London Design Festival

London Design Festival

Across the Neighbourhood
Saturday, 16 September 2023 – Saturday, 23 September 2023
Free Admission

London Design Festival returns from 16-23 September, celebrating London as the design capital of the world. With Chelsea’s extraordinary design heritage, renowned for its bohemian free thinkers and creatives, here are the ways to celebrate the Chelsea Design District.

Embark on a 14-stop journey of the King’s Road, entitled ‘Daydreaming on the King’s Road‘, a walk through time and design. There really are no roads quite like the King’s Road; a haven for aesthetes and creatives, and home to cultural touchpoints in history spanning the aristocratic origins as King Charles II’s private road to the mighty modernism that is on offer nearby. The trail, curated by Anna Stewart and Tetsuo Mukai, will introduce you to the legendary moments along the road – including Mary Quant, Vivienne Westwood, Mick Jagger, Terence Conran, The Beatles and many more -as well as offer a deep dive into the design heritage that exists and ties it all together. Find out more and download the map here.

And did you know, Thursday, 21 September is the exclusive Chelsea Design District Day. Here’s what to expect:

  • Poggenpohl are hosting a lunchtime experience with chef Sven Hanson Britt where customers are invited to learn about the enduringly beautiful kitchen materials, whilst Masterchef winner Britt creates a delicious lunch in a live kitchen.
  • Antique Modern Mix are hosting a ‘Meet the Artist with David Henty who has fooled scientists and at critics alike. Prepare to be inspired as  skilfully recreates iconic masterpieces, with meticulous attention to detail and a deep understanding of artistic techniques from 6pm -8pm.
  • Designers Guild will be celebrating the launch of their new autumn/winter collection, with complimentary refreshments and champagne throughout the day.
  • OKA will be open late, with an evening of interior styling workshops hosted by co-founder Sue Jones, alongside interior design experts.

Elsewhere throughout the week:

Venture on a creative journey with Anthropologie as they collaborate with Artfully Walls with a range of inspiring workshops. Delve into the world of Expressible Floral Painting with Sonal Nathwani or explore Abstract Collage techniques guided by Jonathan Lawes amongst others. Find out more and reserve your spot here.

On 19 September from 11am-12pm, gorgeous homeware store Birdie Fortescue will be joined by Katy Eccles, the talented artist behind Imprint Casts. Watch a live botanical casting demonstration, enjoy a Q&A session and even try your hand at casting, with a goody bag to take home. Tickets are £15 and can be booked here.

Ligne Roset Chelsea are proud to reintroduce the iconic Kashima Settee. The traditional Chesterfield was originally designed b Michel Ducaroy in 1976 and you can experience its joy at the King’s Road showroom all week. Find out more here.

Enthusiasts of interior design are in for a treat as Lema debuts their new furniture collection. Whilst the pieces will be on show all week, the store will be celebrating in style on 20 September with a cocktail evening featuring acrobatic dancers. Find out more here.

Marthe Armitage Prints are joining forces with antique dealer and design studio, Sigmar. Witness the unveiling of two historic designs remastered and printed for the first time in multicolours on cloth, with the Sigmar team showcasing a bespoke piece of upholstered furniture along with a very exciting teaser of the collection to follow. Find out more here.

Find out more at Londondesignfestival.com 

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