LDF 2017 – 8 FizzPicks for London Design Festival

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8 FizzPicks for making the most of the last weekend of London Design Festival 2017

BY SOPHIE DAVIES

With so many goodies up for grabs, London Design Festival can be bewildering. We've already shared some standout shows – from Camille Walala's rainbow-bright installation Villa Walala to Lee Broom's inky-black showroom, Bethan Gray's monochrome marquetry and designjunction's stylish smorgasbord. Here are 8 more of our top picks to help you navigate the final weekend of the city's biggest design bash, with all the exhibitions, events and experiences listed here wrapping up on Sunday 24 September, unless otherwise stated. Enjoy!

ABOVE: Captivating V&A installations include Flynn Talbot's experiential coloured light 'Reflection Room'; Ross Lovegrove's long folded textile 'Transmission' sculpture; and Petr Stanicky's glass-inspired 'Evocations' art works

Victoria & Albert Museum
Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London SW7
Once more the V&A is a humming hub of design activity, including a cluster of must-see creative commissions. Topping our wow list is London-based Australian lighting designer Flynn Talbot's mesmerising 'Reflection Room' installation, illuminating the arched, 35-metre-long Prince Consort Gallery. Viewers are immersed in shifting waves of Talbot's signature complementary orange and blue light, reflected via large, gloss black Barrisol panels. Welsh designer Ross Lovegrove's undulating, tactile 'Transmission' installation is a 21.3-metre fluid textile-sculpture formed from folds of Alcantara material in the Tapestries room. It looks vaguely monstrous and bodily, but its curious colour tones and textures riff on the heritage hunting tapestries hanging on the surrounding walls (on show until 8 October). Also look out for Czech glassmaker Petr Stanicky's 'Evocations' installation by the Glass & Ceramics Galleries, two sculptural racks holding light-filled vessels backdropped by city skyline views.

ABOVE: Customised chairs by Yinka Ilori created in collaboration with volunteer restorers for the Restoration Station auction; citizenM Shoreditch hotel's vibrant playground installation, inspired by Ilori's childhood memories of playing outdoors at his North London council estate

Yinka Ilori
Restoration Station, 118 Shoreditch High Street, London E1
citizenM London Shoreditch, 6 Holywell Lane, London EC2

London-born designer Yinka Ilori has two eye-poppingly colourful projects brightening up town for #LDF17, channelling his Nigerian heritage. For Restoration Station x Yinka Ilori, he has collaborated with volunteer restorers at not-for-profit vintage furniture store Restoration Station in Shoreditch to upcycle pre-loved chairs in vibrant hues. Snap up the mood-boosting results at an online auction to support this enterprising addiction recovery charity (deadline midnight Tuesday 26 September, although the exhibition wraps this Sunday). Ilori has also designed public play zone 'Estate Playground' in the entrance of the 2016-launched citizenM London Shoreditch hotel, inspired by the bright patterns of West African textiles and growing up in a council estate as a child. What with Camille Walala's interactive inflatable 'Villa Walala' in Broadgate, we're seeing a trend exploring patterntastic play and creative community spaces for this year's festival.

ABOVE: Faye Toogood's graphic sandcast-aluminium 'Spade' chairs; Surreally beautiful styling at The Tradeshow, her exchange of work with UK designers including furniture, ceramics, art and installations

Faye Toogood
The Trade Show, The Garage, 1 North Terrace, London SW3

Inspiring British designer Faye Toogood is hosting The Trade Show in South Kensington, inviting 50 of the country's leading creatives to join her in a mutually supportive collaboration. Toogood gave each of them one of her signature 'Spade' chairs – created for this project in limited-edition sandcast-aluminium – and in return they traded a representative piece of their own work. On board are architects, artists, photographers and fashion stylists, as well as top-notch furniture designers including Max Lamb, studio Glithero, Michael Sodeau, Peter MarigoldBethan Laura Wood and Tom Dixon. Their interactions with the chairs are captured in the beautifully realised show, alongside a surreal site-specific installation by food designers Arabeschi di Latte, drawing on folk-art superstitions.

ABOVE: Multi-disciplinary designer Bethan Laura Wood; The eccentric British talent's work is showcased by ONEROOM alongside diverse designs from Milan exhibited in a Victorian townhouse

ONEROOM x Bethan Laura Wood
9 French Place, London E1

Split over a four-floor Victorian warehouse in Shoreditch topped by an airy terrace, this atmospheric gallery show combines recent works by quirky British designer Bethan Laura Wood – known for her bold use of colour, pattern and texture across ceramics, lighting, furniture and fabrics – with a selection of design, objects and art from Milan. It's a collaboration between Wood and Shoreditch-based multidisciplinary design office ONEROOM, which delivers interiors, industrial and graphic design.

