London Design Festival preview – 5 must-see talks

There’s an array of talks and seminars to choose from at London Design Festival 2015, so we’ve narrowed it down to help you choose which key hours of insight to attend.

Our top 5 picks

Masterclass with Morag Myerscough

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What: From children’s hospital wards to huge public art installations, Morag Myerscough is known for her distinctive, colourful style used to design enchanting spaces. The founder of Studio Myerscough will be talking with Creative Review magazine editor Patrick Burgoyne about her expansive career and design work.

When: 20 September, 4-5.30pm

Where: The Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre Level 4, V&A Museum

Info: This event is ticketed – see the page on the LDF website


Masterclass with Yves Béhar

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What: Yves Béhar, founder of fuseproject, is best known for his innovation work with products such as Jawbone fitness tracker and sustainability design. The leading entrepreneur will be speaking with New York Times journalist Alice Rawsthorn about the transformation of design as a result of ever-advancing technology.

When: 22 September, 4-5.30pm

Where: The Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre Level 4, V&A Museum

Info: This event is ticketed – see the page on the LDF website


Masterclass with Barber & Osgerby

Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby

What: Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby have been creating as a pair since 1996, spanning disciplines from product and furniture to exhibition design. They’ve worked on landmark projects such as the 2012 Olympic torch and Royal Doulton home products, and are currently working on the Crossrail trains which are set to traverse London from 2018 – this talk will be a run-down of the consultancy’s recent work.

When: 21 September, 4-5.30pm

Where: The Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre Level 4, V&A Museum

Info: This event is ticketed – see the page on the LDF website


Benjamin Hubert: Design Futures come in Layers

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What: Part of this year’s designjunction, up-and-coming product designer Hubert will be speaking about his future as a designer. Hubert, who focuses on sustainability design, bases his work around what he calls “human-centred design” to deliver “experiences with meaning”. The designer has hinted towards announcing a new direction for his work in this talk.

When: 25 September, 2-3pm

Where: Sorting Office, 21-31 New Oxford Street

Info: This event is ticketed – see the page on the LDF website


President’s Lecture: Philippe Starck

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What: Starck is the previous winner of the prestigious D&AD President’s Award, and will be offering a rare chance for fans to see into his unique design psyche. His talk “Notes from Elsewhere” will delve into the space between dreams and reality, and will immerse and inspire the audience to get involved. The presentation is in collaboration with consultancy GBH.

When: 22 September, 6.30-9pm

Where: Shoreditch Town Hall, 380 Old Street

Info: This event is ticketed, and full or awarded D&AD members are entitled to a free ticket – see the page on D&AD’s website


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Check out the full talks programmes as part of:

  • Designjunction: 24-27 September; including Benjamin Hubert, Paul Priestman, Terence Woodgate and New London Architecture
  • Tent: 24-27 September; including Etsy, the future of design magazines, and new product innovation scheme Design Council Spark
  • Global Design Forum: 20 – 25 September; including Morag Myerscough, Barber & Osgerby, Yves Béhar, Milan Expo UK pavilion designer Wolfgang Buttress and Tom Dixon

London Design Festival 2015 takes place 19 – 27 September. For more info, see: www.londondesignfestival.com

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  • Kamaljit Singh September 25, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    Can I catch any recordings of these talks on the web?

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