London Calling

The 20th edition of the London Design Festival took place across 12 design districts in the city.

Between the 17th and 25th of September 2022, the annual London Design Festival took place, featuring work from some of the world’s foremost and promising creatives – including many Design Indaba alumni. 

The event promotes London as one of the design capitals of the world with a selection of thought-provoking contemporary installations, workshops, events, talks and more that take place in 12 design districts across the city. 

Here is a round-up of some Design Indaba alumni’s projects from the festival:

Tom Dixon presents TWENTY

British product and interior design studio Tom Dixon, the namesake of whom has presented twice at the Design Indaba Conference, presented a 20th anniversary exhibition titled TWENTY. The exhibition featured modified, upgraded and rethought versions of some of the most popular design pieces from the brand. 

Yinka Ilori: Parables of Happiness

The free display at The Design Museum in London, which will be on show until 25 June 2023, showcases key elements of Yinka Ilori’s vibrant aesthetic. The exhibition features 100 objects ranging from artworks, photographs and furniture to textiles, books and personal possessions from the London-based designer. 

PriestmanGoode x Royal College of Art – Materials and Health: Nature-Inspired Innovation

For a sixth year, PriestmanGoode hosted a window exhibition in collaboration with the Royal College of Art. MA Textiles students from the Royal College of Art were challenged by PriestmanGoode's Colour, Material and Finish team to consider the ways in which we can learn from nature to create healthier materials, with the work of the winner and two runners up displayed during the London Design Festival. Former Design Indaba speaker Paul Priestman co-founded PriestmanGoode over 30 years ago, chairing the company until his departure earlier this year.  

Huguet X Pentagram

Partners from Pentagram’s London and New York studios, including Design Indaba alumni Yuri Suzuki and Giorgia Lupi, joined forces with tile, cement and terrazzo producer Huguet to create a range of unique products. The seven partners were invited to create innovative and unexpected objects using Huguet’s traditional production methods and materials, which were then exhibited during the London Design Festival. 

Jasper Morrison’s Early Work 

Furniture designer Jasper Morrison presented ‘Early Work’, an opportunity to see a selection of his rare and characterful earlier pieces (some not seen in public for over thirty years) at LDF 2022. The exhibition featured seven pieces accompanied by contemporary publications, sketchbooks, drawings, and photographs from his archive. 

Art of Storytelling: Talk/Panel 

Design Indaba alumnus Morag Myerscough presented a talk for Art of Storytelling by Kartell alongside four other leading creatives who shed light on how they build narratives through their respective artistic mediums.

The Running Towards exhibition at Shoreditch Fire Station

As part of The Running Towards exhibition celebrating the London Fire Brigade's new typeface and design history, British design studio NB Studio designed a poster which was featured alongside graphics from other eminent British creative studios.

Benjamin Hubert In Conversation: Material Matters Live

Benjamin Hubert, Design Indaba alumnus and the founder of strategic design agency LAYER, spoke to his collaborator Max Fraser about their new monograph, LAYER. The book traces Benjamin’s journey from graduate designer to establishing and expanding his own studio. 

The next edition of the London Design Festival will take place between 16 and 24 September 2023.

Read more:

#DI takes London Design Festival 2021.

Yinka Ilori’s New 20-Piece Homeware Collection Merges African and English Customs.

Benjamin Hubert on how to redesign the way you work to make a bigger, better impact.

Credits: London Design Festival

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