informing the cultural landscape. From architects and designers to internationally renowned furniture showrooms, all manner of craft workshops and design specialists make the area a hotbed of talent.

Highlights for this year include an exhibition by Muller Van Severen ‘contemporary design meets sculpture’ at Viaduct, photographer Fien Muller and sculptor Hannes Van Severen’s unique design pieces are minimal in form and detailing but maximal in their usability and use of materials. In celebration of its British roots, Modus has commissioned photographer Angela Moore to capture the landscape around their Somerset HQ. An exhibition of limited edition prints will appear alongside Modus’ current furniture ranges and in a new catalogue by Studio Small. Exhibitors at Shine 2013 taking place at The Goldsmiths’ Centre include award winners from this year’s New Designers and a select group of runners-up. It will also house the work of other young up and coming designers, including goldsmiths based in their starter studios and studying on their programmes.

The Design Council will host ‘Active by Design’, a new initiative being launched to promote design and architecture through urban walking. They will also be giving first-time access to their spectacular new HQ for one day only. Craft Central presents ‘Imprint’ – a cross-disciplinary exhibition of printed design. Their new galleries will showcase a diverse selection of contemporary craft and design by leading UK designer- makers who utilise a variety of print and mark-making techniques in their work.


Image: Viaduct will be hosting an exhibition of furniture by Muller van Severen.



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Twitter: @FitzroviaNow

Late Night: Wednesday 18 September

The collective of design showrooms, stores and like-minded restaurants and cafes that make up Fitzrovia Now will be again joining forces to put on a spectacular show for London Design Festival 2013. Fitzrovia, best known for its village atmosphere and bohemian vibe, is a hub of creativity with scores of design businesses, art galleries and independent restaurants and shops – the perfect place to gain inspiration. A stop off on the design trail definitely worth its weight, from its amazing eateries, art galleries, to the many inspiring design boutiques and well-known design showrooms and shops, you can experience it all in Fitzrovia.

Design Destination designjunction is a stone’s throw from Fitzrovia so once you have visited it is a short stroll to Tottenham Court Road, where you could pop into Heal’s perhaps then grab a quick bite along the way at Riding House Café, Bubble Dogs or Fino.

Domus opens its brand new London showroom in Eastcastle Street with ‘A Dolls House’, a fundraising event by Cathedral Group, presenting the finished doll’s houses from 20 artists and architects including Zaha Hadid and David Adjaye to be auctioned for the charity KIDS.

Find inspiration from future talent with the Central St Martin’s graduate collaborative exhibition on show at OMK Design on Gresse Street. EDC London are hosting ‘How We Make Furniture’, a small exhibition of the design process, from initial concept through to mock ups, scale models, and finished products. At their showroom on Great Titchfield Street, Fritz Hansen is showing an inspired installation ‘OFF | CUT’ – an experimental, lightweight, deployable structure that explores the innovative re-use of high quality timber veneers and leather offcuts. The Installation is designed by Chung Tyson Architects and supported by The Bartlett School of Architecture Research.

image011Image: Fritz Hansen will show ‘OFF | CUT’, an installation designed by Chung Tyson Architects and supported by The Bartlett School of Architecture Research.



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Twitter: @ShoreditchDT

Late Night: Tuesday 17 September

The Shoreditch Design Triangle is now in its 5th consecutive year. The event brings together a fascinating collection of designers, stores, galleries, studios, cafés, bars, brands and one-off events for a week of design-led festivities. Truly collaborative, and harking back to the days when the Hoxton and Shoreditch area was re-invigorated by the Young British Artist movement, the event revels in the true spirit of London, a place that bursts with new ideas, historical places and spaces, and the colourful characters who have strode the East End for many a year.

This year the event incorporates over 30 different participants. Expect to see a huge variety of activity including artisan, rural and high-tech craft, and agriculturally themed products, locally made products, human-centred design, an urban garden and even a range of architecturally shaped puddings… Alongside this visual and physical feast, there are walking tours that take in both local history, design talks and a range of engaging workshops.

Highlights include ‘Bums on Seats’, an exhibition at Ally Capellino’s store, which sees the accessories designer bring her design aesthetic to the tubular stacking chair, with eight variations on a theme. Tord Boontje is revisiting his 1991 graduation project, which was an investigation into interference pigments and exhibiting the resulting new work ‘Magnetic Fields’ at his shop on Charlotte Street. To celebrate the opening of the new Camper store in Old Spitalfields Market, designed by Doshi Levien, and the new Disegno studio, designed by Felix De Pass, Disegno and Camper are hosting a specially curated walk taking in five creative studios in East London. The Geffrye Museum’s annual celebration of ceramics, ‘Ceramics in the City,’ returns showcasing

the work of around 50 ceramicists from across the UK – a mix of rising talents and established names. An exciting array of work will be on sale, illustrating a wide variety of styles, techniques, colour and texture.

image012Image: Tord Boontje will be showing ‘Magnetic Fields’ at his shop on Charlotte Street.

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