Celebrating and promoting London as the design capital of the world, the annual London Design Festival takes place at venues across the city from September 15-23.
It includes destination trade shows, pop-up events in design districts and interactive installations at selected London landmarks.
Recognising the growing importance of kitchens and bathrooms in interior design, the industry is represented at events during the 9-day design extravaganza.
So, here we share our top 5 recommendations of where to go and what to see
1. 100% Design
At the heart of the newly-launched West Kensington Design District is 100% Design, which takes place at Olympia from September 19-22.
It will feature over 400 brands, across four areas: Interiors, Kitchens, Bathrooms and Bedrooms, 100% Build and Emerging Brands.
Alongside the exhibition it features panel discussions and trend forecasting at Talks with 100% Design.
Exhibitors at 100% Design will include Aga Rangemaster, Antonio Lupi, Foursteel, JIS Europe, Stone Surface and Vasco Group.
Positioned for the high-end luxury interiors industry, Decorex will host more than 400 exhibitors at Syon Park from September 16-19.
It will explore Blank Canvas as the show theme, “exploring how an empty space can celebrate a new beginning, a chance to create something beautiful”.
Among the kitchen and bathroom exhibitors are Chadder & Co, Drummonds Bathrooms, Glass Design, THG Paris, Waterworks and William Holland.
Established for eight years, designjunction is a relative newcomer to the London Design Festival and will take place on London’s South Bank.
Focused on contemporary interiors and spanning three sites, the event includes an exhibition complemented by pop-up shops and installations.
Collaborating with a number of brands, Caesarstone is set to create the Still by Form pop-up restaurant and will be joined by VitrA, the first bathroom brand to ever appear at the event.
Offering a programme of 100 experiential sessions, Focus/18 features talks, demonstrations, workshops and showroom tours at the Design Centre, Chelsea Design Harbour from September 16-21.
This year Focus/18 will feature “Journey of Colour”, an immersive installation by Moritz Waldemeyer.
Participating showrooms include the recently opened Perrin & Rowe studio, Samuel Heath, Turnstyle Design, Victoria+Albert Baths, Villeroy & Boch and West One Bathrooms.
5. Design trails
Joining the Design Districts in 2017, Routes were created to recognise smaller creative clusters and run for the nine-day duration of LDF.
The Design Routes cover Brixton, Paddington Central and King’s Cross and boast events and activities within walking distance.
As part of the Paddington Central trail, look for the Royal College of Art which will be creating the Residential Build of the Future at the Amphitheatre in Sheldon Square, plus a Retail of the Future installation at Bishop’s Bridge.