London Design Festival's 22nd edition: among creativity and innovation

London Design Festival today announces details of its 22nd edition, taking place from 14 - 22 September 2024. This year, the Festival continues its tradition of celebrating creativity, innovation and the power of design to shape our world.

As one of the world's premier design events, the Festival showcases the diversity and dynamism of the global design community while highlighting London's pivotal role as a hub of creativity. This year's Festival promises to be a beacon of inspiration, bringing together leading designers, architects, brands and innovators to explore the transformative potential of design in addressing societal challenges and enriching our everyday lives.

The Festival is proud to announce the Mayor of London as Principal Supporter for 2024.

Since its inception, the London Design Festival has stood at the forefront of design excellence, championing emerging and established talent alike. With a mission to foster collaboration and cross-pollination of ideas, the Festival serves as a vital platform for dialogue and discovery and as a compass for the latest developments within the international design community.

Every year, the Festival and its wider programme highlight topical issues and ideas that are shaping the industry at large. With sustainability, AI and inclusivity continuing to take centre stage, the notion of play has also emerged as a growing global trend within the creative sector. The multifaceted nature of play has led designers to examine its integrity as a concept and celebrate its manifestations across different areas of our lives. From enhancing wellbeing and fostering creative exchange to reimagining technology and enhancing everyday experiences.

Whether exploring play as an activity, experimenting with materials, or integrating playfulness into cutting-edge technologies, designers are highlighting how we can creatively engage with new concepts that enrich our lives and environments.

The 2024 programme will feature major installations across the city, museum exhibits, Design Districts that highlight creative clusters spanning London, the Design Fair Material Matters, and the Global Design Forum, a thought leadership programme that brings together creative leaders to explore and propose solutions for pressing global issues.

Additionally, the annual London Design Medals will recognise the contribution made by leading design figures and emerging talent to London and the industry, with four London Design Medals awarded each year. The Festival is delighted to announce Johnnie Walker Blue Label as Sponsor of the London Design Medal, Bentley Motors as Sponsor of the Design Innovation Medal, and to continue the Festival’s long-standing partnership with Fortnum & Mason as the Supporting Partner of the London Design Medals 2024. Further details of this year’s winners will be announced in September.

The 2024 Festival is supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, with Bloomberg Connects being the Festival’s official digital guide. The free mobile guide will feature content exclusive to Connects: expert commentary, video highlights, behind the scenes footage and exhibition maps.

Bloomberg Connects, is a free digital guide to cultural organisations around the world that makes it easy to access and engage with arts and culture from mobile devices.

The Festival's partnership scheme continues to play a central role, enabling a range of design businesses including emerging designers, recent graduates, NGOs and smaller businesses to participate in the programme, ensuring that a broad range of talent have an opportunity to showcase their work and connect with new audiences.

Ben Evans, London Design Festival Director, said: “The 2024 Festival promises to be another strong year. The lineup is set to offer fresh perspectives and innovative ideas that will captivate and inspire our audiences. Equally important, the Festival continues to champion inclusivity and provides crucial opportunities for emerging talent to shine. We take great pride in the Festival's role in expanding the reach of designers and creative businesses, reaffirming design's profound impact on our society.”