10 To See: London Design Festival
1. 100% Design, Earls Court, 17–20 September The slick design fair was opened this morning by international design guru Philippe Starck. There is work to see by Naomi Paul, Anna Glasbrook and new company selling rag rugs made out of waste from the t-short industry, Re Rag Rug by Studio Brieditis & Evans.
2. Designjunction, Old Sorting Office, New Oxford Street, 17–21 September The hippest design event in town opens later today with some of the coolest brands on display including Tom Dixon, Modus, Ercol, ligne roset and Bolon. AfghanMade have a big display curated and designed by Wallpaper*, the exhibition will feature modern, contemporary handmade carpets from five leading carpet design companies: Christopher Farr, ABC Italia, Nodus, Nani Marquina and Fort Street Studio. Dezeen’s collaborative project with MINI will be also worth a look.
3. Tent London and Super Brands London, Old Truman Brewery, 18–21 September For its eighth East London edition Tent London’s forecasts the main trends to be: Raw; Bold & Beautiful; Frame; and Retraction. A great selection of rugs and textiles will come from Kosmos Project, Beldi Rugs, Olim, Tori Murphy, Kitty McCall and Sonya Winner.
4. Designersblock, The Old Sessions House, 22 Clerkenwell Green, 18–21 September An event to find fun and funky work from some of the best up and coming young designers. Lucy Kent is among the textile exhibitors.
5. Decorex, Syon Park, 21–24 September London’s best interior designer show with some great rug companies showing new work. FRONT, representing Jan Kath and Floor to Heaven, will have a weaver from Nepal demonstrating his complex skills. Future Heritage, curated by Corinne Julius, will be a display showing of the best of British craft. It is a great show for rugs with Amy Kent, Tania Johnson, Elizabeth Ashard, Gideon Hatch, Veedon Fleece and Vanderhurd plus any more brands all under one roof.
7. Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, 13-21 September Among the many displays for the LDF, the V&A is showing fantastic new work by design collective The T-Shirt Issue. See our recent report here.
8. Alfredo Häberli for Kvadrat, 10 Shepherdess Walk, 16-21 September The Alfredo Häberli knit collection comprises three vibrant yet refined knitted upholstery textiles. Nebula, Nadir and Galaxy. The new designs are displayed in a series of fascinating three-dimensional mood boards. Alfredo Häberli comments ‘All the designs are very different but are nevertheless interrelated due to their specific colouring.The colour design of this collection was extremely fun!’
9. Klaus Haapaniemi, 81 Redchurch Street, E2, 13-21 September New collections by Klaus Haapaniemi are displayed together with furniture by Nikari, a manufacturer of sustainable wood design products, at the Klaus Haapaniemi.
10. Total Fabrication at Craft Central, 33-35 St John’s Square, 15-24 September An interactive exhibition of contemporary design for interiors with a material twist, which will include work by Angela Fung, Anthea Walsh, BexSimon, Charlie Whinney, Jo Woffinden, Pia Wüstenberg,Silo Studio, Stephanie Wright, TedWood, Troels Flensted, Urbanite Home and Vanja Bazdulj.
And don’t forget Timorous Beasties new velvets with artwork by Jonathan McCree at Sim Smith Gallery, Donna Wilson’s Rainy Day Pop up Shop, Darkroom’s show ‘OFF THE GRID – a Superpowered look at Superstudio’ and Focus at Design Centre Chelsea Harbour. Also see our previous report on the London Design Festival.