Located in the creative heart of East London, London Design Fair hosts the largest collection of international exhibitions, designers, luxury brands, country pavilions, features and exhibitions in one destination during the London Design Festival. This year, the festival will take place from 15-23 September 2018 in order to bring together more than 500 exhibitors from over 36 countries. The London Design Fair, though, will occur from 20-23 September. As the destination of the annual London Design Festival over 27,000 influential; retail buyers, architects, interior designers, press, designers and design-savvy public attended to see and specify the very latest; luxury furniture, lighting, textiles, materials and conceptual installations from around the world.
Here one can find the latest trends in furniture, lighting, materials as well as the most astonishing ideas for interior design.
Every year, the fair picks the Material of the Year that places the spotlight on a material currently holding precedence in the design world. For 2018 the London Design Festival will be exploring this year’s most loathed material: plastic.
Definitely the material of the modern world, plastic has proved revolutionary to our way of living, by allowing the production of lighter, thinner, more durable and beautiful pieces. Although it screams innovation, technology and ease, it is one that rings of disposability and a throw-away consumer mentality.
Not to hide that single-use plastics form a real environmental threat, so for the 2018 edition of Material of the Year it is aimed to investigate how the material is being repurposed in creative and valuable ways. From industrial waste to plastic bags, the designers are melting, turning, printing and forming the material to imbue new value and meaning.
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‘Working with London Design Fair has been a true pleasure! LDF has an independent and entrepreneurial spirit which allowed for a very personal and committed collaboration. London Design Fair served as a great platform for eleven southern Swedish design companies to showcase their work in the successful 2017 edition of the Swedish Design Pavilion, organised by Form/Design Center through Southern Sweden Creatives in partnership with Visit Sweden. We’re looking forward to a continued collaboration with LDF!’
– Terese Alstin, Form/Design Centre, Sweden.
‘I have been coming to London Design Festival since it began 8 years ago and I feel proud to see how much it has flourished and grown over that time; grown more mature and the quality of the exhibitors has risen. You have a nice synergy between young independent designers showing as well as more established companies and that gives the show a different rhythm; a different pace.’
– Max Fraser, London Design Festival Deputy Director
‘The organisers not only understand creativity but more importantly support it. As a result, the show is sophisticated, dynamic and professional. Above all, it is spirited and passionate, both elements you do not associate with traditional trade fairs.’
– Afroditi Krassa, Interior & Brand Designer, Itsu Creative Director