ABOVE: Design Frontiers' cutting-edge shows include Benjamin Hubert/LAYER's new 'Axyl' chairs and stools for Allermuir; Jaime Hayon and Jasper Morrison's menswear fashion label Jijibaba; and 'Materialise', wearable sports tech presented by Katie Greenyer of Pentland Brands

Design Frontiers
Somerset House, Strand, London WC2

Free group show Design Frontiers at Somerset House gathers more than 30 boundary-pushing international designers, from furniture to fashion and technology to textiles. Brit designer Benjamin Hubert of design agency LAYER is launching his 'Axyl' collection of sustainable chairs for Allermuir, sporting sinuous silhouettes in recycled and stackable aluminium and plastic. Hubert is also unveiling his lifestyle-focussed tech brand nolii, including sleek device chargers, global plugs and cable management. Spanish designer Jaime Hayon and UK star Jasper Morrison have joined forces to create new menswear range Jijibaba, launched here and at Dover Street Market. Featuring workwear jackets, cotton shirts and chinos, the 38-piece collection includes witty T-shirts and cardigans (sporting smiley faces), with the duo curating future contributions by art and design talents. Vitra and Fritz Hansen pieces furnish the apartment-style space. For wearable technology don't miss Materialise: The Big Studio and Pentland Brands, a red-hued installation spotlighting performance-enhancing sports kit and athleisure wear, from trainers to swimsuits and backpacks.

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ABOVE: Miniature pots by Yuta Segawa at group showcase 'Ceramics in the City' at Hoxton's Geffrye Museum

Ceramics in the City
Geffrye Museum, 136 Kingsland Road, London E2

Lovers of the handmade who are potty about pottery will adore this annual selling show at the Geffrye Museum, with 'Ceramics in the City' showing work by 50 of the UK's leading ceramic artists. Buy direct from the makers, with user-friendly tableware and one-off craft pieces to tempt you. With ceramics embracing oriental influences, organic forms and kooky colour, you're bound to find your favourite; then wander this museum of domestic interiors with room sets displayed in a string of 18th-century almshouses flanked by herb and period gardens.

ABOVE: Posters by German graphic designer Otl Aicher promoting the alpine town of Isny Im Allgäu, part of the largest retrospective of his work ever shown in the UK

Otl Aicher's Isny
3 Tyers Gate, London SE1 (until 29 September)

If graphic design is your bag, knock yourself out at 'Otl Aicher's Isny', a fascinating exhibition hosted by design/brand consultancy dn&co at its Bermondsey gallery Ground Floor Space devoted to the work of the acclaimed German talent. Graphic designer Otl Aicher is best known for branding airline Lufthansa and the 1972 Munich Olympics, as well as founding the influential Ulm School of Design. This show explores the iconic design identity he devised in the 1970s for the small town of Isny Im Allgäu, an alpine tourist destination in southern Germany keen to plug its summer cycling and winter skiing. Aicher distilled the town into 120 pictograms – stark, black-and-white and pared back – expressing German Modernism at its best. We can't wait to order the limited-edition book launched to tie by sister company Place Press. 

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ABOVE: Pattern and colour rule as fashion duo Peter Pilotto bring creative collaborations with design and art world pals to a Victorian townhouse in South Kensington, including Martino Gamper's 'Arnold Circus' stools

Peter Pilotto's Townhouse Takeover
3 Cromwell Place, London SW7 (until 15 October)

Fashion, design and art walk hand in hand at Peter Pilotto's boho takeover of a three-storey Victorian townhouse in South Kensington for Brompton Design District. The East London-based duo behind the arty UK fashion label – Peter Pilotto and Christopher de Vos – display their wonderful womenswear (including the just-revealed Spring/Summer 18 collection), but have also brought their design scene pals on board. So Bethan Laura Wood provides pastel-hued glass lighting, furniture designer Martino Gamper creates colourful 'Arnold Circus' stools, glassblower Jochen Holz crafts jugs and vases, and artist Francis Upritchard and designer Max Lamb provide art works, including collaborations with the boys. Rugs, antiques, throws and vibrant painted walls hint at the pair's taste, giving an insight into their style and creative processes.

