Above: Jaime Hayón’s huge chess set will be set up in Trafalgar square throughout The London Design Festival
Starting tomorrow, The London Design Festival encompasses an impressive array of creative events, talks, installations and exhibitions taking place across the capital. We thought we’d put together a list of highlights of the forthcoming week’s activities – focusing on the more graphic (rather than product) design-led events…
September 19 – September 27
curated by Pentagram
Pentagram partner Domenic Lippa and Sir John Sorrell, chairman of the London Design Festival, have commissioned 20 UK-based graphic designers to create posters with a London theme for this year’s event. The posters will be on display in the V&A’s Sackler Centre during the festival. The 20 designers who have produced a poster for the project are: Alan Aboud, Alan Kitching, Angus Hyland, Bibliothèque, Jonathan Ellery, Damon Murray and Stephen Sorrell of fuel, Derek and Fred Birdsall, Fernando Gutiérrez, Henrik Kubel, Jeremy Leslie, Matt Willey, Michael Wolff, Mike Dempsey, Nick Bell, Morag Myerscough (her poster shown above), Quentin Newark, Studio Frith (shown below), Tom Hingston Studio, Tony Brook and Andy Altmann.
10am-5.45pm daily; 10am-10pm, Friday
Victoria and Albert Museum
For a chance to win two of the posters, check out the gallery page in our October issue (out next week).
Full details of the show: londondesignfestival.com/events/london-posters
September 20 – 25
UP ALL NIGHT
Central Saint Martins
The Up All Night exhibition showcases student work from various courses including MA Communication Design, MA Design; Ceramics, Furniture or Jewellery.
Red Lion Square
London WC1B 4AP
September 21 – 27
It’s Nice That / The Dock
It’s Nice That preview their second publication at Portobello’s White House as part of The Dock.
10am-6pm, Mon – Sat; 10am – 4pm, Sunday
334 Ladbroke Grove
More details at porobellodock.com
Panel discussion on copyright issues in art and advertising
6.30pm – 8.30pm
Own-it has invited a panel of experts from advertising and film-making to discuss inspiration & copyright issues. Chaired by CR’s own Eliza Williams.
On the panel:
Charles Swan, head of Swan Turton’s Advertising & Marketing and Photography & Visual Arts Groups; Johnny Hardstaff and Matt Smith, director of strategy at The Viral Factory
Admission is free, however places are limited. To reserve your place you must register and book via the Own-it website: own-it.org/
MAKER DIFFERENCE – Pop-up Letterpress studio
Cockpit Arts And SORT (The Society of Revisionist Typographers)
Watch SORT design and print bespoke books, cards and curios using antique letterpresses and try your hand at printing…
11am-6pm, Tues & Wed, Fri& Sat
12pm-8pm, Thurs; 12pm-2pm, Sun
3 Lowndes Court
London W1F 7HD
September 10 – October 2
Embassy of Brazil
An exhibition by three up-and-coming Brazillian illustrators: Bruno Kurru, Wagner Pinto and Eduardo Recife
32 Green Street
Grafik presents Olympik
Olympik celebrates the rich relationship between graphic design and the Olympic Games. To celebrate London hosting the 2012 games, Grafik magazine has commissioned thirty-nine of the UK’s most talented designers to create a poster interpreting an Olympic sport or discipline. 39 Sports, 39 Designers, 39 Posters. The project is a collaboration between Grafik, SEA Design, GF Smith and Team Impression.
The German Gymnasium
26 St Pancras Road
Find out more at londondesignfestival.com/events/grafik-presents-olympik
Greengaged at the Design Council
Each day for five days a different expert curates a day looking at green issues in design. The five curators are Ed Gillespie, Founder of Futerra and slow travel expert; John Grant, author of The Green Marketing Manifesto and former co-founder of St Luke’s agency; Michael Pawlyn, founder of Exploration Architechture; Dan Epstein, head of sustainability and regeneratio, Olympic Deliver Authority; and Three Trees Don’t Make a Forest with Anna Gerber, design critic.
