Shopping for your home gets a whole lot more exciting when the London Design Festival opens on Saturday, September 19, running until September 27. Check out listings online and use the search facility on the free mobile app.
At the big shows (opening next week) pick up the just-published London Design Guide by curator Max Fraser for £15. It lists participating galleries, museums, restaurants and bars which are conveniently divided into neighbourhoods.
And, for the ultimate in shopping celebration, Regent Street marks its fashion and design month with 13 interactive windows by members of the Royal Institute of British Architects.
First stop for shopping is designjunction (September 24-27), newly installed in Victoria House, 37 Southampton Row, WC1 with 50 pop-ups. Most prominent is Nest, a website for modern design. Arne Jacobsen’s famous Series 7 Chair for Fritz Hansen, pictured, is £524, while the Vitra Cork side table/stool is £324 and you can angle Menu’s Bollard pendant to make a spotlight (£69). The Muuto vase in glass and solid ash costs £79. Tickets for designjunction are £10 in advance or £14 on the door. Use code DJEVENINGSTANDARD for 50 per cent off advance tickets bought online.
London-based print designer Kangan Arora is at designjunction with her new Fluorescent Forest collection textiles. She says: “I’ve mixed the earthy, rich shades of an English autumn with the Day-Glo intensity, colour and chaos of Indian street culture.” Find hand screen-printed and quilted cushions (from £45), and handwoven rugs (from £245).
Striking design from Slovenian and British brands has been assembled by fashion designer Petra Green. Expect textiles, ceramics, small pieces of furniture and fashion accessories. The Companion magazine rack, pictured, is by Gavin Coyle, made in east London out of bent powder-coated wire, £54. Find the Tranzit pop-up shop at Unit 2, Old Street Station, EC1, from September 21 to 26. For more information, visit www.room39.co.uk
Camille Walala is known in east London for her colourful wall art. The artist, pictured top, calls her style “tribal pop” and is covering the façade of Islington design store Aria with vinyls for London Design Festival. Poufs £249; cushions £69; mugs £19.95; plates £22.95. From Aria, Barnsbury Hall, Barnsbury Street, N1.
Designer Richard Brendon has a new range of lead crystal called Diamond, mouth-blown and hand-cut in Bohemia. This decanter is priced at £200, selling at Victoria House at designjunction, as before.
The “Timeless Design” show on the third floor of Harrods has classics from the past and icons of the future, with top brands Alessi, Anglepoise, B&B Italia, Fornasetti , Fritz Hansen, Knoll, Tom Dixon, Vitra and more. Take a personal tour with a design expert every day at 3pm. Sofas at Parker & Farr, reissued and in their original fabrics, are by legendary last-century interior decorator David Hicks. Pictured is an exclusive new animal design from a selection at The Rug Company by Barber & Osgerby — creators of the 2012 London Olympic Torch. The price is £735 a square metre, made to any size in hand-knotted Tibetan wool.
The Conran Shop presents new, exclusive (but pricey) design in a special show for the London Design Festival. This slimline leather Long Cross chair (£2,000) is by Magnus Long, a rising London star who has won two furniture Design Guild Marks. There’s a free design forum on September 24, from 6.30pm to 8.30pm, with Long on the panel. To reserve a place, email firstname.lastname@example.org (The Conran Shop, Michelin House, 81 Fulham Road, London SW3).
At the festival’s design hub in the V&A Museum, SW7, is a pop-up shop built of Corian, curated by Max Fraser, editor of the London Design Guide. Goods on sale include this badge-of-honour cloth carrier bag, bearing the distinctive red-and-white festival logo (£12).