Conceived by Sir John Sorrell and Ben Evans, the festival builds upon London's existing design activity. Their concept was to promote the city's creativity, providing a platform for the country's greatest thinkers, practitioners, retailers and educators to a deliver a celebration of design.
This year the Festival opens its newest Design District south of the river at Bankside spanning from Borough Market to the Oxo Tower. The new area will host 20 events and activities, showcasing the creative industry within the area.
Each year there is an ambitious programme of installations called the Landmark Projects. These projects commission the world’s best architects and designers to create works based around a particular material, theme or location. These installations have appeared in some of London’s most prominent spaces such as the V&A, Southbank Centre, Tate Modern and Trafalgar Square.
See below for some of our favourite pieces of iconic design selected from dealers at Grays:
|Doulton Flambé Sung Bowl with Vines & Berries, c.1920, available from Serhat Ahmet|
|Striking vintage Park Lane gold tone dangle earrings, available from MGN Collectables|
|French octagonal Art Deco vase, available from Flo Morgan Gallery|
Stratton abstract design compact from the 1960s, available from Gillian Horsup
|1960s Silver & blue enamel brooch, available from Linda Bee|
Jakob Bengel necklace, available from Gillian Horsup