Your Guide to Europe's Design Festival Season: September
One of the busiest seasons for the European design industry is approaching. Here’s the inside scoop on what's happening in September!
Paris Design Week
When: 3–10 September, 2016 Where: Various locations across Paris Website: maison-objet.com/en/paris-design-week Kicking off the month’s jam-packed event calendar is the sixth edition of Paris Design Week, a global platform for young and emerging design talent. There is plenty to see; shows will be held in 180 different venues and range from interiors and furniture to art, fashion and cuisine.
London Design Festival
When: 17–25 September, 2016 Where: Locations across London Website: londondesignfestival.com London Design Festival focuses on the industry’s pioneering practitioners, retailers and educators. The festival will once again collaborate with the V&A Museum, which will house a variety of installations, events and workshops throughout the week. The Oxo Tower Wharf will present a Designersblock showcase of 100 independent designers alongside creative events and workshops. Home & Pantry are hosting a “Design Upcycle Workshop,” a twist on their popular “Annie Sloan Furniture Paint Workshop." Made up of over 400 events and exhibitions from hundreds of partner organizations from around the world, there is undoubtedly something for everyone.
When: 21–24 September, 2016 Where: Olympia, Earls Court, London Website: 100percentdesign.co.uk The UK’s longest-running design show returns for its 21st edition with a new theme: “Experience.” The exhibition is divided to focus on key industry sectors: Interiors, Workplace, Kitchen and Bathrooms, and Design and Build, with an additional focus on the year’s Emerging Brands. Don’t miss the extremely popular “Talks with 100% Design,” a seminar program focusing on an array of industry names, issues and news. The 2016 talks will be in association with the Design Museum. Explore contemporary design while getting a sneak peak at the new museum, set to opens its doors this November.
When: 22–25 September, 2016 Where: Locations in or near to King’s Cross, London Website: thedesignjunction.co.uk/london 2016 sees Design Junction move to a new, long-term location in partnership with Argent, King’s Cross Development, and University of the Arts London. The event will be split into different locations and each will focus on a different aspect of design. Cubitt House is the “Trade Destination,” showcasing over 70 contemporary brands and their latest collections with an additional “Secret Garden” area for visitors. The “Retail Destination,” to be held in The Canopy, is a pop-up event showcasing a vast range of luxury retail brands. Granary Square will house the “Immersed in Design” branch of the event and will be transformed with creative installations, activities and more luxury companies.
London Design Fair: Tent London and Super Brands
When: 22–25 September, 2016 Where: Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London Website: londondesignfair.co.uk London Design Fair now includes Tent London and Super Brands events. Described as the heart of London Design Festival, these two trade shows combined provide visitors with an unmissable opportunity to view cutting-edge ideas from both established and up-and-coming designers. In celebration of its tenth anniversary, the fair is growing to include an additional third floor at the Old Truman Brewery and will see around 450 exhibitors from 29 countries. The four-day event schedule also includes engaging talks and installations from companies like Heineken, Studio TILT and MG Motors.