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Chairs exhibition at LDF 2023

Tuesday from London Design Festival 2023

The Dezeen team are reporting from the 21st edition of London Design Festival in the British capital (16-24 September). Read on for all the coverage from Tuesday 19 September.


5:00pm Dezeen has spoken to Jan Hendzel Studio founder Jan Hendzel about their 11:11 exhibition, which pairs 11 established designers with 11 emerging designers at this year's LDF.

Emerging talents require nurture

"Our emphasis was on creating a platform to support the grassroots and emerging creators of south London," he explained.

Jan Hendzel at LDF 2023

"By forging new relationships and connecting the established design industry with up-and-coming makers, 11:11 aims to create a more inclusive and diverse future in design."

Hendzel explained how LDF creates space for emerging talents to showcase their work, but often focuses on university-educated designers.

Jan Hendzel's 11:11 exhibition at LDF 2023

"The importance of offering a platform to emerging talent, especially that of grass roots and local level creatives, is to offer empowerment and to demonstrate that design is a profession that can offer meaningful and exciting careers," he said.

Design items on display at 11:11
Column and bench by Alison Crowther, mirror by Jan Hendzel Studio

"When the design festival rolls into town, yes, I believe we do have platforms for emerging creatives, however one big issue is that design shows can be cost prohibitive and often focus on university-educated people, which by default puts the profession at the more elitist end of things.

If you don't have cash or a degree, finding a platform can be difficult

"If you don't have cash or a degree then finding a platform to celebrate your ideas can be difficult."

Exhibits at 11:11 LDF 2023
Frames by Charlotte Kingsnorth

He believes that LDF and others can do more to support emerging talents, and suggests that providing free space for exhibitions and installations would be a way of doing this.

"Emerging talents require nurture, they require safe places to practise their respective disciplines and they require opportunities for growth through connections and collaborations with established practitioners to elevate their craft," Hendzel continued.

sophie sellu object for her brand Grain and Knot
Sophie Sellu object for her brand Grain and Knot. Imagery by BJ Deakin Photography

"A great opportunity would be to find and offer more free spaces to emerging groups, alongside bursaries and support packages in how to promote your event and develop your respective craft within a design district."

Hendzel was speaking with Dezeen editor Tom Ravenscroft.

Mariangel Talamas Leal for 11:11
Mariangel Talamas Leal chair. Image by Amy Frearson.


4.30pm Among the pieces on display in designer Lee Broom's Shoreditch showroom is Chant, a suspended lamp made from Polish pressed-glass bricks, powder-coated steel and extruded aluminium.

lee broom new light LDF 2023
Image by Jane Englefield

According to Broom, the light was designed to be specifically viewed from below and mimic the appearance of glass brick above a basement.

"It has elements of an industrial quality," the designer told Dezeen at his showroom – Jane Englefield

4:00pm To mark the 10th anniversary of Buster + Punch, the design brand has launched its first chair at LDF.

It's us in a chair

Designed by Buster + Punch founder Massimo Buster Minale, the Chopper chair is a reimagining of a 1973 chair designed by his father Marcello Minale – a designer who collaborated with iconic brands including Valentino, Armani and Fendi.

Chopper chair at LDF 2023
Image by Tom Ravenscroft

"It's a beautiful chair, amazing backstory, great design, and in my dad's manufacturing style – which has died in recent years; using oversized metal frames with a little Massimo twist and lovely details," Massimo Buster Minale told Dezeen.

Buster and Punch chair side by side father and son
Marcello Minale in the original 1973 Chopper chair (left) and his son Massimo Buster Minale in the reimagined design and first chair from his studio Buster + Punch

"It comes in a beautiful light black chrome, which is quite unusual, and makes it feels a little bit more futuristic, a bit more fashion."

The chair marks a shift for the brand, which focuses on "home details and functional fittings".

"It's our first chair, which is really exciting because it's a very competitive world – but it's a whole new world," said Massimo Buster Minale.

"Hopefully it all stacks up, and stacks up well – also the chair is stackable," he quipped.

"It's us in a chair – it's very metal heavy, it's very hard to make, it's got some beautiful metal details and leather and has a great story." Read more about the Chopper chair ›


3:30pm Furniture designer Carl Clerkin has revealed a secret show at the SCP showroom in Shoreditch called SCPeep Show, which forms part of the brand's Soft Power exhibition.

SCPeep show at LDF 2023

Spread across a single room concealed by red curtains, the show is a playful imagination of London's first Closed Curtain Club – "established to facilitate the behind-curtain fancying of furniture".

lovely pair of knockers SCPeep show at LDF 2023

There are pieces on display from both established and emerging designers. These include a pair of powder-coated steel door knockers by Michael Marriott titled A Lovely Pair of Knockers and Confession Bucket, a galvanised steel bucket with confession grill holes by Poppy Booth – Jane Englefield

Confession bucket SCPeep show at LDF 2023
Images by Jane Englefield

Discover more details about Soft Power in the Dezeen Events Guide ›


3:00pm This year's London Design Festival has seen a number of brands travel from across the globe to show their designs in the UK capital.

