Our top picks of the London Design Festival

The London Design Festival has grown into a huge, sprawling series of events, workshops, displays and shows and, whilst there is great stuff to see, it can sometimes be hard to decipher what to prioritise.  We’ve been trawling through what’s on offer and here are our top picks:

Part of the Brompton Design District contribution to the London Design Festival (14th – 22nd September), this week Skandium founder Chrystina Schmidt has been hosting talks to discuss Scandinavian design and introduce Skandium’s latest new products.    

If you’re a fan of the site Etsy, then you definitely need to head up to The Dock (16th – 22nd September) to check out their pop-up craft market with a selection of 6 stall holders who’ll be holding workshops all week.  You’ll also find Tom Dixon’s latest fashion collaboration with Adidas, his new Y Chair plus food from Tart and of course, The Dock Kitchen.

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For something a little larger, don’t miss out on Design Junction (18th – 22nd September) at the Old Sorting Office on New Oxford Street.  Three floors filled with a mixture of the more established (think multi cultured Arne Jacobson chairs) to new younger designers, we always love this show for its great snapshot of what’s new in design, plus the food offerings including Gelupo and Jamie Oliver’s first ever pop-up Barbecoa.  On our Wednesday visit, we were particularly taken by the Flora prints from Bill Smith Art, gorgeous Welsh woven rugs from Melin Tregwynt, stationery at Quill London and Ham Made and the beautiful ripple lights at Poetic Lab.

Finally, if you’re near the Tate Modern, check out the Endless Stair on the front lawn (until 10th October) by designer Alex de Rijke which has  187 stairs and is made up of over 11 tonnes of American tulipwood.

The London Design Festival
16 - 22 September 2013
— Francesca
19th September 2013