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Celebrate London Design Festival 2019 In Chelsea

The London Design Festival is returning to the city from 14-22 September 2019 for its 17th edition, celebrating creativity and reinforcing London’s status as the design capital of the world with a huge array of exhibitions, events and installations set to inspire you.

This is the first year that Chelsea, which has a long history as a magnet for free-thinking bohemians, artists and creative, will be an official LDF Design District, and the neighbourhood is making quite a debut, with exciting things to do throughout.

From I-MADE, London’s first exhibition dedicated to Italian design and craftmanship, at the Saatchi Gallery, to the exploration of the life and legacy of iconic designer Abram Games in The Art of Persuasion at The National Army Museum and a look back at over 140 years of the Grade II-listed Peter Jones building as the store prepares for renovations to its iconic façade, here are the best things to see and do in Chelsea during the London Design Festival.

I-MADE at the Saatchi Gallery


The inaugural edition of I-MADE (Italian Manufacture, Art and Design Exhibition) at the Saatchi Gallery is London’s first exhibition solely dedicated to Italian design and manufacture. Curated by Giulio Cappellini, the exhibition will be a true celebration of Italian innovation and craftsmanship, drawing on the passion and traditions of iconic Italian brands.

There will also be a series of design talks and workshops over the course of the four days drawing on the expertise of esteemed Italian artisans, architects and designers.

WHERE: Saatchi Gallery, King’s Rd, Duke of York’s HQ, SW3 4RY
WHEN: 19-22 September 2019; Thu-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 10am-6pm
Ticketed Event

The Art of Persuasion at The National Army Museum


A major exhibition at the National Army Museum exploring the life and legacy of the iconic designer Abram Games, who used his talent for visual communication to recruit, educate and influence soldiers and civilians alike during the Second World War and later used his talent to present an idealistic vision of post-war Britain.

Focusing on his time as “Official War Poster Artist”, The Art Of Persuasion takes a close look at the techniques like stark imagery and visual puns that Games used to communicate his messages effectively.

WHERE: National Army Museum, Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, SW3 4HT
WHEN: 10am-5:30pm, 14-22 September 2019
Ticketed Event

Hidden Reef Bangle, Annoushka Jewellery


Join creative luxury jewellery brand Annoushka for champagne and oysters and some special guests at the Cadogan Gardens Boutique, where Annoushka Design Director, Liz Olver will be on hand to explain the intricacies of the new Hidden Reef collection, inspired by the abundant textures and colours of life below the waves.

The collection pays homage to founder Annoushka Ducas’ 30-year connection to the Philippines, where she commissioned her first ever piece of jewellery: a cufflink in the shape of a fish that her mother, who owned a fish business, gave to the chefs she supplied.

WHERE: Annoushka Jewellery, 41 Cadogan Gardens, SW3 2TB
WHEN: 6.30-8.30pm, Wednesday 18 September 2019
Free Ticketed Event

Artefact Footwear Pattern Futures


Expect provocative and conceptual works that combine traditional craft with new technologies to explore the nature and purpose of design in a rapidly changing world at Artefact Footwear Pattern Futures, an exhibition featuring selected work from London College of Fashion, UAL’s MA Artefact, Footwear, Pattern and Garment, Technology and Fashion Futures graduates.

WHERE: Old Chelsea Sorting Office, 90-100 Sydney Street, SW3 6NJ
WHEN: 19-21 September 2019
Free Event

Tilda Swinton. Fashion- Gucci, Marc Jacobs, jewellery- Lisa Eisner Jewelry, Vela, Uno de 50, A. Brandt + Son. Renishaw Hall, Derbyshire, 2018. © Tim Walker Studio


Go on an immersive journey through the fantastical imagination of Tim Walker, one of the world’s most inventive photographers, at the Victoria & Albert Museum, the London Design Festival hub. Tim Walker: Wonderful Things is the largest exhibition of Walker’s pictures to date and celebrates his extraordinary contribution to image-making over the last 25 years, including ten new series of photographs influenced by the museum’s collections.

WHERE: Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Rd, SW7 5BD
WHEN: From Saturday 21 September 2019
Ticketed Event

Exhibition Road Day of Design


For the finale of London Design Festival at the V&A, the museum will host a street celebration Exhibition Road focusing on design solutions to the climate emergency, with talks, workshops and installations focusing on these challenges and the power of design to address the key issues of the age; and to inspire the design community and public to help tackle climate change.

Exploring the role design thinking can play in fostering new ideas and changing attitudes to the way we consume food, use energy and deal with waste, experts from the V&A and its neighbouring institutions will host tables – created from upcycled museum packing crates – on which meals will be served created from ‘waste’ produce, highlighting the fact that one-third of all food grown or manufactured in the world is thrown out – enough to feed 870 million people. The upcycled furniture created by London’s design community will then be given away to community gardens and charities tackling homelessness.

WHERE: Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Rd, SW7 5BD
WHEN: 22 September 2019
Free Event


Use the London Design Festival’s guide to receive these offers:

RABBIT – A complimentary glass of sparkling from their vineyard in West Sussex and famous collection of ‘mouthfuls’ on arrival.

MANICOMIO – The renowned Italian is offering 15% off a la carte dining during the Festival – please quote LDF when booking.

GALLERY MESS – offers a 20% discount off your food and drinks bill.

HANS’ BAR & GRILL – Dine at Chelsea neighbourhood eatery, Hans’ Bar & Grill, and receive 15% off your total bill. Bookings recommended – Quote LDF2019.

STICKS ‘N’ SUSHI – A complimentary sparkling sake when dining.