Artefact Footwear, Futures by London College of Fashion, London Design Festival 2017

 

London Design Festival 2017 kicks off tomorrow (Saturday 16 September) with more than 450 projects and events set to take place across the capital over the next nine days.

UAL, which was recently named in the world’s top six universities for art and design, features heavily across the Festival, with projects and events from Chelsea College of Arts, Central Saint Martins, London College of Communication and London College of Fashion.

Created by the Chairman of UAL Sir John Sorrell, the Festival has grown over the last fifteen years to encompass an amazing display of what London has to offer as a global force for creativity. The events and projects featuring UAL will provide an in-depth insight into what the world can expect of the creative arts in the years to come.

Below is just a taster of what you could enjoy:

The Transform Logo for the collaborative event by Chelsea College of Arts and Bunkyo Gakuin University, London Design Festival 2017

16-23 September  
Transform
Sat 10am-4pm, Mon-Fri 1pm-7pm
Chelsea College of Arts, UAL, 16 John Islip Street, SW1P 4JU

“Transform celebrates the traditional Japanese crafts of Iwatsuki doll making, Kiryu textile production and 100 years of Obi designs from the Goto Textile Company. The exhibition showcases historic artefacts and new products created by students from UAL and Bunkyo Gakuin University”.

16 September-20 October  
Uncertainty Playground 
Various dates, various times (see event)
London College of Communication, UAL, Elephant and Castle, SE1 6SB

“Uncertainty Playground is a series of exhibitions, events and podcasts which consider how design can define, address and make meaning from the ambiguities and uncertainties that we currently face”.

16 September-21 October 
Creative Unions
Various dates, various times (see event)
Central Saint Martins, Granary Building, 1 Granary Square, King’s Cross, N1C 4AA

“The contemporary world must be defined not by boundary or binary but connection. Sharing the work of this year’s graduating Central Saint Martins students, Creative Unions celebrates the power of designers to challenge isolationism”.

SPACE10 Pop-Up: Exploring Spaces of Tomorrow with Central Saint Martins, London Design Festival 2017

19 September 
SPACE10 Pop-Up: Exploring Spaces of Tomorrow 
Tue 12pm-9pm
31 New Inn Yard, London, EC2A 3

“As our cities grow bigger and become more crowded, might we need new shared spaces in which to live, work, meet, eat and interact? How do we design shared spaces that empower the many people who are truly in need of a better everyday life?”

20 September
Arcade East Launch: Bart Hess
Wed 7pm-9pm
Arcade East, London College of Fashion, 182 Mare Street, London, E8 3RE

“First shown during Dutch Design Week in 2012, allows visitors become part of the production process of Bart Hess’ textiles. A play on production sweatshops, visitors are instructed to perform simple, repetitive acts”.

20 September 
The Laundry Pile: Materials, Meanings and Mundainities of Everyday Life 
Wed 6.45pm-8pm
The Carpenter’s Arms, London, W1H 7NE

“The cleaning and care of our clothes is a universal experience, yet how much thought do we really give it? Laundry has transformed from being a low-technology hand practice done in the home or by local laundresses with the use of a few basic implements; to a fully mechanised steam industry at the turn of the twentieth century based on models of mass production and profit maximisation, and finally back to a domesticated home practice”.

20-27 September
Shanghai-London Design Dialogues
Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 10am-5pm.
The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, London WC1E 7BT

“An exhibition from communication and graphic design students studying at the Shanghai Institute of Visual Art and Chelsea College of Arts featuring work and visual research from their recent exchange project”.

Hana Fujimoto Hidden Beauty in the Accidental, Creative Unions, London Design Festival 2017

21 September 
Arcade East Launch Performance by Matthew Herbert – SMELL THE DJ
Thurs 7pm-9pm
Arcade East, London College of Fashion, 182 Mare Street, London, E8 3RE

“To celebrate the launch of Arcade East, London College of Fashion’s new project space, musician and DJ Matthew Herbert’s new experimental music and scent performance Smell the DJ explores the masculine symbolism surrounding music and male perfumes”.

21-24 September 
designjunction
Thurs-Sun, various times
Central Saint Martins, Granary Building, 1 Granary Square, King’s Cross, N1C 4AA

“Taking place across five destinations including Cubitt House and Cubitt Park, The Canopy, Granary Square and The Crossing – a mix of global furniture, lighting, accessory, material and technology brands will exhibit alongside pop-up shops, installations, and interactive features”.

22 September 
Extra-Ordinary: Inspired by Balenciaga
Fri 11am-3pm
Art Studio, Sackler Centre For Arts Education, V&A Museum, SW7 2RL

“As part of the V&A’s impressive talks programme, our BA Jewellery Design students will be showcasing a collection of new works inspired by Balenciaga”.

22 September 
Arcade East Launch by Mette Sterre – BLACK HOLE EMPIRE
Fri 6pm-7pm
Arcade East, London College of Fashion, 182 Mare Street, London, E8 3RE

“To celebrate the launch of Arcade East, London College of Fashion’s new project space, Rotterdam and London based performance artist Mette Sterre’s new performance Black Hole Empire explores current research and theories around black holes through digital technologies”.

Arcade East Launch by Mette Sterre – BLACK HOLE EMPIRE, London Design Festival 2017

22 September
Arcade East Launch Performance by Peut Porter – WEAR & SEEK
Fri 7pm-9pm
Arcade East, London College of Fashion, 182 Mare Street, London, E8 3RE

“To celebrate the launch of Arcade East, London College of Fashion’s new project space, London-based design collective Peut-Porter present Wear & Seek – Camouflage for a Virtual Landscape, a collection of garments that reveals its complete aesthetic spectrum only when perceived with the help of machine-vision”.

22-24 September 
Artefact Footwear, Futures
Fri-Sat 10am – 7pm
Vinyl Factory, 18 Marshall Street, Soho London, W1F 7BE

“Original designers from London College of Fashion, UAL’s MA Artefact, Footwear and Fashion Futures courses challenge the notion of how products change and influence the world we live in”.

23 September 
Arcade East Film Screening – PICNIC AT TORNADO SANDS
Sat 5pm-9pm
Arcade East, London College of Fashion, 182 Mare Street, London, E8 3RE

“To celebrate the launch of Arcade East, Picnic at Tornado Sands presents a programme of short films, performance and pop up shops featuring local artists, designers and makers”.

For more information visit the London Design Festival  website.