Things to See and Do at London Design Festival 2013

As one of the world’s centres for design and industry, London can be a bit overwhelming – particularly if a citywide festival has brought thousands to the already buzzing metropolis. Planning is essential, so here’s our pick of a few things to see and do during London Design Festival, which starts this Saturday.

Each year, London Design Festival boasts a handful of blockbuster exhibitions and events that cannot, or should not, be missed: the Global Design Forum, V&A displays and events, and of course the landmark project (which this year is Endless Stair, an ode to M.C. Escher outside St Paul’s cathedral), are classic examples. From this Saturday, the city will be flooded with big-name designers, up-and-comers and design lovers seeking inspiration, for its 11th annual design festival.

Zaha Hadid  London Design Week 2013

Zaha Hadid Design Gallery

If you’ve never seen Zaha Hadid‘s work up close, it might be worth a saunter through the architectural giant’s design gallery. This year, the studio will showcase a unique sonic installation in the auteur-like architect’s signature sculptural style. Make sure you book a tour in advance to get access to an exhibition showcasing architectural models from the archive.

Zaha Hadid Design Gallery, 101 Goswell Road, London EC1V 7EZlinebreak

Gwyneth Leech Anthropoligie London Design Week 2013

365 – A Year in Cups by Gwyneth Leech at

If you thought paper coffee cups were just a vessel for your morning pick-me-up, Gwyneth Leech is here to prove you wrong. The New York artist does such intricate hand-painted illustrations on each marvellous cup that you’d never dream of relegating it to the office recycling bin (or indeed, tarnishing it with a brew). Leech will be working in Anthropologie‘s Regent Street Store creating the one of a kind works inspired by the bustling street scene throughout the week.

Anthropologie, 158 Regent Street, London, W1B 5SW.linebreak

elBulli: Ferran Adrià and The Art of Food at Somerset House

The world’s first exhibition dedicated to a chef and his restaurant, Ferran Adrià and The Art of Food celebrates Spanish gastronomist extraordinare Ferran Adrià and his restaurant elBulli with a behind-the-scenes look at the kitchen and laboratory that lie behind the magic on the plate.

Embankment Galleries West, South Wing, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA

Le Trois Garcons London Design Week 2013

DP for Les Trois Garcons at Maison Trois Garcons

Worth a visit any time of year, Maison Trois Garcons is holding a special installation to launch its collaboration with Portuguese manufacturer De Pau. We’re not sure what they have in store yet, but are anxious to take a look (and to visit the café).

Maison Trois Garcons, 45 Redchurch Street, London, E2 7DJlinebreak

 London Design Week 2013

Ligne Roset + ART:I:CURATE at Ligne Roset City

Though it’s kept secret until the show is unveiled, Ligne Roset’s collaboration with ART:I:CURATE is definitely something to get excited about. Using a new form of curation that involves curatorial input by anyone willing to sign up, ART:I:CURATE’s design festival installation culminates in public exhibition at Ligne Roset’s largest urban store.

Ligne Roset City, 37-39 Commercial Road, London E1 1LF.linebreak

Karl Lagerfeld Cassina  London Design Week 2013

Karl Lagerfeld Photographie Cassina

Arguably, legendary creative director of Chanel Karl Lagerfeld can make anything chic – even by levelling his gaze at it through a viewfinder. Lagerfeld’s latest series of photographs for Cassina turns the brand’s classic furnishings into vivid abstract art.

238–242 Brompton Road, Clerkenwell, London, SW3 2BB.linebreak

Habitat Graphic Africa  London Design Week 2013

Graphic Africa at Habitat

Over 20 pieces of new furniture by designers from countries in East, West and Southern Africa will be displayed in Habitat‘s London retail space. Curators Trevin and Julia McGowan, along with Design Network Africa, look at the exciting shifts happening in design across the continent.

Platform at Habitat, 208 King’s Road , Chelsea, London, SW3 5XP.linebreak

Rick Owens  London Design Week 2013

Rick Owens, Prehistoric at Carpenters Workshop Gallery

Bringing his love for black and strong silhouettes to the world of furnishings, fashion designer Rick Owens has created Prehistoric, a collection of pieces that evoke conceptual architecture.

Carpenters Workshop Gallery, 3 Albemarle Street, Mayfair, W1S 4HElinebreak

We Pop Up  London Design Week 2013

We Pop Up at designjunction

Combining new products with mid-century staples, Midcentury Modern is an inspiring mix for anyone looking to furnish a contemporary home. See top dealers in original C20 classics – Jacobsen, Wegner, Ponti, Nelson, Bertoia among with cool contemporaries such as Ali Miller, On&On, Natasha Lawless and James Tattersall.

Ground Floor designjunction, The Old Sorting Office
 , 21 – 31 New Oxford Street
 , WC1A1BA


After a long morning of walking, you’ll need to rest your tired feet and take in afternoon tea with a cup of coffee and a piece of cake. Temporary pop up CAFE SMUG, open for the duration of the festival, could be just the ticket – and you might just leave with a few souvenirs for your kitchen at home, as well.

London Design Festival runs from 14-22 September.

Words: Dijana Kumurdian
Photography courtesy London Design Festival

2 Responses to “Things to See and Do at London Design Festival 2013”
  1. Simply amazing!! Love it…

  2. falcogrossen says:

    quite interesting things to do in London

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