17 September 2015

The London Design Festival

The London Design Festival, running from the 19 - 27 September, is one of the world's most important annual design events held every year to celebrate London as the design capital of the world. Running since 2003, the festival comprises of over 400 events and exhibitions collaborating with hundreds of partner organisations from around the world.

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.

This year, sister company Alfies Antique Market have joined #LDF to put Church Street design on the map. Entitled 'Alfies and the Church Street Design Trail', this event will take place on Thursday, 24 September and will consist of talks, exhibitions, demonstrations and workshops.

See below for some of our favourite pieces of iconic design selected from dealers at Grays:

 Doulton FlambĂ© 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

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