Friends & Co at LDF 2014


A stellar list of architects and designers brought together by the American Hardwood Export Council and Benchmark Furniture collaborate to create a compelling installation, The Wish List, which will be exhibited at the V&A during the 2014 London Design Festival (13-21 September). Paul Smith, Norman Foster, Amanda Levete, John Pawson, Alison Brooks, Zaha Hadid, Alex de Rijke, Richard and Ab Rogers, and Allen Jones have all indicated what product they long for. Sebastian Cox will design a workspace for Terence Conran, Norie Matsumoto is creating the perfect pencil sharpener for Norman Foster whilst Win Assakul is designing an extendable fruit bowl for Amanda Levete. The sisters that form Studio Areti are designing three items for John Pawson, a triangle shelf, slanted door and a hook. Felix de Pass is designing kitchen stools for Alison Brooks whilst Gareth Neal tackles tableware for Zaha Hadid. Fashion icon Paul Smith has asked Nathalie de Leval for a garden shed, whilst Barnby & Day are hard at work on a dining table for Alex de Rijke. Richard Rogers with Ab Rogers have requested a ladder from Xenia Moseley and Lola Lely is designing a chaise longue for Allen Jones.

Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL


The London-based, Finnish design company Klaus Haapaniemi expands its product portfolio for the London Design Festival. New launches include brass and walnut pendant lights, hand-printed Japanese ceramics, new textiles and a special wood upholstered chair in collaboration with the sustainable Finnish wood furniture brand, Nikari. A theatrical daytime ‘pyjama party’ will be held at the Finnish Ambassador’s Residence incorporating all new product in the incredible setting of the historical house beside Kensington Gardens. Throughout the entire festival visitors are also encouraged to view the new collections and indulge in cake at the Klaus Haapaniemi store in Shoreditch.

Finnish Ambassador’s Residence daytime pyjama party: 14 Kensington Palace Gardens, W8 18th September and 19th September, 10am – 5pm

Klaus Haapaniemi new collections and installation with Nikari: 81 Redchurch Street E2 7DJ

13th – 21st September, 11am – 7pm

Late night event 16th until 9pm


During London Design Festival 2014, Bocci collaborates with Mallett to curate several installations amidst the legendary Mallett collection of antiques in the Mayfair showroom. Of special note is a large bespoke 57 chandelier in the main stairwell, which receives in this unique application a one-way mirror coating. When off, each individual piece reflects its neighbours, and the textures of the antiques nearby, hinting at infinity. When illuminated, the internal universe of each piece comes to life. A tangle of black coaxial cable trails after the light sources that constantly shift from an imposing presence in a room to discrete strands articulating the divergent vectors of individual pendants. Also in the space will be clusters of Bocci’s celebrated 19s, which in texture, material (a pure brass objet used as a type of reflector light source) and spirit seem to speak the same aesthetic language as many of the Mallet antiques.

Ely House, 37 Dover Street, London, W1S 4NJ 020 7499 7411


In its second London Design Festival outing, Wrong for Hay will launch some lighting pieces in the company’s new St James’s showroom, alongside key items from the Milan 2014 launch. In addition, a pop-up restaurant will be held for five evenings, with all food concepts being created by the sought-after Helsinki chef and restaurateur Antto Melasniemi. There will also be a HAY mini market pop up at Selfridges, the first one ever in the UK, which will run through until Christmas.

34 Queen Anne’s Gate, London SW1H 9AB


LDF is the platform for the European launch of The Saturday Market Project, an online creative hub for participatory design. Part design inspiration, and part materials and design-kit shop, The Saturday Market Project is a haven for those who take a hands-on, high-quality and sometimes high-tech approach to design and materials. Whether it’s a solid brass thimble made in France or sheepskins from the only registered organic tannery in the UK, every product in the online shop has been selected for its quality and provenance.

Its make-your-own kits, called ‘SMP CoLab’, encourage people to explore a particular tool, material or technique using top end and often hard-to-source materials. They share the knowledge of designers, craftspeople and artists towards a beautiful end result.

These kits will not only be for sale in the pop up Making Shop, but will form the basis of many of the hands-on activities and bookable master-classes running daily in the space. In addition, an evolving, interactive making exhibition will be created during the pop up. New furniture designs by Very Good and Proper will also be launched and available for sale.

Examples of make-your-own SMP CoLab kits available during LDF include:

  • Wooden Spatula Carving Kit, a detailed introduction to knife carving with popular London-based craftsman, Barn the Spoon (RRP £47)
  • Waxed Paper Diamond Kite Kit (good to do with children), involves making tessellating paper patterns and constructing a classic kite (RRP £9.50)

73 Leonard Street, EC2A 4QS

Tuesday 16th / 10am – 10pm,

Wednesday 17th to Saturday 20th / 10am – 7pm

Sunday 21st / 10am – 5pm

Master Classes: Dates and times have yet to be set, but there will be at least one each day and several on Sat & Sun