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London Design Festival

First staged in 2003, the London Design Festival is one of the world's most important annual design events. The Festival programme is made up of over 300 events and exhibitions staged by hundreds of partner organisations across the design spectrum and from around the world. A centerpiece of the Festival is our commissions, the Landmark Projects, created with the help of our generous supporters. For the Landmark Projects we commission some of the world's greatest architects and designers to create pieces of work in some of London's best-loved public spaces.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £74,108
  • 2013-2014: £75,887
  • 2014-2015: £77,860

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London Design Festival 2013: Stephen Webster's Routemaster Tour

Stephen Webster MBE is one of the most prominent jewellery designers of his generation. During the London Design Festival 2013 we invited him to lead his own tour of London, the resulting journey through the city took in the sights and sounds of his career in true rock’n'roll style!

Film courtesy of Stephen Webster

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Holts Gems, Hatton Garden

Goldsmiths’ Hall

Goldsmiths’ Centre

Wallace Collection

Mount Street Mayfair

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Film courtesy of Stephen Webster

Global Design Forum 2013: Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, Designer, Artist and Writer

Imagination, Innovation, application; a journey of the idea

How do disruptive, radical ideas come out of the blue sky to benefit our everyday reality? Where is innovation at its most exciting, most relevant and farthest reaching? A 'dream panel' of key creatives in communications, automotive design, consumer behaviour and synthetics debate the key issues of r&d, material science, manufacturing technologies and much else besides - remembering always that if it doesn't make a difference for real people then it's not innovation, It's just an idea.

Chair:
Carolyn Dailey, Founder & CEO of the Dailey Partnership

Speakers:
Adrian Van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design
Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, Designer, Artist and Writer
Lee Schuneman, Studio Head, Lift London/Microsoft
Scott Croyle, Senior Vice President and Head of Design, HTC
Tom Bassett, Founder and CEO of Bassett & Partners and Mindswarms

The Global Design Forum is the unique platform for the world’s most challenging thinking about the future of human society and design’s role in it. In 2013 the event addressed some of the most turbulent and critical areas of activity: Innovation, Urbanism, Brand and Creativity, and the realisation of the ‘Big Idea’.

Global Design Forum 2013: Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design

Imagination, Innovation, application; a journey of the idea

How do disruptive, radical ideas come out of the blue sky to benefit our everyday reality? Where is innovation at its most exciting, most relevant and farthest reaching? A 'dream panel' of key creatives in communications, automotive design, consumer behaviour and synthetics debate the key issues of r&d, material science, manufacturing technologies and much else besides - remembering always that if it doesn't make a difference for real people then it's not innovation, It's just an idea.

Chair:
Carolyn Dailey, Founder & CEO of the Dailey Partnership

Speakers:
Adrian Van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design
Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, Designer, Artist and Writer
Lee Schuneman, Studio Head, Lift London/Microsoft
Scott Croyle, Senior Vice President and Head of Design, HTC
Tom Bassett, Founder and CEO of Bassett & Partners and Mindswarms

The Global Design Forum is the unique platform for the world’s most challenging thinking about the future of human society and design’s role in it. In 2013 the event addressed some of the most turbulent and critical areas of activity: Innovation, Urbanism, Brand and Creativity, and the realisation of the ‘Big Idea’.

Global Design Forum 2013: Alexei Orlov, Chief Marketing Officer for Volkswagen Group China

Designer or brand - chicken or egg

As consumer culture enters its next phase, the power of the brand continues to increase. A population lost in a blizzard of messages needs the signposts and values that brands give. Time was when a brand relied for its identity on a recognisable design process, but that model has changed. What's the effect on design and designers? This session puts internationally known designers up against brand owners and commentators and asks: who rules and who's the fool?

Chair:
Peter York, author journalist, broadcaster and management consultant

Speakers:
Carmel Allen, Brand Champion of Heal's
Jaime Hayon, Designer
Ross Lovegrove, Industrial designer
Alexei Orlov, Chief Marketing Officer for Volkswagen Group China

The Global Design Forum is the unique platform for the world’s most challenging thinking about the future of human society and design’s role in it. In 2013 the event addressed some of the most turbulent and critical areas of activity: Innovation, Urbanism, Brand and Creativity, and the realisation of the ‘Big Idea’.

