Breakdown to the best design shows and exhibitions in London.
100% Design is the UK’s largest design trade event, attracting architects, specifiers and designers from across the globe. First staged in 1995 the show celebrates its 20th edition this year featuring designers from the world over.
For 2015, the show will take over a new venue relocating to Olympia, London. Expanding over 20,000m2 and extending across 2 floors of the venue, the show’s award-winning layout will be categorised by four main industry sections; Interiors, Workplace, Kitchen & Bathrooms and Design & Build. New additions for this year include the Luxury and Modern British sections.
Exhibitors are carefully curated to reflect the show’s focus on design quality, innovation and relevance to the architecture and design market. Considered a prime platform to launch the latest designs, over 1,000 new products were exhibited in 2014 alone.
Show Director, Will Knight said: “It’s an exciting time for everyone involved in 100% Design; exhibitors, content providers, designers and the show team at Media 10. Since taking the show on in 2012 we’ve worked to refine and develop the exhibition in September, but also the year-round activity in the form of events, talks, marketing and promotion. We’re focused on delivering success though innovation and curation, bringing you the best in design in its many forms.”
Date: September 23rd to 26th
Address: Olympia London, Hammersmith Rd, London, W14 8UX
Transport: Tube: Kensington (Olympia)
Showcasing the very best in contemporary furniture, lighting and product design from around the world, designjunction presents world-class brands stunningly contrasted against industrial backgrounds. Providing the perfect balance between the creative and commercial, this exhibition offers a necessary alternative to the more traditional trade shows.
During the London Design Festival, designjunction takes over the centrally-located 1960′s Sorting Office on New Oxford Street. The 2015 line-up includes more than 180 brands, 35 pop-up shops, onsite eateries, live flash factories, a dedicated lighting show, a leading seminar programme, charity auction installation and four floors of contemporary design, designjunction is considered one of the best places to experience the latest, cutting edge brands.
Designjunction is growing in profile with last year’s show registering over 25,000 visitors, and offers one of the UK best platforms for new design houses to launch their latest collections. Designjunction successfully expanded earlier this year with two critically acclaimed international shows – designjunction edit Milan in April during Salone del Mobile and designjunction edit New York in May during NYCxDesign.
Date: September 24th – 27th
Once again returning to London’s prestigious Syon Park, Decorex International will open alongside the 2015 London Design Festival. Over the four days visitors will be the first to see new collections from more than 400 design brands and experience inspirational and enlightening talks as part of the show’s popular seminar programme.
Decorex’s theme this year explores the future of luxury presented via a series of interactive feature installations and focused seminars. Leading applied arts and design critic Corinne Julius, is curating her sequel to ‘Future Heritage’, an exciting feature detailing a selection of people to commission and the names to collect in contemporary British craft and design. Renowned designer, Russell Sage, has been commissioned to create this year’s Champagne Bar and The New Craftsmen – luxury handmade craft from over 75 British makers – have been tasked with designing the VIP lounge in association with House & Garden.
A pop-up market will offer visitors the chance to indulge in luxury street food from some of London’s rising stars, while the on-site restaurant will provide fine dining with views of historic Syon Park.
Date: September 20th – 23rd.
Address: Syon Park, TW8 8JS
Transport: Rail, Syon Lane
Price: £15 Trade
TENT & SUPER BRANDS
Tent & Super Brands is a combined show situated in East London’s Truman Gallery and has earned an impressive reputation since being established 9 years ago. Rapidly becoming the host fairs for national pavilions during the show, last year’s exhibition featured 443 exhibiting designers from 29 countries.
Attracting some of the biggest names in international design, this show is a fantastic platform to promote younger companies and designers. Comprised of themed pavilions, this arrangement offers a unique chance for the designers to promote their brand and products.
Some pavilions will be themed around a design discipline such as the Czech Republic’s 2014 Glass Mania by Umprum academy, or can be a cross-disciplinary selection as seen by Fulgen for 100% Norway 2015. Other confirmed Pavilions will include the updated Consistency & Change in Korean Craft exhibition, Swedish Design Pavilion & Café in Super Brands and The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland exhibition celebrating Irish Design 2015.
New companies showing in Super Brands will include Neo Craft from Germany and Yask from Switzerland. Visitors will also be able to enjoy a colour experience by Dulux along with a series of talks and seminars reflecting the country pavilions line-up.
Launched new for 2015, Tent will present a feature area called “Techable Home” presenting the latest in home and audio visual technology. This exhibition will be paired with a Tech Meets Design talks programme at Second Home – London’s newest Tech community space on Hanbury Street, E1.
Date: September 24th – 27th
Address: Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL
Transport: Tube/BR: Liverpool Street