For this year’s London Design Festival, Sir Terence Conran has tasked a group of aspiring designers to create bespoke pieces for some of the biggest names in the business in an event called ‘The Wish List’

This year the V&A’s star turn for LDF is ‘The Wish List’ – an imaginative project instigated by Sir Terence Conran, who – in conjunction with his Benchmark Furniture Foundation and the American Hardwood Export Council – has teamed ten promising designers with some of the biggest names in the industry. Among them are Sir Paul Smith, Sir Norman Foster, Zaha Hadid, John Pawson and Amanda Levete; to whom Sir Terence wrote and asked, ‘what have you always wanted in your home and have never been able to find?’

The answers included a garden shed for Paul Smith, the perfect pencil sharpener for Norman Foster and tableware for Zaha Hadid, which the young designers have been tasked to create from timber at the Benchmark workshop. ‘Craftsmanship is at the heart of this,’ explains Sir Terence. ‘It’s important for young designers to get practical experience and learn a craft so they understand how things are made. I have also made my wish and feel very relaxed that my dreams will come true.’

 13-21 September The V&A, Cromwell Road, SW7 2RL