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London Design Festival 2019: our hot list

We've selected for you a hot list of events we think are going to be super interesting to see during the London Design Festival. We've found things like this CanCon "which may be the world’s first aluminium-can-only bar and off-licence", talks about the power of colour and light, a big focus on sustainability and single-use products this year, and a couple of foodie specials. Have a read!


Take the Plunge by Volume Creative

14-22 September 2019

"Volume Creative, in collaboration with Virgin Voyages, invites visitors to Take the Plunge: a playful installation at Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf.

The interactive project shows the power of design to evoke curiosity, in a stand-alone immersive experience created for London Design Festival. Visitors are invited on a journey of discovery and asked to dive into a new experience. The minimalist exterior juxtaposes with the warmth that awaits within. Visitors step into an endless horizon, giving way to an extraordinary secondary space that depicts a sunset under the sea. The concept is inspired by a love of the sea – the great unknown with the promise of epic discoveries.

Take the Plunge hints at this spirit of adventure and celebrates the endless possibilities of great design, using multi-sensory techniques to capture the joyful elements of an oceanic journey.


10am-8pm daily

@ Oxo Tower Wharf, Barge House St, London SE1 9PH

More info here


Cooking Experience with BORA by DesignSpace London

18 September 2019


"DesignSpace London host a cooking experience with state-of-the-art BORA cooktops in their inspirational architectural kitchen showroom. Chef Sarah Gardiner will demonstrate new culinary techniques using surface induction and the new stainless steel Tepan complete with integrated downdraft extraction."


18 September 2019 - Wed 6pm-9pm - Free Event

@ 120 Webber Street, London SE1 0QL

More info here.



The Conran Shop x Sella Concept by The Conran Shop

14-22 September 2019

"The Conran Shop invites you to immerse yourself in a world of mirrored observation conceived by the avant-garde design studio Sella Concept as they take over the brand’s flagship window at the iconic Michelin House on the Fulham Road. 

Titled AD INFINITUM the installation celebrates the enduring influence of much-loved classics on contemporary design and deploys reflection as a metaphor for knowledge exchange between the past, present and future. Sella Concept’s mirror-filled installation will allow viewers to investigate icons in The Conran Shop’s collection from entirely new perspectives. "


14-22 September 2019

Mon, Tue, Friday 10am-6pm, Wed-Thu 10am-7pm, Sat 10am-6.30pm, Sun 12pm-6pm

@ Michelin House 81 Fulham Road, SW3 6RD

Free Event

More info here


Walala Lounge by Camille Walala

14-22 September

"Camille Walala returns to London Design Festival in a characteristically colourful manner. The French-born designer has been commissioned by Grosvenor Britain & Ireland to energise and enliven South Molton Street, in the heart of London’s West End, with a bold and beautiful family of street furniture."


14-22 September 2019

@ South Molton StreetLondonW1K 5QE

More info here.


Iri-Descent by Liz West

14-22 September 2019

"Iri-Descent by Liz West is a suspended arrangement of 150 skeleton-framework cubes located in the atrium of the historic Fortnum & Mason store in Piccadilly. Clad with dichromatic film in two differing colourways, the cubes appear to change colour as visitors move around the atrium and between the floors above and below. There are two colour variations interlaced throughout – warm and cool – offering a multi-coloured range of hues. The highly reflective film also mirrors its surrounds and transmits complementary colours outwards.

Iri-Descent forms part of an ongoing series of spatial light works, based on research into colour theory and light fields, that aim to transform architectural spaces and public environments."


14-22 September 2019

Monday-Saturday 10AM–9PM, Sunday 11.30AM–6PM

@ Fortnum & Mason,181 Piccadilly, W1A 1ER

More info here.


Disco Carbonara by Martino Gamper

14-22 September 2019


"Coal Drops Yard will be home to a Festival Commission by Martino Gamper. This one-off site-specific installation is a playful temporary addition to the King’s Cross architecture: a false facade of a disco with a fresh take on traditional cladding from the Italian Alps. "


14-22 September 2019

Monday-Saturday 10am-8pm, Sunday 11am-6pm

@ Coal Drops Yard, Stable St, Kings Cross, London N1C 4DQ

More info here.


Welcome Home by Elephant West

14-15 & 17-22 September 2019

"To coincide with the London Design Festival, Elephant West, the innovative new art space in West London, will be hosting a series of adventurous and immersive installations, exploring the idea of “home” and what it means in today’s world and in our increasingly digital future."


14-15 & 17-22 September 2019

Art space: Tue–Sun 12pm–6pm

@ Elephant West, 62 Wood Lane, W12 7RH

Free Event

More info here.


Tom Dixon is TouchySmellyFeelyNoisyTasty

14-22 September 2019

"This September, Tom Dixon introduces TouchySmellyFeelyNoisyTasty at his hub in king’s cross. the coal office will become a multi-sensory lab with a series of talks, workshops, events and parties taking place in the shop, factory, restaurant and gallery. In the ‘touchy feely’ arch located in the shop, Tom Dixon’s design research studio will partner with men’s care brand harry’s to create a razor bar that draws on the sensory tactility of shaving. the razor bar will be open to the public and will offer by-invitation grooming services. ten limited edition razor handles that have been co-designed by both brands will also be on display."


14-22 September 2019

Monday – Saturday 10am till 8pm Thursday 10am till 9pm Sunday 11am till 5pm @ Tom Dixon Studio, The Coal Office, 1 Bagley walk, Kings Cross, London N1C 4PQ

More info here.


Design & Dine

16-21 September 2019

"In partnership with HAY, &Tradition and Keays & Kempton, we are delighted to announce that The Dinner Ladies will host a very special supperclub to celebrate London Design Festival 2019.

Our pop-up restaurant and cocktail bar will be located in an elegant Georgian townhouse, overlooking St James Park. Creative duo Keays & Kempton have envisioned their own take of the private members club, balancing bespoke artwork and sumptuous antiques with the latest design collections from HAY and &Tradition. We will be serving food and cocktails that champion sustainable and seasonal ingredients, inspired by the design ethos of our partners."


16-21 September

@ Nine United Studio, SW1H 9AB

Tickets here


Please Be Seated by Paul Cocksedge

Open until 11th October 2019

"British designer Paul Cocksedge is transforming Finsbury Avenue Square with Please Be Seated. Located in the heart of Broadgate, the Landmark Project will be the most ambitious of British Land’s commissions to date. The large-scale installation fuses innovation and technology, and responds to the changing rhythm of the community: its design features curves for people to sit on and walk under, further enhancing London’s largest pedestrianised neighbourhood. The work is made from scaffolding planks, and Cocksedge has collaborated with Essex-based high-end interiors company White & White to re-imagine and re-use the building wood. "


14-22 September 2019

(Open until 11 October 2019)

@ Finsbury Avenue Square, Broadgate London EC2M 2PP

More info here


The cork stopper and the wine bottle by Jasper Morrison Shop

16-20 September 2019

"This is a