A Guide to an Independent London Design Festival

Every year, London’s creative communities come together to celebrate London Design Festival. With installations, panel events and open studios, this festival aims to explore and promote the creative industry whilst pushing the boundaries of design. This year, the festival  takes place in venues across London from 16-24th September. The event schedule features unmissable events, including those hosted by members of our independent boutique community. In,  For a truly independent LDF, read on to discover more about the events and start planning your LDF diary.


Deptford based boutique and studio iyouall are opening their doors on the weekend of 24th and 25th September for all to explore. In partnership with the South East Makers Club, the open studio is part of a series of events in the area and will involve talks, exhibitions and screenings to help visitors explore local talents, designers and creatives. As part of this event, iyouall have collaborated with friends and local artists to create a limited series of prints, taking inspiration from the hidden characters tucked away in fonts or computer tool-bars. Each work will be made into two A2 prints, one to be kept by the artist and one to be sold with all proceeds going to a local charity.

A hidden character from a font bar, highlighting the brief given by iyouall for their limited edition posters
iyouall have briefed designers to create a unique print inspired by hidden characters

Alongside this, iyouall are collaborating with Brad Yendle from Charliefourfegs, a design studio specialising in fibreglass Eames furniture designs from the 1950s, sixties and seventies. Together they are presenting “Original Only”, a curated exhibition presenting original fibreglass chair and armchair designs sitting alongside iyouall’s collection of carved African figurines hailing from the colonial era.

For more information, visit the South East Makers Club website.

Eastern Biological

Following a successful display at last year’s show, south London based disciplinary practice Playdate Office are bringing their experiential designs to Hackney Road’s Eastern Biological. They have designed an installation that will take over the shop front, with an aim to explore the different elements of photosynthesis through the medium of a marble run. The audience will be able to see a beautifully choreographed elemental representation as the marbles move through the various stages of the process.

A graphic to represent a marble run, the inspiration behind the installation at Eastern Biological
Taking inspiration from a marble run, the installation will represent the elements of photosynthesis

For more information, visit Eastern Biological’s blog.

East End Prints

A long standing member of London’s creative community, East End Prints is known for their distinctive prints, often made in collaboration with artists. Having worked on partnerships with big name retailers as well as local artists, it is their mission to bring affordable art to everyone. During the festival they will be opening their doors for The Maker Mile: one mile of workshops, startups and studios through the heart of East London.

A map of The Maker Mile, a stretch of workshops, studios and startups
Explore open studios, workshops and startups along The Maker Mile.

For more information, visit The Maker Mile website.

Marby And Elm

From  humble beginnings in a garden shed, Marby And Elm are a small, family run business and design studio now based in the heart of Clerkenwell’s creative district. They will be presenting their new collection of distinctive, self-designed stationery at the The Canopy, part of the King’s Cross Design Junction. The Canopy is a temporary pop up space housing exhibits and stalls from both premium brands and emerging designers, selling everything from stationery to fashion.

An internal image of Marby & Elm, a destination for stationary lovers
Marby And Elm is a destination for stationary lovers

For more information, visit The Design Junction website.

Discover iconic designs with our dedicated edit. If you are looking for more information on any of the events during the week, visit the London Design Festival website.

Ruby Hall

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