For nine splendid days in September, the city turns into a design lover’s dream during their annual London Design Festival. Everywhere you turn you’ll find an event, showcase, talk or exhibit highlighting British craftsmanship and international design, covering what’s new in furnishings, textiles, and all things home.
Anchoring the week are five “to the trade” shows with hundreds of exhibitors highlighting their newest wares. The good news is most of these shows have public days where everyone is welcome.
While most of these shows aren’t shoppable, they are clickable! So bring your backup charger because you’ll be snapping pics every five feet, cataloging all the brands you just fell in love with and ultimately signing up for their Instagram to be wooed on a daily basis. Plus, if you do really want to shop, there are 11 design districts, each featuring a lineup of daily events, and special nights where all the districts’ showrooms stay open late for a design crawl.
These events also carry over into iconic locations, like the The Victoria & Albert, or V&A Museum, where several design events are curated throughout the week. All around the city, you’ll find specially commissioned works and artist-led projects taking over public spaces and inviting you into private ones.
After zig-zagging through London and snapping more than 1,000 pics, here are some of my favorite products from this year’s festival:
My top pick is an amazing British bespoke cabinetry company named Barr Joinery. If you truly believe everything has it’s place, this brand is for you. Check out their custom designed drawer inserts for whatever your lifestyle needs. On one side they focused on a classic kitchen, and on the other, a wall of cabinetry fit for a king–who likes his champagne!
Here’s the rest showcasing the vast array of design that happens all across London!
Animal-themed rugs by Junior Monarch are playful enough for a kids room, but the sophisticated design adds the perfect amount of whimsy to any space.
This is the perfect assemblage of ceramic bud vases in traditional blue and whites by Miyu Kurihara.
Sarah Colson shows off a cluster of her latest lighting collection, of which she’ll choose five patterns to ultimately go into production.
Inspired by the religious beliefs of a native Mexican community, Tropel Designs Wixarika collection consists of one-of-a-kind pieces made of yarn and beads that are part art, part objet.
With a ’30s vibe and glamorous lighting, this chic bedroom from Sweet and Willow showcases their feminine sensibility.
In a range of Insta-friendly hues, Harriet Caslin alters porcelain into unique tableware designs and two-toned lighting, casting a beautiful glow on your next dinner party.
Decorative shades and black out curtains in raspberry hues set the mood for The Blinds Company latest fabric offerings.
Take a nod from grandma and add oversized accessories to your window dressing. Jones Interiors offers handcrafted tiebacks, colorful finials, and contemporary curtain rods.
Newly formed company Pets and Pods creates mini, origami-styled homes made primarily of recycled plastic bottles for your furry friend—so it’s good for the earth and chic enough for your pad.
Cult favorite Rosanna Lonsdale shows off her Hamptons-ready table lamp designs and adds their latest ikat shades to the line.
Decca Home’s retro City Gull Wing Sofa gets a modern update with a refreshingly bold play on stripes in bright fuchsia, mustardy yellows, and subdued grays.
Mudroom or playroom-ready lockers from Mustard in fun colors make dressing down or clearing up a quick process.
Hayche’s WW series can be as sensible as pairing black-on-black or as surprising as mixing multiple finishes into one exuberant chair.
“Bottles” from Solimene Art celebrates four generations of Italian ceramic craftsmanship and artistry.
Check out all the exhibitors at the London Design Festival.