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London Design Festival runs until this Sunday 24 September 2017, although select events may continue longer.

LDF 2016 – All The Fun Of The Fair

September means just one thing on the design calendar – the annual London Design Festival. Here's our handy guide for making the most of #LDF16…

BY DEE IVA

Each year the London Design Festival gets bigger, with a multitude of showrooms, installations, launches and talks all vying for your attention. Running over nine days until 25 September, 2016's edition features seven official Design Districts popping up around the capital, five major Design Destinations, inspiring new multicultural showcase the London Design Biennale, specially commissioned Landmark Projects, a happening hub at the V&A museum, and hundreds of events citywide, fanning out from Central London. Here's how to access all areas...

NORTH
North London sees the birth of the King's Cross Creative Quarter with the arrival of designjunction, one of the festival’s most popular shows. This year designjunction is split into four distinct areas. The Crossing, in Central Saint Martins, will house interactive installations and flash factory demonstrations; The Canopy is a dedicated shopping zone for 70 luxury retail brands; contemporary lighting show lightjunction will strut its stuff alongside 100 leading design brands in Cubitt House; and Granary Square will be home to eight pop-up Monopoly houses exhibiting immersive design experiences.

ABOVE: Online interiors emporium Rockett St George brings a taste of the tropics to The Hoxton hotel in the Shoreditch Design Triangle

ABOVE: North London's Granary Square gets new housing courtesy of designjunction

SOUTH
South London enters the fray with edgy independent design show Designersblock taking over the Oxo Tower on the South Bank again and another new Design District, the Brixton Design Trail, making its mark with 'Rebel Rebel', a themed set of events inspired by the late David Bowie. Stellar design duo Eley Kishimoto will dress the sails of London’s only inner-city windmill in their iconic ‘Flash’ pattern, you can buy directly from designer-makers at the Crafty Fox Market, and type fiends can fill their boots at Dalton Maag’s experimental typography workshop.

ABOVE: The world's most fashionable windmill by Eley Kishimoto, Brixton Windmill is part of the Brixton Design Trail

EAST
In East London, the Shoreditch Design Triangle's cluster of streets hosts large established brands such as Lee Broom, SCP East and Kvadrat, and smaller independents like Charlene Mullen and Factorylux showcasing their latest collections. The East End’s premier design shows Tent London and Super Brands have rather confusingly gathered under new moniker the London Design Fair to show a clutch of cutting-edge international designers, luxury labels and young designer-makers. Look out for Magnus Long’s yin-yang ‘Antumbra’ table lamp for Pietre di Monitillo, a bewitching mix of touch-dimmable black and white illuminated marble.

ABOVE: Hand held in black and white... Magnus Long's dimmable marble 'Antumbra' lamp, part of East London's London Design Fair

WEST
In West LondonBrompton Design District, South Kensington, is where you’ll see new collections from Italian design houses Cassina, Poltrona Frau, B&B Italia and Boffi, and the V&A is the place to spy intriguing installations by some of the world’s most innovative designers. Influential major trade showcase 100% Design returns to Olympia, having set up home there last year. Divided into five sections – Interiors, Emerging Brands, Kitchens and Bathrooms, Design and Build, and Workplace – it’s the festival’s largest show, with a public day on Saturday 24 September.

ABOVE: Kevin Stamper's pixellated 'Morning Storm' cabinet will be on display within Luxury Made, a new decorative exhibition in the Interiors section at 100% Design


If you’re short on time here are five Fizztastic installations to see during London Design Festival 2016…

‘Glaciarium’ by Fredrikson Stallard for Swarovski  
A glittering collection of chandeliers and accessories by design’s edgiest duo
Fredrikson Stallard, 10 Warner Street, Holborn, EC1


Jaime Hayon for BD Barcelona retrospective
Retrospective celebrating Jaime Hayon’s 10-year collaboration with Spanish brand BD Barcelona
BD Barcelona, 12-14 Berry Street, Clerkenwell, EC1


‘Opticality’ by Lee Broom
Lee Broom’s 'Optical' lighting is displayed in an immersive installation at his showroom
Lee Broom, 95 Rivington St, Shoreditch, EC2


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London Design Biennale
Inspiring installations, artworks and prototypes from 37 countries around the world
Somerset House, Strand, WC2


'Visioni' by Patricia Urquiola for cc-tapis
Patricia Urquiola's graphic rugs debuted at the Milan Furniture Fair and now hit London
Ebony and Co, 15 Saville Row, Mayfair, W1

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The citywide London Design Festival runs from 17-25 September 2016; see events for individual dates and opening hours.

