London Design initiatives to buzz about

London Design Initiatives to Buzz About, Distinctify

London is famous for its black taxis and bright red buses, for its river and its bridges and for its unforgettable colours, sights and sounds. But it is worth noting that London is not only one of the UK’s central cultural hubs, but a fundamental base for trailblazers and trendsetters throughout the creative industry. Every year the city welcomes Interior Design events and trade shows aplenty, hosted by industry experts and bigwigs all looking to increase your love and knowledge of design and decor. You’ll be like a kid in a sweet shop, browsing through the opportunities available all across London.

Abigail Ahern Design School

Abigail Ahern Design School , Distinctify
Photography credit to Abigail Ahern

Next available masterclass: May 19th 2018

The legend of Abigail Ahern’s Design School has travelled the world twice over, like an ancient proverb. This may sound like a joke, but Abigail Ahern actually took her Design School on a world tour and went as far as Australia to share her pearls of wisdom. They are talking about her signature dark seductive style in the berber mountains and in the arctic circle. In her alternative Masterclass, Abigail not only gives you a catered lunch but also shares her insider knowledge, decorating secrets, and tips and tricks of the trade. At £295 it’s not what you’d call a free lunch, but you’ll be feeding off her tips for inspiration for years to come it’ll feel almost priceless.

Grand Designs Live

Grand Designs Live, Distinctify
Photography credit to Good Things Magazine

Taking place during May 5th - 13th, 2018

You can’t exactly pass up on an opportunity to see Kevin McCloud - number 22 on Heat Magazine’s Weird Crush list in 2010- in the flesh. Imagine being in the same room as TV’s hot dad, while he talks you through the years trends and innovations in architecture and furnishing. You’d have to be mad to miss that. Launched in London in 2004, the exhibition has been hailed as the most successful to launch in the last decade. Just like its hugely successful Channel 4 series, the exhibition gives visitors an up close and personal experience of all the unconventional technologies and designs you don’t get to see at mainstream shows. At just £12 for a Weekday advance ticket, there’s really no excuse. You wouldn’t want to upset Kev now would you?

Topology Interiors Workshop

Topology Interiors Workshop, Distinctify
Photography credit to Topology Instagram

Next available workshop: TBA

For a one-stop masterclass on how to go from amateur to pro in mere minutes, you could not be in better hands than with the Topology Interiors team. Having managed to build their thriving startup Interior Design business to its current acclaim in just over a year, they know better than anyone just what a bit of determination can do. At the amazing price of £45 Amy and Athina, both of whom boast impeccable personal style, run their masterclass using free and interactive architectural software, allowing you to take their tips and tricks far beyond the walls of the workshop. The price includes a goodie bag worth £35 and a copy of their 10 step interior design plan to take away. And that’s not even mentioning the killer, exclusive discounts they have available on their website. From April 13th to mid-June, you can get our Marmori side table and Piccolo side table at 15% percent off through these guys.

Clerkenwell Design Week

Clerkenwell Design Week, Distinctify
Photography credit to Clerkenwell Design Week

Taking place during May 22nd - 24th, 2018

Boasting more architects and creative businesses per square mile than anywhere else in the entire world, Clerkenwell is abuzz with new ideas and contemporary designs. Design Week is an amalgamation of showroom events, pop-up installations and special exhibitions that take place throughout Clerkenwell, celebrating innovative design and the diverse and thriving community that upholds it. Oh and let's not forget to mention that Clerkenwell Design Week is totally free! You can wander around interacting with designers and creatives for no cost at all. Well, until you spy on all their new products and blow your pay packet in one transaction.

London Design Biennale, 2018

London design initiatives to buzz about
Photography credit to ARCHiTRACKER’s blog

Taking place during September 14th - 23rd, 2018

You’re spoilt for choice during the week of September 14th to the 23rd. The London Design Festival is in town to promote London as the design capital of the world, as is the London Design Biennale. Taking place at Somerset House, the London Design Biennale brings designers from over 40 countries together whose designs are in line with their interpretation of the years' theme. This year, the festival is themed around Emotional States, and those taking part will explore how design affects every aspect of our lives and influences our very being, emotions and experiences.

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