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Mayor of London

The Mayor of London is the city's elected voice and champions London at home and abroad. His role includes improving London’s transport and environment, helping businesses and giving young Londoners opportunities.

He also works to reinforce London’s position as a world capital of culture by backing the creative industries that bring £19 billion a year to our economy, improve quality of life and attract businesses, investment and tourists. The Mayor also provides support for high-profile international creative sector events like London Design Festival.

Arts Council England

Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better. Between 2010 and 2015, we will invest £1.9 billion of public money from government and an estimated £1.1 billion from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country.

Victoria and Albert Museum

The Victoria and Albert Museum is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, and is a charity exempt from registration under the Charities Act of 1993. It operates at arm's length from the Government and is governed by a board of Trustees appointed by the Prime Minister. As the world's leading museum of art and design, the V&A enriches people's lives by promoting the practice of design and increasing knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of the designed world.

London Design Festival Headline Partner

 

The Smile 

ARUP

Arup is an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists offering a broad range of professional services. Founded in 1946 with an initial focus on structural engineering, Arup first came to the world’s attention with the structural design of the Sydney Opera House. We have since grown into a truly multidisciplinary organisation with a reputation for delivering innovative and sustainable designs that reinvent the built environment. Arup brings together broad-minded individuals from a wide range of disciplines and encourages them to look beyond the constraints of their own specialisms.

 

Further Support on The Smile

Atrium

Seam

Our London based design studio manages a broad portfolio of international projects that range in scale from towers and masterplan developments to residences and art installations. From collaborations with established architecture practices to more progressive emerging designers, our work aims to integrate lighting design into projects which often challenge the design industry, both technically and conceptually. . The work encompasses a broad spectrum of architectural styles - from fluid dynamic forms to orthogonal pixilations, from scripted patterns to parametric geometries. Central to our design ethos is the core understanding that design aspirations are measured by their resolution in detail, which is usured through the design process by our talented and skilled design team whose core competence are complemented by exceptional interests in experimentation, emergent design and technologies. The transformative potential of light provides a means of shaping the atmospheres created within the architectural space.

University of the Arts London

Zublin

 

Projects at the V&A

The Green Room

Officine Panerai's watches are a natural blend of Italian design, expert Swiss technology and passion for the sea. Founded in Florence in 1860 as a workshop, shop and school of watch-making, for many decades Officine Panerai supplied the Italian Navy in general, and its specialist diving corps in particular, with precision instruments. The designs developed by Panerai in that time, including the Luminor and Radiomir, were covered by the Military Secrets Act for many years and were launched on the international market only after the brand was acquired by the Richemont Group in 1997.

Today Officine Panerai develops and crafts its movements and watches at its Neuchâtel manufacture. Technical excellence and exclusive design are the core principals of Officine Panerai watches due to seamless melding of Italian design flair and history with Swiss horological expertise. Panerai watches are sold across the world through an exclusive network of distributors and Panerai boutiques.

Image above: Render of The Green Room by Glithero with Officine Panerai. Find Out More.

Foil

Sixty years ago Braun unleashed a revolution. For the first time, electrical appliances were freed of embellishment and given a simple, functional design. The concept of simpler but better arguably originated in the Bauhaus school, but never before had it been applied to electrical appliances. The humanistic motivation behind Braun’s bold step is still relevant today: the easier and more comprehensible an appliance is to use, the better the user’s experience and results will be.

Over the last six decades, design has become a core pillar of the brand. The values of quality, functionality, clarity, longevity and timelessness have been integrated into an enduring design philosophy. Braun users identify with these values; for them, Braun products are long-term companions. In an age of prosperity and saturation, sustainability has become more important and the benefit of fewer, better products self-evident.

Above Image: Foil by Benjamin Hubert with BRAUN. Find out More

Tabanlıoğlu

Liquid Marble

 

Other Festival Partners

L'Eden by Perrier-Jouët

The champagne house Perrier-Jouët was founded in 1811 and crafts elegant, floral wines of rare finesse with a Chardonnay hallmark. Benefiting from exceptional vineyards, Perrier-Jouët is known for the finesse of its wines, the last two centuries have seen only seven Cellar Masters preserving the secrets of a unique style. Since its creation by Pierre-Nicolas Perrier and his wife Adèle Jouët the House has always favoured an approach combining skilled craftsmanship with a sense of artistry.

In 1902, Emile Gallé, one of Art Nouveau’s most celebrated artists, designed a swirl of anemones wreathed in gold for the Perrier-Jouët bottle. Since then, Perrier-Jouët has continued to celebrate the marriage of arts and crafts, calling on renowned artists such as Daniel Arsham, Makoto Azuma and Tord Boontje, to creating unique works, sublime objects and artistic installations, that are a fitting showcase for the close relationship between the House and Art Nouveau.

