London Design Festival Guide 2018

For design-loving Londoners, September is essentially Christmas come early. From Bankside to Brompton, Marylebone to Mayfair, the city comes alive as London Design Festival spreads throughout the city, showcasing fresh new talent alongside industry heavyweights. Whether you’re a newcomer to the festival or a devoted design fan, explore our guide to the best events, exhibitions and installations taking place during LDF 2018.

MultiPly Landmark Projects at London Design Festival<br /> Credit: Forbes Massie Studio
MultiPly Landmark Projects
Credit: Forbes Massie Studio

For beginners

New to London Design Festival? Never fear. Though the sheer number of events and venues may seem daunting, there are lots of options that are perfect for newbies. Here are our picks of the must-see events to to cut your teeth on.

London Design Biennale

Somerset House, 4-23 September 2018

Taking place in the stunning Somerset House, the London Design Biennale is a gathering of designers from 40 countries and cities. This year’s theme explores how design can impact our emotions.

Arvo Pärt x ARUP

V&A Museum, 15-23 September 2018

An experimental fusion of music, light and design, this immersive event featuring the music of Arvo Pärt, the world’s most performed contemporary musician, is sure to delight.

London Design Fair

Old Truman Brewery, 20-23 September 2018

For three days, Old Truman Brewery in East London brings together 550 exhibitors from 36 countries to showcase the best of the best design. Not to be missed.


V&A Museum, 15-23 September 2018

Scattered across London, London Design Festival’s Landmark Projects are some of the festival’s most ambitious installations and experiential artworks. MultiPly in the V&A is a walkthrough structure designed to make us rethink how our homes and cities are built.

Q&A with Concrete Candy

W.A.Green, 23 September 2018

Come early for a spot at Shoreditch boutique W.A.Green’s Q&A with local ceramics designer Concrete Candy. While you’re there, scope out their special window display in collaboration with German brand pulpo, featuring an installation by artist and designer Lois O´Hara.


Syon Park, 16-19 September 2018

One of the world’s leading interiors fairs, Decorex is a treat for fans of beautiful, functional homewares. They have a varied schedule of talks and presentations, so be sure to check what’s on before your visit.

Mind Pilot by Loop.pH

The Design Museum, 15-23 September 2018

“Spatial Laboratory” Loop.pH are taking over the atrium of the Design Museum, filling the space with an interactive installation that allows you to control the movements of a lightweight airship using only your mind.

Mind Pilot by Loop.pH at London Design Festival<br /> Credit: The Design Museum
Mind Pilot by Loop.pH
Credit: The Design Museum

For intermediates

So, this isn’t your first LDF rodeo. Delve deeper into the world of design with these intermediate events.

At Home with Hostmaker

Clerkenwell Green, 15-22 September 2018

Curious about how travel can shape interiors? Go to Clerkenwell to experience Hostmaker’s immersive event, where live demonstrations and hands-on workshops showcase the international influences behind some of our most beloved homewares.


OXO Tower, 20-23 September 2018

International design show Designjunction has relocated to OXO Tower, and we can guarantee that this new venue won’t disappoint. Visit for cutting-edge designs from over 200 established and under-the-radar brands.

Another Country x Ekkist

Another Country, 15-23 September 2018

Tapping into the idea that design can improve wellbeing, Another Country has collaborated with design studio Ekkist to design a new range of beautiful, functional furniture. Call into the Another Country showroom in Marylebone to see for yourself.

Design Connections: 10×10

The Design Museum, 19 September 2018

If you’ve come to London Design Festival to discover emerging talent, Design Connections: 10×10 is for you. The 2018 edition will take place at the Design Museum; book tickets early to avoid disappointment.

Kellenberger White Alphabet

Finsbury Avenue Square, 15-23 September 2018

Another of London’s Landmark Projects, the Kellenberger White Alphabet is a surefire hit for typography lovers. Featuring 26 folded metal chairs made to look like letters of the alphabet, this installation is one of the festival’s more playful offerings.

Life Drawing Class with Alexa Coe at London Design Festival<br /> Credit: Alexandria Coe
Life Drawing Class with Alexa Coe
Credit: Alexandria Coe

Off the beaten track

Venture far from the crowds with these intriguing events that are sure to please even the most die-hard design-lovers.

Life Drawing Class with Alexa Coe

Bonds Hackney, 19 September 2018

The talented Alexa Coe will be hosting a life drawing class in East London design destination Bonds Hackney. For fans of the figurative, this is one for the diary.

Traffic Lights to Teaspoons

David Mellor Design, 15-23 September 2018

Comprising seven decades of life-changing design, David Mellor’s firm’s breadth of work is nothing to be sniffed at. Come and explore the versatile designs in their Marylebone studio.

Nightwalking with Matthew Beaumont

Location TBC, 14 September 2018

We’re used to seeing architecture by day, but at night, things look entirely different. Join urbanist and writer Matthew Beaumont as he takes a moonlit walking tour of London, exploring an alternative side to the city.

Spotlight on Boskke

AIDA, 15-23 September 2018

Family-run boutique AIDA in Shoreditch is shining a light on design studio Boskke with a custom window installation for London Design Festival. The display will center on Bosske’s innovative sky planters, which aim to bring natural life into the city.


In the know? Tell us your London Design Festival must-sees in the comments below.


Feature image: REM Atelier, London Design Fair
Credit: Yellowtrace


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