London Design Festival 2018

London Design Festival celebrates and promotes London as the design capital of the world. The Festival returns to venues and institutions across the city from 15-23 September 2018 including the Festival's hub, the V&A and the Design Museum.

Drop-in Design: September 2018

2nd - 30th Sept
10.30-5pm
V&A
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On Sundays, pick up a design brief and bring your creative ideas to life with the Drop-in Design team.

Beazley Designs of the Year

12th Sept - 6th Jan 2019
Design Museum Kensington
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Every year since 2008 hundreds of design experts from around the world nominate the most innovative and thought-provoking designs from the past 12 months. Discover this year’s top picks across fashion, architecture, digital, transport, product and graphic design.

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Multiply

15th Sept - 1st Oct
10-5.30pm
V&A
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This collaboration brings an interactive modular maze-like installation in The Sackler Courtyard at the V&A. This pavilion will delve into two of the current global challenges – housing and climate change - with a fusion of modular systems and a responsible choice of materials as a vital solution.

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The Onion Farm

15th Sept - 1st Oct
10-5.30pm
V&A
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The Onion Farm by Henrik Vibskov is a light, dynamic structure that spins along the gallery. Colourful industrial brushes and red textile ‘onions’ seem to grow from the structure. The installation is part of the London Design Festival.

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Memory & Light

15th Sept - 1st Oct
10-5.30pm
V&A
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For London Design Festival 2018, composer Arvo Pärt and Arup present “Memory & Light”, curated by Clare Farrow, in the V&A’s Norfolk House Music Room: a unique meeting of music and design, inspired by Arvo Pärt’s words.

Dazzle

15th Sept - 1st Oct
10-5.30pm
V&A
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The Creative Studio at the V&A is being “dazzled” throughout the nine days of London Design Festival by graphic design studio Pentagram in a commissioned project inspired by a type of experimental camouflage used during the First World War.

London Design Festival at the V&A

15th - 23rd Sept
V&A
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2018 marks ten years of the London Design Festival at the V&A. As the Festival hub, the V&A houses a broad range of installations by some of the world's most exciting designers, as well as a huge programme of talks, tours and workshops.

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The Art of Music in the Digital Age: a series of world-first designs

15th - 23rd Sept
10-5.30pm
V&A
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This display explores what design for music can mean in the digital age – from a musical jacket woven with Wolfe's music to the world’s first "anti-stream" from the quietest room on Earth. (Prince Consort Gallery, Level 3).

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Re-considering Canon

15th - 23rd Sept
Design Museum Kensington
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In collaboration with Gallery FUMI and emerging curators from the MA Curating Contemporary Design at Kingston School of Art, this display explores ideas around selection and collecting within curation.

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A fountain for London

15th - 23rd Sept
10-5.30pm
V&A
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The London Fountain Co. has been set to reduce disposable plastic bottle use by providing free drinking water. The legacy project aims to revive the drinking fountain culture that has largely disappeared from the city’s public spaces. (John Madejski Garden)

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Light Bulb Moment by Plumen

15th - 23rd Sept
Design Museum Kensington
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Celebrating the reinvention of The Plumen 001, this installation will illuminate the Design Museum Shop’s facade. Dimmable and available in a range of colour temperatures, the LED 001 has the same distinctive shape, yet underneath it has been radically improved.

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Tour: London Design Festival at the V&A

17th - 21st Sept
12pm, 2pm, 4pm
V&A
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Join a free, guided tour of London Design Festival at the V&A, taking in a host of installations and displays around the building. (One hour)

Mind Pilot Installation by Loop.pH

18th - 23rd Sept
Design Museum Kensington
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During London’s Design Festival 2018, spatial laboratory Loop.pH will animate the Design Museum atrium with a spectacular immersive, interactive installation Mind Pilot. The exciting installation will allow you to pilot a helium filled, textile airship with the power of your mind.

Tour: Behind Scenes at the V&A's Clothworkers' Centre

19th Sept
2-3pm
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A state-of-the-art facility in Blythe House that offers visitors a unique opportunity to study one of the most important collections of textiles and fashion in the world. Glimpse inside our storage units, hear about how we care for textiles and fashion and see highlights of the collection close up!

Tour: Art & Design and Theatre & Performance Archives

20th Sept
2-3pm
V&A
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Join a curator-led tour of the V&A Archive of Art & Design and Theatre & Performance archives, held at Blythe House.. The tour will take in a range of items from across the collections, including designs, costumes and model boxes.

Tour: V&A Furniture & Woodwork Archives

21st Sept
11-12pm
V&A
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Join a curator-led tour of the V&A Furniture & Woodwork Archives, held at Blythe House.. The V&A Furniture collection consists of more than 14,000 pieces from Britain, Europe and America, dating from the Middle Ages to the present day.

Brompton Design District

18th - 23rd Sept
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During the annual London Design Festival, Brompton plays host to a series of exhibitions and events discovered in shops, showrooms, galleries and institutions, and a curated design programme within temporary spaces in the District.

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Biology of Metal: Craftsmanship in Tsubame Sanjō

6th Sept - 28th Oct
Mon-Sat 10-8pm, Sun 12-6pm
Japan House London
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An illustration of how craftsmanship and small industry are embedded in tradition, embrace the new, and adapt in a changing society. It is inspired by the Tsubame Sanjō Factory Festival initiative, a form of ‘factory open house’ held every year at the beginning of October in Tsubame Sanjō.