London Design Festival Promotes City as “Design Capital”

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by Meaghan O’Neill

The event is now in its third year.

First established in 2003 with the mission of “celebrating and promoting London as the creative capital of the world,” the London Design Festival (LDF) is now in its third year. The event, which will be held September 15-30, consists of design-led activities held at various locations—museums, galleries, shops, trade associations, academic settings, and individual design studios, among other locations—throughout the city. In 2005, more than 170 activities were presented, relating to disciplines including architecture, fashion, furniture, textiles, craft, product, digital, interiors, and jewelry.

The 2006 program will include more partners, particularly in retail, and more activities, such as lecture programs, educational initiatives, research programs, exhibitions, and awards.
One of the LDF’s core objectives is to create links between the general public, established industry, and emerging talent. Design, organizers hope, will be at the center of the commercial landscape and cultural consciousness.

“The festival will continue to be a central part of promoting and celebrating London as the creative capital of the world,” says LDF chairman John Sorrell.

Last year, LDF attracted 450,000 visitors; about 170,000 of those were design industry members.

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