London Design Festival

This September sees one of the most important events on the global design calendar, the London Design Festival in its eleventh year.

The Festival expects more than 250 partners and over 300 events celebrating the best in design. As ever, the Festival also delivers its own varied programme of commissioned projects with highlights at St Paul’s Cathedral and at its hub venue, the Victoria and Albert Museum, with a number of site-specific installations. Ben Evans, London Design Festival Director said “It is a strength that design can interest a public as well as a professional audience. The London Design Festival is designed to do just that, with trade fairs alongside public installations. Design is for everyone.”

“This year’s Festival programme is a true reflection of our diverse and creatively dynamic city, with a vast array of events, installations and exhibitions showcasing the huge number of different design disciplines practiced in London.”
John Sorrell, Chairman, London Design Festival

“I am delighted to back the London Design Festival, which puts the spotlight on the most exciting and innovative design talent from across the globe. From the drawing board to the prototype to the finished product, this important sector creates thousands of jobs and generates billions of pounds for our economy and underpins London’s reputation for creativity.”
Boris Johnson, Mayor of London

London Design Festival Landmark project
Endless Stair: St Paul's Cathedral.  In collaboration with AHEC, Arup, dRMM and Seam Design

Endless Stair will invite visitors to climb a series of 20 Escher-like interlocking staircases made from a prefabricated construction using 44 cubic metres of Tulipwood.

“Endless Stair is a three-dimensional exercise in composition, structure and scale. The ambitious structure is both marker and meeting place, on axis with the Millennium Bridge. The Escher-like game of perception and circulation in timber playfully contrasts with the religious and corporate environment of stone and glass in the city.”
Alex de Rijke, Co-Founder, dRMM Architects

Theme
The theme for 2013 is ‘Design is Everywhere’. A strong message and bold solution, which celebrates everyday, often unappreciated objects as well as the noted design icons we all know and love. Together with the Festival, Pentagram wants to raise public awareness on the importance of design and how it surrounds us in everything we do.

V&A Museum
The world’s leading Museum of art and design, the V&A, the central hub location for the London Design Festival for the fifth year, will again house a broad range of commissioned activity which will be spread throughout the Museum and include installations, events, talks and workshops.

Global Design Forum
Following on from the sell-out inaugural event in 2012, the Global Design Forum returns with an enhanced programme in 2013. The event brings together some of the most revered names in the worlds of design, business, branding and innovation to explore how design can make the world a better place. Comprising keynote speeches, panel discussions, fast-paced presentations and Q&A sessions, the Forum creates a rich platform for open discussion and debate.

Read the complete press release which includes information on the London Design Medal, Design Destinations and Design Districts, here