The upcoming 2009 London Design Festival promises a fine selection of offerings for design aficionados, first-time visitors and residents alike.
Taking place from 19th to 27th September 2009 in locations throughout the city, the festival will celebrate the city’s vibrant aesthetic talent in a series of exhibitions, lectures and innovative showcases.
London is after all home to majestic historic buildings as well as cutting edge ultra-modern architectural design e.g. the renowned Swiss Re building designed by Norman Foster (affectionately known as ‘the Gherkin’).
This juxtaposition of old and new architecture will take centre-stage at the Festival, alongside a focus on interior design, graphics, product design, furniture and a host of other design-related goodies.
An exciting assortment of more than two hundred events are set to take place at world-famous venues such as the luxurious Southbank centre, Serpentine Gallery Pavillion and Harrods.
Do check out the giant chessboard installation in Trafalgar Square, resplendent with a full set of two metre tall chess pieces (photo above).
While there you can also witness some “living art” with Antony Gormley’s “One and Other” project. It’s great fun when there’s friendly banter between the person on the plinth and the audience.
Other highlights of this year’s edition include the ‘The Unearthing of Cracked Earth’ exhibition at Kenny Schnacter’s ROVE gallery in Hoxton Square, featuring a series of sculptural tablets and video installations.
There’s also ‘Food with Thought’, a showcase of contemporary interior products available for sale from some of London’s top design companies, hanging from the rafters of South London’s Borough Market.
Finally, don’t miss ‘Definition Without Body’ in which Tracey Neuls plans to redefine the idea of a retail space at her shop in Marylebone Lane.
The festival not only celebrates established artistic design flair but also champions new and emerging talent.
To get a glimpse of what all the buzz is about, head over to the official London Design Festival website for more information and a full programme.
If you miss out on this year’s festival, you may still want to stay in an area that is one of London’s true design hubs – Hoxton.
A hip and trendy hotel in the area which showcases local artists is the highly-rated Hoxton Hotel, which we’ve already featured on the blog.
Photo credits: Hayon Studio.