Summer may be coming to an end, but there’s still plenty to enjoy in the capital. The London Design Festival is set to kick off this week, celebrating the best that London has to offer by the way of design. LDF has become a highlight of the design lovers’ calendar with exciting, innovative and inspiring exhibitions and events taking place across the capital over the course of the week.
We’ve rounded up just a few of the best things to see during London Design Festival 2017.
Decorex, 17th-20th September
First up is Decorex. Set in the grounds of Syon Park in West London, Decorex 2017 brings together more than 400 of the most recognised and emerging exhibitor’s worldwide. The 3-day event is a staple part of the LDF line up with plenty to see and discover.
The theme for this year is ‘collaboration’ so expect to see celebrations of past partnerships from its 40-year history as well as future projects.
“Decorex is always a highlight of the LDF schedule for me. I love the Future Heritage space curated by Corinne Julius.” – Dan Boden-Wilson, Heal’s PR & Events Manager
As well as the stands of luxury retailers, be sure to explore the notable feature spaces; we suggest Design Sense – four areas influenced by our sense of touch, smell, sight, and sound.
Heal’s LDF Installation & Party, 20th September
As part of this year’s London Design Festival, we teamed up with award-winning architecture firm Jestico + Whiles, to create a colourful installation in our Tottenham Court Road store.
Inspired by the colours and textures of our new Autumn/Winter collection, a wave of ribbons flows through the ground floor of our showroom creating a colourful installation.
Each and every piece of ribbon was hand cut by members of the Heal’s team.
Come and take a closer look at our Scandi-themed LDF party which is taking place on Wednesday 20th September. Join us for a number of free workshops, including a crafting and ceramic painting, as well as live music, free food and cocktails.
Designjunction, 21st-24th September
Since 2011, the designjunction has continued to break the mold of the traditional trade show presenting more than 200 brands in raw industrial locations.
With the aim of connecting brands with design lovers from every field, this years’ designjunction will host a series of installations, exhibitions, collaborations and pop-up shops over the four day period.
The event is spread across five locations in King’s Cross: Cubitt House and Cubitt Park, The Canopy, Granary Square and The Crossing. Be sure to check out collaborations with the likes of Rado, Tala and Renault and bespoke installations from Bloomon and Blackbody & Haviland.
“For me, Design Junction is always top of the list for a great snapshot of the best of London Design.” Elena Paparozzi, Heal’s Lighting Buyer
Also high on our list is the ‘Campari barge’, a floating cocktail bar which is taking up a two-week residency on the King’s Cross waterway.
Mazzoleni Invites: DimoreGallery | (Un)comfort Zone, 5th-24th September
This year, Mayfair joins the list of design districts alongside Bankside, Brompton, Brixton, Chelsea, Clerkenwell, Islington and Shoreditch.
Found in the heart of the new district is the Mazzoleni Gallery that is launching a new series of collaborations, the first being with the Dimore Gallery. ‘Mazzoleni Invites: Dimore Gallery’ features five rooms inspired by post-war Italian art that the Mazzoleni Gallery is known for.
“I’m intrigued to see how the rooms have been styled and what story they are telling. Each viewer will infer something different from the spaces based on their past experiences which I think will be really interesting.” Victoria Erdelevskaya, Heal’s Photographer and Rich Media Coordinator
Visible only through a porthole, each room invites observation, giving a sense that you are peering into a private space where classic and contemporary intertwine effortlessly. Curated by Britt Moran and Emiliano Salci of DimoreGallery, the unexpected and layered set up will showcase extra-ordinary objects and design pieces alongside paintings from the Mazzoleni inventory.
Perfume at Somerset House, 21st June- 17th September
Providing an alternative sensory experience is ‘Perfume: A Sensory Journey Through Contemporary Scent’ taking place at Somerset House where visitors are encouraged to follow their nose rather than their eyes.
“LDF provides hundreds of opportunities for a visual treat, but it’s rare that such a cohesive and exciting exhibition is centered around another sense entirely. It will be really interesting to see how an exhibition is put together without many visual cues.” Kate MacNay, Heal’s Content Coordinator
The show focuses on ten 21st-century perfumes that are changing the way we think about scent, and which smells are acceptable. Guests can explore contemporary cult perfumes making a splash on the scent scene and visit a fully functioning perfume laboratory stocked with over 200 ingredients.