London Design Festival picks

This year’s London Design Festival is already well into the swing of things, but there’s plenty more to come. Here’s our selection of this year’s must-see LDF events and exhibitions for CR readers

This year’s London Design Festival is already well into the swing of things, but there’s plenty more to come. Here’s our selection of this year’s must-see LDF events and exhibitions for CR readers.

Outline Editions are launching a new collection of limited edition prints to mark this year’s Design Festival, with contributors including Noma Bar, Anthony Burrill and Malika Favre. The prints will be on show at Design Junction, September 20 – 23, and will also be available to purchase online.

Birdland, by Noma Bar

Egyptian, by Malika Favre


WORK Gallery is holding a retrospective show of illustrator Brian Grimwood’s work, covering his output from the 1960s up until the present, including more recent work created using digital methods. The exhibition is on until November 3.

HaYoung Kim is holding her first solo exhibition in London, Eat All You Can, at Hoxton Art Gallery. The show features Kim’s manga-inspired style, with pieces that combine the theme of the edible with that of the technological. The exhibition is on until October 4.

What You Eat I, by HaYoung KIm

What You Eat II, by HaYoung Kim

Created by digital artist Keiichi Matsuda, Prism re-appropriates London’s various streams of information, including economics statistics and transport data, and turns them into a digital, sculptural installation. Matsuda describes the installation as “an investigation into the virtual life of the city, and our own often ambiguous relationship with the data that controls our lives.” As an extra bonus, the installation allows visitors access to parts of the V&A that have previously never been open to the public.

Also at the V&A is The Journey of a Drop, in which Rolf Sachs has created an installation consisting of a giant glass tank full of Illuminated liquid into which drops of inkwill fall, “exploding into organic colour clouds”, we are promised.

Honouring the oft-neglected ladies of the graphic design industry is GraphicBirdWatching, who are holding a Graphic Design Walk through a series of London’s creative studios to celebrate the work of female designers, including Pomme Chan, Emily Forgot and Visual Editions. The walk will take place on September 21 and 22, but there’s also an exhibition at the 71a Gallery, featuring the work of 15 different international female designers.

Scarf, by Pomme Chan

Balloons, by Emily Forgot

Outline Editions has collaborated with Shapero Rare Books to show a series of prints created by illustrator Kristjana S Williams, and inspired by Victorian natural history drawings. The exhibition takes place at Shapero Rare Books, and will continue until September 22. More details in our blog post here.

Astrikur Raudi, by Kristjana S Williams

The V&A are hosting an exhibition of illustrator George W Adamson’s work, looking back across his 60-year long career. The show covers his book and magazine covers, as well as artworks loaned from the George W Adamson Archive.The work will be on show until September 30, at the V&A.

Illustrated by George W Adamson

Hat-trick have organised an exhibition of 190 Royal Mail stamps, shown at 15 different venues around the capital. The stamps are actual size, but the exhibition comes complete with a magnifying glass in order to properly view the artworks. More details on the show in our blog post.

Reincarnation at Londonprintstudio sees graphic designers and artists recycling discarded materials in an attempt to reinvigorate old styles.

Collage, by Lynn Hatzius


At 100% design, the RSA is using its stand to promote The Great Recovery, a programme aimed at prompting discussion around design’s role in promoting the recovery and re-use of materials. Curator Daniel Charny and design studio Thomas.Matthews have created a stand “with shelves piled high with once loved and now broken electrical equipment in varying states of repair“. Social enterprise Bright Sparks and Islington Council’s Repair and Reuse Shop will be on-site repairing and re-selling the kit all in aid of promoting the idea that we need to break out of the cylce of ‘take-break-dispose’. On Saturday there will be a day of related talks including James Carrigan of Sugru and packaging expert Mark Shayer.

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