London Design Festival

London Design Festival 2016: everything you need to know

Now in its 14th year, the London Design Festival looks set to be its biggest yet, with hundreds of products launches, new creative spaces and imaginative installations across the capital's seven official design districts...

London Design Festival: event guide and ticket offers

September is a key month in the creative calendar as the capital prepares to host 350 design events over nine days. Don’t miss our must-read guide to the London Design Festival, with our lowdown on the hottest “design districts”, exhibitions, talks, demonstrations and workshops.
 

Design trends: inspired by buildings and architecture

A towering installation of ceramic shops created by London artist Barnaby Barford has just been unveiled at the V&A to celebrate the launch of the London Design Festival.

Made up of 3,000 bone china shops, the Tower of Babel is six metres high and depicts retail scenes from derelict units at the bottom to luxury emporia at the top.

As part of his work, Barford cycled more than 1,000 miles, visiting every postcode in the capital and photographing more than 6,000 shop fronts. The images were then transferred onto the ceramic shapes in Stoke-on-Trent.  The piece is thought to playfully portray our great British love of shopping.

Other designers have also been inspired by buildings and architecture to create pieces ranging from cushions to cabinets. But to see Barford’s work, go to the London Design Festival, which runs from September 19 to 27. 

Space-saving design trends

From stylish fold-out tables to colourful, stackable chairs, find new space-saving ideas at the London Design Festival

London Design Festival

After a spectacular summer of sport the capital gets in touch with its creative side for this year's London Design Festival.