London Design Festival 2017: Graphique Picks

For creatives in London, the London Design Festival (affectionately known as LDF) is the highlight of the year with exhibitions, events and generally just a celebration of all things design. From textiles and flooring to colour theory and social change, there’s lot to see and be inspired by and I’m expecting LDF 2017 to live up to the hype.

If I’m honest I usually follow my friend’s recommendations, but this year I wanted to be a bit more prepared and what better way to get excited about the events, than to share my favourites. I ploughed through all 392 events on the LDF website and to make it easy for you, have picked the best of the bunch:

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Villa Walala by Camille Walala – the main event at LDF this year and it looks pretty amazing!
Exchange Square EC2M 2RH, 16th – 24th September 2017.


Walala x PLAY installation by Camille Walala.
SE10 0SQ, 9am-7pm until 24th September.

Design Salon Talka panel discussion with Yinka Ilori, Lakwena, Wale Adeyemi, Ruth Ossai and Terence Sambo.
SE10 0SQ, 6-10pm, September 21st – Free, ticketed event.

London Design Festival Camille Walala


Can Graphic Design save your life? From signage to packaging, this sounds like it’s going to be my favourite exhibition of 2017 – SUPER excited for it!
NW1 2BE, 10am – 6pm (Tues, Weds, Fri, Sat), 7 September 2017 – 14 January 2018.


Reflection Room by Flynn Talbot
Prince Consort Gallery, 10am -5.45pm, 16th – 24th September 2017.

Data Detox Bar by Mozilla and Tactical Tech
Sackler Centre for Arts, 10.30-5pm, 23rd – 24th September 2017.

Font Selfie Workshop with Type Tasting/ Sarah Hyndman
Sackler Centre for Arts, 11am – 5pm, 16th & 17th September 2017.

Global Design Forum – various Graphic Design related talks
£15 each or 3 for £30, various times & locations within the V&A, 16th – 22nd September 2017.


Private Viewanother window display collaboration with It’s Nice That… last year’s was EPIC and a tough act to follow but I’m sure this year they won’t disappoint us.
The Conran Shop Chelsea, SW3 6RD, 16th September – 8th October 2017.


Cliptomaniaa collection of 150 bull dog, paper and other clips for stationery geeks.
EC1R 1UY, 11am – 7pm, 16th – 24th September 2017.


Shoreditch Estate Playground by Yinka Ilori
EC2A 3ET, 9am – 11pm, 16th – 24th September 2017.


Mind of an urban spaceman shopfront installation by Olly Fathers (who I remember coming across at Moniker Art Fair previously)
W1F 9QF, 11am – 7pm, 16th – 24th September 2017.

LDF Gateway Design Junction


design junction
Granary Square, N1C 4AA, 11am – 6pm, 21st – 24th September 2017.

Highlights include:
Gateways by Turkish Ceramics and Adam Nathaniel Furman. Looks like a cool photo opportunity for the ‘gram ha. 21st – 24th September.

London Design Fair
Old Truman Brewery, EC1V 9LT, 10am – 7pm Thurs & Fri, 11am – 6pm Sat & Sun, 21st-24th September 2017.

Highlights include:
USA – Studio Proba, Bower, Eric Trine
Holland – Elisa Luttik, Lambert Kamps, Michael Barnaart van Bergen
Sweden – Petra Lilja, Butler Lingard
Poland – Longstory
South Korea – Thence, SOJI
UK – Before Breakfast

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Brixton Design Trail

Silent Arch by Bharat&Jean
Atlantic Road SW9 8HX, 10am – 10pm, 16th – 24th September 2017.

Paper Trail by Debora Bowness
Various outdoor locations around Brixton, 16th – 24th September 2017.

Take a seat by Edible Bus Stop
Various outdoor locations around Brixton, 16th – 24th September 2017.

Untranslation by Sam Furness & Toni Hollis
Brixton Village & Market Row, 16th – 24th September 2017.

Flash: Open Borders by Eley Kishimoto & dolman-bowles
Coldharbour Lane Brixton, 16th – 24th September 2017.

Better Letters London Design Festival

Bankside Design District

Glowing Alphabet Peep Show by Better Letters
Hilton Bankside Hotel SE1 0UG, 8am – 8pm, 16th-24th September 2017.

Bankside Ghostsigns walk by Ghostsigns
Ticketed event £15, 20th September 2017.

Graphic Design Process – Ephemeral Letters exhibition
SE1 1TD, 20th – 24th September 2017.

Islington Design District

SMUG shop – Stationery heaven; that is all.
N1 8EA, 16th – 24th September 2017.

Shoreditch Design Triangle

Bold – Graphic Design from India including posters, typography and digital works.
Rich Mix, E1 6LA, 9am – 11pm (Mon to Sat), 7th – 30th September 2017.

Darkroom Greenhouse CafeCoffee, plants & patterns… what more could you ask for?
Old Shoreditch Station E2 8AD, 9am-6pm, 16th September – 15th October 2017.

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So that’s my calendar full then 🙂
Which events have caught your eye? Maybe I’ll bump into you at something – London is a small world after all…

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