Attracting nearly 29 000 visitors each year, the London Design Fair is one of the must-see events of the fall season. For the 2019 edition, the show hosts around 550 international exhibitors for four days. Review of the visits to make.

From 19 to 22 September, the London Design Fair, located in Soreditch, a trendy district of the British capital, attracts creators from around the world as well as an informed public. Since its creation in 2007 by Jimmy MacDonnald, visitors can expect to discover the latest in international design through booths, exhibitions, reports and unpublished national pavilions.

This year, the show celebrates biomaterials. Derived from the agricultural industry, they are part of a logic of sustainable development and a very current approach to environmental protection. The young Mexican designer Fernando Laposse transforms organic materials into contemporary design pieces. He uses corn husks to make marquetry or coatings. Similarly, the Dutch studio Tjeerd Veenhoven is working on the sustainability of objects by developing an ecological production process.

Several countries are particularly in the spotlight: Denmark, China, the United Arab Emirates, Spain, Hungary, Sweden, Italy, Portugal, the Czech Republic, Turkey, Uruguay present the specificities of their design in dedicated spaces. The heart of the Uruguayan pavilion showcases minimalist pieces inspired by the writings of the artist Juana de Ibarbourou, an icon of Latin American poetry.

Since its launch in 2016, the British Craft Pavilion also focuses on high-end craftsmanship. Many know-how and trades are presented in an international contemporary showcase.

Every year, this is an opportunity for professionals in the sector to meet and exchange, from independent designers to established brands, through architects and decorators.

An event that is worth the trip!

Photographs: DR

To learn more, visit the site of the London Design Fair

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