London Design Festival 2015: Best Fairs
Rub shoulders with the top designers and the best up-and-comers at our favourite London Design Festival fairs
Tent London & Super Brands London, Old Truman Brewery
24 - 27 September 2015
Thu 10am-7pm, Fri-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 11am-6pm
Tickets available: Click here to book
Old Truman Brewery, Hanbury Street, E1 6QR
Head over to east London to the Old Truman Brewery where the serious trade and press are getting to grips with the stellar designers on display in the Tent London and Super Brands exhibitions.
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For a gorgeous day out...
Decorex International 2015 at Syon Park
20 - 23 September 2015
Sun-Mon 10am-6pm (trade only), Tue 10am–7pm (open to trade and consumer), Wed 10am–5pm (trade only)
Syon Park, Brentford, TW8 8JF
Tickets £30: Click here to book
Nestled in the gorgeous Syon Park opposite Kew Gardens, Decorex is a short journey out of town but completely worth it. The public can head down on Tuesdays, when the trade allows consumers to get a glimpse of some of the hot brands and luxury interiors. Explore the interactive installations and take part in the seminars to really make the most of this fair. We recommend a visit to the Future Heritage section, curated by design critic Corinne Julius, where contemporary British craft and design gets the spotlight. New technology is also an important theme here, dominated by 400 exciting companies on display, including Bodo Sperlein, Eleanor Lakelin, Savoir Beds and Hunting & Narud.
We are particularly looking forward to seeing hip east London designer Nosca Inc.'s collaboration with 17 Patterns and the inaugural collection of gorgeous wallpapers filled with on-trend colour palettes and exquisite touches. You'll find the main themes are geometric, art deco, animal print and nature. Artists Paris, Ben Allen and Christina K have all turned their hand to creating designs and artworks that 17 Patterns have then transformed into wallpapers. We've got our eye on Nosca Inc's swirling Spiral Chaos for our next interior makeover...
Special moments at the fair also include the Champagne Bar designed by Russell Sage and VIP lounge masterminded by The New Craftsmen and House & Garden. There's also a pop up food market of delicious street delicacies if you need a pick-me-up.
For west London chic...
Focus/15 at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour
20 – 25 September 2015
Free Event: Click here to book
Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour, Lots Road, SW10 0XE
Focus/15 is all about cutting-edge and innovative contemporary design with 500 international brands ready to share their expertise. Don't miss the Conversations in Design sessions and the dynamic events in Access All Areas, filled with workshops, pop ups and talks. This season's newest fabrics, lighting, accessories and more are on display at the Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour - one of our favourite design destinations in the big smoke. Courtesy transport and a lovely restaurant make this fair stand out from the crowd and one of the loveliest to visit.
To stay ahead of the curve...
100% Design, Olympia
Open to the public 26 September 2015
Tickets free: Click here to book
Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, W14 8UX
Serious design lovers should venture to 100% Design in Olympia. It is principally a fair for the trade (shop owners and buyers), but the public can pop in on Saturday 26th September. The main theme is 'Design in Colour' so each of the sections (Interiors, Design & Build, Kitchens & Bathrooms, Workplace and Emerging Brands) sees the products lovingly organised into each colour of the rainbow. Get the heads up on the hot colour trends of 2016 at this fair before they go viral.
For serious interior design...
designjunction, Central Saint Martins & Victoria House
24 – 27 September 2015
Thur 11am-9pm (late night opening), Fri-Sat 11am-7pm, Sun 11am-4pm
Tickets £8-12: Click here to book
designjunction, The College, 12 Southampton Row, WC1B 4AE
Coming back for its 5th year, designjunction occupies the former home of Central Saint Martin's, The College, and Victoria House, and defines itself as the leading fair for contemporary interior design. While focused on the trade visitors, the public can also visit and discover the life changing new app from rising furniture designer tylko which enables users to co-create bespoke furniture starting with a pre-designed shape and changing its properties to match their tastes and space. Design novices, we recommend making a beeline for products by Herman Miller, Fritz Hanson and Vitra.
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