September in London is jam-packed with design events! Whether you’re a local architecture enthusiast or a design tourist taking advantage of the weak British Pound and flight deals, you’re in for a treat.

First up is the London Design Biennale at Somerset House, 4-23 September 2018. Dozens of countries will have installations around the theme of Emotional States in the various Neoclassical rooms of the stately Somerset House. Tickets £19.50


London Fashion Week takes place 14-18 September, 2018. Most official catwalks will be invitation only, but many brands now livestream their shows. There’s also the London Fashion Week Festival 20-23 Sept, which is intended for the fashion-enthusiastic public.


Taking place 14-16 Sept 2018 is the third Peckham Festival in South London. The neighborhood is home to creative studios and a diverse immigrant population. Expect a well-organised celebration of community and creativity with participatory events, open studios and more.


This is a big one: London Design Festival takes place citywide, 15-23 September, 2018. Over nine days, a design smorgasbord of exhibitions, installations, talks and trade shows will enliven London, from the new West Kensington Design District to events in the Isle of Dogs E14. Many events are free, some require ticketing, others are trade-only.

Known for their playful approach to typefaces, Kellenberger–White has designed a new series of alphabet chairs as a Landmark Project at Broadgate, supported by Festival Headline Partner British Land. . . Visitors are encouraged to explore, interact, move, and make words with the letters, which consist of 26 bespoke colourful alphabet chairs popping up in Finsbury Avenue Square. . . The result of an experiment in folding metal to create a typographic system, the chairs are informed by research into László Moholy-Nagy, Marianne Brandt and Wilhelm Wagenfeld. The result is an alphabet of 26 chairs. Other influences for this usable typeface include Bruno Munari’s photos ‘Seeking Comfort in an Uncomfortable Chair’ (1944), Max Bill and Hans Gugelot’s Ulm Stool (1955), as well as Bruce McLean’s ‘pose’ works of the 1970s. . . Each chair is in a different colour, chosen from a specialist paint manufacturer used for industrial metalwork – from International Orange (used for San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge) to Cornflower Blue (the colour of Middlesbrough’s Transporter Bridge). . . British Land Chief Executive, Chris Grigg, said: “Design is integral to everything we do at British Land. Our partnership with London Design Festival celebrates the world’s leading designers and we are delighted to once again support the Festival.” . . Supported by British Land and hosted by Broadgate.

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Not sure what to see? Join us for The Creative Edit’s guided tours of East London creative highlights, part of the Shoreditch Design Triangle.


Architecture-lovers, alert! Open House London is 22-23 September, 2018, with buildings citywide opening their doors to the public over the weekend. (Annoyingly, it’s taking place during the second, busier weekend of London Design Festival this year!) Some sites require pre-registration — check the website — but most aren’t, so be prepared to queue. Free.


A bit more specialist is Goldsmiths’Fair at Goldsmiths’ hall in Central London. Over two weeks, the country’s most talented jewellers and silversmiths will showcase their work in this stunning selling exhibition. Week 1: 25-30 Sept. Week 2: 2-7 Oct, 2018


Also on view in September are ongoing installations and exhibitions:

Orla Kiely: A Life in Pattern is at the Fashion and Textile Museum in Bermondsey, South London through Sun 23 September 2018.


Pre-book for Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up at the Victoria and Albert Museum, on show through 4 Nov 2018. The exhibition of the artist’s clothing and personal effects is proving popular indeed.


A striking installation by the artist Christo, The London Mastaba, is afloat in the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park through September 23, 2018.

The Serpentine Pavilion 2018, this year by Mexican architect Frida Escobedo, is open every day from 10am to 6pm until 7 October (excluding 16 and 17 September, when it will be closed to the public).

And if you prefer to watch rather than read, you can check out this video! It was created for The Creative Edit’s IGTV channel on Instagram @TheCreativeEdit_ thus the vertical format – expand for a better viewing experience.

What will you be checking out in London in September? Can’t make it? I’ll be in London for 10+ days of design heaven and will be sharing my favorites on social media – find me on Twitter @TheCreativeEdit and Instagram @TheCreativeEdit_