design london returns bigger and better for london design festival 2022

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second edition of design london 2022

Returning to Magazine London in North Greenwich for its second edition, Design London doubles in size and attractions for 2022. Visitors can explore experiential installations, insightful professional discussions, and inspiring international product exhibitions. The show is the headline act in the newest design district of London Design Festival 2022 – Greenwich Peninsula – welcoming guests from 21-24 September.

Visiting London Design Festival 2022? Register for Design London 2022 – here.

design london returns bigger and better for london design festival 2022
Design London returns for 2022, following the success of the inaugural 2021 edition (pictured above)

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(Main image © Ruth Ward)

inspiring installations and conversations

A series of special projects – from sought-after brand collaborations to experiential installations – welcome visitors to Design London 2022, quite literally. Enhancing the positive effects of color, Lois O’Hara creates a vibrant, inspiring one-off mural to greet guests at the front entrance of Magazine London. The Brighton-based multidisciplinary artist has also fabricated the talks theater where conversations between creatives are set to take place. Called Discussions at Design London, speakers include Lee Broom, Sabine Marcelis, Jay Blades and Marco Oggian. The materials for 2021’s talks theater, designed by Yinka Ilori, have been reclaimed and rebuilt for the Champagne bar. 

Material technology manufacturer Versarien teams up with British artist and designer Steuart Padwick for an eco-conscious 3D-printed installation. Called Island Steps, the setting acts as a playful yet social oasis for fair goers. It is made from 100% cement-free concrete reinforced with Graphene, which is expected to reduce its carbon footprint by over 70%.

design london returns bigger and better for london design festival 2022
Versarien and Steuart Padwick create an eco-conscious 3D-printed installation, called Island Steps

international design curations

The design fair hosts a community of international pavilions that each showcase a curation of design work from a specific country. The South Korean pavilion creates a home for some of the nation’s best small- to medium-sized design companies. Products, ranging from ceramics and furniture to home accessories and kitchenware, are set to amaze visitors. The pavilion is supported by the Ministry of SMEs and Startups, and the Korea Federation of SMEs.

design london returns bigger and better for london design festival 2022
Woorim Workshop debuts its furniture work in the South Korean pavilion

The Portuguese pavilion hosts 13 leading brands whose portfolio of products are 100% designed and manufactured in the country. Designs might vary in size and scope but the material types stay timber. The concept follows the mission of the Portuguese Association of Wood and Furniture Industries (AIMMP): to represent, promote and protect Portuguese companies from five divisions that make up the wood and furniture sector.

design london returns bigger and better for london design festival 2022
Wewood debuts its Contador sideboard in the Portuguese pavilion

12 sustainable furniture and home decoration brands from Thailand have been selected to represent the South Asian country’s pavilion. With the Department of International Trade Promotion of the Royal Thai Government launching the ‘Thailand Be the ChanGe’ initiative, the exhibition highlights some of the nation’s most forward-thinking creative businesses. The curation comprises homeware, furniture and lifestyle pieces that display a fusion of craft and innovation, reuse of natural and industrial waste, and meet the rising global demand for eco-conscious items.

design london returns bigger and better for london design festival 2022
The Thai pavilion’s exhibition includes the BiiN plant stand by Eggwhite Design Studio

The Denmark pavilion explores the ever-popular trends of scandi design. The curation by Lifestyle and Design Cluster pairs beloved brands with new companies and creatives, in conjunction with the Danish Embassy. The display aims to promote innovation and sustainable growth for SMEs in the design industries.

design london returns bigger and better for london design festival 2022
Automotive brand Genesis impresses visitors with its electric models like the GV60

renowned and rising names for exhibitors

Across two exhibition spaces, Design London 2022 showcases some of the best and most innovative brands and creators in the design community. The line-up brings together an international array of companies across furniture, kitchens and bathrooms, lighting and architectural fittings. Participating exhibitors include renowned names, such as Artemide, Ton and Formica Group, as well as rising stars, such as Christian Watson, Shelf Studio and Six Dots Design. Automotive brand Genesis also impresses visitors with its electric models – the GV60 and the G80 – at the show.

Exclusively at Design London, Adidas deep dives into its circularity journey with a preview of products from its Made To Be Remade collection that supports the brand’s mission to help end plastic waste. Visitors can view the latest innovations through a one-off visual exhibition. A special panel discussion, including members of Adidas’ Innovation team, further reveals the unique process and challenges of designing within a circular system. 

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