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London Design Festival: the best bits

The annual celebration of all things craft returns to the capital this September. Here's what not to miss at London Design Festival 2016

Brixton Design Trail

The London Design Festival spans dozens of locations, includes hundreds of exhibits and has one clear mission: to prove that our city is the capital of design. The majority of events take place from September 17-25 2016 and it's the perfect chance to explore craft and design at its very best. With some mighty London museums at the helm and loads of events in 'design districts' across town, where do you start? We've picked the highlights below so you can design your ideal visit to London Design Festival.

Explore London Design Festival 2016

RIBA Regent Street Windows Project

For a seventh year, retail windows on Regent Street will look even more splendid thanks to the Royal Institute of British Architects who are filling them with striking installations for the world to admire. Find out what else is happening at this year's London Design Festival.

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Various venues in Regent St , Oxford Street Monday September 5 2016 - Sunday September 25 2016

The Green Room

The V&A has hosted an impressive selection of London Design Festival events and exhibitions over the last seven years and in 2016, it's set to do the same again. A monumental installation created by design studio Glithero in collaboration with luxury watch maker Panerai will fill one of the 17.5 metre drop stairwells will silicone cords, each of which are connected to a central rotating device.

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V&A , Brompton Saturday September 17 2016 - Sunday September 25 2016

The Smile

This mighty hardwood structure is one of the landmark installations for this year's London Design Festival. It's been created by architect Alison Brooks, and despite the giant, curved structure looking like it should start rocking at any minute, the piece is designed to be entirely motionless. Visitors can step inside the 'weightless funnel of space' to discover an interior dappled with sunlight.

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Chelsea College of Arts , Westminster Saturday September 17 2016 - Sunday September 25 2016

Brixton Design Trail

Admire installations, learn about crafts and shop for beautifully designed products with the help of the Brixton Design Trail, a collection of events taking place as part of London Design Festival. Highlights include an installation of pajaki (traditional Polish decorations), a walking tour exploring the Animating Brixton series and a special edition of Crafty Fox Market.

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Various Brixton venues , Stockwell Saturday September 17 2016 - Sunday September 25 2016

Decorex International

This enormous luxury design and interiors show takes place in the suitably elegant setting of Syon Park once again, with this year's theme celebrating the roots of design. Expect interactive areas, seminars hosted by industry experts, an entrance designed by Tim Gosling and a champagne bar created by 1508 London.

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Syon Park , Brentford End Sunday September 18 2016 - Wednesday September 21 2016

100% Design

The annual, up-to-the-minute interiors, design and architectural fair which spotlights both new and established names returns to its new home in Olympia for its 26th year. 2016's theme is 'Experience' so exhibits will explore the ways in which design can guide, frame and improve how we live and work.

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Olympia London , West Kensington Wednesday September 21 2016 - Saturday September 24 2016


Four hubs surrounding Central Saint Martins will host  luxury design brands showcasing everything from furniture and lighting, to fashion accessories and textiles. Granary Square will see pop-up immersive design concepts housed in red monopoly buildings and interactive installations and demonstrations will operate from within the entrance.

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Granary Square , King's Cross Thursday September 22 2016 - Sunday September 25 2016

Tent London & Super Brands London

These two trade shows are a great opportunity to catch up with the freshest design ideas from across the globe, showing work from both well-established and emerging practices. Around 450 exhibitors from 29 countries will be represented this year, with some countries presenting work in their own dedicated pavilions.

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Old Truman Brewery , Brick Lane Thursday September 22 2016 - Sunday September 25 2016

London Design Festival at LCC

Discover what's in store for the future of service design through talks, workshops and an exhibition at LCC. There's also an exploration into innovative set design and the chance to catch a truly fantastic exhibition of posters by graphic designer Ivan Chermayeff, following its run at the De La Warr last year. Find out what else is happening at this year's London Design Festival.

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London College of Communication , Elephant and Castle Saturday September 17 2016 - Saturday September 24 2016

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By: Phoebe Trimingham