Chelsea & Kensington’s Top 10 for London Design Festival 2017

London Design Festival – design’s very own fashion week – kicks off in earnest on 16 September, running until 24 September. But with so much going on, where to start? The Resident sticks close to home, picking out 10 unmissable things to see and do in Chelsea & Kensington…

1 Chelsea Design Quarter
London Design Festival’s nine Design Districts help you discover the best of design in your neighbourhood. This year, Chelsea Design Quarter’s theme is Elements, featuring a variety of events based around luxury interiors covering all of the Elements, from John Cullen Lighting’s Fusion of Elements, which presents LED and OLED lighting with handmade contemporary furniture; Waterworks’ talk with Barbara Sallick, titled A Guide to Creating The Perfect Bath; Deirdre Dyson’s Windswept Leaves installation in collaboration with Timothy Hatton Architects; and Crucial Trading’s exhibition of the natural fibres used to make their floor coverings.

2 House of Design at Harrods
London’s most famous department store is joining this year’s London Design Festival with the launch of its House of Design event. Showcasing a scaled-down version of the Knightsbridge neighbourhood, essentially a whole bunch of tiny townhouses, each house has been created using brands stocked across Harrods’ second and third floors. Designers of the brands have taken their tiny townhouses, and turned it into a model showcasing their unique aesthetics. Expect townhouses created by famous designers and brands like Bethan Gray, Burleigh, Gio Pagani, Sonder Living, Kristjana S Williams, Meissen, Richard Brendon, Frette and Reflex. Stop by between 13-27 September to check out the mini masterpieces.

3 Designing Great Places: From Pimlico to Beyond
For over 20 years, PDP London has been providing Londoners with world-class architecture and design, and during this year’s festival they will be celebrating these architectural designs in a curated exhibition at 178 Ebury Street. PDP has a knack for understanding the traditional values and architectural heritage of each build, and they’re notorious for taking this knowledge and blending tradition and modernity for all of their designs. Stop by on 18 September for drinks and nibbles, and the chance to see PDP London’s diverse portfolio of designs from projects in and around Pimlico to international developments too.

4 The V&A
As the world’s leading museum of art and design, the V&A museum never holds back when LDF comes to town. This year, the V&A will house a broad range of specially-commissioned installations and displays by exciting designers, as well as talks, tours and workshops. A few of their most anticipated exhibitions include Reflection Room by Flynn Talbot (an immersive, coloured light experience housed in the vaulted, 35m long Prince Consort Gallery), Transmission by Ross Lovegrove (a 21.3m long fluid sculpture of folded material that combines two-dimensional tapestries into a single, sculptural, tactile fold) and Fashioning Space by Intoart Artist (where garments, textile hangings and furniture come together to create a unique exhibition). Opens 16 September and runs the length of the festival.

5 Design London: Design, Craftsmanship, Detail
Part of the 100% Design trade show at Olympia, Design London will be showcasing the best furniture and interior design projects created using high-quality design, detail and craftsmanship. Design London has chosen to host 14 carefully selected brands that have agreed to not only provide their unique designs, but to also complement one another in order to provide a unique show. Hosting designers and brands like McGuire Glass, Quench, Poppy Westwell, Lindsay Taylor and Knightsbridge Furniture, the Design London exhibit is sure to be a favourite of designers and Londoners alike this season. 100% Design is open for trade from 20-23 September. Design London is open to the public on 23 September (tickets £15).

6 Set in Stone at the Design Museum
The Design Museum on Kensington High Street is hitting it out of the park with the launch of their Set in Stone show. The project has spanned more than two years, and has invited 24 international architects and designers to explore the potential of Portuguese marble and limestone. The project explores the qualities of stones, the technical means through which it is cut and shaped and how after millions of years stone can naturally produce patterns and textures that are completely unique to each stone. It presents a selection of work by eight different designers, including objects intended for public use, graphic pieces and a series of domestic objects.

7 Global Design Forum
One highlight of London Design Festival is always the Global Design Forum hosted at the V&A. From 16-22 September, you can sit in on talks and workshops discussing the innovation occurring everyday within the world of design. The forum will host more than 30 speakers who hail from every corner of the world, providing you with the broadest discussion of design and creativity this festival season. Each day is themed: 16-17 September will focus on the graphics within design, 18 September will discuss the materials used in design, 19 September is based around colour, Wednesday 20 September will focus on different collections, 21 September worries about the Radical Technologies within the design world and 22 September explores Places and Performance.

8 Ochre Celebrates 21 Years
In 1996, Ochre officially opened its doors on Pimlico Road, and 21 years later they’re still producing designs just as luxurious and glamorous as they were then. To celebrate this achievement, they will be hosting an exhibition showcasing their best furniture, lighting and accessories for interior design in their Belgravia showroom, with the highlights being their new Moonlight Murmuration lighting installation and Sungaya (a leather wrapped floor lamp). Discover the projects they have worked on both nationally and internationally (they recently opened a showroom in New York). Doors are open from 18-23 September.

9 10 Bright Years with Promemoria
A family run business, Promemoria has been officially operating as an artisan cabinet making company since the 80s, but their history in craftsmanship stems back to the 1800s. Promemoria came to the UK’s shores 10 years ago, setting up shop in Belgravia, and since then they have become a well-loved favourite in the design world. In honour of the anniversary, they will be hosting an exhibition on the last 10 years of Promemoria’s Light Design Concept, in partnership with LDF 2017. The exhibition will take guests on a journey through Promemoria’s unique materials, essential shapes and the technological innovation. The exhibit will run for the length of the festival.

10 Focus/17
Focus/17, running 17-22 September, brings together the design world at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour for an impressive six-day event. Welcoming both trade and retail visitors, it provides a rare level of access inside the creative process of design. With 120 Design Centre showrooms taking part, the inclusive event is all about sharing inspirations and conversations with influencers, established makers, emerging innovators and brands. Over 100 immersive experiences include talks and discovery tours that explore the fascinating journey of defining new season collections. Catch a talk with Camille Walala, who is responsible for some of this year’s most vibrant installations – like Villa Walala, a flagship LDF 2017 installation in Broadgate, commissioned by headline sponsor British Land – at the Global Design Forum at 4pm on 17 September.