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Global Design Forum 2013: Justine Simons, Acting Deputy Mayor for Culture, Mayor of London

Creative city, smart city, sucessful city

More than 70 per cent of us (5.3 billion people) will live in cities by 2050. The implications are huge, but here we focus on the city's crucial ability to create itself. Of course, how that is measured varies and blurs. What are the conditions that matter and how will creativity be central to a 'smart' city's success? An international panel brings insights from round the globe.

Chair: Steve Bloomfield, Foreign Editor at Monocle

Speakers:
Ben Page, CEO Ipsos Mori
Guta Moura Guedes, Co-Founder of Experimenta
Justine Simons, Acting Deputy Mayor for Culture, Mayor of London
Michael Young, Designer

The Global Design Forum is the unique platform for the world’s most challenging thinking about the future of human society and design’s role in it. In 2013 the event addressed some of the most turbulent and critical areas of activity: Innovation, Urbanism, Brand and Creativity, and the realisation of the ‘Big Idea’.

Global Design Forum 2013: Five ideas to shake the world

Introducing a new format for the forum, this session, which was hard on the heels on the innovation debate, puts the five best ideas we could find in front of a powerful panel who judged- along with audience input - which will make the most significant contribution to our future lives. The 'open source' revolution, 3D or even 4D printing, advances in science, medicine, energy, food and shelter; audience members were asked to vote for which 'big idea' was the biggest and best.

Panelists:
Ilse Crawford, Founder of Studio Ilse
Sir John Hegarty, Co-Founder of Bartle Bogle Hegarty (bbh)
Brent Hoberman, Co-Founder, Profounders Capital; Chairman, made.com
Chrostopher Sanderson, Co-Founder and Strategy and Insight Director at The Future Laboratory

The Global Design Forum is the unique platform for the world’s most challenging thinking about the future of human society and design’s role in it. In 2013 the event addressed some of the most turbulent and critical areas of activity: Innovation, Urbanism, Brand and Creativity, and the realisation of the ‘Big Idea’.

Max Fraser, Deputy Director of London Design Festival previews the 2013 Festival

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London – Max Fraser, deputy director of the London Design Festival (LDF), believes this year’s festival is overflowing with diversity and possibility. With a plethora of choices and an event guide thicker than ever, the annual event will be bustling.

The theme of the 2013 LDF is Design is Everywhere. ‘Design doesn’t just exist on a pedestal,’ says Fraser. ‘It permeates every level of our lives from the super mundane such as light switches, electricity sockets and street furniture that we take for granted, to the magnificent and spectacle pieces that are often brought to the fore during the festival.’

The festival explores all aspects of design. The Victoria and Albert Museum will be the main hub and other key design destinations and major shows will go on throughout the capital. As well as being a showcase for local and international designers, the festival will host a series of talks and a Global Design Forum to discuss the dilemmas facing contemporary design. ‘I hope it will be provocative, really pulling apart the design industry,’ says Fraser.

London Design Festival 2013

Sir John Sorrell, Chairman of the London Design Festival introduces the 11th Festival which took place 14-22 September 2013. With project highlights and comments from designers and contributors.

Global Design Forum 2013

In this video by Dezeen, London Design Festival deputy director Max Fraser summarises the aims and key themes of this year's Global Design Forum 16-17 September 2013.

Taking place annually, The Global Design Forum is the pre-eminent thought leadership event for design bringing together key figures from across the design industry as well as those from other sectors to explore and debate the powerful and pressing issues facing design in the modern world.

The event was held at the V&A and Southbank Centre during the London Design Festival 2013 and addressed some of the most turbulent and critical areas of activity: innovation, urbanism, brand power, the character of creativity, and the realisation of the ‘Big Idea’. Over 250 delegates and 25 speakers took part, including Peter Saville, Brent Hoberman, Jamie Hayon, Ilse Crawford, Ross Lovegrove, Sir John Hegarty and Michael Young.

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