LDF 2015 - A video snapshot

Chris Luehning's video snapshot of this year's London Design Festival takes us back to Somerset House, the Shoreditch Design Triangle and much more. Happy days! 

BY DEE IVA

It’s only been a couple of weeks since London shook to the beat of the London Design Festival and we’re already missing it. So we were more than thrilled when this video by Chris Luehning, an animation and motion design student from HS Anhalt in Dessau, Germany, arrived at DesignFizz HQ.

Luehning’s film captures events around town from Somerset House to Shoreditch taking in Covent Garden and Heal’s in between. There are short interviews with exhibitors including Tino Schaedler (who wowed us with his virtual reality space trip at Somerset House), Patternity and Deadgood, who created a pop-up library that showcased favourite books from design luminaries such as Yvés Behar, Marcel Wanders and Maarten Baas.

So if you want a little reminder of some of the highlights from LDF 2015 take a look. It’s just like being there all over again. And if you weren’t able to get there then you're in for a real treat...
vimeo.com/chrisluehning

LDF 2015 – 10 London Design Festival Highlights

It may be the last day of London Design Festival 2015, but here are 10 top FizzPicks to end on a high...

BY SOPHIE DAVIES

So, the London Design Festival draws to a close this Sunday 27 September, but you can still cram a hell of a lot into just one day. With seven design districts beckoning, from Bankside, Brompton and Brixton to Clerkenwell, Shoreditch, Islington, Chelsea and Queens Park, there's plenty on offer. Here are 10 of our favourite shows and installations from this talent-packed week to tempt you to hit town for one last hurrah...

Walala in da House at Aria Islington Design District
Fans of East London designer Camille Walala's ultra-bright, bold geometric street art – a hit from Shoreditch to Sydney – will love her show 'Walala in da House' in the Islington Design District. Walala's trademark Pop-tribal digital prints look equally at home in her interiors range, exclusive to Aria store, featuring armchairs and shelving, graphic cushions, prints and ceramics. Walala (above) collaborated on the furniture with local designer-maker Dale Kirk and on the ceramics with innovative Stoke-on-Trent potters Flux (CoBaltum). It's like Memphis went raving, and we're up for joining the party.
Aria, Barnsbury Hall, Barnsbury Street, Islington, London N1
camillewalala.com  ariashop.co.uk


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A Bullet from a Shooting Star by Alex Chinneck Greenwich Peninsula
Combining surrealism with spectacle, British sculptor Alex Chinneck has created 'A Bullet from a Shooting Star' out on Greenwich Peninsula, an area being developed for new housing. Don't worry, it's not a collapsed electricity facility. Chinneck has a knack for making the everyday extraordinary, and his 35-metre upside down steel pylon looks like it was shot into earth at a radical angle. Acting as an arrow to the neighbourhood, and a reminder of its industrial past, it's a star at LDF15 (the views from Emirates Air Line cable car are great). Also catch companion exhibition 'Straight Jacket Star Jumps' at nearby NOW Gallery, which sees a 20-metre pylon coiled bizarrely into a seven-metre-high space.
Greenwich Peninsula, London SE10
alexchinneck.com  greenwichpeninsula.co.uk  nowgallery.co.uk


Momentum by Fredrikson Stallard Holborn
It may look like a boulder from the Red Planet, but this Mars-esque marvel is actually the squishy 'Species' sofa, formed from polyurethane, glass fibre and polyester coated in red velvet by design-art duo Fredrikson Stallard. It's on show at their theatrical Holborn HQ/home as part of their 'Momentum' selling exhibition, spanning experimental furniture, sculpture, product and print. Supported by David Gill Gallery, it includes one-off and edition pieces themed around bronze, steel and ice.
Fredrikson Stallard, 10A Warner Street, London EC1
fredriksonstallard.com  davidgillgallery.co.uk


