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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 2014 highlights

The twelfth London Design Festival ran from Saturday 13 September until Sunday 21 September. Over 250 partners and 300 events celebrated the best in design and filled the city with a design buzz that is unique in the year.

www.londondesignfestival.com

London Design Medal 2014 supported by Panerai

Now in its ninth year, the London Design Medal has become one of British design's most coveted accolades, awarded each year by the London Design Festival to an individual who has made an immense contribution to design and London. Previous winners include extraordinary talents Peter Saville, Marc Newson, Paul Smith, Zaha Hadid, Thomas Heatherwick and Ron Arad.

A Place Called Home, Supported by Airbnb

Airbnb is the world’s largest community marketplace for people to list, discover and book online accommodation within people’s own homes. Now Airbnb is collaborating with the London Design Festival for this year’s Landmark Project in Trafalgar Square.

All these questions and more are addressed by four highly acclaimed designers – Jasper Morrison, Patternity, Raw Edges and Studioilse – for the project A Place Called Home. The designers have been asked to provide their own personal vision of a room to intrigue and amuse visitors to Trafalgar Square. The four ‘homes’ appear to be similar in construction from the outside, but have their own identity, hinting at the unique, creative interiors within. The project is supported by Airbnb, an organisation that believes that by blurring the boundaries between the idea of public shareability and our sense of private space we can cultivate a feeling of belonging—for anyone, anywhere.

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Paul Smith and Nathalie de Leval's Garden Shed for The Wish List. London Design Festival 2014

Sir Terence Conran, Benchmark, the London Design Festival and the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) invited ten design legends along with ten emerging talents, to design and make something they have always wanted, but never been able to find.

A stellar list of architects and designers were brought together by the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) and Benchmark Furniture collaborate to create a compelling installation, The Wish List, which will be exhibited at the V&A during the 2014 London Design Festival (13-21 September).

Terence Conran, co-founder of Benchmark, instigated the project when he wrote to his friends and asked, “What have you always wanted in your home, but never been able to find?”

Paul Smith commissioned Nathalie de Leval… Designer, Sir Paul Smith has requested a shed from bespoke furniture designer, Nathalie de Leval. Not just any shed, ‘My Shed’ – a request befitting of any man. When asked about his brief Paul Smith said, ‘Really the inspiration behind the design was to create somewhere where you can go to switch off, somewhere to relax. In today’s world where everyone is so busy, I think this is really important and very needed.’ The shed will not be stuck in the corner of a garden; rather it will sit on the top of a hill or by a forest, overlooking an amazing view.

Paul goes on to explain, ‘The shed is 3m by 3m, the same size as my first ever shop in Nottingham. Completely coincidentally, Matisse’s famous cut-out ‘The Snail’ is also the same size.’ Commenting on why he chose to work with Nathalie, Paul comments, ‘In this highly commercialised world it is so nice to discover someone who is so hands on, not only in terms of her design but also in the making of her furniture. Nathalie’s understanding of the materials she works with is really amazing, she combines this with fantastic craftsmanship to make something truly contemporary.’

The thermally modified ash for 'Paul's Shed' was kindly donated by Morgan Timber and Northland Forest Products.

Species: Thermally modified ash

http://www.londondesignfestival.com/events/wish-list#
http://www.americanhardwood.org/news-events/the-wish-list/

Film credit (v) Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Paul Smith and Nathalie de Leval's Garden Shed for The Wish List. London Design Festival 2014

Sir Terence Conran, Benchmark, the London Design Festival and the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) invited ten design legends along with ten emerging talents, to design and make something they have always wanted, but never been able to find.

A stellar list of architects and designers were brought together by the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) and Benchmark Furniture collaborate to create a compelling installation, The Wish List, which will be exhibited at the V&A during the 2014 London Design Festival (13-21 September).

Terence Conran, co-founder of Benchmark, instigated the project when he wrote to his friends and asked, “What have you always wanted in your home, but never been able to find?”

