What are you most looking forward to at London Design Festival?

Those in the know tell us what they’re looking forward to at next week’s London Design Festival.

Laura Snoad

“As a punter, London Design Festival can often feel quite passive. You spend a lot of time looking at new work, listening to talks and absorbing information but not a lot of time actually doing. That’s why I’m particularly looking forward to the Saturday Market Project this year. Making its UK debut, this international collective of designers will host six days of workshops and masterclasses where you can try your hand at everything from spoon carving to 3D printing, as well as making pencils, synths, even a basic computer.”

Laura Snoad, design journalist

Ab Rogers

“At this year’s London Design Festival I am most looking forward to the intriguing Shade by Simon Heijdens, which launches the Greenwich Peninsula and Now Gallery. I am fan of Simon’s work and the narratives it contains, and excited to see this interactive site-specific installation and watch the windows come alive. I’m sure it will be the first of a series of fascinating installations in this new gallery, thought-provokingly curated by Jemima Burrill.”

Ab Rogers, founder, Ab Rogers Design

Katie Treggiden

“I love London Design Festival – it’s my favourite week of the year. This year I’ll be covering it for Fiera for the first time, which brings added excitement and added responsibility. As always I’m looking forward to meeting new designers – they have a contagious belief in the impossible that I find very inspiring. Ventura London, by the team behind my favourite show in Milan, Ventura Lambrate, is making its debut at Designjunction and Tent always delivers fresh talent with a festival vibe. I can’t wait!”

Katie Treggiden, editor of Confessions of a Design Geek and Fiera Magazine


“2014 is all about product design for the studio, as such it’s a sort of breakwater year for us at London Design Festival. We will be presenting our first two product collaborations and a streamlined version of our Cloud Installation from Salone del Mobile Milano. At The Drummonds’ Flagship showroom on the Kings Road we are presenting our new collection of freestanding bathroom furniture, where I will be giving a talk on how the history of the bathroom, from Ancient Greece to Art Deco continues to effect current design trends. We will be debuting our first collaboration with Globe-Trotter in their new flagship store on Albermarle Street in Mayfair. The Archi-Tube, a super light highly crafted carbon fibre and leather drawing carry case will be on display throughout the festival. At Decorex in Syon Park I will be giving a talk on our studio design process, and we will be presenting the Urbem collection of lighting, a commentary on the Italian design. In between all of that I have to nip to New York for a new project meeting… Wishing everyone a happy LDF 2014.”

Christopher Jenner, creative director, Eurostar and Jenner Studio

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