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London Design Festival: 5 Incredible Exhibitions Not to Miss

The London Design Festival in September is an incredible time of year for discovering new talent in the design industry, from the most pioneering products to architecture, art and graphic design.

This year Forbes & Lewis have our eye on several exhibitions being held across London that are definitely worth taking time out to visit. There are so many to choose from so it was hard to pick, but, as British fashion designers, our inspiration comes from classic, quality & useable creations. That’s what we’ve focussed on when rounding up our 5 unmissable exhibitions.

Designed at Talisman

Dates: September 15th - October 6th - 2017


This is an exhibition that lovers of great interior design won’t want to miss. For a few weeks, Talisman’s vintage emporium on New Kings Road will be transformed into a ‘designer house’ in which a host of top designers will take over a room within the house and transform it using Talisman’s own collection of unique, curated and bespoke pieces.

Talisman have put together 8 leading interior and fashion designers, bloggers and artists for their unique designer house installation. The 8 designers including Luke Edward Hall, Natalia Miyar, Carden Cunietti, Philip Colbert, Maurizio Pellizoni for Drummonds, interiors blogger Martyn White, fashion designer Olivia Von Halle and florist Hayley Newstead.

Tinned Aprons at Calvert Ave

Dates: September 16th - September 29th - 2017


Make your way down to this exhibition to get your hands on one of these burnt orange waxed cotton aprons by respected accessories brand Ally Capellino. This collaboration with Shoreditch restaurant Lyle’s for Making for Change is, for us, a must visit. Like Forbes & Lewis, Ally Capellino also creates timeless, quality and discreet designs for the ‘discerning modern consumer’.

Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion

Dates: September 16th - September 24th - 2017


As one of the most iconic fashion designers, Spanish couturier Cristóbal Balenciaga has an incredible legacy of pieces, 100 of which are on display at this exhibition. We’re invited to examine these creations by ‘the master’ of couture, his protégées and also contemporary fashion designers working within the same craft.

Design London: Design, Craftsmanship, Detail

Dates: September 20- September 23rd - 2017


Design, craftsmanship and detail, for us, are important elements of creating timeless and quality bags and accessories. This exhibition looks at and celebrates these qualities in furniture and interior design, showcasing the ‘very best’ examples of this ethos.

 The selection was exclusive and less than 14 brands have been chosen to contribute to the exhibition and it ‘promises to be the stand out commercial presentation at the London Design Festival for like-minded brands to work collectively.’

OurOwnsKIN - Material Anatomies in Design

Dates: September 20th - 2017 (requires booking)


Although traditional design and concepts play a big part in what we do, we’re always interested in new developments in the world of materials. Inspired by more than just fashion; design, biological anthropology and 3D print have come together to create 3D printed footwear inspired by human foot skin structures.

In an exploration of how in the future we may use our own biology as the basis for functional design and the importance of designers in pushing the boundaries of digital production.

The Launch of Soane, Britain’s Autumn 2017 Collection

Dates: September 16th - September 24th


Every product in Soane Britain is made in Britain in small workshops that excel in traditional crafts. These producers - skilled in iron forging, chair making, saddlery and precision engineering - create proud, timeless, heritage pieces.