Upcoming events happening in London Design Festival 2017 you might want to attend this September.
Villa Walala by Camille Walala – Sep 16-24
Villa Walala is an exuberantly colourful and unexpected architectural landscape in Exchange Square, Broadgate. Constructed from vinyl, sealed PVC inners and high-strength nylon, it is a ‘soft-textured building-block castle’ covered and coloured with digitally printed patterns. The component shapes are pinned to the ground and inflated by fans, transforming them from flat forms into a vast and immersive temporary island of shape and colour that begs to be explored, invites playfulness, relieves stress, and visually dominates the area.
Accompanied by squeezy stress balls and other surprises, the Villa is intended to inject a little joy into what may otherwise have been just another day at the office. Camille Walala – a ‘purveyor of positivity’ – transforms materials and spaces through her characteristic use of exuberant geometries and bold colours to inspire and stimulate her audience. Having established herself in East London, Camille Walala has created numerous installations, objects, and experiences from small to the total across the city and beyond.
Villa Walala is a partnership with British Land.
London Design Fair – Sep 21-24 2017
Located in the creative heart of East London, the London Design Fair is a four-day industry event that brings together 500 exhibitors from 28 countries, including; independent designers, established brands, international country pavilions, features and exhibitions.
London Design Fair hosts the largest collection of international exhibitions, designers, brands, country pavilions, features and exhibitions in one destination during the London Design Festival. Located in the creative heart of East London, the Fair is a four-day industry event that brings together 500 exhibitors from over 28 countries. As the destination of the annual London Design Festival over 27,000 influential; retail buyers, architects, interior designers, press, designers and design-savvy public attend to see and specify the very latest; furniture, lighting, textiles, materials and conceptual installations from around the world. For 2017 we have nominated the USA as our guest country. To ensure we capture the spirit of USA design we have invited Sight Unseen to curate a gallery of up to ten USA based designers and studios for the USA pavilion at the London Design Fair 2017.
100% Design 2017 – Sep 20-23
First staged in 1995, the show is the commercial cornerstone of the London Design Festival, with 27,387 visitors to the show; taking place in one of London’s most inspiring venues, Olympia London.
100% Design, the UK’s largest trade show for architects and designers, returns to Olympia, London from 20-23 September for its 23rd edition. The show welcomes hundreds of exhibitors and more than 27,000 visitors to Kensington over four days as the cornerstone event of London Design Festival, helping to foster relationships between some of the world’s biggest architects, designers, specifiers, retailers and developers.
Each year 100% Design adopts a theme, which is reflected across its installations, features, talks programmes and show design. For the 2017 edition this is ‘Elements’, which considers everything from the fundamentals of design to the component parts that make up a product.
With the latest UK product launches from an extraordinary array of brands and designers, 100% Design occupies a crucial place as the commercial heart of design in the UK. With five distinct sections, Interiors, Workplace, Kitchens & Bathrooms, Design & Build and Emerging Brands, 100% Design is unique in its cross-sector appeal to design professionals.
Decorex International 2017 – Sep 17-20
Decorex 2017 will celebrate 40 years of design collaborations, focusing both on the strength of its past and current relationships and importantly looking towards those future partnerships.
Decorex, the UK’s leading destination for interior design, will take place this September on the historic grounds of Syon Park, as the opening destination of the London Design Festival. Featuring more than 400 of the most recognised and emerging exhibitor’s world-wide, including rising numbers of new participants, this esteemed event is the only one of its kind for the high-end interiors market. The show’s 2017 edition will also include a number of notable feature spaces and will see the return of Future Heritage: the acclaimed display of work by some of the leading emerging names in British craft. Curated by renowned design and applied arts critic, Corinne Julius, Future Heritage will feature new work exclusively commissioned for the show. This year makers will include designers Helen Carnac, David Gates, Simon Hassan, Merel Karhof, and Naomi McIntosh. A packed programme of insightful talks featuring the industry’s influencers will cover all aspects of design, including craft, lighting, hotels, global projects and for the younger designers, a session on how to grow your own business. Some exciting new formats will also feature this year.
designjunction2017 – Sep 21-24
designjunction is London’s leading destination for contemporary interior design and culture, held annually during the London Design Festival. designjunction presents more than 200 world-class international brands and smaller cutting-edge design labels to an audience of design professionals.
Returning to King’s Cross and taking place across five destinations, 2017 is set to be designjunction’s best year to date. Expect a mix of global furniture, lighting, accessory, material and technology brands, alongside pop-up shops, installations and interactive features. Granary Square will host a range of feature projects including Renault UK presenting concept car TreZor and the results of a project with Central Saint Martins, UAL. Turkishceramics will create an installation in the central fountain space that celebrates the rich history of ceramics in Turkey. Cubitt House and Cubitt Park (new for 2017) will host a stellar line-up of international design brands alongside lightjunction. A collaboration with material experts SCIN Gallery will form an exciting new showcase exploring materials both of today and of the future. The Crossing will house installations from Corian, Kirkby Design, Blackbody and a partnership project with design-led watch brand Rado launching the first-ever UK edition of the Rado Star Prize. The Canopy returns as a temporary pop-up venue for premium retail brands and emerging design labels selling everything from fashion accessories to technology, ceramics, glassware and stationery.
Focus/17 – Sep 17-22
A world of design inspiration awaits at Focus/17. Attracting a global audience to Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour, it is a creative and commercial platform where visitors can engage with international connoisseurs shaping the luxury design narrative today.
Over 600 brands at 120 Design Centre showrooms (as well as outside participants in Chelsea) come together at this authoritative design show to share their ideas, passions and creative processes. Key values of quality, craftsmanship and originality lie at the heart of the packed programme where visitors can see the results of design invention up close and admire the skills that shaped them. With 100+ events in six days, there are exciting opportunities to get a fresh perspective on the new season by connecting with top influencers at talks, demonstrations, workshops and discovery tours. On the main stage a stellar line-up of international speakers share insights at the Conversations in Design series. A natural home for creative expression, Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour will unveil a breathtaking aerial installation by Cutture, bold pop-ups and new dining experiences, specially commissioned for the show. There is courtesy transport and entrance is free.