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For fifteen years now, our beloved capital holds on to its crown as leader of the design industries by welcoming a series of events. From installations and exhibitions to talks, workshops and conferences – all centered on a love for design, London’s boroughs will be hosting the biggest names in design at the moment. As a design-led company, you know we love to create, so here you have our top picks to help you make the best of the upcoming design festival.
‘Reflection Room’ at the V&A
As per usual, quite a large portion of the London Design Festival is housed at the V&A and we trust all of it is extraordinary. Though, the one installation that seems to be making the rounds this year is housed in the Prince Consort Gallery, exhibition space which opens its doors the first time for the festival. The ‘Reflection Room’ will create a multi-coloured reflective space, a nod to the gallery’s history as exhibition space for textiles.
Maybe we’re biased, but it seems like Camille Walala can do no wrong. Having risen to international fame for her pop tribal style, Walala has been left her mark on some of the world’s biggest cities – from London to Sydney, her murals can be found all over. Recently, she has lent her geometric patterns to NOW Gallery in Greenwich for a maze-turned-playground that’s been gracing our Instagrams all summer. And now, the designer of your Hoxton apartments ventures to Broadgate Circus to set up her new Villa Walala. A colorful architectural landscape aims to bring a smile to your face on a gloomy office day. Completed with stress balls, we promise that Walala’s infectious positivity will get to even the most tired of visitors.
citizen Shoreditch: Estate Playground
London designer Yinka Ilori transforms citizenM’s entrance into a playground aimed to awaken your inner kid. Swings, slides and roundabouts have been set up for visitors of all ages to enjoy. Ilori channels his African roots to bring some colorful patterns into the lobby in order to heighten the sense of childhood adventure that he plans to create.
Brixton Design Trail
‘Love is Power’ is the theme that guides this year’s Brixton Design trail, local designers lining up to represent this theme to promote acceptance and difference for the project’s second year. As Brixton’s recent rising is partly due to its embracing of cultural and personal differences, the trail welcomes works from artists south of the river – be they jewllery, textiles, prints and more. In addition, there will also be walks, talks and special installations plus food and drink from some local favourites.
London Design Festival returns to venues across the capital for its 15th year, between 16-24th September. For more information and the full programme head on to : http://www.londondesignfestival.com/