London Design Festival 2019 – trade show guide

What to expect from the main trade shows at LDF, which are underpinned by new themes, exhibitions and talks from the likes of designers Marcel Wanders and David Rockwell.

100% Design

Celebrating its 25th birthday in 2019, 100% Design returns to LDF with a line-up of more than 400 exhibitors. Talks are also scheduled across the four-day programme, with product and interior designer Marcel Wanders and architect and designer David Rockwell opening the series.

High up on the agenda this year are discussions on climate change, wastage and the circular economy. Visitors will be able to see these topics in action, notably with the Sense of Finland eco log house installation, which will feature a host of Finnish furniture, products and lighting, all focused on “sustainability, wellbeing and healthy living environments”.

100% Design runs from 18 – 21 September, at Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, W14 8UX.


Irthi Contemporary Crafts Council, UAE Guest Pavilion at London Design Fair 2019, Palestinian Glass Blowing, Photography Moez Achou

London Design Fair

One of LDF’s most international offerings, London Design Fair will once again take up residence in East London’s Old Truman Brewery. 550 exhibitors from over 40 countries will join the trade show, formerly known as Tent London and Superbrands, with over 29,000 people expected to attend over the four days.

New to the line-up this year are the [D]arc Room, which will showcase 75 lighting brands in one hall, and The Bathroom Gallery in partnerships with Elle Decoration, which will act as the only dedicated bathroom showcase throughout the Festival.

London Design Fair runs from 19 – 22 September, at Old Truman Brewery, 26 Hanbury Street, London, E1 6QR.



Designjunction returns to Kings Cross this year with an extensive talks programme curated by design writer Grant Gibson. Talking points will include the relationship between dyslexia and design; wellness and the workplace; the circular economy and new voices in the design industry.

Alongside showcases from undiscovered brands and world-leading designers, also on the bill this year is an “inspiring installation” from Steuart Padwick. Challenging the way we approach mental health problems, the project – titled “Talk to Me” – is supported by the campaign Time To Change.

Designjunction runs from 19 – 22 September, at Kings Cross, N1C.



More than 600 international brands and 120 showrooms will make up this year’s Focus/19 offerings at Design Centre in Chelsea. Alongside talks, demonstrations, workshops and tours, visitors will also get to browse a range of new guest pop-ups, showcasing lighting, flooring and furniture from the likes of Christopher Farr and Amy Gosling.

Using Growth and Nurture as this year’s key themes, Focus/19 will feature more than 100 ‘experiences’ across six days – showcasing new design collaborations and launches, as well as meet the designer sessions and artisan demonstrations.

Focus/19 runs from 15 – 20 September, at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour, SW10 0XE.

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