London Design Festival 2014, 13-21 September 2014

Updated 6 August 2014

The London Design Festival is in its 12th year. It continues to celebrate and promote London as the design capital of the world, and as the gateway to the international creative community.

This year over 300 events and installations will be on offer across the capital, from a stimulating programme at the V&A to a major installation within Trafalgar Square plus over 250 Partners who will participate in the nine day Festival.

Landmark Projects

A major part of the London Design Festival’s programme is the presentation of landmark Projects in iconic London locations. These installations not only demonstrate the imaginative capacity of designers but also present the potential breadth of design ideas to a diverse audience.

This year, the Festival has commissioned a major project in Trafalgar Square in collaboration with Airbnb and at its hub venue, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Festival will present a captivating installation in the Raphael Gallery designed by Barber & Osgerby alongside a programme of fascinating site-specific projects. One of these will be the Drone Aviary which will give visitors a chance to view an interactive drone installation involving ‘semi-autonomous’ creatures in the John Madejski Garden.

Trafalgar Square, A place Called Home’, By Jasper Morrison, Patternity, Raw Edges and Studioilse. Supported by Airbnb. Four highly acclaimed designers have been invited to dream up their interpretation of a room within a home that you would not want to leave, offering a new vision of a domestic space. These rooms will be created as four separate structures in Trafalgar Square, all identical on the outside, with each ‘house’ interior reflecting the individuality and personality of the different designers, just as each Airbnb listing is distinctive and individual.

To reflect this variety, designers Jasper Morrrison, Patternity, Raw Edges and Studioilse have each been given a structure within the Square which they can fill, design, decorate or imagine in any way they want.

Further information

V & A, The Wish List, what I have always wanted is ..
In collaboration with Sir Terence Conran and Benchmark Furniture Sir Terence Conran, the London Design Festival and the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) have invited ten design legends along with ten emerging talents, to design and make something they have always wanted, but never been able to find.  The challenge is to produce each project in a single material, American hardwood.

‘The Wish List’ pairs up established designers including John Pawson, Amanda Levete, Zaha Hadid and Allen Jones with a young designer they admire. The design teams will develop their ideas and the pieces will be crafted and produced during the summer at the Benchmark studio and factory in Kintbury, West Berkshire. The finished work will be shown in the Architecture Landing at the Victoria and Albert Museum during the London Design Festival.

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For review of London Design Festival 2013