trifle* diary for a week of LDF 2017


It's come round again! One of our favourite weeks of the year is here, London Design Festival!! We're so excited about taking part and all the inspiration stuff on offer that we've already made a plan of the key bits we know we're not going to miss. Check out our must-see bits here!

Monday - West Side


The V&A is LDF’s hub once again, housing a number of specially commissioned installations and displays from an international lineup of designers. Don’t miss Flynn Talbot’s coloured light experience ‘Reflection Room' or an exhibition of over 1000 handmade clay sculptures in the Ceramic Galleries. A 21.3 metre long ‘fluid sculpture’ of folded material created by Ross Lovegrove will take over the Museum’s tapestry room and visitors will also be able to see the work of this year’s Woman’s Hour Craft Prize finalists.

Tom Raffield

Pop Up store at 67 York Street W1, Marylebone

Conran Shop

55 Marylebone High Street, London, W1U 5HS

For London Design Festival 2017, The Conran Shop partners with award-winning design studio PINCH to present ‘L’Abattoir’: a unique, visually arresting installation set to transform The Conran Shop Marylebone

Tuesday - Clerkenwell/Farringdon/East


trifle* Director Emma Morley will be talking at a breakfast event with Peldon Rose at MOO all about Office Design process and the impact it has on a a business.

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6pm Milliken Flooring

Design journalist Katie Treggiden will lead a discussion exploring creativity in the city, focusing on the challenges facing space-hungry activities like pottery at a time when space has never been harder to find and afford. Katie’s new book signing at the fab showroom of Milliken flooring.

Get tickets here.

Tala & SCP (10am onwards)

Tala and SCP present a one-day immersive furniture and lighting exhibition showcasing their latest designs. ‘Under the Arches’ will feature specially curated room-sets comprised of both brands latest designs alongside a bespoke introspective mirrored lighting installation, linking together the two beautifully-restored arches.

Find out more here.

Later we hit a secret party - will report back more later on this : ) 

Wednesday - Olympia / Kings Cross

100% Design

We're looking forward to these 2 talks:

13.15 - How to keep the workplace happy (and productive) Itai Palti

16.00 - Elements of Workplace Design with Daniel Gava, Director - Arper UK and Matthew Kobylar, Director of Interiors and Workplace Strategy - Arney Fender Katsalidis

Get tickets here.

Design Junction

Designjunction is a curated show of cutting-edge interior design for the industry by the industry set in challenging industrial spaces.

They present more than 200 of the world’s most iconic design brands to the world’s leading design professionals. It’s a junction connecting the industry – a place to meet, do business and be inspired. We look forward to seeing new products from many of our regular suppliers

We hear there is a campari floating cocktail on the canal - so will certainly be looking for that!

Find out more here.

Thursday - staying in our Eastern heartlands!

Villa Walala - Exchange Square

Designer of the moment, Camille Walala is bringing her vibrant hues to Exchange Square in the form of a soft and squidgy building-block castle. The LDF landmark project will be covered in colourful patterns and filled with squeezy stress balls and other surprises intended to de-stress visitors and promote playfulness away from the daily grind.

For some more playfulness: Estate Playground

Unleash your inner kid at Yinka Ilori’s LDF installation, at citizenM’s Shoreditch branch for the full duration of the festival. The designer has created a swing, slide and roundabout splashed with eye-popping patterns that make a nod to his African roots, inspired by the playgrounds he used to frequent in north London as a nipper.

Warehouse London

Intrigued to find more about this brand and they have taken over an apartment on Kingsland Road for LDF open to visitors every day.

Find out more here.

London Design Fair (Previously known as Tent) - Truman Brewery Brick Lane

There's lots to see as you can tell here. In particular we will be seeking:

South Korea Design Festival - Seoul Design Festival is a theme-oriented exhibition where designers express their creativity through experimental ideas.

Dutch Stuff - Dutch Invertuals is a group of hand picked passionate, and vision driven designers, pushing the boundaries of their capabilities.

FLOOR_STORY - A highlight will certainly be seeing our buddies new rug launch including a range by fashion legend Dame Zandra Rhodes


Brixton Design Trail

Half of our team live down this way so we best not forget heading down South (which conveniently works well for them working from home with hangovers from last night’s party)

Admire installations, learn about crafts and shop for beautifully designed products with the help of the Brixton Design Trail, a collection of events taking place as part of London Design Festival. The theme for 2017 – 'Love is Power' – is all about acceptance, diversity and the spirit of community that runs through Brixton.

Don't miss 'Sanctum Emphemeral' a guided tour of an evocative outdoor photo exhibition led by residents of the Cressingham Gardens Estate.

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