As design professionals, and not exclusively in home decor, it’s an imperative to keep up with design innovations in all disciplines. It was no hardship returning to the U.K. to attend the annual London Design Festival that has been showcasing the work of designers, architects, artists and retailers since 2003. The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) is the hub of the festival hosting a wide range of workshops, installations and exhibitions.
This year happened to be the first London Biennale located at Somerset House in the Strand. We also attended the London Design Fair in Shoreditch, 100% Design at Olympia, London Design at the V & A, Designjunction in King’s Cross and The Tanks at the Tate Modern. The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Regent Street Windows Project was spectacular and also well worth seeing.
Practically every corner of London is dedicated to these annual exhibits over the course of three weeks starting in late September to mid October.
I grew up in London so it was doubly enjoyable seeing family and friends while being invigorated by the many exhibits. The photographs are just a small sampling of all that was on display. The magnificent architecture of London from Somerset House, the Victoria & Albert Museum, and the Olympia to the old Truman brewery are in themselves monuments and worth a visit. Each was an inspiration. We’ll leave our recreational pit stops for another post.