London Design Festival is back for 2020 and whilst it’s reduced in scale because of the pandemic (with some events moving totally online), it’s still going to be a big celebration of all things design. Here are our top installations and exhibitions to see this LDF…

The Fandangoe Kid | Staircase of Dreams

Part of the William Morris Design Line that runs through Walthamstow, The Fandangoe Kid has created this staircase mural at Waltham Forest College in collaboration with a group of its students, developed during Zoom workshops during lockdown, to explore themes of unity and activism through design.

Sat 12th – Sun 20th September 2020
Waltham Forest College, 707 Forest Rd, Walthamstow, London E17 4JB~

Studio Weave | The Hothouse

Taking inspo from Victorian glasshouses, London-based practice Studio Weave, with help from garden designer Tom Massey is installing The Hothouse at International Quarter London in Stratford. The structure will provide a controlled habitat to grow crops (like guava, sugarcane, avocado, quinoa and pineapple) that would not normally survive in the UK to showcase the effects of climate change.

Sat 12th – Sun 20th September 2020
Redman Place, International Quarter London, E20 1JQ

Tom Dixon | Octagon

The Tom Dixon Coal Office HQ will be transformed into eight architectural spaces, including a pop-up bar to showcase the new barware collection, a disco, a lounge with products from the new FAT range, a perfumery lab with a candle refilling station, a pattern exhibition and an S-chair museum, to honour the design’s 30th anniversary.

Sat 12th – Sun 20th September 2020
Coal Drops Yard, Stable Street, London N1C 4AB

Marlene Huissoud | Unity

French artist Marlene Huissoud has created Unity, an installation in Coal Drops Yard that requires visitors to stand in a circle around the piece and use foot pumps to bring it to life. It’s all about working together because if no one is pumping, the work will lose its power and deflate.

Sat 12th – Sun 20th September 2020
Coal Drops Yard, Kings Cross, London, N1C 4AB

Architecture for Dogs

The internationally acclaimed Architecture for Dogs exhibition is coming to Japan House during LDF (and staying there for a few months so you’ll have plenty of time to see it). The show features 16 designs by world-class architects created for different breeds of dog, to highlight the relationship between people and their pooches.

From Sat 19th September 2020
101-111 Kensington High Street, London, W8 5SA


The pandemic and resulting lockdown had an impact on the way everybody worked, designers included, and this project explores the ways in which designers and craftspeople have had to adapt their practices. Nine designers will create a table and seating that suits their new way of home life, which will be displayed virtually together during LDF and then physically together at the Design Museum later in the autumn.

Sat 12th – Sun 20th September 2020