London Design Festival Explored Part 1.

LDF is one of my favourite times of year, London becomes alive as design projects take over the city. From large destination hubs like Design Junction to single shops celebrating with an inventive window display. I never have the whole week free but really thats what you need to see even half of what’s in the wonderful guidebook. So whether you were there or not, missed something you were dying to see or want to relive the moment, here’s what I got up to.

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One of only two Design Districts south of the river, that I have never explored before runs along the Thames from the OXO Tower and along past Borough Market. Highlights include lots of typographic events: a pop-up sign painting school, Type Tasking workshops & interactive talks,  a very hands on lineup.

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Designersblock took over the OXO Bargehouse for its 19th Edition of independent designers featuring everything from furniture to new concepts. It sits at the back of the tower and the wharf shops with many offering their own LDF celebrations.

Better Bankside commissioned two artists Camille Walala &  All for Love to bring colour to bankside through transforming a pedestrian crossing and an installation of Living letters.

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Type Tasting Workshop was a last minute choice but a great one, the very enthusiastic Sarah Hyndman teaches the psychology of typography for an intensive 1 hour class. In a very non textbook manner you get to learn how the mind reads and interprets different fonts & styles.

FUN DOWNLOAD: Ghostsigns Tour App – They have been running walking tours in London for two years, with a focus on the fading remains of advertising it is now available in app form for you mobile enjoyment.

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Shoreditch is an area that is a true celebration of the creative sphere being the home of many companies, stores, exhibitions & installations even before LDF gets to town. It’s easy to spend time wandering the streets of this design district especially on the beautiful sunny day I got.

Lee Brompton brought his new Optical lights to a mirrored space creating a monochrome rainbow of light called Opticality. Lee design and manufactures his pieces himself with a distinct style he is famous for.

Luna & Curious embarked on a really interesting project with the organisation Fine Cell Work providing a brief, inspiration but then allowing the prisoners to create their own designs that they also made in to unique products.

Charlene Mullen had lots of new products to dazzle with this LDF from new geometric ceramics to stationery and Doodle textiles. I particularly like the wallpaper panels and floor tiles included in her bespoke services.

Clerkenwell Creative put on a London Design Souvenir Pop Up Shop from London makers that included a pencil pic n mix bar, new favourites from Nikki at Kreisdesign, modern linocut prints and more.

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London Design Fair is the child of Tent London & Super Brands together with a whole extra floor of designers; with exclusive product launches, talks and showcases the Truman Brewery never looked so good.

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Design Junction at its new home at Granary Square, Kings Cross was top of my list for this years festival. Outside a design district but right in the centre of LDF after going through a transformation in terms of layout and curation. Both local & international names drew a great crowd to this Design Destination.

This is the end of Part 1 of my LDF coverage, READ Part 2 next which includeds, Islington Design District trail, Brixton Design District, The Smile and some odds and ends