True to its mantra of being a truly democratic design event, the 2022 edition of the London Design Festival will once again shed a bold new light on the city through its program of installations; museum exhibits; the Design Districts which highlight centers of creative activity throughout the capital; and the Global Design Forum, the Festival’s thought leadership program, which will bring together creative leaders to exchange ideas and solutions to some of the most pressing issues of our time.
For Sir John Sorrell CBE, Chairman of the London Design Festival, this year is a year to reflect and look to the future, while celebrating what it takes to be different in design. “We consciously founded the London Design Festival to be open to the public,” he said. “Unlike other design events, we not only aim to support designers by helping them showcase their work and generate business, but above all to create an understanding and appreciation of the creative industries by as wide an audience as possible. .”
With an almost overwhelming list of events and venues, where do you start? Design District is London’s new permanent home for the creative industries seems like a good place to kick off the week. Located on the Greenwich Peninsula, the venue comprises 16 buildings constructed by eight world-renowned architects as part of the most ambitious urban development in the history of London’s creative industries.
Remaining in the area, Design London returns to North Greenwich for its second edition, following its debut in 2021, as a contemporary design destination where architects and interior designers can find furniture, kitchens and bathrooms , lighting and state-of-the-art architectural installations under one roof.
Swing by St Giles Square. Commissioned for the 20th anniversary of the London Design Festival, Swivel is an installation that aims to bring color and interactivity to St Giles Square, a dynamic new public space next to Tottenham Court Road. This area is a place of transition, and the installation will animate the environment, demonstrating the power of design to bring people together and providing visitors with an opportunity to connect, reflect and enjoy themselves.
It would be a shame for visitors attending the DFL not to spend time at the V&A. The London Design Festival at the V&A is a unique collaboration between the world’s largest art, design and performance museum and LDF. Now entering its 13th year together as the official center of the festival, the collaboration will see iconic museum spaces transformed by an extraordinary collection of specially commissioned installations and exhibitions by international contemporary designers.
One such installation, The Lebanese House: Save a Home, Save a City, is an installation at the V&A installed for the London Festival of Architecture by Annabel Karim Kassar that explores the reconstruction of Beirut after the 2020 explosion.
Step INTO THE VIEW at Cromwell Place – a life-size multimedia platform, which plays on sensory effects that transform simple bounding surfaces into an infinite view through changing light, color and sound. Entering the facility triggers a single response; as audiences venture further inside, they will become more aware of the unexpected visual and sonic dimensions that continually evolve through their interactions. This project aims to capture and discover new perspectives regarding the coexistence of physical and meta realities.
With a full range of debates, discussions and conversations, every topic under the design umbrella will have its place in the sun – even if we’re talking about September in London! As well as spending our time traversing London to absorb all the week has to offer, hotel designs will host three such conversations during the week.
On September 19, we will be in the Atlas Concorde showroom where we will host a discussion exploring the ideas of “Nature versus Nurture in Surface Design”.
Giving an immersive twist to the activities, on September 22, hotel designs will be at Hansgrohe The Water Studio for an exclusive wellness set led by designer Wren Louks, the founder of Be-kin. It will be an exciting watercolor art experience for interior designers to stimulate creativity during the LDF.
To wrap up the week, on September 24, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., editor Hamish Kilburn will chair a panel discussion with Interior Design Declares, with the aim of establishing how the design community can collectively create spaces more consciously.
So, prepare a program and put on your walking shoes!
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