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Our 35 Favorite Finds at the 2019 London Design Festival

We combed through images from dozens of exhibitions and launches to ferret out the works we were most excited about from this year's London Design Festival, from rainbow tables to iconic reissues to lots and lots (and lots) of wavy furniture. Check out all of our picks after the jump.
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For LDF, 20 Designers Made Masks Representing How They See Themselves, And the Results Are Hilarious

Having been invited to curate an LDF exhibition for SEEDS gallery on the theme of Nature/Nurture, the design studio M-L-XL decided to focus on human nature, and one of its darkest facets in particular — the masks we put on in order to present an idealized version of ourselves to the world, especially in the image-obsessed age of social media. The resulting show, however, is one of the wittiest, most playful LDF presentations we've seen in awhile, with 20 designers representing their identities through handmade masks ranging from the beautiful to the hilariously grotesque.
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The Best of the Rest at London Design Festival 2018

For the second year in a row, Swedish Ninja launched one of our favorite objects, this year in the form of small, mix-and-match glass sculptures. Studio Anansi capitalized on the lumpy and tubular trends with its chiseled sycamore table mirror. Skandium took up the mantle of Peter Pilotto, with its similarly color-blocked townhouse takeover. And the Ace Hotel continued its Ready Made Go collaboration with Modern Design Review, with this year's designers collaborating with local social enterprises to create each piece. Here's hoping that becomes the trend to follow us into 2019.
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In the Neighborhood — A Showcase of Local and International Design — is LDF’s Breakout Exhibition

We'll be featuring our favorite new launches from the London Design Festival next week, but judging by our Instagram, the most popular exhibition features hardly any new work at all: In the Neighbourhood is a pop-up exhibition curated by friends and neighbors, interior designer Louisa Grey and The School of Life founder Morgwn Rimel. The conceit? Two different houses organized by palette.
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LDF Preview: The Online Design Gallery Redefining “Nordic”

For Now Nordic, Adorno invited curators from Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki, Reykjavik and Oslo to assemble a collection from 5-7 designers working at the intersection of art, design, and craft. The point of the exhibition was to explore whether the label "Nordic" — or what the organizers call "design-world shorthand" for clean lines, natural materials, simplicity and functionality — can meaningfully describe an aesthetic or if lumping designs from different countries together actually does each of them a disservice.
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LDF 2018 Preview: A Spotlight on Uruguayan Designers

It's nestled directly between Brazil and Buenos Aires, but you don't hear a whole lot about Uruguay in this part of the world. A new exhibition launching during the London Design Festival next week, though, is set to change that: Hilos Invisibles at Aram Gallery will give seven Montevideo studios a platform to present themselves on the global design scene, and the London-based but Uruguayan-born designer Matteo Fogale has helped groom them for their debut.
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Meet the Designers Behind Peter Pilotto’s Jaw-Dropping Townhouse Takeover

We've almost never met an immersive design environment we didn't like, but Peter Pilotto's takeover of a Victorian townhouse in Brompton during last week's London Design Festival was something else entirely. Located at 3 Cromwell Place and on view until October 15, the immensely inspiring interior is painted in shades of peach, mint green, and Monica-from-Friends purple and outfitted with a riot of collaborative wares from friends of the designer.
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Our 50+ Favorite Finds From the 2017 London Design Festival

We traveled to last week's London Design Festival because, for the first time ever, we were actually participating in it. But we still managed to sneak away long enough to survey the goings-on city-wide, from the Kvadrat installation we featured yesterday to a cluster of exhibitions in the Brompton Design District to a solo show at the Aram Gallery. Here are the more than 50 finds we managed to gather on our four-day romp around town.
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How 19 Designers Interpreted Kvadrat’s Most Famous Fabric

For My Canvas, Kvadrat asked 19 international designers to create anything they'd like using reams of the Danish textile company's colorful Canvas upholstery, created in 2012 by Italian designer Giulio Ridolfo. The show followed the familiar framework of previous Kvadrat showcases, but the items themselves were perhaps the most inventive this series has ever produced.
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LDF Preview: New Accessories By Four Up-And-Coming Designers

There's nothing like a brand expanding its roster of up-and-coming designers to get our attention — at next week's London Design Festival, Pulpo will launch a new collection of accessories by way of a pop-up shop in Shoreditch, created by a trove of young talents, including Férreol Babin, Meike Harde, and more.
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