What’s on in September…LONDON

As the London design community gears up for the London Design Festival, one of its busiest times of the year, the Futon Company takes a look at key events across the city, as well as presenting the pick of the crop across the rest of the UK…

What’s on?

From 13th-24th September 2014 London will host its annual London Design Festival.

What’s it all about?

Held annually, the London Design Festival (LDF) is a celebration and promotion of London as the design capital of the world.  A hub of product ideas, launches, exhibitions and special events, it is viewed by many as the gateway to the international creative community.

 Where’s it held?

LDF is a vast and sprawling showcase hosted in locations across west, central and east London.  For a full overview of the event go to or check out Emma Love’s London Design Festival Guide in the October 2014 issue of Elle Decoration.


There’s so much to see and do we can’t possibly list it all but Futon Company is proud to announce that Design Masters Ben Fowler, Nell Beale and Leala Dymond will be showing at 100% Design.

100% Design, SW3

Elle Decoration says:  To mark the fair’s 20th anniversary, a retrospective of pieces launched in previous years will be on show (such as Barber & Osgerby’s Loop table and Matthew Hilton’s Manta chair).  Other highlights include the launch of this year’s Heal’s Discovers collection and lighting by Ebb & Flow.  September 17th-20th; Earl’s Court (

Decorex, TW8

Elle Decoration says:  Newcomers to the show include Liberty Art Fabrics Interiors, Eley Kishimoto and Bluebellgray.  Also worth a look is Future Heritage – a selection of work by British makers such as ceramicist Michael Eden, textile artist Natasha Kerr and silversmith Adi Toch – and the Champagne bar, which has been designed by Les Trois Garcons.  September 21-24; Syon Park (

Design Junction, WC1

Elle Decoration says:  In its fourth incarnation, this is now one of the stars of the festival, with pop-up shops and retail spaces.  Keep an eye out for Lightjunction, which is taking over the basement; Ventura London, an experimental, edited version of Milan’s Ventura Lambrata; and flash factories by Waterford Crystal and tile company Bert & May.  Plus there’s Dominic Wilcox’s stained-glass car (it’s part of an installation on the future of mobility) and Design Event Presents, work by a collective of designers from the north of England.  For a bite to eat, visit the Alessi-designed cafe or the TFL bar and restaurant, which is kitted out with old bus-stop signs and reclaimed fabrics.  September 17th-22nd; The Sorting Office, 21-23 New Oxford Street (

Tent, E1

Elle Decoration says:  This is the kingpin event in East London, with new additions this year that include 100% Norway, Tokyo Designers Week and a party zone in the car park.  Afroditi Krassa is designing Super Brands Cafe (and launching her debut collection of tiles, lighting and tables) and the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland returns with ‘Weathering’, a new exhibition featuring work by 20 contemporary Irish makers.  September 18th-21st; Old Truman Brewery, 20-23 Hanbury Street (