We select 10 not to be missed events on the London Design Week Calendar.
Now in its 12th year, London Design Week returns bringing the great and good of the global design community together for eight days of activity spanning all corners of the city. Centering around key venues including Somerset House, Tent at the Old Truman Brewery and designjunction at Victoria House and CSM, this year’s schedule includes over 400 events; big, small, free and ticketed. To help narrow the options, we’ve picked our top ten must-see highlights. Read on.
Selected as the 2016 World Design Capital, Taipei prepares for its moment in the spotlight with this conceptual food-based event. Introducing visitors to the city’s past, present and future, an inventive tasting menu will be presented alongside the work of some of the region’s most exciting artists and creatives.
Eataipei – Tent London, Old Truman Brewery, Hanbury Street, London E1 6QR, runs September 24-27.
Tom Dixon and Selfridges explore “how the future of retail might look, sound, smell, taste and feel” with a pop-up held across 20,000 square foot of the Old Selfridges Hotel. Reimagining how we shop, the multi-media, boundary blurring experience will encompass home, fashion, beauty, jewellery and food.
Old Selfridges Hotel – 1 Orchard Street, London, W1H 6HQ, runs September 18-October 15.
A collaboration with “The Wire” music magazine, Vitsoe offer a place to escape the madness of central London with the “Listening Room.” Refreshments offered every afternoon courtesy of Postcard Teas, “records, turntables and small-press publications will find their home on and around Dieter Rams’s constantly evolving furniture.”
Vitsoe – 3-5 Duke Street, London W1U 3ED, runs September 19-27.
Designer and artist Faye Toogood invites visitors to the V&A museum to take part in “The Cloakroom.” Guests invited to borrow and wear one of her 150 handmade Kvadrat fabric coats around the museum, the conceptual outerwear features a map lining leading participants to “a series of sculptural garments created by Toogood in response to nearby objects from the Museum’s collection.”
V&A South Kensington – Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL, runs September 19-27.
Best known for his upside house and floating buildings, artist Alex Chinneck returns with another gravity-defying surrealist sculpture: a 35 metre tall steel electricity pylon, balancing on its tip, planted on the Greenwich Peninsula.
Greenwich Peninsula, Greenwich, London, runs from September 23.
An ode to the humble graphic tee, Goodhood store collect a variety of classic shirts from the ’80s onwards, contrasting these vintage finds with a new designs from the likes of Eric Brunetti, Gasius, Fergus Purcell, Misha Hollenbach and Have a Good Day.
Goodhood – 151 Curtain Road EC2A 3QE, runs September 17-27.
The Ace joins “Modern Design Review” magazine for “Ready Made Go,” an exhibition featuring everyday objects and large installations, resulting in a series of products which will eventually be incorporated into the design of the hotel itself.
Ace Hotel – 100 Shoreditch High St, London E1 6JQ runs September 22-30
Artist and set designer Anna Lomax brings together new and retrospective works for “Luxury Goods.” A continuing fascination with the endless possibilities of the pound shop; neon, prints, holograms, terrazzo marble, brass and more are turned into glitzy objects and oddball sculptures.
KK OUTLET – 42 Hoxton Square, London, N1 6PB, runs until September 26.
Described as “a gathering of objects with meaning and depth that softly speak of a time and place,” webstore, Makers & Brothers, present “The Souvenir Project.” Bringing together a series of pieces from across Ireland, specific to their region, the range rethinks the idea of the cheap tourist collectable.
Shoreditch Design Triangle, Rochelle School, Arnold Circus, London, runs September 22-27.
The E.Tautz Duke Street flagship store will display a selection of work from RCA graduate Pia Wustenberg. A series of stacking vessels and ‘Big Bird’ glass sculptures will sit beside the Fall 2015 line, a collection which has inspired the curation of the exhibition as well as a range of pieces creates especially for the label.
E.Tautz – 71 Duke St, London W1K 5NX, runs September 22 – 27.