Once again London Design Agenda brings you the top London Design Festival highlights!
HEAL’S: 200 YEARS YOUNG
Heal’s has been designing, making and selling furniture for over 200 years and champions the work of established designers and emerging talent. 2015 highlights include Gareth Neal’s leather and oak chair, three new complete furniture collections, the Dodie, Pinner and Fawn and the Heal’s Discovers collection of four new designers.
HELIX CENTRE: DESIGN CHALLENGE IN A HOSPITAL
The HELIX design team will conduct a health-design challenge in our innovative pop-up studio in the heart of a London hospital. The HELIX Centre invites you to contribute your thoughts and ideas to help solve a healthcare problem and play a part in the development of design solutions in real time.
IRISH DESIGN 2015: THE SOUVENIR PROJECT
A collection of contemporary souvenirs that explores the local context, championing creative collaborations between Irish designers and makers. Playful, useful or simply curious – a gathering of objects with meaning and depth commissioned by ID2015 and curated by Jonathan Legge, Makers & Brothers.
LEE BROOM: THE FLOWER SHOP
Lee Broom’s new collection of vases and accessories takes centre stage in an immersive floral display transforming his flagship store into The Flower Shop. This follows the success of his award winning Milan show The Department Store where all 25 pieces from the collection will also be shown.
LONDONPRINTSTUDIO: PRINT IS DEAD. LONG LIVE PRINT.
Print is Dead. Long Live Print. An eye-opening look at the explosion of independent, design-led magazines shaping the future of print. This exhibition showcases 50 innovative magazines from around the globe.
MALLETT: DESIGN HOUSE
Mallett Antiques celebrates 150 years and looks to its future with DESIGN HOUSE, a spectacular collaboration with leading luxury brands from around the world for the launch of their new collections. Together, they herald the fusion of 18th century techniques with 21st century design.
MINT: TWISTING TRADITION
The selection for this year’s Festival has taken Mint on a cultural journey to the most poetic corners of craft-orientated design. Mint will collaborate with Industry Plus to present Nendo’s new collection ‘Tokyo Tribal’, and Nigel Coates’ ‘Paracastello Collection’ amongst a large number of designers.
NOW GALLERY: STRAIGHT JACKET STAR JUMPS
For his NOW Gallery commission, Alex Chinneck’s Straight Jacket Star Jumps is like a ship in a glass bottle. The wound-up 20-metre-long pylon defies logic to fit within the 7 metre-high space. This work complements this year’s Landmark Project – a 35m upside down pylon balancing on the Peninsula – A Bullet from a Shooting Star.
PATTERNITY: PATTERNITY | FESTIVAL OF PATTERN
Cult pattern pioneers PATTERNITY proudly host a cross-disciplinary pattern festival, featuring patterned projects, installations, workshops, industry talks and collaboration launches. A retrospective of PATTERNITY’s products will be showcased at the pop-up shop, including the new PATTERNITY book.
London-based design studio PINCH launches a new table called Nim. An exploration of texture and form, Nim references lava strata, stone and weather. Made from Jesmonite, Nim captures the power, potential and beauty of the natural world expressed as a new man made object.
SCP: SOFA IN SIGHT
Six designers make six sofas, exploring ideas in modern upholstery making and in celebration of the sofa. Designs by Michael Anastassiades, Konstantin Grcic, Faudet-Harrison, Matthew Hilton, Lucy Kurrein, Terence Woodgate. Also on show will be SCP Editions, a collection of special designs in small batches.
The destination for discovering amazing design collaborations, exclusive product launches and unique pop-up spaces this Festival. On the LG floor of its flagship store, you can join Selfridges for a week full of extraordinary experiences from iconic and up-and-coming brands.
SERPENTINE GALLERIES: SERPENTINE PAVILION 2015 DESIGNED BY SELGASCANO
In 2015 Serpentine Galleries celebrates the 15th anniversary of the world-renowned Pavilion commission. This year, award-winning Spanish studio selgascano have taken on the brief. Serpentine Pavilion 2015 designed by selgascano. Open daily 25 June – 18 October, free admission.
SMUG: LENNEKE WISPELWEY UPSTAIRS AT SMUG
SMUG will be spearheading the Islington Design District with an exhibition of work by Dutch ceramist Lenneke Wispelwey. The lower ground floor of the design store is home to CAFÉ SMUG, the hub for Islington Design District. Expect new exclusive product launches, free wifi, great coffee and homemade sweet and savoury food.
TOM DIXON: MULTIPLEX BY TOM DIXON
This autumn Tom Dixon presents MULTIPLEX at the Old Selfridges Hotel, an immersive, multi-sensory department store of tomorrow. MULTIPLEX brings together design, technology, fashion, film and interiors to explore how the future of retail might look, sound, smell, taste and feel.
TRANSPORT FOR LONDON: DESIGN PICK – TFL’S PICK RESTAURANT AND POP-UP WOODEN UNDERGROUND STATION BY CAMILLA BARNARD
TfL with the East London Liquor Company will be hosting the Pick restaurant (after Frank Pick, founder of TfL’s design ethos) and a pop-up wooden tube station installation by Camilla Barnard. Both the restaurant and tube station will showcase new TfL inspired design collections.
TWENTYTWENTYONE: BARBER & OSGERBY LANTERNS
twentytwentyone launch a range of new lighting by Barber & Osgerby. Manufactured in Japan by Ozeki, the Hotaru lanterns employ traditional methods using bamboo ‘wire’ and handmade mulberry bark paper. The lanterns are distributed exclusively by twentytwentyone.
VIADUCT: SHOW 12: WHITE ON WHITE
Viaduct presents White on White, an exhibition of Scandinavian design from a new generation: Studio Vit and MA/U Studio. An installation of furniture and lighting from both companies demonstrating their striking aesthetics and subtle use of materials.
VITSŒ: LISTENING ROOM WITH THE WIRE AND POSTCARD TEAS
The world often fixates on novelty – an idea Vitsœ has quietly opposed for 55 years. This is brought to life in a Listening Room, a space to explore genuine new sounds curated by The Wire amid Dieter Rams’ constantly evolving furniture. Enjoy with a cuppa from Postcard Teas.
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