Shoreditch Design Triangle highlights at London Design Festival

This compact design community flies the flag for east London, with a wealth of exhibitions, installations and workshops

Kaleidoscopia by Lee Broom for London Design Festival
Lee Broom

Here’s our pick of the best from Shoreditch Design Triangle, including the London Design Fair:

British talent Lee Broom knows how to put on an Insta-friendly show, and his latest lighting installation ‘Kaleidoscopia’ promises a total transformation of his Shoreditch showroom. Enter to discover a reflective space, featuring his popular ‘Orion’ pendants, new pieces and a series of striking optical illusions. 17–22 September, 95 Rivington Street, EC2A.

Emily Forgot at CitizenM
Emily Forgot

There’s always something to spot outside citizenM’s Shoreditch outpost and, this year, artist and designer Emily Forgot – best known for her series of architectural ‘assemblages’ – has installed a vibrant maze at the hotel’s entrance. Named ‘Never Lost’, it’s a playful interaction of the physical and fantastical. 14–30 September, 6 Holywell Lane, EC2A.

Kam Ce Kam furniture pop up at London Design Festival
Kam Ce Kam

Launching with a pop-up, this furniture brand is the brainchild of Jehanara Knowles, who grew up between New Delhi and London. By reimagining traditional craft techniques through a contemporary lens, she shines a light on modern Indian design. 17–22 September, 30 Redchurch Street, E1.

Design & That store interior
Design & That

Together with Australian paint pioneer Bauwerk, Design & That is hosting events celebrating colour. Expect workshops, demonstrations and colour consultations, plus a Q&A with Bauwerk’s founders.16-17 September, 61 Hackney Road, E2.

Hem x Bertjan Pot
Hem x Bertjan Pot

Head to the Redchurch Room where the Stockholm-based brand has 100 limited-edition products, entitled ‘Hem at Play’. Its pinnacle is Dutch designer Bertjan Pot’s ‘The Incredible House of Cards’, offering a whimsical take on his much-loved motif. 17–21 September, 38 Redchurch Street, E2.

Concept store Monologue London’s fifth anniversary falls during this year’s festival, and it’s commemorating the occasion with a collection that includes pieces by Bloc Studios,
CC Tapis, Bitossi Ceramiche and more. 17 September, 93 Redchurch Street, E2.

Piero Lissoni for Guiltless Plastic by Rossana Orlandi
Piero Lissoni for Guiltless Plastic by Rossana Orlandi

The conversation around plastic is rarely positive but that needs to change, says Italian gallerist Rossana Orlandi. At this year’s Milan Design Week, she launched a recycled plastic design competition as part of her ‘Guiltless Plastic’ initiative. See the winning projects and hear her speak at Istituto Marangoni on the opening morning.19–22 September, 30 Fashion Street, E1.

Filigrana Light by Sebastian Wrong for Established & Sons
Filigrana Light by Sebastian Wrong for Established & Sons

Showcasing new interpretations of pieces from the likes of Konstantin Grcic and Sebastian Wrong, the firm’s apartment will be transformed into a multi-sensory space: ‘Our doors are wide open for designers to revisit their work’. 17–21 September, 7 Tilney Court, EC1V.

Join ELLE Decoration Editor Ben Spriggs and designers Philippe Malouin, Jason Miller and Sarah Kay – who are presenting new pieces for SCP’s permanent collection during the festival – as they discuss ‘The Landscape of Design’. 18 September, 3pm. 135–139 Curtain Road, EC2A.

More than 500 exhibitors draw design devotees to Brick Lane’s Old Truman Brewery for this four-day festival highlight. It’s a truly international affair, with 40 countries showcasing furniture and products in the heart of east London’s creative hub. Here’s what’s new – and what not to miss. 19-22 September. Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Ln, Spitalfields, London E1.

Draga Auriel at Adorno
Draga Auriel Photography: Riccardo Gasperoni

Organised by local curators, Adorno is a virtual treasure trove that offers a direct link
to designers. Presenting new initiative ‘Crossovers’, the network uses its connections to curate 11 exhibitions coordinated by country, aiming to start a wider conversation about cultural heritage. ELLE Decoration’s BethanRyder will chair a discussion on 20 September, 7pm, the Institut Français, 17 Queensberry Place, SW7.,uk

Following in the wake of the British Craft Pavilion – which received a warm welcome following its debut three years ago – this newly extended exhibition space is a celebration of global craftsmanship in all its forms, starting with South American design initiatives such as México Territorio Creativo and Allpa Peru.

Now in its third year, this show explores the creative potential of just one material. Chiming very much with our eco-aware times, this year its eye is trained firmly on the future of biomaterials – a complex array of agriculturally derived resources – with four forward-looking examples placed under the spotlight.

Furniture, Bed, Room, Interior design, Wood,
The Sit Still Studio at London Design Fair

The London Design Fair team has awarded two talents from the annual New Designers London showcase a much-coveted stand.Coming out on top is The Sit Still Studio, which crafts playful pieces in Wales using organic sheep’s wool and local ash, along with Italian start-up High Society, whose sleek plant-based lighting is a brilliant lesson in sustainable design.

Drummonds Baby Tyne in Copper Nickel
Drummonds Baby Tyne bath in copper nickel

ELLE Decoration x The Bathroom Gallery
If you’ve found fresh inspiration in our supplement with this month’s issue, don’t miss this year’s London Design Fair, when ELLE Decoration will present the festival’s first-ever event dedicated to bathrooms. Occupying a coveted second-floor spot among the industrial charm of the Old Truman Brewery, ‘The Bathroom Gallery’ is a curated edit of bold and brilliant ideas from the likes of NIC Design, Roca, Laufen, West One and more.

Our bespoke exhibition, designed by inventive architectural artist Ioana Lupascu, accords each of the participating 16 brands a customisable ten-square-metre-space in which to present their collection, framed by a choice of six wall configurations in hues from ‘Ammonite’ to ‘Radicchio’ selected by colour communication experts Calzada Fox. Offering a curated glimpse into the future of the bathroom, this democratic approach to display will command some creative thinking from its most innovative brands.
Read more about The Bathroom Gallery here

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