See the sights at London’s Design Festival


King’s Cross, Coal Drops Yard, September 23-26

Soundbounce room dividers by Mathilde Wittock at Planted
Soundbounce room dividers by Mathilde Wittock at Planted

Claiming to be the first zero-waste design event, Planted focuses on biophilic design that aims to reconnect spaces with nature. The exhibition features installations, talks and a presentation featuring 30 recent design graduates who will offer solutions for greener lifestyles.

Design London
Magazine London, Greenwich Peninsula, September 22-25

Magazine London, North Greenwich
Magazine London, North Greenwich

Replacing what was previously known as 100% Design, this event showcases new collections from the contemporary furniture, lighting and design sectors. Alongside panel conversations with speakers including Yinka Ilori and Henry Holland, there’ll also be a Danish Design Pavilion and a lighting design pop-up.

The Makers’ Market
The Royal Exchange, September 20-24

Marking this grand building’s 450th anniversary, The Makers’ Market will appear in a pop-up space on the mezzanine level. Handcrafted products including glassware, ceramics and leather will be on sale.

Medusa: Architecture + Reality
Raphael Gallery, Victoria & Albert Museum, September 18-26

The result of a collaboration between technology developers Tin Drum and the Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto, this mixed reality installation will change and evolve as audiences move around the space, highlighting the links between modern life and climate change.

The Muse
Tala Showroom, 25B Vyner Street, E2 9DG, September 18-26

Tala’s The Muse Pleasure Garden Green
Tala’s The Muse Pleasure Garden Green

Lighting maker Tala will mark the launch of a new portable design by transforming its canal-side showroom in east London into a space that takes inspiration from the 18th-century Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens.

Design posts
Various locations across the city, September 18-26

London Design Festival’s 10 design districts, including King’s Cross, Mayfair and Clerkenwell, will each feature a sculptural signpost. The American Hardwood Export Council has partnered with furniture studios to select design students and graduates to create the public landmarks from red oak. Designs range from a homage to William Morris to a celebration of the Shoreditch streetscape.

Islington design district
Islington Square and other locations, September 18-26

Ping pong tables in the Islington Design District
Ping pong tables in the Islington Design District

Involved in the festival for the first time since 2017, the north London district is hosting a number of free installations, exhibitions and activities. Highlights include eye-catching ping-pong tables in Islington Square from Art of Ping Pong and Campbell Hay, and a series of vintage furniture pieces transformed into sculptures by Sam Jacobs Studio.

Brompton design district
South Kensington, September 18-26

Salvaged steel scrap furniture
Salvaged steel scrap furniture

Titled “From Here Onwards”, this year’s Brompton pop-up programme explores how design can respond to a period of immense change. Events in the district will explore current global shifts, including a research project into sustainable materials from Design Exhibition Scotland and a graduate show from the Royal College of Art.

Baltic design exhibition
Tactile Baltics, Dray Walk Gallery, September 18-October 3

With 36 exhibitors, including a showcase titled “Designing Futures” by Adorno London, this event puts a spotlight on craft talent from the Baltics. Projects by established designers are complemented by three immersive virtual environments.


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