East meets West | Zaha Hadid

The London Design Festival is back from 14-22 September. Much of the action focuses on Clerkenwell in the east and the V&A and 100% Design in west London, so Yvonne Courtney had put together a handy guide to the best events in these two creative hotspots…

Tour Zaha Hadid’s gallery
16-22 September Clerkenwell-based architect Zaha Hadid is behind some of the world’s most instantly recognizable structures including the Guangzhou Opera House in China and the London Aquatics Centre in Stratford’s Olympic Park. During LDF, Zaha Hadid Design Gallery is offering the chance for small, pre-booked groups to tour its Studio. You’ll get to take a look at its latest designs and see architecture models from the archive. Hadid has also teamed up with Samsung

to unveil a vision for ‘Retail of Tomorrow’ at 100% Design, using design and tech to create a futuristic shopping experience. Visit Samsung’s stand at 100% to
discover more. Zaha Hadid Design Gallery, 101 Goswell Road, London EC1V 7EZ.

 Retail Facility Pop-Up Shop
17-20 September
Retail Facility is popping up at Industrial Facility’s design studio, previewing Sam Hecht and Kim Colin’s new desktop accessories collection Formwork™ designed for Herman Miller. There will also be a 10% discount on all Retail Facility products, so mark you diary for some quality retail therapy.
Retail Facility, 20 Britton Street, London EC1M 5UA.

Explore the Barbican
14-22 September
Wander the Barbican’s highwalks and learn more about its history at an architectural tour. These 90 minute guided walks will take you around both the exterior and
interior parts of the centre, where your guide will reveal more about the history of the site and the plans behind its design. The tours form part of the Barbi’s Urban Wandering season of films and talks exploring London’s landscape, focusing on the East End.

Get the Royal treatment
Royal Mosa is throwing open the doors of its new Architectural Ceramic Centre during LDF. The luxury ceramics and tiles specialist is celebrating the opening of its St John Street showroom on 18 September by offering free consultations with an interior designer, along with a 20% discount off every quotation. www.mosa.nl


100% Design
18- 21 September 2013
London’s landmark design fair, 100% Design is a must-visit for anyone working in or interested in contemporary design. The interiors show is now in its second year under new owners Media 10 (the company behind Clerkenwell Design Week, Grand Designs Live and The Clerkenwell Post) and is expected to attract over 30,000 visitors. This year’s stellar line-up of speakers includes architects Richard Rogers, Eric Parry and Nigel Coates, plus furniture design legend Giulio Cappellini.

Exhibitor highlights include:

The Super Design Market
This new shopping area in 100%’s interiors section will feature ceramics, textiles, glassware and plastics. Items on sale include everything from Kaaita’s chic Hendee XL laundry bag to Kwamecorp’s Josiah Wireless Speakers, and will reflect key trends and techniques in small scale and mass production design.

Part of Central St Martin’s Textiles Futures showcase, this project explores people’s tendency to acquire and collect objects, even when they are not of immediate use. It aims to facilitate a more meaningful relationship between objects and people, while finding new design solutions for ‘defunct’ components. 100% Design, Earls Court Exhibition Centre, 2 Warwick Road, SW5 9TA.

The Dinner Party at the V&A
14-22 September
The London Design Festival joined forces with the V&A in 2009 and its installations and events seem to get ever more daring and intriguing. One highlight this year is The Dinner Party, which invites visitors to interrupt a deserted dinner gathering, the music still playing softly. The Norfolk House Music Room in the British Galleries will provide a theatrical backdrop for this seemingly lived-in setting, with contemporary tableware from Dutch studio Scholten & Baijings contrasting against the French-style panelled interiors.
V&A, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL.

Bums on Seats at Ally Capellino West
15-22 September
Accessories designer Ally Capellino brings her aesthetic to the iconic British-made tubular stacking chair. Using the premise ‘Bums on Seats’, Capellino looks at the way we position ourselves while seated – ‘left leaning’ or ‘knees up’ for example. She has designed variations on this theme, adapting the chairs with materials and techniques used in her signature leather bags. She’s also produced a film referencing the 1957 Oscar Oscar-winning short ‘A Chairy Tale’ with long-time collaborator Donald Christie and a ‘Bums on Seats’ installation with Rupert Blanchard, which will be shown at Capellino’s shop in Notting Hill.
The trio will discuss the project at the V&A on 19 September.
Ally Capellino, 312 Portobello Road,London, W10 5RU.

Yvonne Courtney is a design and consumer culture PR strategist, writer and curator.www.yvonnecourtney.com