Ten Must-Sees at the London Design Festival 2008


100% Futures at 100% Design
The young cutting edge talent section of the largest and most commercial show in town. Look out for "Lighten Up," [re]design's showcase of 64 sustainable lighting designs. 18-21 September, Earls Court

Urbantine Project at Tent London
This competition for young, up and coming architects is one of the star features of the East End show. Check out the winning installation for 2008 by Working Architecture Group. 18-21, Truman Brewery, Brick Lane

Usually this show (curated by the infamous Piers and Rory) takes place in a darkened, dilapidated industrial building somewhere in the East End, but this year the renegades of the London Design Festival are moving uptown to Covent Garden no less. You can also find a Designersblock pop-up shop on Selfridges' 4th Floor. No 1, The Piazza, Covent Garden, WC2E

Size Matter – Pavilion by David Adjaye
Last year it was the women, Amanda Levete and Zaha Hadid, showing off their curves at the South Bank, this year it's a man's turn. British Architect David Adjaye has been invited to install a conceptual pavilion for the duration of the festival. (Pictured below right.) 13–30 September, South Bank Centre


Libby Sellers Gallery: Beau Sauvage
The influential design curator Libby Sellers is presenting unique work from designers who work with "the raw and the beautiful." Exhibitors include Daniel Brown, Tomas Kral and Julia Lohmann 19 September-19 October 2008, Liberty, 4th Floor, Great Marlborough Street, London. W1

Double Dutch: A Floral Fantasy
This guerilla installation in the Brompton Design District is a collaboration between Flower Council of Holland and the curator Jane Withers. Together they have invited two design partnerships to create a floral feast. Lisa White with Graham Hollick offer "Appetites" and Niels van Eijk and Miriam van der Lubbe present five "Bouquets of Emotions." 15–19 September, 29 Thurloe Place, South Kensington


Alternative Sitting at Eco
Eco, the green lifestyle store in West London, is exhibiting sustainable seating design by U.K .design talent, including Pli Design, Reestore and Ryan Frank. 13-23 September, 213 Chiswick High Road, W4 2DW

Established & Sons
Known for producing design-art of the highest caliber, design manufacturer of the moment Established & Sons is opening a new showroom in North London. Their new 6000 square-foot space will show work by great contemporary names such as BarberOsgerby, Paul Cocksedge, Jaime Hayon, Jasper Morrison and Sebastian Wrong 15-23 September, Wenlock Road, N1


FT Talks – Business of Design
The Financial Times hosts breakfast talks at the Southbank Centre with themes such as Creative Cities, Creative Brands and Sustainability. 15 – 19 September, Royal Festival Hall, South Bank

Greengaged at The Design Council
This series of events, talks and workshops, curated by Sophie Thomas of Thomas Matthews, Sarah Johnson of [re]design and Anne Chick from the Sustainable Design Research Centre at Kingston University, promises to be a fascinating insight into the world of sustainable design. 15 – 23 September, Design Council, 34 Bow Street, WC2E