My LDF 17 experience

TUESDAY

I was really excited to be hitting Shoreditch, its one of the densest design districts and the rogue child with very few rules. Shop’s offering targeted products, lots of designer talks, some great collaborations between artists and brands. They always have something I have never seen alongside a big name or two. Yinka Ilori’s playground outside Citizen M was talked about a lot as well as his collaboration at the Restoration Station (these weren’t his only LDF appearances). I loved the complete variety offered by Bethan Laura Wood at ONE Gallery from furniture & lighting to paper concept installation. Also cried a little at the amount I didn’t have time to see, definitely would love to stay at a hotel in Shoreditch next year to maximise what I can see.

Seaweed Kites was originally created for G . F Smith’s Paper City project as part of Hull UK City of Culture 2017. This was probably one of if not my favourite image I managed to capture from the festival.

Ending my Shorditch visit with a relax at Camille Walala bouncy house creation – Villa Walala. A little different than her normal work because instead of sharp edges this rounded creation was less detail but still all fun. With some classy patterned steps that were I think the true draw it became a much loved lunch spot for the surrounding office workers.

I returned to Shoreditch on THURSDAY for the London Design Fair >>

A quick trip south of the river took me to the other Landmark Project not to be missed this LDF – Urban Cabin by Mini Living. The ongoing project by MINI explores the future of urban habitats based on the creative use of space with a design that reflects the city’s unique character. Partnered with Jacob’s design inspired by London’s rich history of geometric facades, while the interior is conceived as a flexible, imaginative space that pays homage to British eccentricity.

Bankside is one of two districts south of the river; with OXO Wharf as the hub at one end of Southwark Street and at the other London Bridge Station. It’s an area I want to explore more but is hard with lots of it’s secrets hidden away and you need to be in the know to find. This year their line up had lots of typographic workshops and dated events limiting my enjoyment to what I could stumble upon. You’ll notice another Yinka Ilori installation and one of my favourite LDF babies a patterned crossing.

Cheeky admission I did half of Bankside on Tuesday and half Wednesday as I ran out of steam. Ended up stopping off here, taking some advice from Katie’s Design Milk Guide – Top Tip number 5 Make food stops.

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