London is an amazing hub of creativity and design, especially over September when London Design Festival and its related events are on. Here are our top picks for some great design-led things to do, experience and see this September.
Design Junction, King’s Cross – 21-24 September
Returning to King’s Cross, designjunction presents more than 200 of the world’s most iconic design brands to the world’s leading design professionals. It’s the place #wheredesignmeets during the London Design Festival. See Turkish Ceramics’ unveiling of ‘Gateways’ by Adam Nathaniel Furman at Granary Square; sip cocktails from a customised barge, as Campari transforms the canal into a mini Navigli-Tortona; or tiptoe through the flower-filled, immersive passageway by Bloomon. Lots of other fantastic designers on show including Wallace Sewell, Lara Görlach, Someday Designs, Beatrice Larkin and Anna-Lisa Smith.
Frieze Sculptures – Until October 8, Regent’s Park
If you haven’t already been to see the Frieze Sculptures at Regent’s Park, what are you waiting for?! Until October 8th, discover the works of 23 leading artists from around the world in the English Gardens at Regent’s Park. Programme Director Claire Lilley who selects all the sculptures says the 25 works ‘explore contemporary sculpture’s material and technical dexterity, together with its social role and reflection on the human condition and our environment’.
From the weird to the wonderful the works include a six-metre-high ubiquitous toy-human figure by KAWS; an extraordinary white-enameled bronze tree by Ugo Rondinone and a stacked column of bronze footballs by Hank Willis Thomas! It’s a lovely way to spend an afternoon in one of London’s best green spaces.
Villa Walala – Broadgate – 21-24 September
As part of the London Design Festival, Camille Walala’s installation at Broadgate is a must-see. In partnership with British Land, Villa Walala is 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. There are lots of surprises as well as squeezy stress balls – a perfect lunchtime or post-work distraction to inject a little joy during or after your boring day at work!
Hemingway: It’s a family affair, Tue 19 September 2017. 14:00 – 15:30
If you’re passionate about design and interiors, then don’t miss this chance to meet and listen to the incredible family behind HemingwayDesign and Red or Dead. Wayne, Gerardine, Jack and Tilly Hemingway are true visionaries in urban design, housing, fashion, branding and cultural events.
They will chat as a family about what influenced their lives growing up – from starting on a market to international catwalks to large scale affordable housing developments, placemaking events and of course wallpaper! Truly inspirational and and opportunity not to be missed.
Hosted by Graham & Brown.
The House of Wallpaper, 19 Greek Street, SOHO. W1D 4DT
California: Designing Freedom, Design Museum
Until 17 OCTOBER 2017. The Londonist described this exhibition as ‘a slice of California cool’. Designing Freedom takes a look at how California has come to have such a powerful influence on contemporary design. It explores how the ideals of the 1960s counterculture morphed into the tech culture of Silicon Valley and how ‘Designed in California’ became a global phenomenon.
Starting in the 1960s, the exhibition charts the journey from the counterculture to Silicon Valley’s tech culture. It covers everything from communications, hi-tech gadgets, hippies, Facebook, acid trips and virtual reality.