As with NYC's ICFF and Milan's Salone del Mobile, the tentpole events of London Design Festival are predominantly trade-facing affairs. Whereaas 100% Design caters to interior designers and architects, designjunction balances contract with the indie, up-and-comer spirit of Shoreditch. Meanwhile, the nooks and crannies of South Kensington — known as Brompton Design District — and Clerkenwell were well worth exploring, including gems from the London design galleries, showrooms, and pop-up exhibitions alike.
From the buzzworthy Martino Gamper exhibition at SEE••DS to Jasper Morrison at the new Tate Modern to RCA's service-oriented #liveinclusive show, LDF2016 presented the depth and breadth of contemporary design in London.
Full London Design Festival 2016 coverage:
Map Presents the Industrial Design Process
Partake in Particle Particular
COMP's Parquet Shelving System
Tord Boontje's Futuristic Funhouse of Electro Craft
Seeds of Doubt: "No Ordinary Love"
Gallery - Keep Calm and Carry on: Shoreditch and London Design Fair
(It's also worth mentioning that a few LDF sites are regrettably absent from the galleries: As the center of gravity of the Brompton Design District, the V&A hosted several presentations and a robust schedule of talks and tours, while large-scale outdoor installations are intended to engage the general public. Like the Serpentine Pavilion in Hyde Park, the LDF Landmark Projects — “The Smile” by Alison Brooks Architects, on view until October 12, and the MINI Living “Your Side of Town” forest installations by Asif Khan — are highly visible attractions.)