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Design with a capital D!

THE London Design Festival is one of the biggest, most impressive design shows in the world and it’s right here in London. It’s a whole week of events and installations, but if you don’t know where to start — and it can be tricky, the programme is IMMENSE — here’s our pick of the design events and installations.

1. Villa Walala — by Camille Walala

Camille Walala has been gaining momentum over the past two years with her playful graphics. This year she takes her bold designs to another level with an adult playground full of inflatables in the heart of the city, that is free for all to enjoy. Exchange Square, 100 Liverpool Street, EC2, until Sunday

2. Fabulously Awesome Tablescape — by Pulpo

Just stand and stare at your tableware. With a Fabulously Awesome Tablescape (FAT for short) from product design brand Pulpo, who needs food? Pulpo will showcase upcoming talent at their first pop-up shop to launch FAT tableware. Shoreditch Design Triangle, 4 Garden Walk, EC2, until Sunday

3. Future Classics — by Adam Nathaniel Furman
Adam is breaking through with two installations: Gateways at Design Junction is a series of grand entrances made with Turkish Ceramics, taking you on a journey through the classics to a reimagined future, while The Roman Singularity at the Sir John Soane’s Museum, updates the classic architecture of Rome with colour and 3D printing. Design Junction, N1; Sir John Soane’s Museum, WC2, both until Dec 9

4. Reflection Room at the V&A Museum — by Flynn Talbot

The first installation in the Prince Consort Gallery at the home of the LDF. A new work from the Australian lighting designer complements its architecture and presents it in a new way. V&A Museum, Room 110, Cromwell Road, SW7, until Sunday

5. South East Makers Club

LDF makes its way south of the river for the club’s trail — a series of open studios and craft markets with a design pub quiz at the end of the route in Peckham’s The Nines. Here, Custhom studio will showcase their Forest Hill collection of hand-printed wallpapers and fabrics. There will also be an art show responding to water’s pivotal role in existence at Peckham’s Copeland Gallery. Various venues, Saturday and Sunday,

6. The Trade Show — by Faye Toogood

Is this the first anti-trade show? The exhibitors are by invitation only and are each given a special-edition aluminium replica of Toogood’s iconic Spade chair in return for coming to show their work. The Garage, 1 North Terrace, SW3, until Sunday

7. Design Frontiers at Somerset House

Rather like the Tomorrow’s World of the design festival, this new group show aims to redefine the parameters of design. Included is My Canvas, an open brief from textile manufacturing giant Kvadrat for 19 designers, plus works by BCXSY and more. Tickets are free, but you must register:, until Sunday

8. Splatware Cafe at Design Junction

Who said industry was dead in Britain? In the case of pottery, it seems to be alive and well. Kickstarter are getting in on the design action as they team up with Turner Prize- winning art collective Assemble, for a showcase of their new Splatware pottery collection — in which coloured clays are squashed together to create one-offs — made at their Granby workshop. The vibrant use of colour and random shapes in a cafe setting has got us excited. Who wouldn’t want these tactile pieces? Design Junction, 4 Stable Street, N1, London, public registration at, until Sunday

9. The House Of Wallpaper

To celebrate the upcoming National Wallpaper week, Brit brand Graham & Brown are exhibiting a whole house filled with wallpaper. Featuring 2LG’s own concept of ‘five walls’ — using your ceilings as a pattern surface — we’re holding a day of workshops in the house. This will include our own Perry Rise collection. 19 Greek Street, W1, until Oct 4. Book at

10. USA Pavilion at London Design Fair

LDF is fast becoming the global venue for design since a guest country element was added to it last year. It is the turn of the US here and we are excited to see some of our major design crushes on these shores — John Hogan, Eric Trine and Steven Haulenbeek. It will be curated by social media legends Sight Unseen offering a totally different perspective than we Brits may be used to. Old Truman Brewery, 26 Hanbury Street, E1, until Sunday. Book at

■ For more details and information about the whole of the festival, which runs until September 24, visit

Jordan Cluroe and Russell Whitehead are founders of interior design studio 2LG.