top 10 picks from london design festival, 2019

London Design Festival, 2019

London Design Festival returned to the capital for its 17th year this September with a stimulating programme of events and installations across the city. Spanning 11 design districts – from Kensington in the west to the Shoreditch Design Triangle in the east, the festival featured over 400 events, exhibitions and installations. The 2019 edition also marked 11 years with the V&A as a collaborating partner and saw iconic spaces within the Museum, transformed by a curated collection of displays and installations. “London has the biggest creative economy in the world, and design is a key part of it. London Design Festival celebrates and promotes London’s design excellence in a period when showcasing creativity is even more important,” says Ben Evans, London Design Festival Director. 

From a monochromatic block maze outside the Westminster Cathedral to a helical bamboo installation by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, the festival saw some truly unique exhibits. Titled ‘Please Be Seated’, designer Paul Cocksedge’s large-scale installation featured curves that allowed pedestrians to take a break. Designer Camille Walala returned to London Design Festival in a characteristically vibrant manner. Combining head-turning hues and geometric shapes, her set of 10 sculptural benches transformed South Molton Street into an immersive corridor of colour. A selection of Mozambican rubies and Zambian emeralds dating back millions of years were brought to life in an immersive, multisensory installation by Designer Dan Tobin Smith and creative studio, The Experience Machine. Here is a round-up of what caught our attention at London Design Festival – 

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Nuriyah Johar is a Bombay-based feature writer whose focus lies on interior design, art, and architecture. She loves to investigate the relationships between design and culture through a millennial lens.