Today we bring you all the deets at the London Design Festival. This year is the 18th edition and despite all, is taking place in a year unlike any other. With the mission to give voice to the design community, the festival will go on until the 20th of September. Welcome to the 2020 London Design Festival and we hope you enjoy it.
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London Design Festival was created by John Sorrell and Ben Evans to promote the city’s creativity and will take place from 12-20 September. Through online connections, labs, and new products, this year’s edition promises to be the same we are all used to.
This is the events you can’t miss this week:
9 DESIGNERS, 1 WORKSHOP
The onset of Covid-19 has significantly changed the way people live, interact, and work. In the design world, creatives and makers have had to adapt their processes using new technologies to work together at a distance and often operating from new, improvised home offices.
The designers involved in Connected are Ini Archibong (Switzerland), Maria Bruun (Denmark), Jaime Hayon (Spain), Heatherwick Studio (UK), Sebastian Herkner (Germany), Maria Jeglinska-Adamczewska (Poland), Sabine Marcelis (Netherlands), Studiopepe (Italy) and Studio Swine (UK / Japan).
These nine exciting solutions will all be displayed together virtually, and then exhibited at the Design Museum in Autumn, celebrating the act of coming back together – reconnecting – after lockdown.
2020 Landmark Projects
London-based architecture practice Studio Weave, supported by Lendlease and LCR, will create The Hothouse, a large-scale installation located at International Quarter London (IQL). And because you can’t have a design festival without some workshops, pop-up stores, and landmarks around the city, make sure to pass by and check out this creation, with all the safety measures you can.
GLOBAL DESIGN FORUM
Global Design Forum is the London Design Festival’s curated thought leadership program, celebrating design and the minds shaping it’s the future. Taking place throughout the Festival, the Forum features a unique mix of talks, keynotes, conversations, and workshops that together reflects the most innovative thinking in the world of design today.
Speakers from all corners of the global design community share new perspectives on designing for a shifting future. From thinking in a post-pandemic world and digital futures to the power of AI and our environment, the Global Design Forum informs and inspires audiences annually.
DESIGN CENTRE, CHELSEA HARBOUR
WILL PRESENT FOCUS/20 IN AN EXCITING
Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour will present Focus/20 in a new hybrid format. Recalibrated this year, it will provide a creative and commercial platform for 120 international showrooms to present their new collections. It kickstarts with a virtual launch on Sunday 13 September. From Monday 14 to Friday 18 September, there will be tailored visits for trade professionals only, while an online program every day aims to spark everyone’s imagination and curiosity by reaching out to a wider global audience.
For the full program and information, visit dcch.co.uk/Focus
VIRTUAL DESIGN DESTINATION
12–20 SEPTEMBER 2020
This year the Virtual Design Destination by Adorno will be the place to discover curated country collections of collectible design during the London Design Festival. Working with Adorno’s roster of twenty-six international curators from design scenes across the globe, Adorno will present fifteen country pavilions virtually during the event, launching two collections per day over seven days.
As a native, digital e-commerce platform, Adorno, from its base in Copenhagen has been working for the last six months to harness the very best in tech. All real-world pieces from each collection will be modeled three-dimensionally and set in a virtual environment designed to reflect the design scene from which they hail – think gaming rather than room sets.
The theme for this year’s Virtual Design Destination by Adorno will be “The New Reality”. Curators have been working with 5–10 local designers at the intersection of craft and design to develop sub-narrative to this theme with some very interesting takes already emerging.
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