London Design Festival 2013

News - London Design Festival 2013

The marathon London Design Festival is nearly upon us and it’s promising to be a packed week as always. Here in the YOO Studio we’ve been busy sifting through the menu of events to put together a definitive at-a-glance summary of our top picks, just for you.

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Image: TMforF&M The Sebastian - a night-light in collaboration with artist Stuart Sandford inspired by top male model Sebastian Sauvé

Design Junction: 18-22 Sept
A much-needed alternative to the traditional trade show, last year 17,000 visitors attended. Design Junction features the very best in global furniture, lighting and product design against a stunning industrial backdrop. Don't miss these seminars:

That Lighting Emotion’ in association with MEGAMAN: 21st September 12.30
Creative Luxe: 21st September 4pm
Drawing Live & Interactive - A SketchMob Special: 22nd September 11.30am

Tent London & Superbrands: 19-22 Sept
Staged at the Old Truman Brewery on Hanbury Street this is an essential visit for anyone looking to discover the very best in contemporary design. Don't miss the semiar Alterfutures - 21 September 11:00am


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Image: TMforF&M Spindle Pendants - a family of blown-glass pendants, hand-made in the UK

Feix and Merlin: 14-22. Launch party 18th September
TMforF&M 14th to 22nd September
A new collaboration between Feix&Merlin Architects and renowned artist Nathaniel Rackowe. Check out the art/architecture installation in the basement of their pop-up shop in Seven Dials, Covent Garden. Our top tip for the festival! Says Tarek Merlin: "TMforF&M is a new furniture and lighting design brand borne out of London based architecture studio Feix&Merlin Architects. Over the past two years we have been working on a capsule collection of furniture, product and lighting designs to be launched for the first time, in a pop-up shop 53 Monmouth Street, Seven Dials, Covent Garden at London Design Festival 2013.” 

Lee Broom: 18-22 September
Electra House
We’ll be popping along to the launch of Lee Broom’s new shop - now spilling over into the second half of Electra House. The old retail space is turned into a showroom and he’ll be showcasing a new light fitting, Carousel, hot on the heels of the ubiquitous Crystal Bulb, which we adore.

Maison Trois Garcons: 14-22 September
De Pau for Les Trois Garcons
We’re keen to check out this collaboration between Portuguese manufacturer De Pau and Maison Trois Garcons at the eponymous lifestyle café and treasure trove in Shoreditch. Also, it's an excuse to eat cake!

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SCP: 14-22 September
The Special Relationship
SCP is using the London Design Festival to pay week-long homage to their relationship with designers and companies from across the pond. Keep your eyes peeled for stunning pendant lights by Bec Brittain and Fort Standard’s candelabras.

Zaha Hadid Design Gallery: 14-22 September
Perfect if you fancy a thumb through the archives of one of the world’s most celebrated architects in practise. The gallery will present extracts from Zaha Hadid Design’s thirty–year repertoire alongside a raft of its latest work.

Gallery Libby Sellers: Until 5 October
Copper Mirror Series
The freestanding circular form mirrors made from copper, mild steel and stone reflect Norway’s rich cultural and topographical heritage and are certainly worth a trip to Berners Street.

Moooi: 16-21 September
Our very own Marcel Wanders’ brand transforms itself into a playful living experience to showcase new work.

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Tom Dixon: 16-22 September
The Dock
We’re big fans of Tom Dixon’s copper-clad tables, polished brass and digitally etched lighting pieces.

Wrong for Hay: 14-22 September
16 Queen Anne’s Gate
A debut collection embodying the eclecticism of London presented in a beautifully restored town house with pop up restaurant only a stone’s throw away.

As if that’s not enough, don’t miss out on the chance to participate in discussions and exchange ideas. Check out Tree Hub – a series of designers, artists and technologists will talk with 9 other participants inside a pavilion 3m off the ground. Or maybe just take an inspiring weekend walk around one of the fringe installations or events:

Brompton Design District 
Chelsea Design Quarters 
Clerkenwell Design Quarters 
Fitzrovia Now 
Shoreditch Design Triangle 

 … And if you’re still feeling overwhelmed, check out this handy smartphone guide from Eventbrite that should help you navigate your way through the festival. It's great for iphone users as it lets you add all your invites to your passbook. Tent, Design Junction and Feix & Merlin are all using it.



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