Surprising Materials at London Design Festival 2018

From sisal beasts to printed bacteria and salmon skins, all at this year's magnificent event

At this year’s London Design Festival (LDF), designers worked with surprising materials to showcase projects employing everything from high-tech solutions to unexpected but traditional fibers. Plastics were repurposed, as were the skins of fish. As-yet-unseen materials were printed. And so much more came to light. Here are some of our favorite projects and pieces from the festival’s King’s Cross Design Route, the London Design Biennale …

Highlights from the London Design Festival 2018

From a tunnel of onions to prismatic plexiglass and other visual wonders

“One in six Londoners work in the creative industries,” reveals Ben Evans, who just happens to be one of the reasons the city’s creative economy is in such good shape. In 2003, Evans and Sir John Sorrell founded the London Design Festival (LDF), and since, it’s become one of the most eagerly anticipated annual design events around the world. As LDF kicks off this year, one component …

London Design Festival 2016: “Forest” Installations

MINI's small escapes in the middle of the bustling city

In bustling London, there aren’t many places to hide away peacefully, but thanks to a collaboration between Asif Khan and MINI there are now three. The MINI LIVING Forests are located in Shoreditch, as part of London Design Festival, and provide an escape for people looking for a little timeout. Each temporary pavilion has been created (and named) for a specific purpose—Connect, Create and Relax—and …

London Design Festival 2016: “Breathless” at Brompton Design District

Exploring the essence of glass production and design with designers, glassblowing and workshops

With a theme of transformation guiding all the works within the Brompton Design District at this year’s London Design Festival, the Czech Centre London set to construct an application of this theme upon our understanding of glassblowing. The resulting exhibition, “Breathless,” does so in a way that captures the history of Czech glassblowing in stark contrast to its consistently unconventional developments. Both glass creation and …

London Design Festival 2015: Jesmonite

Designers use the material in creative ways for coffee tables, mountain sculptures and even jewelry boxes

One of the most exciting things about big design events like London Design Festival is the opportunity to see which materials designers use to make their dream creations come alive. Typically, there’s at least a few unusual materials and interesting combinations that grab the viewer’s attention. This year at London Design Festival, it was the creative use of jesmonite—a water-based acrylic composite—that stood out. Three …