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London Design Festival: top five events

If you only attend one event during this year’s London Design Festival, be sure it’s one of these

While it goes without saying that 100% Design and TENT London are essential stopping points for industry visitors to the London Design Festival, these five events represent our pick of the rest of the bunch:

1) Outrace

This year’s LDF showpiece Trafalgar Square installation couldn’t be more different from Jamie Hayon’s giant chess set last year. Operating on the same principle of user interaction, Clemens Weisshaar and Reed Kram’s Outrace sees giant robot arms controlled by input from onlookers via text messaging. This will be the event that will get everyone in London talking about design.

2) Size + Matter

Continuing the theme of user interactivity, Paul Cocksedge’s Size + Matter installation, Drop, for the Southbank is a giant brass coin which has been magnetised so that passers-by can leave pennies on the surface, altering the appearance of the installation over the course of the Festival.

3) ADF

One of the most anticipated events of this year’s Festival, which has already generated enormous amounts of publicity. Neville Brody’s Anti Design Festival may be shrouded in somewhat mystical language, but its programme of events looks stimulating and inspiring, asking much needed questions about the role of commercialism in the design world.

4) Skyroom at the Architecture Foundation

Designed by David Kohn Architects, The Skyroom is a new rooftop venue at the Architecture Foundation. The venue launches during London Design Week with a series of talks and events.

5) Tramshed

If Tom Dixon’s wonderful Dock venue was last year’s pick of the design hubs (and is still a good bet for this year), The Tramshed looks set to replicate the same success in East London. A lovely venue, The Tramshed will host an exhibition of 25 international design brands including, Decode, Kvadrat, Autoban, and the Deezen Watch Store.

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