This week is the highlight of the London design calendar – the London Design Festival. The events started this weekend and run through to Sunday 25th September. There are exhibitions and shows all over London, many of which are grouped into seven official design districts across the capital. Here’s my summary of the major shows and exhibitions this week – the design destinations.
Decorex opened its doors yesterday, and runs through to Wednesday 21st September. It’s always one of the most keenly anticipated shows for interior designers in the high-end residential sector, where over 400 luxury design brands fill the halls at the beautiful Syon Park in South West London.
The suppliers at the Design Centre in Chelsea Harbour are showcasing their latest collections for high end and luxury interiors at Focus/16. Over 600 brands covering fabrics, wallcoverings, furniture, fittings, and everything for the home interior are represented by 120 showrooms. It opened to the trade yesterday, but all are welcome on 22nd and 23rd September.
100% Design was the original London design show and it’s now in it’s 22nd year. At Olympia again after a successful show last year, sections range from Interiors (of course!) to workplace design, design and build, and products. It runs from 21st to 24th September.
Also at Olympia is the new Luxury Made show that I wrote about a couple of weeks ago. This looks like it will be one of the most interesting places to visit this year, with an exciting range of high-end and bespoke suppliers in Olympia’s Pillar Hall. It runs alongside 100% Design on the same dates.
At the Old Truman Brewery in East London the Tent and Superbrands shows always feature a fabulous range of exhibitors – now badged together as the London Design Fair. It’s a great place to see international designers who are rarely shown in this country, as well as small independents designers and makers. The London Design Fair runs from 22nd to 25th September.
Design Junction is also running from 22nd to 25th September, and is moving to a new home in the Kings Cross Creative Quarter. It has expanded to become a multi-venue event, and I think this year will be their most exciting show yet. You can read more about the show in my earlier post, with information on each of the different sections and design themes.
As well as these main fairs there are hundreds of events in showrooms, retailers and exhibition spaces across London. Check out the full event directory and have a fantastic time!