Monocle on Design

London Design Festival: The highlights

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27 September 2016

Episode 259

30 minutes

Britain may have opted to leave Europe this summer but there’s a global feel to the London Design Festival. We drop into a few choice exhibitions from the 400 or so events that unfolded here last week, speak to designer Marcel Wanders and find out why architect Asif Khan and gardener John Tebbs are going green.

27 September 2016

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Photo: Asif Khan and Oke Hauser

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Asif Khan

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We talk to architect Asif Khan about an installation of miniature forests in east London and find out why he believes vegetation is key to rethinking the design of our cities.

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The Garden Edit

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Gardener John Tebbs has cultivated a selection of plant-related paraphernalia in his online shop, The Garden Edit. In his exhibition for LDF he examines the relationship between plants and the vessels and vases that hold them. We sit down with John and ceramicist Alana Wilson.

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Photo: Simple Shape

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Makers of southeast London

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We turn our attention south of the Thames and talk to three southeast-London makers who are keeping craft alive in this corner of the city.

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Photo: Tino Vacca

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Marcel Wanders

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We talk to Marcel Wanders and creative director Gabriele Chiave about their tableware collaboration with Italian brand Alessi. Join us for a dose of Dutch design.

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