All You Need to Know About Visiting the London Interior Show 2019

Wanting to make the most of your trip to the London Interior Show? Look no further as we navigate you through London’s booming design district in this handy guide. 

Taking place during the London Design Festival, there are plenty of opportunities to discover less exhibited designers whilst exploring all the design capital of the world has to offer. Our coveted location within the luxury Chelsea Harbour Hotel is the prime hub for events, dining locations and hotels that will make for an unforgettable visit.

LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL

Running from the 14th - 22nd September 2019, the festival welcomes the countries most inspirational designers to host of a range of projects, trade-shows, installations and events in celebration of design.

Highlights for this year include:

  • The Landmark Project Please Be Seated by Paul Cocksedge on Broadgate’s Finsbury Avenue Square, a curvaceous take on outdoor public seating.

  • Walala Lounge crafted by French designer Camille Walala, a bold patterned collection of 11 beautiful geometric benches covering Mayfair's South Molton Street.

  • A selection of original projects displayed at one of the world’s most notorious art and design museums the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A).

EXHIBITIONS AND EVENTS

VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM

When:  Museum opening times include 10:00 - 17:45 Monday - Thursday and 10:00 - 22:00 Friday

Where: Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road

Experience the London Design Festival at the V&A with a free guided tour (17th - 21st September, London Design Festival Desk (Grand Entrance) at 12:00, 14:00 and 16:00 on weekdays, in addition to 18:00 and 19:30 on Friday) or book a private tour here.

Get the most out of the V&A during this week by visiting their latest collection of projects, including:

MARY QUANT

Image:  V&A

Image: V&A

For those interested in a vibrant taste of fashion, book the Mary Quant exhibition at the V&A for just £12 to view over 200 pieces of rebellious, energetic fashion garments and accessories from the designer's selection and unseen personal archive. At only a 15-minute car ride away, the V&A is a perfect location for the artistic minded.

SAATCHI GALLERY: I-MADE

When: 19th - 22nd September 2019

Where: Saatchi Gallery/Museum of Contemporary Art

Image:  I-MADE

Image: I-MADE

Just a few days after the London Interior Show, explore the wonders of Italian craftsmanship during the I-MADE exhibition. Curated by Giulio Cappellini, this contemporary exhibition displayed within the Saatchi Gallery highlights the true passion and tradition within Italian design. Exhibiting the most iconic brands and designers from Italy, this is the place to go for exceptional inspiration in both traditional and contemporary Italian expertise. After strolling through the gallery, why not enjoy afternoon tea in the charming cafe or dine in the award-winning restaurant Gallery Mess. Located just a 17 minute walk from the Chelsea Harbour Hotel, the restaurant boasts a wide range of options, with its Italian inspired à la carte menu, Sunday roast menu and canapé selection, making a perfect dining location for all occasions.

LIFE-LABRINTH LAUNCH EVENT

When: 18th September 2019

Where: Westminster Cathedral Piazza

Discover the soothing powers of design with the Life Labyrinth Launch Event.

Join PATTERNITY co-founders Anna Murray and Grace Whiteringham in celebrating their new “Life Labrinth” immersive installation from 12:30 - 13:30pm for a relaxing lunchtime workshop on the symbolism and meaning of spirals and ancient labyrinths within modern life, or at 18:00 - 19:30 for an inspiring talk on the enhancement of wellbeing through pattern and design. Visit victoriaconnections.london for more information and to book your space (spaces limited).

LONDON COLLEGE OF FASHION, UAL

When: 20th - 21st September 2019, Open view Friday - Saturday, 11:00 - 18:00

Where: Old Chelsea Sorting Office, 90-100 Sydney Street

Meet the new generation of artists, designers and practitioners at the Artefact Footwear Patterns Futures exhibition. Explore the minds of the MA graduates in this provocative and conceptual display of mixed media, crafts and installations. Located just a 30 minute walk away from the London Interior Show, this is the perfect opportunity to connect with the younger generation of designers.

AESTHETICS AND ETHICS

When: 18th September 2019, 16:00 - 17:30

Where: de Le Cuona store, Pimlico

Image:  de Le Cuona

Be inspired by sustainability in style during the Aesthetics and Ethics talk. With the recent surge in environmental awareness leading to the sustainability movement, Bernie de Le Cuona hosts an in-depth discussion with other specialists in sustainable and biophilic design. Influenced by the belief that beauty originates in nature, de Le Cuona created her unique collection and in this talk describes how her respect for natural materials enabled the sustainable production of her beautiful interior fabrics. Located just a 10-minute taxi ride away from the London Interior Show, this is an incredibly valuable event for the eco-conscious.

MATERIAL CONNECTIONS

When: 14th and 16th - 22nd September 2019, 10:00 - 18:00

Where: The Koppel Project, 49 Poland Street, Soho

Discover the narrative behind making with the Material Connections exhibition and workshop series. Curated by Abbie Adams at The Koppel Project, this unique exhibition highlights a variety of emerging artists, designers and craftsmen who use materials to spark conversation into wider areas of interest. Why not dive into a hands-on workshop attempting each craftsmen's practice during various workshops run throughout the Design week.

ENID MARX

When: 15 - 16th and 18 - 22nd September 2019, 10:00 -18:00

Where: 2 Granary Square, King’s Cross

Take a trip underground with Enid Marx: Coinciding with the 20th anniversary of her death, the London Design Festival gives you the perfect excuse for the final viewing of Enid Marx’s exhibition of illustrations and textile designs. Notorious for her design of fabrics for the London Underground, a visit to this collection is well worth the trip to explore mid-century design.

WHERE TO STAY

CHELSEA HARBOUR HOTEL

This 5-star luxury hotel is the obvious choice for those wanting a top grade stay. With the Interior Show hosted within the same walls and the beautiful alfresco dining and bar service, you’ll find it hard to venture out! All rooms have a magnificent view of the Marina, access to the indoor pool and wellness centre and 24-hour concierge and room service. Treat yourself to an unforgettable London Design Festival experience with a stay at one of the Chelsea Harbour Hotel suites!

SYDNEY HOUSE CHELSEA

This quirky boutique hotel located just a 10-minute drive away from the London Interior Show is an ideal option for those wanting a relaxed homely visit. Taking pride in its great location, Sydney House hotel boasts a mere walk to the V&A and a 13-minute walk to the Saatchi Gallery.

Enjoy a tasty breakfast from £15 - £20 combined with enviable reviews and fantastic service, this perfectly situated mid-range hotel is an ideal option for those not wanting to spend a fortune on their trip.

WHERE TO EAT

MEGAN’S KINGS ROAD, FULHAM

Image:  Megan’s

Image: Megan’s

Voted the most romantic restaurant in London, Megan’s Cafe and Grill is an ideal location to unwind after a long day at the London Interior Show. Located just 10 minutes walk away from Chelsea Harbour Hotel, sit outside in the year-round garden and enjoy al fresco dining or relax in the romantically lit upstairs nook. This Mediterranean style cuisine with famous all-day brunch options will bring a memorable experience to your stay in London.

BROMPTON FOOD MARKET, SOUTH KENSINGTON

Brompton Food Market is a friendly independent cafe, deli and grocer which is very easily accessible from South Kensington Tube station. The gorgeous hidden garden in the back allows bliss privacy away from the booming London streets, perfect for a quiet lunch or afternoon drink.

If you wish to find out more about the London Interior Show, email us at info@londoninteriorshow.com. Alternatively, visit London Design Festival to discover all of the events taking place.

Simon Blackley