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10 London must-sees in 2018

In the city’s hugely variegated cultural offering, we’ve chosen a series of not-to-be-missed –events. Design-oriented or not

LDF09 The Tournament in Trafalgar Square(1) credit Susan Smart Photography_preview

A culture-oriented London engaged in design and contemporary architecture awaits its visitors in 2018

Theaters, museums, galleries, design events and new hotels. A city’s cultural offering is crucial even in 2018, and, speaking of London, one cannot surely be let down in that regard. In the barely started year, the British metropolis is already at the top of the cultural scene with a range of international events and exhibitions. Just this huge cultural offering is the city’s latest strong point but, in order not to get lost in this incredible variety of cultural events - one of the most important factors in the choice of a destination – we have selected 10 top reasons connected with art, design and architecture to visit (once more) London in 2018.

Read also → Le 12 mostre in arrivo nel 2018 da segnare sul calendario

London Design Festival

V & A Museum, 15 - 23 September 2018

A visit to the London Design Festival enables us to explore an ample range of creative installations and events celebrating contemporary design. The Festival – held annually since 2003 – celebrates the works of designers, architects and artists with hundreds of installations, exhibitions and large-scale events, set up in various areas throughout the city – from world-renowned museums to more intimate locations.

“Candela”, London Design Festival at the V&A

Frieze Art Fairs

All over London, October 2018

A visit to the Frieze Art Fairs (FAF) means taking a look at, and the possibility to purchase internationally recognized works of art at the best international galleries gathering at the Frieze art fair. Held near Regent’s Park, Frieze simultaneously hosts two important art fairs at the Royal Park: Frieze London, which displays the best of contemporary art, and Frieze Masters, focusing on art produced until the year 2000. 

Landmark Project: “The Smile” by Alison Brooks Architects

Ocean Liners: Speed & Style

V & A Museum, 3 February - 10 June 2018

The first exhibition ever to explore the international interior design of ocean liners in the golden era of cruise ships (1859-1969), will also be able to disclose the design stories hidden behind some of the world’s most luxurious ocean liners. From the creation of iconic ships such as the Brunel and the Great Eastern until the launch of the QE2, the exhibit will additionally explore all of the aspects of ship design, from ingenious planning to interior architecture and on-board lifestyle. 

V & A, “Ocean Liners”

The EY Exhibition: Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy

Tate Modern, 8 March - 9 September 2018

The exhibition will take visitors to a month-by-month journey through Picasso’s ‘year of wonders’, 1932, a crucial year in the life and work of Picasso. Over 100 paintings, sculptures and paper works will display the prolific, unquiet spirit of the Malaga-born genius. 

Photo credits © Succession Picasso/DACS London, 2017

The Future Starts Here

V & A Museum, 12 May - 4 November 2018

The exhibition explores the power of design in shaping the world of tomorrow. From smart appliances to satellites, from artificial intelligence to internet culture, this exhibition will bring together more than 100 objects as a landscape of possibilities for the near future. These objects embody the seeds of possible futures, which are still at a development stage, on which scientists and designers from studios and laboratories from all over the world are currently working. 

V & A, “The Future Starts Here”

London Design Biennale

Somerset House, 4 - 23 September 2018

The London Design Biennale at Somerset House is an independent production compared to the London Design Festival. It will last three weeks during which time it will bring to Somerset House over 40 countries from all over the world to display recently commissioned works. Nations, territories and cities are increasingly recognizing the power of design as something that enables social changes and economic growth. This second edition of the London Design Biennale will celebrate design as an international language, offering a brand-new creativity platform. 

Foil” by Benjamin Hubert and Braun

Renzo Piano

Royal Academy of the Arts, from 15 September 2018 to 20 January 2019

In the fall 2018, the Royal Academy of Arts will present a solo exhibition focusing on the works of internationally renowned architect Renzo Piano (b. 1937). It will be the first architecture exhibit to be held in the recently renovated Burlington Gardens galleries, and the first Piano retrospective in London in almost 30 years. 

Photo credits © Royal Academy of Arts

Woolwich Hub

From the genius brain behind Pop Brixton arrives a new hub in the Woolwich neighborhood. Wool Yard aims at creating a 32-container village that will be converted into bars, restaurants, co-working and studying venues. 

“Framed” by Stuart Haygarth

Yotel Clerkenwell

The Yotel Group has announced the opening of their third property in the UK in late 2018, with a new 212-cabin hotel in Central London's creative quarter of Clerkenwell. With the new hub the hotel chain, renowned for its compact bedrooms, will offer a cutting-edge structure including techno-wall features, smart TV, gym and bar. 

Manhattan Loft Gardens Design Hotel, Stratford

This 150 bedrooms hotel will occupy the first seven floors out of the 42 that make up the Manhattan Loft Gardens building. Visitors will have access to a series of different leisure structures including a pool, spa venues, meeting and conference areas and an outdoor roof garden overlooking the Olympic Park. 

Perspectives by John Pawson©Gilbert McCarragher


by Paola Testoni / 10 January 2018

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