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Sitting Pretty at the London Design Festival

Design wonders: Avant garde installations are dotted around LDF’s design districts and main hubs

Eames classics, Vitra reproductions, Gio Ponti sofas and many more exotic pieces. If chairs are your thing then you will be spoilt for choice as London Design Festival celebrates its 15-year anniversary. They come in all shapes, materials, colours and sizes alongside a staggering array of events and installations.

The Brompton Design District, Pimlico Road Design District, Chelsea Design Quarter, Mayfair Design District and Notting Hill Design Trail means west Londoners and visitors are spoilt for choice with a pick of avant garde designs in 2017. Design Districts are areas where there are distinct concentrations of design activity and events that can be navigated easily on foot. Each district is organised locally and independently all under the aegis of the London Design Festival.

The Victoria and Albert Museum is the main festival hub with a curated programme of talks, workshops, installations, and themed exhibitions running over the festival duration and beyond. Must-sees include; Plywood: Making of the Modern World; Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion; Rachel Kneebone at The V&A, architects Amanda Levete and Carmody Groarke’s Story of Two Chairs; Transmission and Reflection Room.

“Few cities have a cultural infrastructure like ours,” says Director Ben Evans. “It’s a magnet for creative people both in the UK and around the world. Everyone wants to come here because of the scale and quality of our offer.

“We are culturally spoilt. London Design Festival has contributed to that – international brands have seen what’s happening and want to be a part of it.”

Plywood: See some of the world’s most collectable chairs at V&A’s show during London Design Festival

The festival is also a platform for the capital’s major trade shows including 100% Design at Olympia Exhibition Halls. Visitors are welcomed on the final day of the show which features work from a local and international line-up of new and established exhibitors.

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