September 6, 2017

The EJP London Design Festival Guide | Talks

Design talks can educate and inspire you so it’s nice to add a few of them to your festival plans – who knows you may learn something new?

With the EJP guide to #LDF17, you can navigate through the best installations, workshops, talks, exhibitions & design districts this London Design Festival. These are the inspiring talks I’ll be trying to attend (although apologies that some do clash) – who’s coming with me?


Design Salon with Yinka Ilori, Ruth Ossai, Lakwena, Wale Adeyemi and Terence Sambo at Now Gallery, London Design Festival

1 // Design Salon with Yinka Ilori, Ruth Ossai, Lakwena, Wale Adeyemi and Terence Sambo

Yinka Ilori and NOW Gallery will lead a public conversation on how collaboration and culture can influence new ideas in Design. Yinka, Ruth Ossai, Lakwena, Wale Adeyemi and Terence Sambo will take a seat at a specially designed table to discuss multiculturalisms influence on London’s unique design DNA and we’re all invited. The Salon will also showcase ‘Not all that Glitters is Gold’ by Yinka Ilori; an installation that invites the audience to choose a seat instinctively. These chairs aren’t what they seem- who will choose aesthetics, comfort or functionality?

Thursday 21st September, 6pm -10pm
NOW Gallery, Gateway Pavilion, Greenwich Peninsula SE10
Nearest Tube: North Greenwich
RSVP essential:

2 // The methodology of colour with Coloro

They had me at colour. Headed by Ann-Kristin Kassler, Head of Colour & Advisory at Coloro, this workshop/talk will explore how people see colour and how it affects purchasing decisions; how to speak the future language of colour; how to strengthen your brand or collection by using a brand new colour analysis format. Tickets are being snapped up quickly so make sure you grab yours now.

Tuesday 19th September, 12pm – 3pm
Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Rd, SW7 2RL London
Nearest Tube: South Kensington
Free, Book tickets here.

3 // Design as a Force for Social Change

Can design change the world? Should it? Chaired by Catherine Flood, curator at the Victoria & Albert Museum, this talk will bring together Dr Catharine Rossi, Professor Alan Male and Dr Russell Bestley to debate design’s potential to change the world for good or evil, and the responsibility of designers, both professional and amateur, to use their creative powers for positive ends. Tickets include a drinks reception and will be held at Bloomsbury Publishing which should be good for the interior alone.

Thursday 21st September, 6pm – 8pm
Bloomsbury Publishing, 50 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3DP
Nearest Tube: Tottenham Court Road
£15 adults /£10 concessions, Book tickets here.

4 // Real-world advice for accelerating your design business

We all know hard it is to start a new business and going to talks and meeting like minded creatives can be the start of something special. Whilst there’s been an explosion in support for UK software businesses, product-focused businesses have been somewhat left behind. CRL’s London Design Festival event will offer practical advice from industry experts on how to fund, market and develop your idea, whether you’re starting out or looking to diversify an existing business. Industry experts will be on hand to cover all of the key intel needed by someone looking to turn their idea into a business: from figuring out if your idea is commercially viable, to getting it into stores to what the future of the industry is likely to look like. It might be a little out of town for Londoner but perfect for those on the outskirts and looking to give Zone 1 a miss!

Thursday 21st September,  – 
Central Research Laboratory, 252 Blyth Road, Hayes, UB3 1HA
Nearest Train station: Hayes & Harlington
Reserve tickets here.

5 // ART AND SOUL: creativity, community and changing London

I think it’s pretty important to consider community when it comes to design so I’m pleased to see Brixton Design Trail actively encouraging people to get together and discuss creative politics. Will this vital, vibrant art district lose the creatives that made it up-and -coming? Join Brixton creatives, activists and local government for an incendiary evening of discussion about art, place-making and politics. Even if you’re not a resident, it should be a good one. 


Monday 18th September, 6:30pm – 9:30pm
The Department Store, 248 Ferndale Road, London, SW9 8FR
Nearest Tube: Brixton
Book tickets.

6 // Women making waves in Design | W.A Green x Giannina Capitani

Design store W.A.Green will be presenting a showcase of female talent across London Design festival but I’m most intrigued to see the talk with Giannina Capitani. From Italian – Scottish ancestry Giannina is known for juxtaposing bold, colourful, graphic pattern with luxurious tactile knitwear. Using her heritage as a starting point she draws inspiration from Italian design and combines it with Scottish textile tradition. One to take note of.

Sunday 17th September, 2.30pm-3.30pm
9-10 Charlotte Rd, London EC2A 3DH,
Nearest Tube: Old Street / Shoreditch High Street

Want to see more LDF content? Explore the full EJP London Design Festival Guide or head straight to your interests – just click for Exhibitions, Workshops, Installations, Design Districts and Design Shows.


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Emma Jane Palin is a freelance art consultant, interior stylist and multi-award-winning blogger residing in Margate, UK. She has worked with various home and lifestyle brands not limited to West Elm, Apple, John Lewis, Habitat, MADE, Caran D'Ache + No.3 Gin. Emma is also a regular contributor to Hunker where she writes about design trends and interior advice.

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