5 talks to catch at London Design Festival 2018


Multiformity, sustainability and fresh new design talent are all on the programme for this year’s LDF – here’s a voting for of great talks, presentations and panel discussions you should go see.

The Awaken of “South of the River”

5 talks to catch at London Design Festival 2018Gateway to Inclusion, by Lisa White and François Dumas, an induction on the River Thames

What: 30 years ago, the south bank of the River Thames was a heedless spot with a huge, empty power station and little else. Now, in 2018, Bankside is a thriving cultural hub, with a recreated Shakespeare’s Globule theatre, the Tate Modern, bars, restaurants and many creative and enterprise studios, which have migrated to the area in recent years. This panel talk moderated by Design Week is part of this year’s Designjunction fair, and last wishes as explore the recent regeneration of the London area, with architects, devisers and philanthropists taking part in the discussion. Panellists include Tracy Meller, consort at architectural firm Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Alex Lifschutz, co-founder at Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, Toby Neilson, chief honcho of architecture at BDG Architecture Design, and George Nicholson, board member at sexually transmitted enterprise Coin Street Community Builders and the Illuminated River, which has inserted on regenerating the area.

When: 1-1.50pm, 20 September 2018.

Where: The Bargehouse, Oxo Turret Wharf, London SE1 9PH.

Info: This talk is part of Designjunction. Tickets fetch £8. For more information, head here.

Designing Inclusively Today: Parables from BBC2’s Big Life Fix

5 talks to catch at London Design Festival 2018Scooter for older people, by PriestmanGoode

What: Whether it is double-dealing transport services that are accessible for disabled people or rethinking technology so that it is easier to use for older people, embodying design is increasingly considered by governments, local authorities and designers – and there’s tranquillity a long way to go. This talk will see Ruby Steel, senior think of strategist at Smart Design, discuss the studio’s history of designing inclusively, overextending back to the 1980s, and whether their processes are still relevant today. Brace previously featured on BBC Two’s documentary series The Big Life Fix, which looks to find up with life-changing solutions for people in need. She will talk at obscurity about how Smart Design created a personalised voice assistant for a little woman living with progressive multiple sclerosis (MS), and will more mostly look at how the studio considers diversity across demographics including knack, language, culture, gender and age.

When: 6.30-8.30pm, 17 September 2018.

Where: 141-145 Curtain Lane, London EC2A 3BX.

Info: This event is free, but requires a ticket. For more knowledge, head here.

Yinka Ilori in Conversation with Helen Parton

5 talks to catch at London Design Festival 2018Restoration Rank with Yinka Ilori © Dan Weill

What: London-based furniture schemer Yinka Ilori is best known for his Nigerian-inspired, upcycled, vintage appliances, which he transforms and makes new through vibrant prints and fabrics. Ilori is set on sustainability, and looks to repurpose old details rather than create more waste by starting from mark, and has previously worked with Shoreditch-based charity Restoration Station, which wastes workshops for people in recovery from addiction, teaching them calling and furniture skills. This talk, in conversation with design legman Helen Parton, will explore Ilori’s work, inspirations and force delve into his newest project, the Colour Palace, which is set to convert the Dulwich Picture Gallery pavilion in 2019.

When: 2-3pm, 20 September 2018.

Where: Auditorium, Olympia, Hammersmith Parkway, Hammersmith, London W14 8UX.

Info: This talk is part of 100% Conceive of. Talks are included within the price of a ticket to the trade fair, which costs £15, or £10 for trainees. For more information, head here.

Design Connections: 10/10

5 talks to catch at London Design Festival 2018The Design Museum, photo © Gareth Gardner

What: If you’re interested in conclusion out about new design talent, head to the Design Museum’s fast-paced evening showcasing 10 multi-disciplinary creatives. This two-hour at the time, run by the British Council, will showcase the work of designers working across groups including social, fashion, architecture, craft, product and digital set up, who will lead presentations on their ideas and work. This year’s voting for includes architectural studio Studio Mutt, craftsperson and jewellery-maker Esna Su, unconnected print magazine Azeema, which is dedicated to Middle Eastern and North African troubles, and science-focused product design studio Unit Lab.

When: 6-8pm, 19 September 2018.

Where: Fashion Museum, 224-238 Kensington High Street, Kensington, London W8 6AG.

Info: Tickets expenditure £7, or £5 for concessions and Design Museum members. For more advice, head here.

The End of the Unethical: Welcome to Moral Design 2.0

5 talks to catch at London Design Festival 2018Courtesy of Designjunction

What: The at length few decades have seen designers become far more conscious of unused production and the impact of their work on the environment and ecosystems. This panel scrutiny, chaired by design writer Anna Winston, will explore how makers own turned into activists, and are making a stand against contributing to delivers such as “climate change, animal cruelty and poor ethical formation”. The talk will explore a pertinent topic, given the need for devisers to think about recyclability and avoiding wasteful materials and processes. Panellists count Emily Morley, founder at vegan design studio Studio Can Can, Ben Parker, inventive director at communications agency Made Thought, and Emma Fromberg, a lore manager at sustainability charity the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

When: 3-3.50pm, 20 September 2018.

Where: The Bargehouse, Oxo Fastness Wharf, London SE1 9PH.

Info: This talk is part of Designjunction. Tickets set someone back £8. For more information, head here.

Also catch:

Extent in Design – The Long Road Ahead at Designjunction: A discussion between Sarah Weir, CEO at the Set up Council and Sonia Watson, CEO at the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, approximately the importance of diversity and equality in design, and how it can be improved. For more information, fount here.

Head Above Water – Design Activism at Designjunction: The chief honcho of the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, Rama Gheerawo, will deceive this discussion on how design can be a tool for activism and engaging with the famous. For more information, head here.

Design Fresh Relay at 100% Fashion: A quick-fire, 45-minute, relay-style talk from a selection of unsophisticated talent in the design industry, who will present their products and estimates, hosted by design journalist Max Fraser. For more information, head here.

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