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LDF19- Route four: London Design Fair


London Design Fair

Visit time: 2- 4 hours

Dates: 19th- 22nd September

Opening Times: Varies daily

Nearest Station: Liverpool Street or Shoreditch High Street

Address: Old Truman Brewery, 26 Hanbury Street, E1 6QR

Design District: Shoreditch Design Triangle

Hosted in one of the most creative districts in the city, London Design Fair pulls together over 500 exhibitors from 35+ countries. It offers a vast range of products from up and coming product designers and innovators, with the real focus arguably on craft and the maker. This year also sees an exciting partnership with ELLE Decoration, as they bring together The Bathroom Gallery shedding a spotlight on brands like Laufen and Roca.

Last year's British Pavilion was highly popular, and so the show is bringing it back again. This time, however, the crafts and products showcased will be from all around the world, within the International Craft Pavilion. We are really excited to see this response to the growing demand and popularity for high-end crafting within the interior design world, as we've discussed previously in our WGSN x eporta Trend Report 2019/20.

London Design Fair is also famed for [d]arc room, this is a spectacular destination for unusual lighting solutions, and is often a great exhibition to spot upcoming trends. Another addition to the show comes from Design Milk, the acclaimed design editorial has bought a curated edition of one-of-a-kind products from America, that can be purchased at the show.

Render of Emily Forgot's 'Never Lost' installation for citizenM.
Render of Emily Forgot's 'Never Lost' installation for citizenM.

Where next... Shoreditch Design Triangle

Visit time: 2- 4 hours

Opening Times: 10 am- 6 pm

Nearest Station: Liverpool Street, Shoreditch High street, Old Street

Time from London Design Fair: 1-minute walk

Explore one of the most creative epicentres of the city by foot, there are showrooms, exhibits and installations at every turn in this design district, so allow plenty of time to explore. Here's a quick run-through of our favourite things to see in the area.

Never Lost, an artistic maze designed by artist Emily Forgot for citizenM is bursting with colour and tactility creating optical and physical illusions.

A perfect pairing that is worth the walk to see, Menu and Tala. Their joint focus on sustainability and a clean Scandinavian aesthetic are celebrated at Tala's office on the outskirt's of Victoria Park, where it hangs over the riverside. It's a real meeting of creative minds.

Tala's Porcelain Oval and Brass Pendants, providing a contemporary soft glow.
Menu's Afteroom Counter Chair.
Tala's Porcelain Oval and Brass Pendants, providing a contemporary soft glow.
Menu's Afteroom Counter Chair.

On your way back stop by The Hide, where on the 21st September you can meet the designers behind this new development as they give you a guided tour in collaboration with The Modern House and Artform, you'll need to book a ticket, but the talks are sure to be insightful.

A name known to many designers, Lee Broom's Shoreditch showroom is open along with his Kaleidoscopia installation. Playing with our perceptions, as the toy kaleidoscope used to do as a child, it's also highly Instagrammable.

Lee Broom's Kaleidoscopia installation.
Lee Broom's Kaleidoscopia installation.

Not to be missed: After all this walking you could do with resting your feet for a while, well grab a coffee and head over to Please be Seated a British Landmark commission by Paul Cocksedge. The sculptural seating solution is made from scaffolding planks and appears to hover off the ground, it's both mesmerising and functional.

Please Be Seated by Paul Cocksedge for British Landmark's.
Please Be Seated by Paul Cocksedge for British Landmark's.

Last stop... Bankside Design District

Nearest Station: Waterloo, Westminster

Time from London Design Fair: 7 minutes by tube from Liverpool Street- Central line to Bank and then Waterloo & City from Bank to Waterloo.

There's nothing more delightful than ending a long day in London than by the riverside, and the South Bank, in particular, is famed for it's creative and artistic undertones. Spanning from Borough Market to The Oxo Tower, this stretch is full of activities. Walk along the riverside paths and tune into Musicity x Low Line. Musicians were invited to compose pieces that reflected the buildings and architecture surrounding the victorian viaducts which make up the low-line railway.

Musicity x Low Line in London's Bankside Design District.
Musicity x Low Line in London's Bankside Design District.

The talks programme for the district is hosted at Fora Borough, a co-working development in the heart of Borough. The topics up for discussion cover what the future looks like for the industry.

There is, of course, The Tate Modern too. The Tate Edit has been taken over by PLANTATION, by Alicja Patanowska. Plus there's always an array of creative activities and workshops to enjoy.

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