Top 10 Interactive Events at the London Design Festival 2007


This year's festival proves that design—more than ever—is an interactive experience. Throughout the next 10 days there are plenty of workshops, talks and one-day events across the city where everyone gets a chance to be a designer. Below are our top 10 recommendations (again, in alphabetical order) for getting involved.

1.) Blueprints Design Talks
The series of seminars hosted by the magazine provides a platform for leading design figures, such as Ross Lovegrove, Sebastien Wrong and Zaha Hadid, to contribute to debates on design and London. 17-22 September 2007
Royal Festival Hall
Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road
London SE1 8XX map
tel. +087 871 663 2501

2.) Craft, Creativity & the Computer Controlled Age
The Crafts Council and the Materials and Design Exchange (MADE) present a lively discussion chaired by Sir Christopher Frayling to consider what a dialogue between the materials industry and the aesthetic world of contemporary craft might deliver.
17 September 2007, 5:45-7:30pm
Royal Festival Hall, Function Room, Level 5
Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road
London SE1 8XX map
tel. +087 871 663 2501

3.) iDesign: design for life
Dynamo London's unique one-day conference examines the impact of digital interactive media on a host of design related industries.
17 September 2007, 9am-5:30pm
Southbank Centre, Purcell Room
Belvedere Road
London SE1 8XX map
tel. +087 871 663 2501

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4.) Friday Late Create
An unmissable party at the V&A Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green, celebrating the playful side of design.
25 September 2007, 6:30-10pm
V&A Museum of Childhood
Cambridge Heath Road
London E2 9PA map
tel. +020 8983 5200

5.) Anticipating the Future

Hidden Art Forum presents a discussion of globalization, British design within the global industry and innovation and the environment.
26 September 2007
City Gate House
39-45 Finsbury Square
London EC2A map

6.) LDF: Edits 2007
To make life easier for the impatient and inquisitive Urban Gentry launches TDLF:Edits, a series of ruthlessly edited, lively daily tours that take in the best of the Festival’s design talent and London’s creative buzz.
15-25 September 2007

7.) [re]design workshops
Inspiring workshops utilizing household waste and sustainable materials to make visually striking, well designed products.
15-16 September and 22-23 September, 10am-6pm

8.) Superactive i2i
Artists Ben Langlands and Nikki Bell created an interactive virtual world accessible by laptop and at a hub at the Somerset House that enables visitors to create an identity and become part of the art.
6 September-14 October 2007
Somerset House
London WC2R 1LA map
tel. +020 7845 4600

9.) The Business of Design Breakfast Seminars
A program of seminars in association with the Financial Times, looking at and aiming to promote synergy between business and creativity, London’s top two industry sectors.
18-22 September 2007
Royal Festival Hall
Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road
London SE1 8XX map
tel. +087 871 663 2501

10.) The Dirt Café’s Water Debate and Water Salon
A collaboration between designers, chefs, food specialists, medical and well-being researchers, economists, scientists, social entrepreneurs and many others. As part of an on-going series of projects since 2004, this Dirt Cafe project is centred on global and local water issues.
18-19 September
La Fromagerie
2-4 Moxon Street
London W1U 4EW
tel. +020 7935 0341