London Design Festival Highlights

From the 15th to the 23rd of September, the London Design Festival will take its 16th turn through the English capital. Once again, the festival strikes a balance between celebrating the city of London as a design destination, whilst also highlighting international voices and the collaborative and traversable nature of modern design. The yarn of the 2018 edition is sustainability, with upcycle and re-use as the obvious motifs of the program. The V&A remains the hub and heartbeat for the festival’s 11 design districts, that stretch out across the city. Here is Oak’s agenda for the nine days, highlighting the events that show how the Nordic region fights above its weight in the global design forum.

Spread out over three venues in London’s South Bank is designjunction. Launched in 2011 by industry leaders, this is a new design fair format existing at the cross-section of creativity and commerciality. Through a heavy schedule of pop-up restaurants and boutiques, product launches, installations and industry talks, designjunction connects globally renowned brands with stylists, architects, buyers and the public. Iittala, Icons of Denmark, Gemla and Erik Jørgensen will be exhibiting at the Doon Street location, where Danish consultancy By Form has designed STILL, a restaurant installation that provides a tranquil dining retreat.

Republic of Fritz Hansen Travelling Exhibition
It is the 60th anniversary of Arne Jacobsen’s presentation of the world’s first design hotel – Copenhagen’s SAS Royal Hotel, now the Radisson Collection Royal Hotel. This travelling exhibition is a celebration of that opening as well as a retrospective on the work of the eminent designer. The hotel’s now iconic furniture pieces, that Jacobson created in collaboration with Fritz Hansen, will be on display.

The Skandium Eco Townhouse
In line with the festival’s sustainability theme,  Skandium’s four-story South Kensington townhouse has been outfitted exclusively with Scandinavian products that adhere to high ethical standards. Danish family-owned design companies Montana and Skagerak were commisioned with decorating the townhouse to showcase the beauty and vibrancy of conscious design. Montana has curated two floors in their energetic colour blocking style, while Skagerak has adorned the basement and garden with their FSC-certified furniture collection. On the 20th of September, the CEO’s of both companies will join a panel of experts to discuss designing responsibly and how this has been imbued in the Scandinavian sustainable living philosophy.

Henrik Vibskov: The Onion Farm
In the Tapestries Gallery of The V&A, Danish designer Henrik Vibskov has created a large-scale woven installation. The knitted work extends for 25 metres in the gallery room, with woven onions and brushes growing out from the vibrant and tactile structure. Set next to the historic tapestries adorning the gallery’s walls depicting bucolic farming life, this modern interpretation acts as a  commentary on today’s mechanised and depersonalised agricultural practice.

See the complete London Design Festival program here.