Barber Osgerby Lanterns at Twentytwentyone Islington Design District
Fans of George Nelson's iconic pendants and Isamu Noguchi's 'Akari' light sculptures will love these contemporary new 'Hotaru' lanterns by Brit duo Barber Osgerby, launched at exclusive distributor Twentytwentyone in Islington Design District. Drawing on the traditional heritage of Japanese lantern-making, they're manufactured by Oseki using translucent handmade Mulberry bark paper stretched over a bamboo frame. Named after the Japanese word for 'firefly', they come in two shapes; 'Buoy' (above), inspired by the maritime markers, and 'Double Bubble', which fuses twin spheres. We think they look great in groups.
Twentytwentyone, 274-275 Upper Street, London N1
barberosgerby.com  twentytwentyone.com


Donna Wilson SCP Editions at SCP Shoreditch Design Triangle
Serious design is all well and good, but sometimes only a ceramic critter will do. Fans of Brit designer Donna Wilson's cute animals motifs, usually seen on cushions, tableware and throws, will love her new earthenware 'Bear' and 'Bird' designs, part of SCP's small-batch SCP Editions released for LDF15 in the Shoreditch Design Triangle. Based on Wilson's illustrations, they're hand-painted and glazed in Stoke-on-Trent, and are available in various colours. SCP is also launching six sofas by six different designers for 'Sofa in Sight', including the minimal boxy 'Rochester' by lighting whizz Michael Anastassiades.
SCP East, 135-139 Curtain Road, London EC2
donnawilson.com  scp.co.uk


Twisting Tradition at Mint Brompton Design District
South Kensington store Mint, in the Brompton Design District, is known for its sharp, eclectic edits of the best new design. Discover cutting-edge and curious craft pieces in their LDF show 'Twisting Tradition', including Japanese brand Nendo's 'Tokyo Tribal' collection of chairs and tables for Singaporean firm Industry Plus, which incorporate woven baskets as supports and storage.
Mint, 2 North Terrace, Alexander Square, London SW3 (until 30 September)
mintshop.co.uk  nendo


Lenneke Wispelwey at SMUG Islington Design District
Dutch ceramicist Lenneke Wispelwey's contemporary new porcelain tableware teams sherbet colours and geometric patterns. In residence at Islington design store SMUG, she'll be launching new pieces, including the 'Pour Darling Jug''Fat Lady' and 'Queen Mother' vases.
SMUG, 13 Camden Passage, Islington, London N1
lennekewispelwey.com  ifeelsmug.com


Pinch: Nim at Pinch Shoreditch Design Triangle
We're longtime admirers of British furniture label Pinch (Russell Pinch and Oona Bannon), whose sleek wooden designs always turn heads. In a new departure, though, the studio has launched its new limited edition 'Nim' table made from Jesmonite, channelling lava strata, stone and the weather. It looks like something forged from the natural world, not a man-made object; we want! Although their shop is in Clapham, their LDF show is at the Rochelle School in the Shoreditch Design Triangle, and includes elegant offerings such as the 'Leta' chaise and 'Eugene' table.
Pinch show, First Floor, Rochelle School, Arnold Circus, London E2
pinchdesign.com


Tom Dixon: Multiplex by Tom Dixon Old Selfridges Hotel
Brit design star Tom Dixon and Wallpaper magazine present Multiplex, a playful take on an immersive, multi-sensory shopping mall, at the Old Selfridges Hotel behind Selfridges department store. Drawing on look, scent, sound, touch and taste, it includes design, technology, fashion, film and interiors, exploring ways in which we might encounter retail environments in the future. Under pressure from online shopping and rising rents for bricks and mortar, traditional stores need to reinvent themselves in the digital age. Shop till you drop at this trendsetting pop-up, which offers bespoke products, unique services and potent experiences, as well as new lighting, furniture and accessories from Dixon.
Multiplex, Old Selfridges Hotel, 1 Orchard Street, London W1 (until 15 October)
tomdixon.net/uk/multiplex


Darkroom is Five – 5 Years / 5 Products / 5 Shapes Bloomsbury
Circle, triangle, square, semi-circle, ziggurat. Directional design store Darkroom celebrates five years in business by launching five new products focused on five bold shapes. Expect 'Bauhaus Alphabet Pendants' from their first jewellery range, hand-dipped 'Monochrome' enamelware tableware, 'Shapes Scented Candles' in charcoal or white tea (housed in reusable glass containers with cork tops), handwoven 'Kilims' and Welsh woven 'Shapes Blankets' in grey, black and white geometrics with vibrant accent stitching. Shape up!
Darkroom, 52 Lamb's Conduit Street, London WC1
darkroomlondon.com

The London Design Festival runs until Sunday 27 September 2015, although select shows continue longer; londondesignfestival.com