The London Design Festival kicked off at the weekend, showcasing the capital’s creativity. There are hundreds of events going on, from talks to trade shows and we’ve waded through the listings so you don’t have to. Here’s what we recommend checking out.

The V&A

barber osgerby at the V&A Museum

Double Space at the V&A. Image credit: London Design Festival 

If you really don’t know where to start, head to the V&A Museum. It’s one of the festival’s main hubs and they’ve got a full calendar of exhibitions, installations and talks so you’re bound to find something you fancy. The headline grabbers are probably architect Zaha Hadid’s Crest installed in the Museum’s garden, and Barber & Osgerby’s Double Space installed in the stunning Raphael Gallery (pictured).  Two moving mirrors give you the chance to look at the Raphael Cartoons in a whole new way.

A Place Called Home

A Place Called Home Trafalgar Square London

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It’s not just the pigeons who will be at home in Trafalgar Square this London Design Festival. Four designers – Jasper Morrison, Patternity, Raw Edges and Studioilse – have been asked to explore what it is that makes a house become a home. The results will be on display in the Square from the 18th to the 22nd September. We’re especially in interesting in taking a peek inside Raw Edges interpretation: a design that promises to show how “with limited space and an imaginative approach, it’s possible to make the most of even the smallest living area within a densely populated city.”



wikihouse london sustainable architecture

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Similar ideas are being explored in the WikiHouse on display in Bloomsbury. The house claims to be the world’s first open source, digitally-printed house  and something “anyone can download, adapt, ‘print’ and assemble in a few days, with no construction skills, and for less than £50k.” Well, according to the Evening Standard, this house took twenty volunteers eight days to put the house together but it’s still being discussed as a possible answer to London’s housing crisis. Also worth checking out is an event this Thursday 18 called “Innovation in the Future of Housing“, including those involved in the conception and construction of the WikiHouse.

Shoreditch Design District

Shoreditch design tour

Image credit: Shoreditch Design Triangle

There are various different design districts throughout the capital, but we’ll be heading over to Shoreditch and checking out the Shoreditch Design Triangle. You can see the impressive range of participants here. Want to get creative? Check out the workshops at the Saturday Market Project on Leonard Street: you can find out more about everything from making a pencil to dyeing with flowers.

The First Law of Kipple

London Design Festival Kipple Art installation

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Over in Haggerston, Dan Tobin Smith explores Kipple. “Kipple” is a term invented by the writer Phillip K. Dick to describe the useless objects and detritus that accumulate and surround us during our lifetime. These objects, from obsolete keyboards to used plastic packaging, have been arranged in a huge colour spectrum. Visitors can pick their way through the swathe of objects, many donated by members of the public. There’s also a supperclub that will take place in the midst of the kipple.

High Street High Line

Rooftop line London

The Rooftop Line. Image credit: Camden Collective

Ever looked enviously upon New York’s High Line? Us too. Camden gets its own version this LDF – well, kind of. Artists are taking over Camden’s rooftops to create works viewed by the public from street level. Romain Meunier and Tsvetelina Tomova are creating “The Rooftop Line”, a model train complete with a live webcam that will convey images of life up on the high line, while trio Benedict Goodwin, Serena Montesissa and Francesco Gorni are creating a green billboard that will grow and change over the course of the festival.

For full event listings, take a look at the London Design Festival website.