Gallery: ANNOUNCING: London Design Festival 2008


We can hardly believe it is September once again, which can only mean one thing for the design calendar! That’s right, The London Design Festival 2008 is set to kick off on Saturday the 13th and will run until Tuesday the 23rd of September. Kate Andrews and Antonia Halse of Inhabitat’s London team will be scouting the events this year to bring you the latest and greatest, but for now here is a preview of some exciting eco highlights coming up in the schedule!

Festival Calendar:

Alternative Sitting @ ECO
13-23 Sept :: ECO 213 Chiswick High Road, W4 2DW
ECO, London’s green hub, store, showroom and consultancy will host an exhibition with installations by established and up and coming designers including Pli Design, Reestore, Viable London, Adam Rowe, Osian Batyka-Williams and Farm Design. ECO will also launch their roof terrace outfitted with solar powered ballustrades and plant insulation to help reduce the store’s energy needs.

Greengaged at the Design Council
15-23 Sept :: UK Design Council, WC2E 7DL
The 2008 London Design Festival will see the launch of Greengaged, a series of events, debates, workshops, exhibitions, seminars and masterclasses held at the UK Design Council. Entirely focused upon issues relating to sustainability, Greengaged has been organized by thomas.matthews, [re]design and Kingston University.

Greener by Design
17 Sept :: The Royal Institution of Great Britain
An evening event explores how we can make our buildings greener, by design. Speakers include: Sunand Prasad, president of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), and Chris Wise, Director of Expedition Engineering.

Feelgood Fashion – A Celebration of Ethical Entrepreneurship and Cutting-Edge Design
17 Sept :: The British Library, NW1 2DB
A panel of four pioneering design and fashion entrepreneurs will talk about the new age of ‘eco-fashion’ and building the next generation of sustainable brands. Speakers include: Safia Minney (People Tree); Jen Ruppert (Revamp) and Ed Gillespie (Futerra).

SYSTEM RELOAD: Retooling Ourselves – Collaborative Design Actions
17-20 Sept :: The House of St Barnabas / The Hub, King Cross.
The o2 Global Network, the international eco design network, launches System Reload London, a unique three-day event of participatory workshops intended to spark eco-creativity and create real and meaningful solutions. Participants include; Clare Brass and Flora Bowden (SEED Foundation); Aleksi Neuvonen and Roope Mokka (Demos Helsinki); Tom Ainsworth (10to4); Kelly Davis; Fatina Saikali (CoCreando); Lili Larratea (Play Rethink); Shay Launder (Swamp Collective); Ian Crawford; Servane Mouazan (Ogunte); Alison Coward (Bracket) and Barbara Patkova (Magnificient Revolution).

Cardboard Cafe
18-21 Sept :: 42.5 Voss Street, E2 6HP
Interior Architectural Consultants, B3 Designers, will construct a Cardboard Cafe in their East End studio.

LIGHTEN UP by [re]design
18-21 Sept :: 100% Futures, Earls Court.
Sustainable design innovators [re]design return to 100% Futures to launch their LIGHTEN UP exhibition feature and book.

TOM DIXON, The Factory
18-24 Sept :: 5 Cromwell Place, SW7 2JB
Tom Dixon and George Smith will transform a Knightsbridge ballroom into an upholstery factory and create a new collection on site. Tom will be signing copies of his new book ‘The Interior World of Tom Dixon’ on Thursday 18th September at 3pm. Tom also remains the Creative Director for 100% Design this year and will be launching the 2008 collection “A Bit of Rough.”

TENT London
18-21 Sept :: Truman Brewery, Brick Lane
With over 300 exhibitors, Tent London will take over Brick Lane’s Truman Brewery for an eclectic mix of design for everyone to see!

Models of Sustainable Design, at 100% Sustainable
18-21 Sept :: 100% Design, Earls Court.
The University of Brighton’s IF:Laboratory will create and curate a unique event space that will bring sustainable design discourse, discussions and debate to the floor of 100% Design. The theme for this year’s event is “Models of Sustainable Design”, and admission comes complete with a miniature world and model railway!

Ten twentytwentyone, at 100% Design
18-21 Sept :: Stand G40, 100% Design, Earls Court
Award-winning design group TEN return to 100% Design, showcasing innovative approaches to sustainable design, produced in partnership with retailer twentytwentyone.

100% Design
18-21 Sept :: Earls Court
Connecting the worlds of architecture and design with innovative, contemporary interior products, 100% Design is the UK’s leading contemporary interiors event.

19-20 Sept :: 121-123 Deptford High Street,

From 7am to 7am, a number of creative teams will be given basic materials, tools and a brief to bring together objects, drawings, installation, music, video and textiles!

360o – Charting New Territory in Sustainable Design Education
19-21 Sept :: University of Brighton and 100% Sustainable, Earls Court, London
DEEDS (Design Education Sustainability) invites UK and international design educators, postgraduates, undergraduates and design practitioners who are interested in higher education and sustainable design, to a day of talks and interactive media presentations as part of 100% Sustainable.

Beau Sauvage at Liberty
19 Sep-19 Oct :: LIBERTY, Great Marlborough Street, W1B 5AH
Beau Sauvage at Liberty explores the complexities and contrasts in contemporary design – highlighting the beautiful and the raw through objects, furniture, new media and lighting designs.

Creative Resource: The Sustainable Materials Collection
23-29 Sept :: The Building Centre,

Exploring the aesthetic, economic and manufacturing potential of materials made from waste, the Creative Resource collection focuses on the sustainable development of materials and the design process.

So, if you are in London this September and want to check out the design happenings around the UK capital, visit for the full events listings. Also, if you are exhibiting at this years festival and have a great sustainable product to tell us about, get in touch! Here’s to a fantastic fortnight of sustainable design hunting!

+ London Design Festival 2008

2007 Opening Ceremony

London Design Festival 2007 Highlights included Tom Dixon’s Eco Light Giveaway!


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  1. ugocrazy September 23, 2008 at 8:17 am

    The kind folks at B3 replied and explained how their setup was not going to waste.
    Here is a copy of what Emma at B3 wrote:

    I am glad to inform you that it is only a rumour – we are of course not going to throw away any of the boxes. The left over boxes we donated to Goldsmiths students who were building an installation in a 24 hour Design and Make in Deptford. Someone unfortunately drove through our arches, destroying them, and these boxes we have recycled. We have had some people interested in exhibiting the installation at other venues, but if this does not work out then the rest will all also be recycled. When thinking about the materials we could use for our café, recyclability was one of the major factors in the deciding process, as we are all too aware of the current environmental concerns.

    This said i apologize for spreading a rumor. I’ll be more careful next time around


  2. ugocrazy September 22, 2008 at 12:03 am

    about sustainability:
    Cardboard Cafe by B3 designers is said to be dismantled and wasted after show if we believe what core77 said:

    I expressed my concerns to B3 and am waiting for their reply on the matter.


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