London Design Festival

Established in 2003, The London Design Festival’s role is to celebrate and promote London as the world’s design capital to the to the International design community who travel from far and wide to visit. Now celebrating its twelfth year, the Festival will run from 13-21 September and aims to celebrate home grown and international design showcasing over 300 events and installations which will be spread out all across the capital.


The Festival will continue its unique collaboration with the world’s leading museum of art and design. As the central hub location for the London Design Festival for the sixth year, the V&A will again include installations, events, talks and workshops.

Design Junction at the Sorting Office

Design junction returns to the Sorting Office on New Oxford Street for the fourth year and has e x p a n d e d across four floors to showcase more than 180 of the coolest brands around. On-site installations will be bigger than ever with an exclusive collaboration between MINI and Dezeen, who will present ‘Frontiers – The Future of Mobility’. And don’t miss the ground floor which offers a range of 25 pop-up design stores.

Design Quarters

Some of the areas being highlighted this year are: the Brompton District, Chelsea Design Quarter, Clerkenwell Design Quarter, Islington Design District, Queens Park, Shoreditch Design Triangle.


David Nicholls, Design Editor of the Telegraph magazine will host Habitat’s public Design Reunion panel discussion, as part of our Design Reunion’ exhibition for London Design Festival.

Past Habitat designers Tord Boontje, Claire Norcross, Sarah Campbell, Aaron Probyn and current Habitat Creative Director, Polly Dickens, will open the discussion with an exploration of the theme of ‘inspirations’ followed by a Q&A session for the audience to discuss all sorts of topics with the panel.

“This discussion allows us to explore how a fleeting thought can inspire and evolve into a physical design that we see in stores,” comments David Nicholls. “We will be looking at how differing, and surprising, these original ideas of inspiration can be for each designer – some discovering inspiration in nature, some in the fields of modern architecture, transport or theatre and how these inspirations are then translated through design and manufacturing processes into a finished product.

It will also give us an opportunity to hear from each designer about how they began in the design industry as well as their experiences of Habitat past and present.”

Fancy coming along to our Design Reunion discussion event?

The event will take place on Friday 19th September from 3pm in Platform gallery, Habitat, 208 King’s Road, SW3 5XP.

TICKETS ARE FREE and will be available through with limited availability.

If you’re interested in seeing a short clip about the inspiration behind the design of this exhibition, please click on the video below.


* All photography in the headers by © Susan Smart Photography

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