London Design Festival 2017 Preview

The London Design Festival will celebrate its 15th edition this year, and it’s set to do so with style. Unveiled this week at the V&A museum, one of the festival’s annual hubs, this year’s agenda is already shaping up to be unmissable. Here are the highlights so far – with more to be announced over the coming months.

Taking residence in the V&A museum’s tapestry galleries – a prized spot that was taken up last year by Benjamin Hubert – will be an installation by Ross Lovegrove and textile brand Alcantara. Called Transmission, the undulating piece is inspired by the colours and shapes within the tapestries, and will be woven with gold and silver threads that glint in the gallery’s lighting to softly play off the tapestries.

In the V&A’s medieval and renaissance gallery, Palestinian architects Elias and Yousef Anastas will debut While We Wait, a lace-like stone installation that visitors will be able to walk through.

This year’s landmark project will be Villa Walala, an installation by designer Camille Walala  (check out our interview with her here) at Broadgate Circus, which will interpret her signature bold colour and pattern into a soft-surfaced building block ‘playscape’. Look out for material surprises within the installation: the components will be inflated by fans, and studded with squeezy stress balls to make them all the more tempting to touch.

After the success of the London Design Biennale at Somerset House in 2016, LDF returns to the venue this year with Design Frontiers, an exhibition that pairs 30 international designers with “their preferred” brands, to together explore how future thinking and commerce can intersect within design. Participants announced so far include Ian Callum with Jaguar, Tord Boontje with Swarovski, Benjamin Hubert with Allermuir, and a group design exhibition by Kvadrat.

London Design Festival 2017 runs 16-24 September, and will include eight official Design Districts around the city – Mayfair being new this year – plus five trade shows and upwards of 400 events. WGSN will be on the ground throughout the festival, posting highlights and then summarising the key trends across a number of in-depth reports that will be published directly after the festival wraps.


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