Paul Smith commissioned Nathalie de Leval… Designer, Sir Paul Smith has requested a shed from bespoke furniture designer, Nathalie de Leval. Not just any shed, ‘My Shed’ – a request befitting of any man. When asked about his brief Paul Smith said, ‘Really the inspiration behind the design was to create somewhere where you can go to switch off, somewhere to relax. In today’s world where everyone is so busy, I think this is really important and very needed.’ The shed will not be stuck in the corner of a garden; rather it will sit on the top of a hill or by a forest, overlooking an amazing view.

Paul goes on to explain, ‘The shed is 3m by 3m, the same size as my first ever shop in Nottingham. Completely coincidentally, Matisse’s famous cut-out ‘The Snail’ is also the same size.’ Commenting on why he chose to work with Nathalie, Paul comments, ‘In this highly commercialised world it is so nice to discover someone who is so hands on, not only in terms of her design but also in the making of her furniture. Nathalie’s understanding of the materials she works with is really amazing, she combines this with fantastic craftsmanship to make something truly contemporary.’

The thermally modified ash for 'Paul's Shed' was kindly donated by Morgan Timber and Northland Forest Products.

Species: Thermally modified ash

londondesignfestival.com/events/wish-list#
americanhardwood.org/news-events/the-wish-list/

Film credit Petr Krejci

The Team Behind Double Space for BMW – 9/9 London Design Festival at the V&A 2014

The team reflect on the process of taking Double Space for BMW from concept to reality.

The installation “Double Space for BMW – Precision & Poetry in Motion” by Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby will be unveiled during the London Design Festival on September 13th, 2014 in the Raphael Gallery at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
On display 13 September – 24 October

Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design
Karim Habib, Head of Design BMW Automobiles
Edward Barber, Designer of Double Space for BMW
Jay Osgerby, Designer of Double Space for BMW
Dr Martin Roth, Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum
Ben Evans, Director of the London Design Festival

See londondesignfestival.com/events/double-space-bmw-precision-poetry-motion for further details

The Team Behind Double Space for BMW – 8/9 London Design Festival at the V&A 2014

Designers Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby use a scale model to describe the unique experience of Double Space for BMW.

The installation “Double Space for BMW – Precision & Poetry in Motion” by Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby will be unveiled during the London Design Festival on September 13th, 2014 in the Raphael Gallery at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

On display 13 September – 24 October

Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design
Karim Habib, Head of Design BMW Automobiles
Edward Barber, Designer of Double Space for BMW
Jay Osgerby, Designer of Double Space for BMW
Dr Martin Roth, Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum
Ben Evans, Director of the London Design Festival

See londondesignfestival.com/events/double-space-bmw-precision-poetry-motion for further details

Behind the Scenes: Human Nature

During a visit to Glashütte Lamberts in Waldsassen, Germany – one of the oldest mouth-blown glass factories in the world – Paris-based designer Jeremy Maxwell Wintrebert was struck by the piles of freshly made glass cylinders, waiting to be flattened out to create panes of glass. This inspired Human Nature, to be installed in the Victoria and Albert Museum's Glass Galleries for the London Design Festival 2014
Supported by Champagne Perrier-Jouët
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The Team Behind Double Space for BMW – 7/9 London Design Festival at the V&A 2014

The team reflect on creating Double Space for BMW as an immersive design experience within the Victoria and Albert Museum.

The installation “Double Space for BMW – Precision & Poetry in Motion” by Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby will be unveiled during the London Design Festival on September 13th, 2014 in the Raphael Gallery at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

On display 13 September – 24 October

Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design
Karim Habib, Head of Design BMW Automobiles
Edward Barber, Designer of Double Space for BMW
Jay Osgerby, Designer of Double Space for BMW
Dr Martin Roth, Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum
Ben Evans, Director of the London Design Festival

See londondesignfestival.com/events/double-space-bmw-precision-poetry-motion for further details

The Team Behind Double Space for BMW – 6/9 London Design Festival at the V&A 2014

The team discuss why Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby were an ideal design partner for BMW Group.

