Our Pick of London Design Festival 2016


The Smile

Architect Alison Brook’s Landmark Project is indeed a giant smile : a 34m long, hollow and curved-tulipwood smile that visitors are invited to walk into. The viewings platforms at each end will allow you to reach for the stars - or at least to the neighbouring Tate Britain - and you can try to run from end to end to get it to rock, but the word is that’s impossible…

Dyslexic Design

In the middle of Granary Sqaure, this year’s buzzing new design district, the Dyslexic Design exhibition explores and celebrates the relationship between dyslexia and creativity. 10 leading designers suffering from dyslexia, including Jim Rokos, will present their multi-disciplinary work in a truly spectacular setting.

Victoria & Albert Museum

As expected, the Victoria and Albert Museum, heart and soul of the London Design Festival, is presenting us with a fantastic program : impressive design installations by Glithero, Mathieu Lehanneur or Benjamin Hubert occupy the museum, challenging talks and panel discussions gather the best design thinkers, artists in residence open the doors of their studios… Just make sure to plan enough time to see everything!

Show 13: Bare Minimum

Jasper Morrisson, Achille Castiglione and Maarten Van Severen are among the many talented designers presented in the Show 13: Bare Minimum. Together their designs combine colours, materials, detailing and textures to inspire us with an in-depth look at minimalism in furniture and lighting design. Upstairs in the gallery, an installation from Studiomama demonstrates micro-living designed within 13 square metres and will surely launch many debates - what will you think?

London Biennale at the Somerset House

For the first edition of the London Design Biennale, 35 countries from six continents have taken on the challenge of designing an installation or exhibition exploring the theme of Utopia by Design. The startling and sensational interactive contributions ask big questions and ideas about sustainability, migration, pollution, energy, cities and social equality.

Design Carousel

This year will be the launch of Design Carousel, London’s first children design fair, in Coram’s Fields park. For just one day, families are invited to dive into the world of design and creativity : cross-disciplinary creative workshops will engage children in coding, 3D printing, clay-modelling or biomimicry. Parents won’t be forgotten as talks will run around themes such as ‘sustainable futures’, ‘designing for children’ and, last but not least, ‘parents as entrepreneurs’!