London Design Festival 18-26 September 2010

It’s that time of year again, when London comes alive with the buzz of the London Design Festival, featuring hundreds of design related events. Here are my top ten things to see this year…

London Biblio-geography: A Personal A-Z, 10-29th September, Few & Far

An exhibition at one of my favourite shops, Few & Far. The exhibition celebrates the work of Mrs Pearsall who walked every street of London on her own, creating the best-known street map in Britain back in 1936. Rachel Hazell has created a range of graphic works for sale and an exhibition that aims to create an atmosphere reminiscent of a cartographer’s studio.

HEL YES! 15th September – 3rd October, 1-3 Wenlock Road, N1

A temporary restaurant and exhibition showcasing the best in Finnish food and design is being held in a former depot in East London. Partnering with Finland’s world class design houses Iittala and Artek for exclusive customised furniture, lighting and tableware, the exhibition promises to delight all the senses.

Mind the Shadow Gap: Contemporary Architectural Mouldings by Solomon and Wu, 18-24th September, 6 Whidbrne Street, WC1

Solomon and Wu launch their first collection of contemporary architectural mouldings, bringing contemporary design to a tradition that goes back thousands of years.

Heal’s Lucienne Day inspired selling exhibition, 18-26th September, Heal’s Tottenham Court Road

A selling exhibition of products inspired by the designs of iconic British textile designer Lucienne Day, whose designs pioneered the idea of fabric as ‘art for the people’ by linking mass production and fine art and offering it at affordable prices. Day was discovered by the Director of Heals’ Fabrics, Tom Worthingon, at her graduate show and went on to design more than 70 prints for Heals from the 1950s to the 1970s.

HomeWorks at Mint,18-30th September, 2 North Terrace, SW3

A selection of the latest designs by more than forty established and upcoming designers at inspirational design shop Mint. The designers, who have been chosen for their experimental and individual craft skills, have transformed every day objects into inspirational home pieces. As part of the show, Mint has also commissioned thirteen emerging designers to rework thirteen identical vintage chairs that originated in a Danish shipyard canteen. HomeWorks will also showcase talent from the Danish design scene as well as the latest designs by Diesel for Moroso.

The One Room Hotel, JamesPlumb at Hostem, 18-24th September, Redchurch Street E2

Design duo JamesPlumb will be showing their latest designs at Hostem, a menswear store on Redchurch Street in Shoreditch that JamesPlumb designed the interior for. By day the installation will be open to the public and by night the keys will be handed over to someone to enjoy the One Room Hotel, a stay in the exhibition’s interior. You can make your case for a night’s stay via the Hostem or JamesPlumb web sites.

The Tramshed Event, 22-26th September, 32 Rivington Street, EC2

The Tramshed Event is an exhibition of high end design from 25 exclusive international brands including Benchmark, Studioilse, Scin, Autoban, Another Country, Bocci, Decode, Michael Sodeau and Matthew Hilton. Held in a striking post industrial tram shed, the event will also run a series of design debates featuring an impressive line-up of leading designers and creative thinkers including Patricia Urquiola, Luke Pearson of PearsonLloyd, Matthew Hilton and Ilse Crawford.

Origin: The London Craft Fair, 23-29th September, Old Spitalfields Market, E1

Origin is the Crafts Council’s annual showcase of contemporary craft, bringing together 220 of the most innovative UK and international makers for one week. It offers visitors a rare chance to buy directly from the makers and meet them face to face. Exhibitors to look out for this year are Clare Willard (work pictured here) who uses brightly coloured laminate to create vivid and architectural surfaces and installations and Margo Selby who is now well known for her beautiful woven fabrics.

100% Design, 23-26th September, Earls Court, SW5

The London Design Festival just wouldn’t be complete with 100% Design, the annual exhibition of more than 350 interiors, design and architectural products held at Earl’s Court exhibition centre. A definite must-visit for anyone serious about interiors and design.

Make and Take at the Union Street Urban Orchard, The Architecture Foundation, 18-19th September, 100 Union Street

And finally… an event that sounds like a bit of good creative fun! To celebrate the dismantling of The Union Street Urban Orchard, The Architecture Foundation will be running a series of creative reuse workshops allowing members of the public to create useful objects from the left over Orchard pallets. People can get creative building their own chairs, plant boxes, bird boxes, board games and the like from recycled materials under the supervision of young designers and carpenters.