London Design Festival 2018: London’s best shops and showrooms

September 3, 2018 / INSPIRATION

Expand your mind while you fill your shopping bags – the design world’s favourite stores are holding exhibitions and installations worthy of a visit

OAO Works

Supported by the dynamic Canadian lighting specialists Bocci, OAO Works (with whom they share their German office space) are hosting an eight day pop up shop. Located over a vacant store front on Redchurch Street and called The Glass Shop, they will be showing and selling the 31.3 Polygon Glassware, a visually beautiful series of individual glass elements that come together in kaleidoscopic joy.

103 Redchurch Street, E2 7DL; September 15 – 23, 11am – 7pm; oaoworks.com

Silvera

A space-themed rave marks the launch of cc-tapis’s latest collection, Super Fake by Bethan Laura Wood, at design concept store Silvera. Inspired by the clash between the man-made and the natural, the rugs will be at the centre of an immersive party that kicks off with a talk between Bethan Laura Wood and cc-tapis founder Fabrizio Cantoni.

241-245 King’s Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 5EL; silveraltd.co.uk

twentytwentyone

Following hot on the heels of its successful Edit 17 show last year, twentytwentyone will host the launch of an array of classic and contemporary designs at Edit 18. The products include new works by the likes of Barber & Osgerby, the Bouroullec brothers, Pauline Deltour, Cecile Manz and Pierre Paulin to name just a few. Also in the mix are young London and Bangalore studio Tiipoi who will debut a collection of concrete planters and vases (pictured, top) inspired by urban infrastructure in India.

274-275 Upper St, London N1 2UA; twentytwentyone.com

Skandium

In line with Brompton Design District’s theme of Material Consequences, Skandium will transform its four-storey townhouse flagship in South Kensington into an eco home. Responsibly made products made from sustainably sourced materials or under corporate responsibility initiatives will be showcased against a bold backdrop designed by architect Helena Laursen.

31 Thurloe Place; skandium.com

Mint

This year Lina Kanafani’s Brompton design store celebrates its 20th anniversary with a showcase dedicated to designers who have worked with materials in inventive ways. Called TRANS-FORM, the show will include work by 60 makers including Prague-based designer Tadeáš Podracký, who uses industrial glass waste to make vessels, and Stine Mikkelsen from Copenhagen, who has made sculptural objects using two newly developed composite materials made from marble and volcanic ash, granite and fish glue.

2 North Terrace, Kensington, London SW3 2BA; mintshop.co.uk

SCP

Collectively titled ‘A World Of Ordinary Things’, SCP’s programme of product launches and experiences at their Curtain Road shop includes an exhibition of chairs by Jasper Morrison for Emeco that will be brought to life by a sound installation by Anthony Moorea. Meanwhile on the store’s ground floor, designer Michael Marriott has put together a collection of brushes that date back to 1935 made by the historic German manufacturer Bürstenhaus Redecker. The British brand is also launching a new corner chair and sofa by designer Gareth Neal over at Folk’s new store on nearby Redchurch Street.

135-139 Curtain Rd, London EC2A 3BX; scp.co.uk

Selfridges

Iconic department store Selfridges will showcase a collection of exclusive products made with sustainable and ethical trading in mind. Called Self Concious Creators,  the show will highlight furniture made from recycled smartphones and food waste by startup company Pentatonic and a collection of cashmere pieces from Oyuna’s collaboration with the Sustainable Fibre Alliance. Also look out for a series of installations and designer-led talks on sustainable living.

400 Oxford St, Marylebone, London W1A 1AB; selfridges.com

Aram Store

As well as new products from existing brands and new suppliers, Aram store will host Hilos Invisibles (‘Invisible Threads’) – a collection of products created by Uruguay-born designer Matteo Fogale. The products, which are showcased alongside work by seven Montevideo design studios, were created during a residency at Museo Casa Vilamajó – the Montevideo home built by much-loved modernist architect Julio Vilamajó Echaniz for his family in the 1930s. The exhibition will present new original products inspired by sketches from the Vilamajó archive, accompanied by original drawings, photography and a behind-the-scenes book and film.

110 Drury Ln, London WC2B 5SG; aram.co.uk

Vitsœ

Vitsœ explores the emotional bonds between its customers and their belongings in a show at its Duke Street shop. Lent to the brand by its loyal customer base, the treasured objects on show have been used, repaired and cherished for many years. Displayed alongside their stories, the objects include a universal lid opener from the mid-90s, a 36-year-old transatlantic tape measure, and an ingenious toasting fork made by a great-grandfather.

3-5 Duke St, Marylebone, London W1U 3ED; vitsoe.com