34 Bow Street
Free but registration is needed. Visit greengaged.com to book
More details at londondesignfestival.com/events/greengaged-design-council
The Tournament: An installation by Jaime Hayón
For this year’s London Design Festival, designer Jaime Hayón creates a giant interactive chess board in Trafalgar Square. The chess pieces have been inspired by iconic London buildings – their domes and spires. Each of the 32 chess pieces has been handcrafted by Hayón, working wiht Bosa, the Italian ceramics experts in Veneto, Italy. The Tournament Team move the two metre-high creramic chess pieces across a specially built glass mosaic chess board. Seated upon elevated platforms, contestants from the English Chess Federation and members of the public will battle it out over the five days to become The Tournament champion.
London SW1 Y 5BJ
Full details at londondesignfestival.com/events/tournament
September 17 – December 22
Somerset House presents
SHOWstudio: Fashion Revolution
Major new exhibition by SHOWstudio, the award-winning fashion website founded by Nick Knight.
10am-6pm, Sun-Wed; 10am-9pm, Thurs & Fri
London WC2R 1LA
Book online at somersethouse.org.uk/showstudio
September 19- October 3
The Outer Limit – Beyond Zone One
Transport For London
Winning poster designs that celebrate life outside London’s city centre go on temporary display… Featured work is a selection of the best poster entries from TFL’s summer poster design competition. All exhibited designs will be available as print to order posters at the London Transport Museum’s online shop at ltmuseum.co.uk
10am-6pm, Sat-Thurs; 11am-6pm, Fri
London Transport Museum
Covent Garden Piazza
London WC2E 7BB
tickets: Adults £10.00*; Senior citizens £8.00*; Students £6.00*; Under 16s free. (* includes voluntary Gift Aid donation)
Creative [SIN]ergy presents A6 /future/, a collaboration between 22 illustrators from both Singapore and the UK.
10am-6pm, Mon-Fri; 12pm-5pm, Sat &Sun
Idea Generation Gallery
11 Chance Street
London E2 7JB
More deets at http://www.londondesignfestival.com/events/a6-future
September 19 – October 3
There’s No Place Like Home
Showcase of ‘one off’ placemats designed by artists, designers and illustrators including Rob Ryan, Michael Marriott, Sharon Elphick and Martin Parr. The show will open on Saturday September 19 with a tea party from 2pm-5pm and the sets of placemats will be sold through a silent auction that will close on October 3. All profits go to Shelter.
10am-6pm, Wed-Fri; 12pm-5pm, Sat; 11am-5pm, Sun
Ella Doran Shop
46 Cheshire Street
Full details here: londondesignfestival.com/news/theres-no-place-home-1
September 11 – October 31
10am-5pm, Mon-Fri; 11am-4pm, Sun
43 Charlotte Road
Full details: londondesignfestival.com/events/typographica
i-Design one day conference
i-Design is a one day conference and showcase for anyone with an interest or passion for interactive design and the digital arts. The programme aims to inspire, entertain and explore how our digital future looks set to unfold and the central role interactive design will take in our cultural, work and social life. Events include:
5D: The Future of Immersive Design Panel – an exclusive session on immersive experience design will be convened by the 5D Conference team, flying in from Los Angeles.
Speakers include Nic Roope, Adrian Shaughnessy, Desiree Collier, Andrew Chitty, Bill Thompson, David Taylor, Tali Krakowsky, Martyn Ware, Andrew Shoben and more
Alongside the conference there will be screenings of new work from Onedotzero, an exhibition of interactive work curated by Cybersonica and a Future of Sound panel
The Old Cinema
University of Westminster
309 Regent Street
The event requires pre-registration at idesign-london.com/
Full details here: londondigitalweek.com/eventdetail.php?id=40&cat=1