Politics to pavilions: London design in 2017

As this year’s London Design Festival opens in venues across the city, our special supplement examines crucial issues for the industry, looks at design’s power to bring about social change and talks to some of the leading players

The city’s architects and designers are looking at new ways of making things

This year’s festival takes over venues across the capital, while the design fair is based in Shoreditch

For a century, Finland has led the world in pared-back, elegant design

Alice Hancock tracks down the venues where design is a key ingredient

Design is about much more than new styles and trends – it has the power to change the way we live

Discover the controversial items being collected for posterity by the museum

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