London Design Festival is one of the largest celebrations of design and innovation all around the world, promoting creativity through a wide variety of events and exhibitions that take place in London, the capital of design. The festival gathers some of the greatest minds in the UK as well as international influences, from designers to retailers as well as opinion leaders and educators. In order to keep our readers informed including bathroom news, Luxury Bathrooms has opted to do a guide that will help you guide yourself through the beloved London Design Festival, which will be taking place from 15-23 September in a wide variety of venues within London.
Last year, the event broke all records by welcoming 450,000 individual visitors from all around the world. According to Ben Evans, the director of the London Design Festival, the entire festival “is a platform for 100s of design stories to be told. Each of them talks to an expanding audience hungry for design ideas and enjoying the quality and diversity of what’s on offer. It all confirms London’s status as the global centre of design.”
The event gives visitors the access to go to the main design districts of London, where they can find the best design stores, showrooms and iconic landmark projects. The latter is comprised of a series of ambitious installations spread across the most prominent sites in London and designed by influential figures, such as David Adjaye, John Pawson, Marc Newson, Amanda Levete, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, David Chipperfield, and many others. Now, take a look at some of the best things one should keep an eye out for during the festival, whether if it is design districts or events to visit or even luxury hotels or restaurants to experience, so take a look:
London Design Festival 2018: Best Design Events to Attend
London Design Festival 2018: Best Design Events to AttendFrom 100% Design to Decorex, the London Design Festival provides a wide variety of events and exhibitions that encompass numerous disiciplines within the industry. You should definitely keep an eye out for the following seven events that are an epitome of creativity and innovation. Depicted in the image: Reflection Room by Flynn Talbot (Source: Dezeen)
Decorex is internationally renowned for being one of the best platforms to find the most coveting concepts and products regarding interior design, which are developed by emerging and well-established talents. This year’s edition will take precedence from 16-19 September in Syon Park.Image Source: London Design Festival
- Champagne Bar by Shalini Misra. Photo credit to Andrew Meredith. Image Source: London Design Festival
Considered one of the best destinations in the beloved London Design Festival, 100% Design is actually the largest and longest-running design trade event for industry professionals in the UK. From 12-19 September, this will become the best place to find the most appealing interior design trends, inspirations as well as emerging talents.
This year, the event has introduced brand-new features, including the affluent area of West Kensington Design District, 100% Features that celebrates forward-thinking design, 100% Forward that honours emerging talents in sectors like lighting, textiles, furniture and product design, 100% Build London, which is a show dedicating for the construction and architectural industry, Design Best Sale Shop, among many other attractive exhibitions. You can expect to hear from some of the world's best designers and architects in the show's talks, including Marcel Wanders, Kelly Hoppen, Thomas Heatherwick, Philippe Starck, John Hitchcox, Jade Jagger, Mark Davison and Steve Leung.Image Credit to Sophie Mutevelian
100% Design also grants the opportunity for one to meet some of the best luxury design brands in the world, including Mid-century modern lighting and furniture brands DelightFull and Essential Home (Booth L421). With these two brands you will defintely find something quite suitable for your master bathroom suite
In 2018, designjunction has found a new location in the cultural hub of the South Bank. The event will take place from 20-23 September and will encompass a combination of global furniture, lighting, accessory, material and technology brands, who have the opportunity to meet, do business and be inspired by one another. The event hosts numerous pop-up shops, installations and interactive features, making Designjunction one of the most exclusive and prestigious events in London and worldwide.Image Source: Designjunction
London Design Fair
The London Design Fair takes place in the creative heart of East London. The new edition will occur from 20-23 September and will bring together 550 exhibitors from 36 countries. Here one can find the latest trends in furniture, lighting, textiles, materials as well as the most astonishing conceptual installations from the world’s best minds.Image Source: London Design Festival
- Zetteler US Pavilion Assembly (London Design Fair 2017). Image Credit to Dan Weill
Located in the Chelsea Harbour Design Centre, Focus is recognised as a primary destination for creative excellence. Each year, the event gathers thousands of makers and thinkers from the industries of interior design, architecture and fashion. Colour will be one of the main aesthetics for the upcoming edition.