At Tom Dixon's Hypermobile exhibition, New Zealand brand Resident showcased furniture and lighting designs under the title Runway.

chair and lamps at Tom Dixon by Resident LDF 2023

"We're really proud to be here with awesome partners like Tom Dixon," co-founder Scott Bridgens told Dezeen. "This is a unique opportunity for us to engage with the UK design public."

lamp at Tom Dixon by Resident LDF 2023

"The first show that Resident ever did was in 2011 at LDF, so it holds a pretty special place in our heart," he added. "And this is 12 years since the day that we first started our brand so it means a lot to us, it's very sentimental – London's like our home away from home."

Lamps by Resdient New Zealand brand in London for LDF 2023
Images by Cajsa Carlson

Resident's pieces will remain on show at the Tom Dixon space at Coal Drops Yard for six weeks – Cajsa Carlson

Discover more details about Hypermobile in the Dezeen Events Guide ›


2:30pm "An industry that fails to reflect the people it serves will quickly become irrelevant." This is the message behind Design Can's "Are you using your power?" poster campaign dotted around London.

We are challenging you to champion underrepresented talent – at times, you may need to stand aside

The campaign calls for greater equality across the design industry and for it to confront its prejudices and eliminate discrimination.

Design Can poster LDF 2023

"We are challenging you to champion underrepresented talent, commission outside the same old networks and hire for fresh perspectives. At times, you may need to stand aside."

Design Can posters LDF 2023
Images courtesy of Design Can

The posters include a QR code that links to a list of tips for how to implement change when commissioning or recruiting, as well as acknowledging one's own privileges and empowering others – Max Fraser


2:00pm In LDF's newest design district, Dalston to Stokey, IKEA and H&M are showcasing projects created by the second cohort of their creative incubator programme Atelier100.

Atelier100 popup

Created locally by 22 emerging London designers, the products include a bench shaped like a bike saddle from sculptor Jess Flood-Paddock and a chair made from storm-felled London plane trees and 3D-printed rocks from the bottom of the Thames by architecture studio CAN.

CAN chair at Atelier100 popup
CAN chairs featuring 3D-printed rocks from the bottom of the Thames. Images by Jennifer Hahn

"What we were looking for is to actually get a more diverse crowd of creatives working for us," IKEA's Marcus Engman told Dezeen.

"The intent with Atelier100 is to find another creative scene that more represents the many people that are actually buying from our companies," he added.

"London is one of the most diverse cities in the world, so it's really interesting to see what we can do here."

Discover more details about Atelier100 in the Dezeen Events Guide ›


1:00pm The Vitra and Artek Hackability of the Stool exhibition at the Vitra showroom showcases 100 variations of Alvar Aalto's Stool 60, each presented in a new form or offering an alternative function.

Hackability of the stool by Vitra for LDF
Image by Taran Wilkhu

Reinventions of the stool include it serving as a table, record player, wine and glass holder, vase, ironing board and clock, while functional stools are covered in faux fur or feature rocking chair legs – Sophie Chapman

Discover more details about Hackability of the Stool in the Dezeen Events Guide ›


12:00pm Tom Dixon, Amanda Talbot and Dezeen's Max Fraser gathered in Dixon's new Broadcast Studio, housed in the brand's HQ in King's Cross.

The trio recorded a discussion centred around Tilly, the world's first AI designer developed by Talbot and her design practice Studio Snoop.

Max Fraser and Tom Dixon at LDF

Tilly has designed five "nature-centred" products, the prototypes of which are on display at Dixon's HQ during LDF.

The discussion focused on the scope and limitations of AI tools in the development of new design projects. The recording will be available to watch as part of Dixon's broadcast series from the festival – Max Fraser


11:30am Through the door to the garden of Centre 151, a Southeast Asian community charity space in Hackney, Dezeen's Tian Lin discovered the exhibition Mother Goddess of the Three Realms, which presents works, crafts and knowledge of rope-making from UK and Vietnam-based artists and craftspeople.

Making yarn is old and universal

This cross-cultural exhibition – including interactive displays – celebrates the shared heritage of rope-making techniques, from the ancient to the modern.

Mother Goddess of the Three Realms exhibition LDF 2023

"It's also about the relationship with the land, working with the land and sourcing local materials, looking at practitioners from both countries, of different generations but doing very similar things," curator Vickie Hayward told Dezeen.

Mother Goddess of the Three Realms exhibition LDF 2023

As part of the exhibition a film plays showcasing how Blue Hmong craftswomen of Pa Co Village in Vietnam make ropes and how a maypole-dance-like performance developed from this creative process.

Mother Goddess of the Three Realms exhibition LDF 2023
Images by Tian Lin

"Making yarn is old and universal. The craftswomen know so much about yarn and weaving and we do know as well in our way. Together we were thinking through making, and building a bond regardless of language and geographic barriers,’ said Yesenia Thibault-Picazo, one of the artists behind the film.

