London Design Festival 2022: Design Highlights

Introducing a life-size media platform, Sabine Marcelis’s public seating, and displays in various sections of the city, check out the best highlights of the London Design Festival 2022.

Featuring a rich program of installations, exhibitions, and events throughout the city, the London Design Festival has had an amazing depth of penetration and success in bringing people together and distilling new ideas during the previous 20 years.

London Design Festival 2022 Landmark Projects

London Design Festival 2022 Landmark Projects
Swivel by Sabine Marcelis. Photography: Ed Reeve

Swiveling benches in contrasting stones and marbles were part of an interactive installation by Sabine Marcelis that took over St. Giles Square.

The pieces by Marcelis, which will be on display until November, allow people to stop and play while utilizing the public space in novel ways against the backdrop of Centrepoint’s brutalist building.

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Shoreditch Design Triangle and East London

Shoreditch Design Triangle and East London
Vitra showroom at Tramshed, Rivington street

East London’s sector was as usual bustling with activity: the ancient Tramshed (32 Rivington Street), which is now the new London headquarters of the furniture manufacturer Vitra, underwent a subtle makeover. The neighborhood is renowned for its design and history.

Special commissions and V&A Festival Hub

Special commissions and V&A Festival Hub
Henge. Photography: Mark Cocksedge

The DesignSingapore Council and National Design Centre (Singapore) presented a new edition of “R for Repair” at the V&A, the festival’s traditional hub, which featured designers from the UK and Singapore offering creative approaches to mending broken objects. The exhibition was co-curated by Hans Tan and Jane Withers.

20 Years of Hay

20 Years of Hay

The brand will showcase items from its newest collections, including lighting and a variety of home goods with food artist Laila Gohar, to commemorate its 20th anniversary at the Hay showroom. 

Divine Inspiration

Divine Inspiration

The store of Lee Broom, a mainstay of the East London design scene, will be turned into “Divine Inspiration” to display his first lighting products in four years.

A limited-edition collection in white plaster, created by the designer himself, will be featured in the exhibition, which was initially showcased during this year’s Salone del Mobile.

Clerkenwell Design District

Clerkenwell Design District
Photography: Mark Cocksedge

A collection of showrooms for various multinational brands in the city are located in Clerkenwell. An exhibition honoring Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects’ 100th anniversary was hosted by Carl Hansen & Son.

The architects behind some of Copenhagen’s most recognizable structures have also designed furniture, such as the ‘Vega’ chair and ‘Foyer Series,’ which a Danish business is now reissuing.

Brompton Design District

Brompton Design District
Martino Gamper & Friends

The district’s focal point, Cromwell Place, featured a wide variety of exhibits, including “No Ordinary Home,” an exhibition of “objects to hold a plant” by Martino Gamper & Friends (friends like Attua Aparicio, Max Frommeld, Jochen Holz, Max Lamb, and Bethan Laura Wood, among others), and “Two Kettles, No Sofa,” an examination of living together by creative couple designer James Shaw and author Lou Stoppard at Seeds.

Mayfair

Mayfair
Bethan Gray at Sketch

The Mayfair design gallery district is home to Gallery Fumi (Hay Hill), which is exhibiting “Haptic Nature” by the New York and Athens-based pair Voukenas Petrides.

The Wonder Room, a collaboration between Atelier Achille Salvagni and Toyine Sellers, was unveiled at 1A Grafton St.

It included a cabinet of curiosities filled with items gathered by the two artists as well as a ten-piece collection of furniture designed by Salvagni and upholstered in Sellers’ textiles.

Now and the Future

Now and the Future

With a display of their furniture and lights, Viaduct honors 10 Years of Muller Van Severen. View a detailed overview of the studio’s famous body of work and learn more about their singular perspective on furniture as “landscapes for life.”

Jan Hendzel at the Town Hall Hotel

Jan Hendzel at the Town Hall Hotel

The furnishings of two rooms in the Bethnal Green Town Hall Hotel’s Grade II listed Town Hall Hotel have been recreated by Jan Hendzel using his distinctive, sculptural wooden designs. Pieces made of London plane, and the city’s street trees, were gathered from the area near Denmark Hill station.

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