British Art FairFor its 30th anniversary, the prestigious art fair will celebrate modern British art from the last 100 years. The event will count with the presence of over 50 leading dealers as well as plenty of peculiar exhibitions taking place at the Saatchi Gallery, from 20-23 September. Image Credit to Mark Cocksedge. Source: Evening Standard
Over the years, Lapada Art & Antiques Fair has grown quite fast becoming one of the most beloved international showcases when it comes to art and antiques. This year, the event will take place at the Berkley Square, from 14-19 September. Around 100 exhibitors are expected to participate within a wide variety of sectors, from art and antiques to design and decorative arts as well as jewellery, furniture, carpets, ceramics, and many others.
London Design Festival 2018: Best Design Districts to Visit
London Design Festival 2018: Best Design Districts to VisitOne of the most important components of this marvellous design week is London’s highly curated design districts. Each one features a cluster of events and exhibitions that allow visitors to truly enjoy the extraordinary lifestyle and design essence of London. Image: Villa Walala by Camille Walala. (London Design Festival 2017. Source: Dezeen)
Bankside Design District
Bankside Design District is a celebration of the area’s thriving creative industries with a programme of installations, open studios and interactive workshops. Here, one should definitely check out the Tate Design Week and Bankside secret garden.
Brompton Design District
The 2018 programme was curated by Jane Withers Studio focusing around the theme of “Material Consequences”. Many enticing design projects will be shown that question the role of design on a local and a global scale. In this district, you can visit the showrooms and design stores of some of the world’s best brands, including Meridiani, Kartell Wander, Citco, Molteni & C, Poltrona Frau, B&B Italia, and countless others.
Fitzrovia Design District
This creative hub is known for being quite diverse and innovative housing plenty of design styles and disciplines. It actually has some of the most long-standing design houses in the world, such as Ligne Roset as well as original start-ups and independents. As a whole, it nurtures the finest things in British design.
Marylebone Design District
The Howard de Walden Estate and the Portman Estate are responsible for the coordination of this design district. Through prime partnerships, they have been able to develop an environment where creativity can shine through. One of the main attractions of the district is the Conran Shop, a prestigious design store dedicated to furniture, lighting and gifts.
Mayfair Design District
Quality and craftsmanship are two of the main focus of this exceptional district. It gathers interactive exhibitions from the best galleries. Once known as a more traditional location, The Mayfair Design District now showcases how evolving and opened it has become when it comes to contemporary and collectable design.
Regent Street & St James’s Design District
This design district was launched just this year and will combine the best of globally recognised names and unique independent boutiques to create a programme of varied design experiences for the London Design Festival. You should certainly keep an eye for Italian Design at Christie's and Bethan Gray.
Shoreditch Design Triangle
Shoreditch is a true celebration of the best that this area has to offer. It brings together the very best product launches, exhibitions, installations, workshops, talks and tours. London Design Fair takes place in this district. One of the best exhibitions to see this year will be Oneroom by Bethan Laura Room.
Victoria Design District
Victoria has been one of the most recently transformed and well-connected areas in London. Presenting a vibrant and bustling character, the district gives birth to major investments. Here, creative thinkers and visitors will be able to gather and enjoy “world-class experiences”.
West Kensington Design District
This affluent area brings together leading design destinations, cultural institutions and must-events, such as 100% Design, during one of the biggest festivals of the world. Yoo is also one of the brands you should see in this district.
London Design Festival 2018: Best Cocktail Parties/Gatherings to Go toDuring this time, London hosts a wide variety of cocktail parties, press previews and important design gatherings that seek to promote and celebrate design in all of its beauty. Here are two of them you cannot miss!
Covet London has the noble mission of celebrating design with professionals and enthusiasts, offering an intimate and authentic design experience.Cocktail Party: 17 September at 17:00 pm / Pop-Up Store: 19 September at 17:00 pm Address: 1 Regal House, Lensbury Avenue, Fulham London, United Kingdom
The proficient designer will host Electronalagoue in the brand's new HQ and flagship shop in King's Cross. This gathering will be exploring all realms of digital innovation in a wide variety of installations and interventions. It will count with the collaboration of Bill Amberg Studio, Teenage Engineering, sound artist Yuri Suzuki, sound lab Spiritland and ege carpets.Monday 17th September - 8.30am – 11.00am Address: The Coal Office, 1 Bagley Walk, King’s Cross, London, N1C 4PQ
London Design Festival 2018: Best Luxury Hotels to Stay
London Design Festival 2018: Best Luxury Hotels to StayWith the largest design festival in London almost upon us, Luxury Bathrooms has gathered some of the best luxury hotels in the city, that one should most definitely experience while attending the event, so don’t waste another minute and start booking.
