Top 10 Ones to watch LDF

LDF - Top 10 Must sees

London Design Festival is coming up soon, celebrating both international and local design, with over 100 locations for events, talks and shows, installations and exhibitions.


We selected our top 10 must sees for this year's London Design festival including the first time London Design Biennale, design hubs like the V&A and Designjunction and immersive and inspiring installations and exhibitions.


Smile Installation by Alison Brooks


When? 17 - 25 September

Where? Chelsea College of Arts

The Smile installation by Alison Brooks showcases the structural potential of cross-laminated timber and will make use of American tulipwood to create a curved tunnel that rises of the ground.


London Design Biennale


When? 7 - 27 September 

Where? Somerset House

The first ever London Design Biennale in one major exhibition hosting architects and designers from 37 countries. The theme is Utopia by Design, where designers where encouraged to create installations that interrogate the history of the utopian idea, and engage with some of the fundamental issues facing humanity. 

Some of our favourites are...

Greece a recreation of a marble quarry, playing on ideas of landscape, heritage, trade and migration.

Austria a moving light sculpture to move as visitors walk through the space, the lights will be at their brightest when the mobile is still but dim when unsettled, intended to be symbolic of the precariousness of utopian ideals. 

Albania A stainless steel sculpture that plays with radial Renaissance city-planning, as well as French philosopher Louis Marion's idea that holding the utopia in such high regard is haunting our political systems.

Turkey in collaboration with Autoban an installation asking visitors to jot down a wish on a piece of paper and launch it into a system of pressured pipes as a metaphor for wishes and hope, which the world need so much right now. 

Taiwan a utopian dining experience in a forest-like setting


Soak, Steam, Dream: Reinventing Bathing Culture


When? 16 September - 28 January 

Where? Roca London Gallery 

An exhibition exploring a renewed interest in the connection between physical, meditative and social aspects of bathing culture through contemporary projects by leading architects and designers. 




When? 19 - 24 September 

Where? The Aram Gallery

An exhibition of dynamic interactive installations, materials and visuals relating to research in colour.  Including mesmerising installation The Fans, which uses carefully choreographed coloured blades to show how different tones are created through motion. 


London Design Fair


When? 22 - 25 September 

Where? Old Truman Brewery

Tent and Superbrands are presenting the London Design Fair. bringing together 450 exhibitors from 29 countries, including independent designers, established brands, international pavilions and galleries. 

Some of the highlights are...

100% Norway bold new projects curated by Max Fraser.

Naturelab an immersive installation telling the story of nature transformed by 6 craft talents. Each maker has developed a radical technique to transform everyday substances into objects of wonder.

This is India offering a renewed but intimate perspective on established and emerging design practices from India today. 

Trentino Collaborations commissioned British designers Max Lamb, Sebastian Cox and Giles Miller work together with four Trentino based manufacturers to create new designs.


Sculpting Scent


When? 15 - 25 September 

Where? The Conran Shop, Marylebone

Zuza Mengham imagines what scent looks like, collaborating with Laboratory Perfumes to create a series of sculptures inspired by smells, and portraying the sensorial qualities through striking visual effects in resin. 




When? 17 - 25 September 

Where? V&A

The Victoria and Albert Museum becomes a great destination to find immersive installations from established designers.  Our favourites are Mathieu Lehanneur's Liquid Marble, Benjamin Hubert in collaboration with Braun with Foil and Scott Jarvie's Northern Lights.  


SCP x Piet Hein Eek


When? 17 - 25 September 

Where? SCP, 135-139 Curtain Road

SCP collaborated with Piet Hein Eek in an exhibition featuring new works from 2016 and a few pieces from the designers' archive.  The exhibition is themed 'past and future icons' exploring the concept of design icons in a broader context.




When? 22 - 25 September 

Where? 1 Granary Square

Designjunction's new and vibrant destination at Kingscross will host a series of installations, exhibitions and design collections.

Granary Square  will be transformed by 8 bespoke red houses filled with immersive, conceptual installations.

Cubitt House  presents more than 100 leading design brands cutting edge furniture, accessories and lighting.


Dyslexic Design

"We believe dyslexia is something that drives and inspires creative thought and design."

- Deborah Spencer, Managing Director, designjunction


The exhibition 'Dyslexic Design' celebrates the connection between dyslexia and creativity and challenging its perceptions by accentuating the positive effects and close association with design.


Design Undefined


When? 17 - 24 September 

Where? Clerkenwell London

A new edition of Design Undefined, questioning the way we think about design in practice, in dedicated exhibition spaces, each designer selected for their creativity and innovation and the positive impact of their work.

Yinka Ilori and his upcycled furniture, Assemble and their Granby Workshop project, Samuel Wilkinson, Adam Blencowe and Marine Duroselle and Camille Walala.


We hope to see you there!