Discover more details about Mother Goddess of the Three Realms in the Dezeen Events Guide ›


10:45am Speaking on a panel at the opening of her brightly colourful Nice to Meet You Again installation, which was created in partnership with car brand Mini, Morag Myerscough explained how electric cars were changing city. Not only are they improving air quality, but also sound quality.

I love how electrification changes the sound of the city

"I'm very pro electrification as I love how it changes the sound of the city," she said.

She continued by explaining how she created the installation, which contains bright building-like forms and lots of planting, to offer a glimpse into an alternative way of living in the city.

Morag Myerscough panel discussion at LDF
Image by Tom Ravenscroft

Myerscough recalled her experience of the pandemic when she was first able to hear birds in the city. She believes this could become common in a future where the noise of fossil fuel-powered cars has disappeared, so she included bird song as part of the audio for the installation.

"The installation comes from being a Londoner and imagining how we can live slightly differently," she said.

We are in a golden age of design

The talk continued to discuss the wider impacts of technology, with fellow panelist LDF director Ben Evans optimistic about the potential of AI and emerging technologies.

"We are in a golden age of design," he said. "AI is a tool not a competitor."

"It is about learning to use technology in a way that doesn't control us," he continued. "There are a lot of positive things about now, and it is about embracing and understanding these."

Discover more details about Nice To Meet You Again in the Dezeen Events Guide ›


10:30am Also from last night, Dezeen welcomed over 180 guests to celebrate London Design Festival at hotel One Hundred Shoreditch.

Guests enjoyed the sunset over the London skyline, with drinks provided by Laurent Perrier.

The london skyline from the rooftop of 100 Shoreditch

The party also celebrated Time Is Running Out, an exhibition hosted by Dezeen in partnership with One Hundred Shoreditch, Omse and PlasticFree – Chater Paul Jordan

Images by Jennifer Hahn

Discover more details about Time is Running Out in the Dezeen Events Guide ›


10:00am Nearly 200 individuals from across London's design scene came together last night for the announcement of the winners of this year's London Design Medal.

London Design Festival's annual award celebrates individuals who have made a significant contribution to design in the capital as well as further afield.

London Design Medal 2023 presentation

Dezeen's editorial director Max Fraser attended the dinner and ceremony at the Christopher Wren-designed St Stephen Walbrook Church in the heart of the City of London.

The London Design Medal was given to Hanif Kara, the design director and co-founder of AKT II.

Read about all the winners ›

pOor collective at London Design Medal 2023
Shawn Adams, surrounded by members of POoR Collective (Power Out of Restriction), accept the Emerging Design Medal – awarded to a London-based social enterprise. Images Max Fraser


9:30am Sustainably made pasta, a first-aid kit for furniture and a power bank for rough sleepers – charged using London's Santander city bikes – are among the projects featured in the Design Transforms exhibition at Central Saint Martins.

Design Transforms exhibition at CSM for LDF 2023

It brings together a range of work made over the last decade by students, alumni and staff of CSM's product, ceramic and industrial design programme, exploring how design can make a positive social impact.

Design Transforms exhibit from CSM for LDF 2023
Images by Jennifer Hahn

The show celebrates ten years since the course was awarded the Queen's Anniversary Prize – the highest national honour that can be awarded to an educational institutions, rewarding an outstanding contribution to the UK's creative economy – Jennifer Hahn

Discover more details about Design Transforms in the Dezeen Events Guide ›


8:30am The Dezeen team reported from Monday at London Design Festival yesterday (18 September).

Dezeen Events Guide has created a London Design Festival 2023 guide, highlighting the key events at the festival this year.

Dezeen's Jane Englefield has been to see the Prototype/In Process exhibition of chairs by established and emerging designers at Borough Yards.

Chair from abandoned arm rests LDF 2023
Sara Afonso Sternberg's chair design

Located under a railway arch next to London Bridge station, the exhibition is made up of 1:1 scale, sculptural chair-prototypes or models still in progress.

Shrink wrapped skin chiar LDF 2023
Daniel Widrig's chair design

The show features a range of projects, including an aluminium chair by Sara Afonso Sternberg made from anti homeless armrests salvaged from park benches and a lumpy, 3D-printed armchair covered in a digitally shrink-wrapped skin by Daniel Widrig.

Clay pipe chair LDF 2023
Images by Jane Englefield

Exhibiting both established and emerging designers, the show highlights the shifting boundaries of what a chair can be.

Discover more details about Prototype/In Process in the Dezeen Events Guide ›


To keep you up to date, Dezeen Events Guide has created a London Design Festival 2023 guide, highlighting the key events at the festival.

Read about everything that happened on the opening day (Friday 15 September) and on Monday (18 September).

All times are London time.

The lead image is by Jane Englefield from the Prototype/In Process exhibition at Borough Yards.