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Celebration of Design with London Design Festival

Celebration of Design with London Design Festival
London Design Festival 2021

Image courtesy London Design Festival

London Design Festival 18 - 26 Sept 2021

The London Design Festival is in full flow this week, the annual celebration of London as a design capital is always chock full of events and this year is no exception. The nine-day celebration will see over 200 events, exhibitions, and installations across the city. If you are passionate about design, London is the place to be this week, offering everyone the chance to discover and be inspired by world class design.  

The Festival features 10 Design Districts, each with their own identity reflecting the local community, allowing visitors to explore events a short walking distance from each other. Many of the events and exhibitions are open to the public and we are really excited to see Design London, debuting for 2021, which will showcase cutting-edge furniture, flooring and lighting, and new designers.  

Another stand out is the Circular Design Project by SAP, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, and London Design Festival, which will feature three curated talks, focusing on regenerative fashion, plastics, and food, and exploring how business, design and innovative thinking can facilitate tangible solutions. Sustainability and eco-friendly design remain key drivers for all businesses, and in the interior design sector there is an ever-wider selection of fabrics and materials made from recycled or reclaimed materials, including soft fabrics made from waste water bottles, as well as an increasing number of plant-based fabrics and materials.

Fleck Eco Sustainable Textured Chenille Kirkby Design

Fleck Eco Sustainable Textured Chenille Kirkby Design

With so many events and exhibits to attend there are too many for us to run through but three events we are looking forward to are:

Technicolour - Kvadrat & Peter Saville

If you head over to the Shoreditch Design Triangle look out for the collaboration between leading Danish textile manufacturer, Kvadrat, and legendary graphic designer, Peter Saville. London Design Festival provides the perfect backdrop for the UK launch of Technicolour, Kvadrat’s autumn collection of upholstery fabrics, curtains and rugs. The collection's name, Technicolour, is a reference to the bold colours commonly used to mark flocks of sheep that stand out in sharp contrast to the pastoral setting, perfectly encapsulated in the image below.

Kvadrat Technicolour Collection Peter Saville

Technicolour Kvadrat

William Morris Design Line 

The community focussed Design Route through the streets of Walthamstow returns for its second year. The focus is on bringing the local community together an inspiring future young creatives, and will see the unveiling a new large-scale mural by street artist AGWA. The Design Route takes its name from William Morris, the famous artist, poet and textile designer, and references his statement ‘art made by the people and for the people’. 

If you want to bring some William Morris style into your home you will be pleased to note the company he founded, Morris & Co., is still producing luxury wallpaper and fabrics and is about to celebrate its 160th year with a new collection, Simply Morris. If you can't wait for the new collection, the recent Queens Square collection is a wonderful collection of classic Morris & Co. designs.

Kennet Aqua Pink Fabric Queens Square Collection Morris & Co

Queen's Square Collaction, Morris & Co.

Lema UK

Italian furniture manufacturers LEMA will be unveiling their exciting new home collection which includes fabrics from the world famous Italian fabric house Dedar. If you miss the cocktail launch party on 23rd Sept you can still swing by their King's Road showroom to see the new focal point layout, 'The Gentleman's Wardrobe'.  

LEMA The Gentleman's Wardrobe Dedar Fabric London Design Festival

Image courtesy of LEMA London Design Festival 2021

There are 100s of other exhibits and events to get involved with and to take inspiration from during the London Design Festival, and it is also a great opportunity to do some window shopping and visit showrooms across London. Little Greene are launching their new collection National Trust Papers II across their three London showrooms, this is a follow up to their existing partnership with the National Trust which resulted in the first wallpaper collection and a complimentary National Trust paint collection.  


Little Greene Wallpapers National Trust Collection II Beechnut Florence

Little Greene National Trust Wallpapers Collection II

Moooi are an exhibitor at London Design Festival and their showroom is always worth a visit, even though we are not expecting them to reveal any more of their eagerly anticipated 2022 wallcovering collection. The 2022 collection when it launches will be the third collaboration with Arte International, and from the first images looks be as stunning as the previous collections.

Queen Cobra Wallpaper Moooi Arte International

Queen Cobra Moooi Wallcovering Collection 2022

If you have the chance to be near London this week, we stongly recommend taking time out to enjoy all the London Design Festival has to offer.