The Science of Design – Unlocking the Secrets of Design’s DNA

London Design Week 2017 is an unmissable event for designers, architects and styleseekers from across the globe. The word ‘science’ comes from ‘scientia’, the Latin for ‘knowledge’, and this year’s programme is packed with opportunities to get the inside track. With 120 exhibitors and over 100+ events, it is bursting with ideas, new perspectives and ways to see the results of creative innovation up close. There are thought-provoking installations, alongside experimental pop-ups and dining experiences. Think you know design? Think again.

100+ Events – One Authoritative Show – Infinite Design Possibilities


Engage with the industry’s top minds. Encounter design pioneers, hear about their ground-breaking approaches and see the results of technical expertise for yourself.


Enjoy fascinating talks and lively panel discussions with an all-star line-up including Tara Bernerd, Tom Bartlett, Henriette von Stockhausen, Christopher Boyle, Alistair Hughes, Stephen Lewis and Peter Gomez who will share rare insights into their worlds of design. For the full programme CLICK HERE

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From cutting-edge to witty and lyrical, the design diversity on offer at London Design Week 2017 is remarkable. Enquiring minds will love the direction that interiors are taking. Pattern and colour are having a comeback – there are zoological animal prints, botanical motifs and rocks and jewel-like tones on a geological theme. Access the latest design directions from the biggest names in the design – all at one address.


Come along and identify visual and abstract ideas that bring science and design together in a new, interactive space.


London Design Week 2017 is all about exploring the latest methods, makers and materials. Find out what are the influences behind the S/S17 collections.


See creative processes revealed, from concept to reality. These events are informal and informative, and will include, amongst others, artisan demonstrations to showcase maker expertise, meet the designer sessions, Q&As and round table discussions to exchange ideas. Highlights include:

ARTISAN DEMONSTRATIONS: Nothing beats seeing artistry, experimentation, technique and skill up close and at London Design Week 2017 this is the show's forte. Join Baker for a masterclass with origami artist Caroline Preston 'as seen in Vogue' to celebrate the launch of the Darryl Carter for Milling Road collection; discover the world’s most luxurious bed and its maker, Tengri, at Savoir Beds with a live demonstration from a skilled craftsman; watch a weaver use a Harris table loom demonstrating an array of lifting plans and patterns to create a herringbone twill at Chase Erwin; and see an artist create Black & Key's delicate bowls and boxes using ancient Korean techniques.  

MEET THE DESIGNER: Be inspired by the new collections by talking to the people who created them. Meet Nina Campbell for an informal discussion on the new collections in her showroom. Light refreshments will be available; join Martin Pietri, the new owner of Taillardat and discover his classic, modern and contemporary style at Pierre Frey; hear Caroline Lindsell and Dylan O’Shea of A Rum Fellow explore the story and inspiration behind their collaboration with Pollack at Altfield; stop by Edelman Leather to meet Kyle Bunting, creator of decorative hide rugs - see what’s new and get to know more about unlimited design capabilities in hide; meet Bernie de Le Cuona in her brand new showroom for a glass of champagne and an exploration of the intriguing and innovative design process behind her new Refined Rogue collection; visit Front Rugs to meet award-winning designer Michaela Schleypen, renowned for her 3D hand-sculpting techniques; meet Victoria Bain, founder of Victoria Bain Embroidered Textiles, at J. Robert Scott to hear about the process behind bespoke embroidery design; visit Osborne + Little's pop-up studio in its King’s Road showroom for a chance to meet some of the designers and learn about the creation of its Spring collections; join Harlequin's designer Louise Collis who will be discussing Anthozoa, the latest collection of fashion-inspired fabrics & wallcoverings; drop by Iksel - Decorative Arts to hear from Dimonah Iksel about how they transform studio paintings into wallpaper using time-honoured painting techniques; meet trimmings designer Wendy Cushing at Jason D'Souza to learn more about her new bespoke, hand-embellished embroidery collection; discover the artistry and story behind the making of the new  'Boleyn' collection with Zoffany's designer Claire Hart, and weave manager, Anna Howlett; join Helen Sydney, head designer for Sanderson’s SS17 ‘Art of the Garden' collection who will be discussing the inspiration behind the elegant new range; stop by Casamance at Colony to meet the Oxymore team and discover the inspirations behind the new collection; and join Philippe Houlès and international sales director, Andrew Carton at Houlès to learn about the new ranges. From inspiration to implementation, explore 3D moodboards that reveal the creative process involved in creating them. Prosecco and petits fours served throughout the day.

