Design events and festivals help our studio to deliver fresh and relevant projects to our clients. Each year, we attend many design-related events, and with a 25-year history, our team has attended pretty much all of them—one year or another. This year, we’re pushing hard to see the best design in graphics, branding, interior design and more. Here are the best design events 2018 has to offer, according to our studio.
When: 6th-8th February
This show provides a space for architects, specifiers and designers to experience the latest surface materials. With over a decade-long history, and based in London’s Business Design Centre, the show is set to be particularly innovative. Works on show include Room One’s deeply coloured wall-mounted wireless speaker, which uses transducers to create sound through its entire, sculpted surface. Another piece is Studio Meike Harde’s dyeing technique for wooden surfaces, which allows for the mass production of unique pieces.
When: 24th-26th April
Hosted at the Old Truman Brewery, this festival is a celebration of all things advertising and design. This year, the event addresses how creativity shapes culture, exploring the interdependence between the two. With a huge range of creative labs, training courses, speakers and much more to see and get involved in, D&DA is a place where creatives across the spectrum can learn something new from the experts and get inspired.
When: 22-24th May
Looking for a Clerkenwell titbit? How about the fact that it’s the place in the world with the highest density, per square mile, of creative businesses and architects? As such, it’s home to the Clerkenwell Design Week. Celebrating its ninth year this May, you won’t find a better place to raise industry issues, introduce and discuss new products and network with others in architecture and design. While the show is running, a number of great restaurants in the area are running offers, including Counter Kitchen, Grancer & Co. and Palatino. Finally, Icon magazine are once again taking over Fabric nightclub, presenting Icon House of Culture, sponsored by Bang & Olufsen. In its massive, impressive brick vaults, you’ll find a carefully curated selection of top international design brands showcasing new products.
When: 15th-23rd September
At the height of summer comes LDF, which aims to celebrate and promote London as the design capital of the world. And it does so in style every year. There’s so much to talk about here, from the hyperbole and eccentricity of the now-famous Landmark Projects like last year’s Urban Cabin by MINI and Villa Walala, by Camille Walala and British Land; to the LDF at the V&A, which has been a unique collaboration between the two institutions for the past nine years. Showing off a range of design installations large and small, the V&A has played a stunning host to some of the festival’s best work.
When: 19th-22nd September
This is the largest and longest running design event in the UK. Whether it’s interiors, looking at emerging brands and interiors and builds, the show covers the whole spectrum, making it the perfect place for industry professionals to learn. Last year featured a seminar programme full of illustrious guests, including Lee Broom, Naomi Cleaver and Ross Lovegrove. Last year’s featured exhibitors included ADDICTED TO PATTERNS, antoniolupi and the much-appreciated Arper Bloggers Lounge. While nothing has been announced in the way of a line up for this year’s event, we can be sure that it’s going to be an incredible show.
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From Senior 3D Designer, Nathalie Vanderiet…
When: 18th-22nd October
Now in its 26th year, this Belgian design show is expected to see 70,000 visitors through its doors this year. While the show is open to the public, the event organisers suggests that the site is 35% professional. Showing off the latest, disruptive newcomers and young talent, as well as well-known established brands, the show is a veritable feast for the imagination.
When: 17th-22nd April
More commonly known as Milan Furniture Fair, Salone del Mobile.Milano is now in its 57th year, and has over 2,000 exhibitors. Each year, the event focuses on showing off outstanding products and solutions for contemporary living with an informed eye to the future, combining design, technology, flexibility and sustainability. With talks from Benwu Studio, and designers Cristina Celestino and Dima Loginoff, as always the event is going to demonstrate a lot of insight for anyone willing to listen. There’s no doubt that this is one of the most—if not the most—prestigious events across the world.
From Associate Creative Director 2D, Lisa Barron…
Glug is a little bit different. Essentially a series of global user-hosted events, you sign up and buy a ticket to the event that interests you and simply show up. Perfect for an after-work drink and talk with other industry experts, Glug is a more informal, industry-facing event than the others in this list, but it’s certainly worth a mention.