The spiritual home of the House, the Perrier-Jouët Maison Belle Epoque, is a place in which enchantment reigns, with over 200 works and unique pieces by the greatest names in Art Nouveau, from Majorelle and Guimard to Lalique and Gallé. It is one of the largest private collections of the Art Nouveau movement.

 

British Land Celebration of Design 2016

Event Supporter

Headline Supporter and Panerai London Design Medal

Officine Panerai's watches are a natural blend of Italian design, expert Swiss technology and passion for the sea. Founded in Florence in 1860 as a workshop, shop and school of watch-making, for many decades Officine Panerai supplied the Italian Navy in general, and its specialist diving corps in particular, with precision instruments. The designs developed by Panerai in that time, including the Luminor and Radiomir, were covered by the Military Secrets Act for many years and were launched on the international market only after the brand was acquired by the Richemont Group in 1997.

Today Officine Panerai develops and crafts its movements and watches at its Neuchâtel manufacture. Technical excellence and exclusive design are the core principals of Officine Panerai watches due to seamless melding of Italian design flair and history with Swiss horological expertise. Panerai watches are sold across the world through an exclusive network of distributors and Panerai boutiques.

Airbnb Design Innovation Medal

Founded in August of 2008 and based in San Francisco, California, Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world – online or from a mobile phone. Whether an apartment for a night, a castle for a week, or a villa for a month, Airbnb connects people to unique travel experiences, at any price point, in more than 34,000 cities and more than 190 countries. And with world-class customer service and a growing community of users, Airbnb is the easiest way for people to monetize their extra space and showcase it to an audience of millions.

Lifetime Achievement Medal

Johnson Tiles is the UK’s leading manufacturer and importer of ceramic wall and floor tiles. A trading division of Norcros Group (Holdings) Limited, the company has over 100 years’ experience and produces wall and floor tiles at its Stoke-on-Trent headquarters to the highest standards. It operates in both residential and commercial markets and its product ranges are recognised by the industry not only for their eco-friendly properties but excellence in quality and design. Internationally renowned for working on large-scale projects in a variety of sectors, Johnson Tiles can provide appropriate product to suit all manner of architectural and interior projects.

Swarovski Emerging Talent Medal

Swarovski delivers a diverse portfolio of unmatched quality, craftsmanship and creativity. Founded in 1895 in Austria, Swarovski designs, manufactures and markets high-quality crystals, genuine gemstones and created stones as well as finished products such as jewelry, accessories and lighting. Now celebrating its 120th anniversary and run by the fifth generation of family members, Swarovski Crystal Business has a global reach with approximately 2,560 stores in around 170 countries, more than 25,000 employees and revenue of about 2.33 billion euros in 2014. Together with its sister companies Swarovski Optik (optical devices) and Tyrolit (abrasives), Swarovski Crystal Business forms the Swarovski Group. In 2014, the Group generated revenue of about 3.05 billion euros and employed more than 30,000 people. The Swarovski Foundation was set up in 2012 to honor the philanthropic spirit of founder Daniel Swarovski. Its mission is to support creativity and culture, promote wellbeing and conserve natural resources.

 

Official Hotel Supporters 

Citizen M

ME London

This year, London Design Festival welcomes ME London as Hotel Partner for the first time. Designed by Foster + Partners, ME London is the flagship property for the ME by Meliá brand. The interiors fuse contemporary detailing and classic traditions, with a dramatic monochrome palette. ME by Meliá is a personality-led, lifestyle brand that seeks to fuse innovative style with local tastes in order to captivate clientele with a love for contemporary art, design, fashion, international cuisine and world music. ME London hotel is ideally located directly opposite Somerset House, one of the key destinations for design enthusiasts.

 
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Champagne Supporter

Nest

Nest’s mission is to create a home that’s thoughtful - one that takes care of itself and the people inside it. The company focuses on simple, beautiful and delightful hardware, software and services. The Nest Learning Thermostat™ and Nest Energy Services keep you comfortable and address home energy consumption. The Nest Protect™ smoke and carbon monoxide alarm helps keep you safe and Nest Safety Rewards lets you save money through participating home insurance providers, while Nest Cam™ keeps an eye on what matters most in your home.

Perrier-Jouët

 

Paper Supporter

 

Graphic Design

G F Smith

Pentagram

The London Design Festival has been working with Pentagram since 2007 to oversee the Festival's graphic identity, from our official guide to posters, signage, merchandise and website, with Partner Domenic Lippa as Art Director.

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