The installation “Double Space for BMW – Precision & Poetry in Motion” by Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby will be unveiled during the London Design Festival on September 13th, 2014 in the Raphael Gallery at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

On display 13 September – 24 October

Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design
Karim Habib, Head of Design BMW Automobiles
Edward Barber, Designer of Double Space for BMW
Jay Osgerby, Designer of Double Space for BMW
Dr Martin Roth, Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum
Ben Evans, Director of the London Design Festival

See londondesignfestival.com/events/double-space-bmw-precision-poetry-motion for further details

The Team Behind Double Space for BMW – 5/9 London Design Festival at the V&A 2014

The team interpret the aspects of BMW's design ethos which make them the ideal collaborator for Double Space.

The installation “Double Space for BMW – Precision & Poetry in Motion” by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby will be unveiled during the London Design Festival on September 13th, 2014 in the Raphael Gallery at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

On display 13 September – 24 October

Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design
Karim Habib, Head of Design BMW Automobiles
Edward Barber, Designer of Double Space for BMW
Jay Osgerby, Designer of Double Space for BMW
Dr Martin Roth, Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum
Ben Evans, Director of the London Design Festival

See londondesignfestival.com/events/double-space-bmw-precision-poetry-motion for further details

The Team Behind Double Space for BMW – 4/9 London Design Festival at the V&A 2014

Dr Martin Roth, Director of the V&A, and Ben Evans, Director of the London Design Festival discuss the ambition of Double Space for BMW.

The installation “Double Space for BMW – Precision & Poetry in Motion” by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby will be unveiled during the London Design Festival on September 13th, 2014 in the Raphael Gallery at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

On display 13 September – 24 October

Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design
Karim Habib, Head of Design BMW Automobiles
Edward Barber, Designer of Double Space for BMW
Jay Osgerby, Designer of Double Space for BMW
Dr Martin Roth, Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum
Ben Evans, Director of the London Design Festival

See londondesignfestival.com/events/double-space-bmw-precision-poetry-motion for further details

The Team Behind Double Space for BMW – 3/9 London Design Festival at the V&A 2014

The installation “Double Space for BMW – Precision & Poetry in Motion” by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby will be unveiled during the London Design Festival on September 13th, 2014 in the Raphael Gallery at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

On display 13 September – 24 October

Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design
Karim Habib, Head of Design BMW Automobiles
Edward Barber, Designer of Double Space for BMW
Jay Osgerby, Designer of Double Space for BMW
Dr Martin Roth, Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum
Ben Evans, Director of the London Design Festival

See londondesignfestival.com/events/double-space-bmw-precision-poetry-motion for further details

The Team Behind Double Space for BMW – 2/9 London Design Festival at the V&A 2014

The installation “Double Space for BMW – Precision & Poetry in Motion” by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby will be unveiled during the London Design Festival on September 13th, 2014 in the Raphael Gallery at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

On display 13 September – 24 October

Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design
Karim Habib, Head of Design BMW Automobiles
Edward Barber, Designer of Double Space for BMW
Jay Osgerby, Designer of Double Space for BMW
Dr Martin Roth, Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum
Ben Evans, Director of the London Design Festival

See londondesignfestival.com/events/double-space-bmw-precision-poetry-motion for further details

The Team Behind Double Space for BMW – 1/9 London Design Festival at the V&A 2014

The installation “Double Space for BMW – Precision & Poetry in Motion” by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby will be unveiled during the London Design Festival on September 13th, 2014 in the Raphael Gallery at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

On display 13 September – 24 October

Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design
Karim Habib, Head of Design BMW Automobiles
Edward Barber, Designer of Double Space for BMW
Jay Osgerby, Designer of Double Space for BMW
Dr Martin Roth, Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum
Ben Evans, Director of the London Design Festival

See http://www.londondesignfestival.com/events/double-space-bmw-precision-poetry-motion for further details

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

Start

Holts Gems, Hatton Garden

Goldsmiths’ Hall

Goldsmiths’ Centre

Wallace Collection

Mount Street Mayfair

END

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’.

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