London’s legacy

Sustainability is a strong theme at this year’s London Design Festival, with many designers using recycled or discarded materials. From September 14 to 23 visitors can also see the legacy of British design and modern creations from further afield at more than 300 events taking place across the city. Here are a few highlights from this year’s offerings.


Keiichi Matsuda’s “Prism”, a giant iceberg-shaped lantern made up of a series of screens, will show a rolling stream of data from a variety of feeds including transport updates and economic statistics. It will be installed in the cupola of the Victoria & Albert museum’s ceramics galleries. The V&A will be opening new staircases so visitors can view the structure from various angles. The V&A will be home to a number of events and installations during the festival.

Victoria and Albert museum, Cromwell Road, SW7 2RL

September 14-23

East End Design Hub

Andaz Liverpool Street, in east London, will be playing host to the “Eggcentric” installation, which is made up from the discarded eggshells of 1,444 breakfast eggs consumed at the hotel. The eggshells will hold coffee bean compost and sprouting herbs. The hotel will also be hosting dinners designed by Linda Monique, featuring food that is made entirely from discards of the hotel restaurant. Guests for these “Scrap Lab” dinners will eat in the masonic temple within the hotel. Andaz will also be home to “Prism Cabinet”, a satellite of “Prism” at the V&A.

Andaz Liverpool Street, 40 Liverpool Street, EC2M 7QN

September 14-23, Opening times: 10am-10pm, daily

Decorex International 2012

Fig Tree console by Ginger & Jagger at Decorex International

Decorex International will host more than 250 companies, exhibiting everything from 3D ceramic tiles to garden furniture. It also offers an opportunity to see the work of new entrepreneurs, mentored as part of the Crafted programme. The entrance to the show will be designed by Dame Vivienne Westwood. Other highlights include a champagne bar designed by architect and interior designer Rabih Hage. Wallpaper and fabric company Fromental will auction off a set of panels that will be produced during the festival by one of their artists from China, Master Wang.

The Royal Hospital Chelsea, SW3

September 23-26, 1-7pm

Design Junction

The venue will be hosting a number of artists at The Old Sorting Office in central London. Alvar Aalto, the Finnish design company, will be selling recycled and renovated products as part of Artek’s 2nd Cycle. Visitors can also try out some of Aalto’s vintage furniture at the café.

Also on show are chairs produced in Udine, a city in northeastern Italy, known for its chair production, and work by various other artists.

The Sorting Office, 21-31 New Oxford Street, WC1A 1BA

September 19-23, Thursday-Saturday 10am-7pm, Sunday 10am-5pm


Outline Editions will be showing a Victorian mash-up – 19th century natural history engravings set alongside modern prints. The modern prints are by Icelandic illustrator Kristjana S Williams and are inspired by historical prints from Shapero Rare Books.

Shapero Rare Books, 32 St. George Street, W1S 2EA

September 14-22, Monday-Friday 9.30am-6.30pm, Saturdays 11am-5pm

Birdwatching graphic design walk 2012

Graphic Birdwatching is leading a tour through east London’s graphic design studios, celebrating the work of some of London’s female designers. Birdwatching was set up in 2009 as an initiative to promote diversity within creative industries. The design walk will take visitors to 16 studios, starting at the Birdwatching main exhibition at the 71A Gallery. The theme is “Proportion”.

71A Gallery, Leonard Street, EC2A 4QS

September 21, 10am-12.30pm, 2pm-4.30pm, September 22 11am-1.30pm, 3pm-5.30pm

Prostheses and Innesti

Works at Prostheses and Innesti were created by construction workers using materials found at Marcio Kogan’s building sites, and then modified by Kogan and architects at MK27. The latest pieces will be on display with older works and show how different materials can be made into innovative home furnishings.

Gallery FUMI, 16 Hoxton Square 2nd Floor, N1 6NT

September 14-23, Monday-Sunday 10-7pm

The Crystal Bulb Shop

British interior designer Lee Broom will set up “The Crystal Bulb Shop” at his Shoreditch studio, in east London, turning it into an old store with a sawdust floor with mirror panels to reflect the 200 crystal bulbs suspended in it. Visitors can also learn about construction of Broom’s crystal bulb through a short film.

Lee Broom, Electra House, 93 Rivington Street, EC2A 3AY

September 14-23, Monday-Saturday 10am-8pm, Sundays 10am-4pm, Tuesday 10am-4pm

Oyuna in collaboration with Peter Marigold

Cashmere brand Oyuna is collaborating with industrial designer Peter Marigold for the festival. They have designed a Mongolian yurt, or felt-lined tent, in which they will house the Oyuna 2012 collection, which features silk-screen printing and Mongolian script.

4 Cromwell Place, SW7 2JE

September 17, 11am-7pm daily

Bathing Beauties – The National Centre for Craft and Design

The National Centre for Craft and Design will be exhibiting more than a hundred beach hut designs. Architects, artists and designers were asked to reinterpret the British beach house and submitted their designs into a competition to have their work created and assembled on the Lincolnshire coastline.

Great Western Studios, 65 Alfred Road, W2 5EU

September 13-26, Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm, Weekend by request only, tel: +44 20 7221 0100

Untold Gold

The British European Design group will be exhibiting work by artists of African and African-Caribbean origin and celebrating the achievements of black sportsmen and women at this summer’s Olympic Games. The work will vary from home furnishings and lighting to sculpture and graphic design. There will also be a virtual exhibition showcasing work that cannot be easily transported into London.

Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, SE1

September 19-30

FT Podcast: Design Decade. As the 10th edition of the London Design Festival gets under way, designer Tom Dixon, London Design Museum director Deyan Sudjic and designer and online thinktank founder Rabih Hage discuss its impact with FT Architecture critic Edwin Heathcote

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