London Design Festival
London Design Festival is the UK’s largest annual design event held to celebrate and promote London as the design capital of the world, and as the gateway to the international creative community.
The Festival is made up of over 400 events and exhibitions staged by over 300 partner organisations across the design spectrum and from around the world. The Festival also commissions and curates its own programme of Landmark Projects, Projects at the V&A, and Special Commissions throughout the city.
Landmark Projects are major installations, first introduced in 2006, which involve commissioning the world’s best designers, artists and architects, as well as exciting new talents, to create something extraordinary in response to a variety of stimuli such as a particular material, a theme or a location. Over the years, projects have appeared in some of London’s most prominent and best-loved spaces such as the V&A, Southbank Centre, St Paul’s Cathedral, Tate Modern and Trafalgar Square.
London Design Festival at the V&A fills the museum each September with an extraordinary range of design installations large and small, intricate and majestic. 2019 will see the Festival and V&A celebrate eleven years together as the official London Design Festival hub.
Over 2,000 international design businesses took part in the 2018 London Design Festival including exhibitors at 5 Design Destinations: 100% Design, Decorex International, designjunction, Focus/19, and London Design Fair. In 2018, 11 Design Districts participated in the Festival – Bankside, Brompton, Clerkenwell, Fitzrovia, Marylebone, Mayfair, Pimlico Road, Regent St & St James’s, Shoreditch, Victoria and West Kensington – offering a programme of events, exhibitions, talks, workshop and tours. 4 Design Routes joined including Brixton, Kings Cross, Mare Street and Paddington Central.
In addition, London Design Festival stages a number of Headline Events. These include the London Design Medals, an exclusive evening to recognise and award leading design experts for their outstanding contribution to London and the industry; Global Design Forum at the V&A, the thought leadership programme that sets the future agenda for design; and the Official London Design Festival Party held each year at the V&A Museum.