London Design Festival celebrates tenth year

This year’s London Design Festival, which is publicly and privately funded, is marking its ten year anniversary with a number of key events across the capital that will be visited by around 350,000 people. The majority of the events have free admission.

The popular show, which lasts ten days, begins on September 14th and is a must for people planning to stay in luxury London hotels this month as it showcases some of the work of the world’s top designers in more than 200 events.

Boris Johnson, the mayor of London, said: “From our sleek and fabulous new bus for London to the iconic golden beauty of the Olympic torch, the design industry is a crucial part of London’s vibrancy as well as its success and future prosperity.

“That is why I am delighted to be backing the London Design Festival, which is an unrivalled showcase of some of the best creative ideas from the UK and around the world.”

One of the new events for the 2012 London Design Festival is the introduction of the Global Design Forum at the Central Stain Martins College of Art and Design in Kings Cross on September 18th.

It is hoped that the forum will encourage discussion on current and future design and will include talks from keynote speakers such as Vicky Richardson, the director of architecture, design and fashion at the British Council and Alberto Alessi, the president of Alessi.

The majority of the events involved in the festival will take place at the Victoria & Albert Museum but there are also talks and installations at other central London venues including the Royal Hospital Chelsea, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Townhouse at Belgrave Square.

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