It might be impossible to visit all the districts involved in the London Design Festival. Which perhaps represents the negative side of this design event that offers interesting stimuli almost anywhere you turn. The city is subdivided into five areas in which there are neighborhoods, otherwise known as districts. As many as 15 take part in LDF 19, from 14 to 22 September.
Shoreditch Design Triangle is clearly one of the biggest attractions. A (relatively) small but fascinating area that hosts The Landscape of Symbols in the showroom of SCP, and the urban installations Never Lost by graphic artist Emily Forgot and Please Be Seated by designer Paul Cocksedge.
Kings Cross Design District is one of the most evocative settings, around a historic train station that has become the headquarters of Tom Dixon and the site of the fair Designjunction.
One of the most famous places is the Brompton Design District, home to some of the most famous Italian and international brands, like B&B Italia, Boffi, Cassina, CITCO, Kartell, Meridiani, Molteni, Society Limonta, and many others. Without overlooking the Victoria & Albert Museum, presenting many innovative installations during the Global Design Forum.
Chelsea Design District speaks Italian. At the Saatchi Gallery, from 19 to 22 September, I-Made (Italian Manufacture Art and Design Exhibition) is an exhibition on the excellence of Italian design curated by Giulio Cappellini to illustrate the unique creativity and quality of our furnishings, through a selection of the most representative brands.
The ‘younger’ areas include the West Kensington Design District, now at its second year for LDF and a true protagonist, thanks to the London Design Museum and the 100% Design fair.
We should also mention Kirkby Design, which in collaboration with Transport for London (TfL) proposes the Underground collection, a series of fabrics that reprise the original designs of the seats of the famous London Underground.