London Design Festival | 10 of the Best Events

There’s more than 200 events happening across the capital from 14-23 September as part of London Design Festival, including flagship design fair 100% Design. So which events are happening in EC1 or have a Clerkenwell connection? London Design Festival’s deputy director Max Fraser picks his 10 favourites

100% Design – 19-22 September
100% Design, the flagship event of London Design Festival, is a hot-bed for UK and international brands.

And did you know the show, which takes place at Earls Court from 19-22 September, is now run by Media 10, the company behind Grand Designs Live, Clerkenwell Design Week and the very magazine you’re currently holding.

Earls Court Exhibition Centre, 2 Warwick Road, SW5 9TA.

British Furniture Committee: Upstairs at the Sekforde – 20 – 23 September
The BFC has delved into British furniture manufacturers’ back- catalogues and pulled out a selection of striking pieces, showing upstairs at the Sekforde Arms pub. The result is a stunning collection of design classics from Ernest Race, Robin Day (above), Gordon Russell and others, unified with contemporary fabrics and finishes.

The Sekforde Arms, 34 Sekforde Street , EC1R 0HA.

 Creative Clerkenwell: Makers in Residence – 15 – 20 September
Creative Clerkenwell’s Makers in Residence programme includes tours, studio visits and workshops with UK- based designers and makers. Everyone is welcome to partake in hands-on making activities in various locations.

Craft Central, 33-35 S t John’s Square, EC1M 4DS.

 EC1 designers at 100% Design 19-22 September
Several Clerkenwell-based companies are exhibiting at 100% Design: Vitra is creating an installation with UK launches by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Jasper Morrison and Antonio Citterio. Out Of Office (OOF) is launching a concept for temporary workspaces in public places. Jennifer Newman Studio is showing a new table and bench combination as part of its range of inside-outside furniture.

100% Design (as before)

 Cappellini Next – 14 – 23 September
The Cappellini Next exhibition looks into the creative exploration of Italian furniture brand Cappellini.. The brand’s talent scout Giulio Cappellini is showing projects from five continents, each one a clear expression of the geographical and cultural influences of the environment on the designers.

Poltrona Frau showroom, 150 St John Street , EC1V 4UD.

 Inspired by London – 18 – 22 September 
Especially for London Design Festival, a group of designers and artists who are united in their passion for all things London are showcasing and selling their work. This exhibition highlights the diversity of art, fashion, interiors and jewellery inspired by the city.

Ground Floor Showcase, 33-35 St John’s Square, EC1M 4DS.


 Knoll: New collections – 14 September – 14 October
Knoll’s UK flagship store on Goswell Road is hosting an exhibition of the work and life of Herbert Matter (image above), a Swiss-born American photographer and graphic designer. Look out for Knoll’s bloggers lounge at 100% Design, too.’

Knoll International, 91 Goswell Road, EC1V 7EX.


 Clerkenwell Design Week talent at 100% Design – 19-22 September
Several exciting design companies that launched during Clerkenwell Design Week in May – such as Bark, which makes 50s Americana-inspired pieces (above), and contemporary furniture makers, Dare Studio, are also going to be at 100% Design this year.

100% Design (as before)

 Viaduct: Show 5 Ferdinand Kramer for e15

Furniture and lighting showroom Viaduct is showing eight reissued pieces from Modernist architect Ferdinand Kramer, which he designed for German furniture producer e15. Kramer’s furniture was originally designed between 1925 and 1959 .

Viaduct, 1-10 Summers Street, EC1R 5BD.

 TOTO’s massaging bathtub – 17 – 21 September
In Japan, a bath is said to be where you cleanse your soul, not just your body. TOTO’s NEOREST SE Bathtub (below) apparently provides the ultimate relaxation experience, with technology that warms and massages with a softly spiraling flow. Its launching at TOTO’s Clerkenwell showroom – you’ll never look at your tub in the same light again!

TOTO, 140-142 S t John S treet, EC1V 4UA.