Corinthia Hotel LondonCorinthia is one of the best luxury hotels in central London and is located near all of the city's major attractions. The hotel combines grandeur and heritage with clever design. It is comprised of 225 rooms, 51 suites, 7 penthouses and an exceptional restaurant. Address: Whitehall Pl, Westminster, London SW1A 2BD, UK
Mandarin Oriental Hyde ParkMandarin Oriental Hyde Park offers an enticing blend of elegance, style and luxury. Home to two of the city’s best restaurants, elegant afternoon tea room, stunning spa, beautifully designed accommodation and exquisite function rooms, the hotel offers a fashionable, yet timeless base from which to discover the British capital. Address: 66 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7LA
Shangri-La Hotel At The Shard LondonShangri-La’s first UK outpost boasts arguably the best views of any hotel in London, with 360-degree vistas of the capital from just about everywhere that make a stay here truly memorable. The top-floor infinity pool area is a particularly desirable space from which to survey your kingdom. Address: The Shard, 31 Saint Thomas, London SE1 9QU
The Dorchester LondonThe Dorchester, a splendid English luxury hotel, is located in upscale Mayfair close to Hyde Park. The hotel is truly representative of the British tradition offering the quintessence of refinement and elegance. Address: 53 Park Ln, Mayfair, London W1K 1QA
Brown's HotelSituated in the heart of Mayfair, Rocco Forte’s Brown’s Hotel personifies modern British luxury, with outstanding personal service, elegant rooms and suites, award-winning afternoon tea and a spa. The Donovan Bar and HIX Mayfair celebrate British dining and contemporary art, offering the perfect London experience. Address: Albemarle St, Mayfair, London W1S 4BP
London Design Festival 2018: Best Fine-Dining Restaurants to Experience
London Design Festival 2018: Best Fine-Dining Restaurants to ExperienceIn this gallery, you can find five luxury restaurants that will provide you with the ultimate fine dining experience. This will definitely be a complement to everything you are witnessing during the festival!!!
Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester HotelAlain Ducasse’s three Michelin Star restaurant is placed on the Dorchester Hotel, a London Landmark. In this luxury restaurant, people are treated with the French Charm and eat classical food. Address: 53 Park Ln, Mayfair, London W1K 1QA
Hélène Darroze at The ConnaughtThis two Michelin-starred restaurant is located in the elegant The Connaught Hotel and Darroze’s creativity and passion become even more famous here. Hélène Darroze only uses season ingredients, and they are available just on the day of serving. Address: Carlos Pl, Mayfair, London W1K 2AL
Sketch LondonSketch is a complex and unique site. Conceived by French master chef Pierre Gagnaire and restaurateur Mazouz, it has attracted unprecedented media reaction for its myriad food, drink and entertainment styles since it opened in December 2002. Address: 9 Conduit St, Mayfair, London W1S 2XG
CélesteIt’s easy to be amazed by the Lanesborough Hotel but, at first, you need to dine at Céleste. This brilliant Michelin- starred restaurant is led by Executive Chef Florian Favario and offers amazing courses with European influences. Address: Hyde Park Corner, Belgravia, London SW1X 7TA
AquavitAquavit London is a fresh, new concept that combines inspired signature dishes with sophisticated design, all in a uniquely Nordic style. Situated in the recently re-developed St James’s Market in central London. Address: St James’s Market 1 Carlton Street, London SW1Y 4QQ
In conclusion, the London Design Festival is one of the greatest celebrations of design that allows both design enthusiasts and professionals to discover the best of what the city has to offer. It is in fact, the best platform to identify and be inspired by what the city has best to offer, the latest trends and product releases.
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