London Design Festival 2020

London Design Festival 2020

London Design Festival 2020

This year the London Design Festival took place from 16th - 20th September. Although it has not been a great year for festivals and public events we were delighted to see this one go ahead, albeit with some challenges to overcome to integrate the changes that COVID has made to all our lives. The 2020 festival featured a number of Design Districts - including the Shoreditch Design Triangle - and broke new ground in terms of the way interested attendees could connect with festival content.

Celebrating London

The festival first launched back in 2003 with the goal of promoting and celebrating London as the design capital of the world. This has remained the objective for all subsequent festivals and was felt to be even more of a crucial focus for this year when life has been turned on its head in London in so many ways. In collaboration with partners across the city - as well as working with the London Mayor's office - the London Design Festival went ahead both "in real life" and online, shining a spotlight on London's design community and the innovation and creativity that exists in this vibrant city that we call home.

A focus on the brilliance of London design

This year the London Design Festival used a combination of online and in person events to bring design in the Capital to life. This included:

  • Daily digital tours at London design institutions such as the V&A.
  • The Hothouse Project. This large-scale installation was positioned in the International Quarter London - it brought the aesthetic of a Victorian glasshouse and provided an environment in which plants that wouldn't normally survive in our climate could thrive.
  • The Circular Design Project. This project was curated by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the London Design Festival with the theme of a circular economy as the basis for various stories and resources attached to the project. The objective was to spark change and a shift in thought patterns towards a more positive global economy and the fact that sustainability starts with design.
  • Festival commission. For example, French designer Marlene Huissoud produced a commissioned piece for the festival that was displayed in Coal Drops Yard in Kings Cross and was designed to represent unity and the importance of working together.
  • Connected. This was a project that looked at how designers and makers had adapted the processes that they used to cope with the lockdown situation. A range of designers took part in the project, which was displayed virtually at the Design Museum.
  • Design Districts and Destinations. This year the festival also hosted a number of virtual design destinations and design districts. The Shoreditch Design Triangle has been part of the festival for 12 years and has expanded over this time from the cross-section of the roads Old Street, Shoreditch High Street and Great Eastern Street to include other areas such as Hackney and Broadway Market. A range of design-led happenings marked the Shoreditch Design District this year with experiences and installations both digital and in real life.

It's been another successful year for the London Design Festival, despite the challenges of 2020. You can find out more about how this event celebrated London design online.


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