Hosting shows Tent and Super Brands as well as being home to the Islington, Clerkenwell and Shoreditch design districts, you could easily spend a whole day browsing the installations, workshops and cutting-edge style that East London has to offer. Here’s where we’ll be heading…
Explore a world of design at Tent:Traditionally a hub of emerging UK design talent and trends, Tent, along with partner show Super Brands London, has spread its wings over the last few years. Now the most international shows in LDF ,they will welcome 440 independent designers, brands and installations from 29 countries including Norway, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Ireland, Australia, Czech Republic and Italy. There’s a definite mood of playfulness among the pieces showing at Tent, including Kitty McCall’s bold textiles (above) and Petronella Hall’s wallpapers. This year our top tips are British/Finnish duo &New and, another company coming out of design hotspot Portugal, Byedition. As well as inspiring design, there’s a futuristic edge to Tent this year, with its first Techable Home area, complemented by a programme of talks and events next door at tech Community space Second Home.
When 24-27 September
Where Old Truman Brewery, E1 6QR
Find out more tentlondon.co.uk.
Buy a work of art for £10 at the Geffrye Museum:Bringing together works by 50 potters from across the UK, Ceramics in the City showcases emerging names and leading talent, and an array of styles, techniques, colours and textures. If you want to buy as well as admire, prices start at just £10 for smaller pieces. You can also learn more about the craft during free demonstrations and hands-on workshops for children.
When 25-27 September
Where 139 Kingsland Road, E2 8EA.
See nature come to life in design at Pinch: Much-admired London-based design studio Pinch is drawing inspiration from nature for a monolithic limited-edition coffee table. Nim is made from jesmonite, a man-made, water-based building composite chosen for its excellent casting properties. The tables, £4,350 each, are individually hand painted to evoke lava strata, stone and weather. You can almost feel the wind in your face looking at them.
When 22-27 September
Where First Floor, Rochelle School, Arnold Circus, E2 7ES
Find out more pinchdesign.com.
Enjoy simple pleasures at Smug:The beautiful, delicate, sherbet-coloured ceramics of Dutch designer Lenneke Wispelwey (above) is the focus of an exhibition at Smug – design shop and central hub of Islington Design District. New pieces join the store’s exclusive collection, all of which will be available to buy. Smug founder, Lizzie Evens, will host an evening talk with Lenneke on 22 June at 6.30pm, exploring her low-tech design methods, inspirations and future plans. Upstairs, a second exhibition celebrates the humble plant pot, with a collection of one-off pieces designed and made by the likes of OneWeMadeEarlier, byshop, Eleanor Bolton, Rosie Moss and the Pattern Guild.
When 19–27 September
Where 13 Camden Passage, N1 8EA.
Browse cutting edge design in Shoreditch:Shoreditch is dense with shops, galleries and cafés, you can barely stroll a couple of metres without bumping into an interesting event or pop-up. Designer Lee Broom is launching his new 25-piece collection during LDF, which includes his first foray into the world of vases with Podium (above). SCP is going all out on sofas, showing pieces by designers including Faudet Harrison, Michael Anastassiades, Konstantin Grcic and Matthew Hilton. Groundbreaking bulb maker Plumen has an installation at Les Trois Garcon, which is also showing furniture from Very Good and Proper.
When 19-27 September
Find out more shoreditchdesigntriangle.com.
Twist your perspective at Greenwich Peninsula:
Find out more: ifeelsmug.com Despite impressions, a giant has not thrown a pylon like a javlin, impaling it in the ground of Greenwich Peninsula. This surreal installation, inspired by the area’s industrial past, is A Bullet From a Shooting Star and the work of Alex Chinneck, a London-based artist known for clever tricks of the eye. The 35m-sculpture weighs in at 15 tonnes and is tethered to lean at a perilous angle over an adjacent road.
When 19- 27 September 2015
Find out more greenwichpeninsula.co.uk.