Beginning next weekend, under the banner of the London Design Festival, exhibitors, design enthusiasts, industry experts, refurbishers and renovators flock to London to immerse themselves in all things interior design. Here’s our compilation of the main events beginning with trade fair Decorex, celebrating its 40th year and open to the public from 17th September
Decorex, Syon House, 16th – 19th September
A leading international exhibition of wallpaper, lighting, flooring, furniture and interior fabric, showcasing the new season’s ranges. Rooms sets, talks, seminars from industry experts and a space to socialise, all set against the backdrop of the beautiful Syon House near Twickenham. Of particular interest is Future Heritage, a carefully selected group of designers representing the pinnacle of British Making.
A ticketed event open to the public from 17th September, go to the website here.
100% Design, 19th – 22nd September
Billed as the destination for architects and designers to discover interior design trends and emerging talent during London Design Festival. From the West Kensington Design District, where leading design destinations and special behind the scenes events at the Victoria & Albert Museum and the former Post Office Savings Bank HQ, Blythe House, will be on offer, to 100% Forward, showcasing emerging talent & 100% Futures, bringing you the best of design for city living, there is something for everyone with an interest in interior design.
Find out more about the 100% Design programme of events here.
Focus/18, 16 – 21st September
Focus/18 at The Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour (also home to the prestigious KLC School of Design) is universally recognised as a primary destination for creative excellence, bringing together thousands of tastemakers from the worlds of interior design, architecture and style. The theme that underpins this year’s event is ‘Colour’ and ‘Journey of Colour’ a specially commissioned installation from Moritz Waldemeyer, promises an immersive experience of light, colour and movement.
Aimed at trade and retail visitors as well as those on the hunt for interior design inspiration, Focus/18 has demonstrations, workshops, meet the maker events and showcases work from emerging innovators and skilled artisans alongside the retail showrooms of some of the world’s leading interior brands.
Entry is free. Find out about the programme of events here.
designjunction 20th – 21st September
Showcasing the very best in furniture, lighting and product design from around the world during the annual London Design Festival, Design Junction at London’s Southbank offers a mix of global furniture, lighting, accessory, material and technology brands alongside pop-up shops, installations, and interactive features from more than 200 brands and leading design professionals. Primarily a trade show, you can register for public entry and pick up something unique to complete an interior design scheme of your own.
You can find out more about the exhibitors and speakers at the event here.
London Design Fair, 20th – 23rd September
And over on the other side of town, in the creative heart of East London, the London Design Fair at the Old Truman Brewery is a four-day industry event with 550 exhibitors from 36 countries aimed at retail buyers, architects, interior designers and the design-savvy public attend to check out and the very latest furniture, lighting, textiles, materials and conceptual installations from around the world.
Register for a ticket and find out more here.
Home Building & Renovating Show, London, 21st – 23rd September
For self-builders, renovators and DIY enthusiasts the established Home Building & Renovating Show at ExCel offers tailored advice from homebuilding experts to help you navigate everything from the initial planning process to the latest build products, extension advice to showcasing contemporary kitchens and bathrooms.
Whatever stage of your home refurbishment or redecorating project you may be at, there is bound to be something at this year’s London Design Festival that inspires and excites you. For events later in the year, take at look at this post for the full round up.