From the 13th of March, London will once again play host to one of the design industry’s highest profile events.
Firmly established as one of the city’s finest luxury home exhibitions, this year’s London Design Week is set to surpass it’s already exceptionally high standards. Set over 6 days, the exhibition will showcase the latest in interior trends as well as putting on numerous workshops and talks from world-renowned designers.
Presenting the highest level of interior sophistication, the exhibition attracts a crowd of architects, designers and interior aficionados seeking inspiration for their residential schemes, finishing touches or ideas for hotels, bars or yachts. Located within Chelsea’s Design Centre, which houses over 500 international brands and 102 showrooms, the event will present an unprecedented parade of the latest furniture, fabrics, lighting, wall-coverings, carpets, tiles, kitchens, bathrooms and outdoor living.
Presented alongside the main exhibitions are show stopping restaurants, pop-ups, specially curated displays and installations which make this one of the most exciting and influential events in the calendar.
We present the breakdown of this year’s London Design Week 2016:
Installations are always a firm attraction at London Design Week and this year is no different. Paper artist, Zoe Bradley has created an extraordinary installation, ‘Sculpture in Paper’. Inspired by flowers and fashion, her piece has been formed to echo the iconic architecture of the Design Centre. Equally impressive is florist Philippa Craddock’s aerial installation, which picks upon this year’s geometric theme. Her piece, ‘Line of Beauty,’ illustrates the cross-pollination between art and floristry.
Porta Romana @ Design Week 2016, Chelsea Harbour
CONVERSATIONS IN DESIGN
One of the main highlights of the exhibition is the talks programme, ‘Conversations in Design’. Running in tandem with the main exhibition, these highly regarded speakers offer expert insights into their specialist areas. Ranging from lighting to hospitality by way of prints and patterns there is something here for everyone. All talks will be held in the Design Club on the third floor of the South Dome.
*NB. Tickets must be booked for these events. Link to website here.
SUNDAY 13TH MARCH
- 11.30am – 12.30pm: Designing with Light
TUESDAY 15TH MARCH
- 11.30am – 12.30pm: Every Room Tells a Story
- 3-4pm: Prints Charming: How to Embrace Pattern
WEDNESDAY 16TH MARCH
- 11.30am – 12.30pm: Work, Rest and Play – Hospitality Design Redefined
- 3-4pm: The Inspirational Power of Pattern
THURSDAY 17TH MARCH
- 11.30am – 12.30pm: A Design Journey: The Transformation of the Doyle Collection
- 3-4pm: From Fashion to Interiors
FRIDAY 18TH MARCH
- 11.30am – 12.30pm: Effortless Transformations – Stylishly Curated Interiors
(left)Galeotti & Radice @ Design Week 2016, Chelsea Harbour
(right) Mark Alexander@ Design Week 2016, Chelsea Harbour
Over the 6 days, a selection of specially selected and acclaimed experts will demonstrate their skills through a series of informal workshops. Allowing the opportunity to gain advice and direction from some of the biggest names in the industry, these workshops are one of the highlights of the exhibition. From a hand-painting and foiling demonstration at Fromental to the creation of a work of art by street artist Caroline Maggio at Whistler Leather, these one-off masterclasses provide a rare glimpse of the finest artisans and craftsmen at work.
For those new to the London Design Week or Chelsea Design Centre, the hosts will offer a champagne curated tour of the showrooms. Starting at the Pop-up Cafe on the Second Floor of Design Hall East, this will run every day of the event and absolutely not to be missed.
WHO SHOULD YOU TO SEE?
Aside from the opening of the Design Centre’s new East Wing, the exhibition will launch a selection of new showrooms and ateliers. These include Giorgetti, Cecotti, Arte, Marc de Berny, Iksel, Front Rugs, Houlès, Espresso Design and Elise Som.
(left) Interior Supply @ Design Week 2016, Chelsea Harbour (right) Robert Allen @ Design Week 2016, Chelsea Harbour
NOT TO BE MISSED
Indulgent Extras with Jo Malone, London
Spoil yourself with a complimentary hand and arm massage and discover your bespoke scent through Jo Malone’s unique fragrance combining technique. Monday – Wednesday only. Third Floor, South Dome.
BEST PLACES TO EAT AND DRINK
Tatler Pop-Up Restaurant
Returning to the exhibition and keeping in line with this year’s theme, visitors to Tatler’s pop-up restaurant will find themselves enveloped by an abstract wall of interlocking geometry. Dedicated to fine food and conversation, diners will be treated to a fresh spring menu by Absolute Taste.
Williams Chase Gin O’Clock
Relax with a refreshing complimentary gin from the proudly British Chase distillery. On every day throughout the event from 4.30 – 5.30pm. Located at the Design Hub, Ground Floor, Centre Dome.
Enjoy a free coffee at the Pop-up Café, Second Floor, Design Centre East and Nespresso Coffee Bar, Third Floor, Centre Dome.