The London Design Festival was conceived by Sir John Sorrell and Ben Evans. Building on London's existing design activity, their concept was to create an annual event that would promote the city's creativity, drawing in the country's greatest thinkers, practitioners, retailers and educators to a deliver an unmissable celebration of design. The launch of the first Festival took place at Bloomberg on 25 March 2003, with a huge show of support from design, education, government and London organisations. We've been celebrating every form of pioneering design; read more about each year's Festival below.

2015: Design Takes London

2014: Lose Yourself in Design

2013: Design is Here, There and Everywhere

2012: London Design Festival celebrated a Decade of Design

2011: Over 350,000 people flocked to over 300 events

2010: Visitors had the chance to light-write in Trafalgar Square, spin at the South Bank and fill the V&A

2009: Be Bold. Make a Statement

2008: Despite the economic turndown, interest in the Festival shows no sign of slackening

2007: The Festival commissions its first Landmark Projects, the inaugural London Design Medal goes to Zaha Hadid and distinct 'design districts' begin to emerge

2006: Opened by Sir Terence Conran, the 2006 Festival was attended by around 300,000 people


2005: The third London Design Festival was well and truly part of the capital's cultural calendar. Gordon Brown came along to praise it for "cradling the British genius"


2004: The London Design Festival had already doubled in size


2003: The UK was "an ideas goldmine". The London Design Festival's job was to show that off to the world

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