London Design Week 2017 – Highlights
The Science of Design – Unlocking the Secrets of Design’s DNA
London Design Week 2017 was an unmissable event for designers, architects and styleseekers from across the globe. The word ‘science’ comes from ‘scientia’, the Latin for ‘knowledge’, and this year’s programme was packed with opportunities to get the inside track. With 120 exhibitors and over 100+ events, it was bursting with ideas, new perspectives and ways to see the results of creative innovation up close. There were thought-provoking installations, alongside experimental pop-ups and dining experiences. Think you know design? Think again.
100+ Events – One Authoritative Show – Infinite Design Possibilities
CONVERSATIONS IN DESIGN
There were fascinating talks and lively panel discussions with an all-star line-up including including Tara Bernerd, Tom Bartlett, Henriette von Stockhausen, Christopher Boyle, Alistair Hughes, Stephen Lewis and Peter Gomez who will share rare insights into their worlds of design. For the full programme CLICK HERE
ART & INTERIORS AT LONDON DESIGN WEEK 2017
In conceiving this exhibition, Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour anticipated a shifting landscape in which the art and design worlds are now profoundly inter-connected. With this in mind, showrooms were asked to nominate artworks for visitors to enjoy in this specially commissioned space in which we explore ‘The Science of Design’. From minerals to mediums; lineament to landscapes, we’ve curated this special exhibition to demonstrate the very rich and diverse expanse of design’s DNA. Second Floor, Designer Walkway
DESIGN IN PROGRESS GALLERY
Visitors made a deeper connection to the latest collections at this exhibition telling the design and manufacturing stories behind the season’s most engaging products. Guests traced the design journey from start to finish via original material such as moodboards and sketches through to the finished work.
Science and design came together in a new, interactive space.
ACCESS ALL AREAS
Creative processes were revealed, from concept to reality. These events were informal and informative, and included, amongst others, artisan demonstrations to showcase maker expertise, meet the designer sessions, Q&As and round table discussions to exchange ideas.
Visitors savoured a modern menu and a well-curated wine list at this chic space, with seating at individual tables or around a large central bar. Picking up on the Science of Design theme, its materials palette took creative cues from a traditional chemistry lab, with dark wood and burnished metals; terrarium planting adds a dash of the botanical.
Sushi boxes and refreshments were served in a colourful, vibrant space dressed in a decor on an anthropological theme.
CARAVAN COFFEE BAR
Guests had their free caffeine fix from Caravan, a speciality coffee roastery whose aim is to source the best quality green coffee in the most sustainable and environmental way.
Science met spectacle in the Centre Dome: floral alchemist Larry Walshe created an aerial installation of botanical plants, inspired by Newton’s investigations into momentum.
Taking inspiration from zoology, Salazar the Siberian Tiger, hand painted and flocked, surrounded by botanticals prowled the domes.
CELEBRATING GREAT DESIGN
The design cognoscenti came together for a spectacular evening of wonder and curiosities at the London Design Week 2017 party. International guests were wowed by a parade of performance artists including jugglers, human hedges and stiltwalkers, all decked out in vibrant costumes and headpieces. Cocktail concoctions and molecular gastronomy brought into focus the week’s scientific steer.