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London Design Festival 12 - 20 September 2020

Welcome to the 18th edition of London Design Festival, taking place in a year unlike any other. When the Festival first launched back in 2003, the vision set out by Co-Founders Sir John Sorrell CBE and Ben Evans CBE was to celebrate and promote London as the design capital of the world - this vision has never changed, and this year it feels even more important. When we spoke with our partners across the city and consulted the Mayor's Office, there was a consensus to go ahead in September and give a voice to the design community. More than ever, we want to stage a Festival that puts a spotlight on the brilliance of the design community in London and the UK. Whether you are visiting online or in-person ths year, we invite you to join in and enjoy all the Festival has to offer. We warmly welcome you to the 2020 London Design Festival and we hope you enjoy it.

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Daily Digital Schedule

Each day throughout the Festival, LDF will share a digital programme of events, talks, workshops and keynotes. Follow LDF across social for the latest schedule, timings and joining details. Stay tuned for daily announcements and reveals.

Friday 18 September 2020
2020 Landmark Projects

The Hothouse by Studio Weave

London-based architecture practice Studio Weave, supported by Lendlease and LCR, will create The Hothouse, a large-scale installation located at International Quarter London (IQL).  The structure of The Hothouse is reminiscent of a Victorian glasshouse and will provide a controlled habitat for cultivating plants that would not ordinarily grow within the UK’s climate.  

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Freelancer Portal

This year, London Design Festival want to put the spotlight on the brilliance of London’s design scene at a time when it needs to be promoted more than ever. We recognise that freelancers in particular have been impacted by the pandemic, and the Festival wants to support this community by providing a voice to new talent and freelancers. As such, for 2020 we have created a freelancer portal where freelancers can share design content and their portfolio with the Festival audience. 

Freelancer content will be presented in the dedicated online gallery with featured spotlights per week, and across social.

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2020 Graphic Identity

Since 2007, world-renowned creative agency Pentagram, have produced an annual graphic identity for each iteration of the Festival - responding to, and anticipating, trends in design and typology. While the Festival’s colour theme of white on red has been consistent, Pentagram have adapted each brief to produce distinctive visual identities to ensure that each edition of the Festival is unique. Domenic Lippa, Partner, Pentagram, has led the creative direction of the branding and visual design for the Festival since the very beginning.