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LDF19- Route one: 100% Design

100% design

Visit time: 2- 4 hours

Dates: 18th- 21st September

Opening Times: 10 am- 5 pm (Except Thursday's late-night until 9 pm)

Nearest Station: Kensington Olympia (Overground)

Address: Kensington Olympia, Hammersmith, London W14 0NE

Design District: West Kensington

In its 25th year, 100% Design is considered to be one of the leading trade shows for interior designer's around the world to get inspiration. Over 400 exhibitors share their collections, across the divisions of lighting, furniture, textiles and accessories. It's a great spot to meet new suppliers and catch up with existing ones. You can even see us, eporta, at space A3 at the show. Here you can discuss sourcing ideas for upcoming projects and be introduced to the scheduling and project management functionality on the platform. Let us know if you'd like to meet here.

100% Design has also introduced Detail London to their agenda this year. A space dedicated to high-end contemporary soft furnishings and wall coverings by international design companies, Detail London, is hosted in one of the beautiful Victorian reception rooms at Olympia. Speaking of new, Design Fresh, is curated by Barbara Chandler, and celebrates some of the best breakthrough product designers around today.

The show pulls together an extensive four-day calendar of seminars, talks and discussions which encourage visitors to broaden their horizons and grow their businesses. We are excited to announce that we'll be chairing not one, but two-panel discussions at 100% Design. Hear from interior designers like Petra Arko, Abbie Smith and Harriet Hughes share how they've shifted the balance from business admin to more time designing. Or perhaps you'd like to learn from experts Charu Gandhi, Koldo Gil, and Nicola Lindsell, as they consider ways of setting their interior businesses apart from the competition. With over twenty talks, there's a conversation to suit you.

Not to be missed: The Kirkby Design collaboration with TFL. See tube fabrics through rose-tinted glasses, seven designs from the 1930s have been pulled out of the TFL archive and reimagined for today in a very immersive installation.

Kirkby Design Underground Vol.II
Kirkby Design Underground Vol.II

Where next... The Design Museum

Visit time: 1- 2 hours (dependent on having lunch)

Opening Times: 10 am- 6 pm

Nearest Station: High Street Kensington

Time from 100% Design: 11-minute walk

Design District: West Kensington

Upon leaving 100% design, why not take a little detour to The Design Museum. Not only do they have a fabulous café for some much-needed refreshments, but they are also unsurprisingly celebrating design. Hosting the annual Beazley Designs of the Year, the exhibition celebrates the most innovative designs from the last 12 months from fashion, architecture, digital, product and graphic design.

Dotted around both of the above venues are lots of little creative spots to explore. To see what the West Kensington Design District has to offer, click here.

Beazley Designs of the Year 2019 Exhibition at The Design Museum.
Beazley Designs of the Year 2019 Exhibition at The Design Museum.

Where Next... The V&A

Visit time: 1- 2 hours (Personally, I could spend all day here)

Opening Times: 10 am - 5:45 pm

Nearest Station: South Kensington

Time from Design Museum: 15 minutes by tube (Circle Line from High Street Kensington) or 30-minute walk

Design District: Brompton

The V&A is the hub of LDF and one of the leading design pillars for UK design, and there is so much to explore here. However, some special installations and exhibitions are on for LDF which aren't to be missed. There is the Global Design Forum, a series of talks by leading voices across all areas of the design sphere, exploring topics on sustainability, innovation, and why design matters in society. You can also gawp at the beautiful installation, Sea Things, by Sam Jacob in collaboration with SAP. Housed in the V&A's entrance, it's inspired by a Charles and Ray Eames pattern from the V&A's textile archive. It's an exploration into the growing need to find ways of repurposing plastics so that they don't end up in our oceans.

A render of Sea Things by Sam Jacob for the V&A.
A render of Sea Things by Sam Jacob for the V&A.

Last stop... Brompton Design District

The home of Harrods and a multitude of high-end design showrooms means this district has plenty going on. From talks and workshops at Conran, Tacchini and Cassina to an exploration of Brompton Biotopia Gardens. Here the creative minds of Marlene Huissand, Interaction Research Studio at Goldsmiths & Materials Architecture Lab have joined forces to reimagine an urban environment that encourages bio-diversity.

Marlene Huissoud creator of Brompton Biotopia Gardens photo by Dunja Opalko (Image courtesy of Brompton Design District 2019) .
Marlene Huissoud creator of Brompton Biotopia Gardens photo by Dunja Opalko (Image courtesy of Brompton Design District 2019) .

This area also has a wealth of restaurants and bars to enjoy a well-deserved end of day tipple and supper. So you're ready for your next LDF tour here.

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