London Design Festival preview – North London

The most significant LDF event in north London is the Global Design Forum, a day-long summit taking place on 18 September at the Central Saint Martins campus at King’s Cross.

Thomas Heatherwick and Richard Seymour will be at the Global Design Forum
Thomas Heatherwick and Richard Seymour will be at the Global Design Forum

Speakers at the event, which is making its debut this year, include Thomas Heatherwick, Yves Béhar and Tom Dixon. They will debate the future of design and innovation, with delegates encouraged to join in the conversation.

The forum is an attempt to add a more critical and campaigning  edge to LDF, with the organisers saying, ‘The celebratory nature of LDF takes place against a backdrop of political and economic unrest across the world.’

Highlights elsewhere include the This Is How To Live exhibition, organised by Manifold and the National Trust, at architect Ernö Goldfinger’s self-designed former home in Willow Road, Hampstead.

2 Willow Road
2 Willow Road

The exhibition examines and compares the work of Goldfinger and William Morris in two parallel site-specific installations, one at Willow Road and one at the Red House in Bexleyheath.

Northumbria University is hosting the Design School Studio Culture exhibition at its London Campus, on White Lion Street, Islington, which promises ‘an introduction to a future socio-enviro-techno integrated world.

And for illustration fans, Work Gallery on Acton Street, King’s Cross, is hosting Brian Grimwood: The Man Who Changed The Look of British Illustration, a retrospective of some 40 years of Grimwood’s work.

Brian Grimwood, the Man Who Changed British Illustration
Brian Grimwood, the Man Who Changed the Look of British Illustration

The exhibition will be accompanied by talks from Kenneth Grange and architect David Morley.

London Design Festival runs from 14-23 September. For more information visit

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