TALKS, Q&A'S AND PANEL DISCUSSIONS: Visit Christopher Peacock for a talk and Q&A with the designer himself on the story of 25 years in the industry; explore the boundaries of technicalities in design with industry leaders Jo Maddux of Maddux Creative and Tim Butcher, creative director of Fromental; discover the design inspiration behind The Silk Gallery's latest collection and how they have used science and modern technology to convert their ideas into woven cloth; join Topfloor by Esti for a talk on the benefits of social media; visit Gallotti & Radice for an Italian aperitivo and meet Fiona Ashford, BOX66's architectural and creative director, who will talk about her collaboration with Gallotti&Radice and the design concept behind the making of the multi-award winning Goodman's Fields Penthouse by Berkeley Homes; develop your aesthetic vocabulary of production techniques in a discussion on metal and glass at Remains Lighting; drop by David Seyfried Ltd for an informal talk and Q&A with upholstery designer Tori Murphy, on what has inspired her; explore the use of colour and pattern with Julian Brinton at Wool Classics; visit Summit Furniture for an exciting panel moderated by Sophia Salaman from The World of Interiors with renowned interior designers Emma Burns from Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler, Guy Oliver from Oliver Laws and landscape architect Graham Lloyd-Brunt. There will be light bites and refreshments available; learn about how Designer’s Guild paints were selected for the latest Hockney Exhibition at an exclusive talk with Tricia Guild OBE and Chris Stephens, the Lead Curator of Modern British Art at Tate Britain; explore the boundaries of technicalities in design at Fromental with Jo LeGleud of Maddux Creative and Creative Director Tim Butcher; join Sean Macintyre, Vice President of Oly and Frank Leyon, Global Sales Director of Gladee Lighting for a talk about how flora, fauna and nature inspires design; and watch a video presentation showcasing hand-knotted carpets at Jacaranda Carpets. Yarn samples and other materials will be available to explore and touch. 

PRESENTATIONS & DISPLAYS: Visit Poliform for a presentation on Nemo, whose contemporary designs include those conceived by Carlo Forcolini, Jehs + Laub, Javier Mariscal, Karim Rashid and Foster+Partners; learn how creative and scientific elements combine to create the Rubelli Venezia 2017 fabric and wallcoverings collection at Rubelli with design director, Alberto Pezzato. Alberto will present the scrapbooks and journals that document the collection’s evolution from initial inspirations, to technical trials; go on safari with Victoria + Albert Baths as they collaborate with renowned print designer Vicki Murdoch of Silken Favours. The uniquely themed installation will be styled using Silken Favours’ newest collections, in homage to the luxury bathroom brand’s South African heritage; explore the inspirations behind the new Pepe Peñalver collections at Lizzo. From Roman roads and the Californian coast to Francisco de Goya and the essence of Spain, the latest ranges are a journey of discovery. All the original mood boards will be available for people to touch and feel; join Holland & Sherry for a behind-the-scenes peek into the creation of Modern Legacy, refreshments served; and learn about the history and craftsmanship behind Ulivi Salotti’s sofas in an informal presentation at Passerini.

SCIENCE LABS: Join a 'Lampshade Surgery' session at Porta Romana and learn the science behind the 'Gold Standard' Lampshade; and explore the vast array of exceptional finishes at Simpsons at their 'Finishes Lab'. From metal to leather and glass, come and experiment with these ‘building blocks’ of creativity to achieve something truly bespoke. Refreshments served.

VIRTUAL REALITY: Virtual reality has disrupted several industries, from media coverage of the Olympics to how surgeons are being trained. Come and find out how this exciting technology is revolutionising architecture and interior design and experience VR and AR for yourself at Crestron EMEA.

COMPETITIONS: Come and see the winning wallpaper of Lewis & Wood’s first Wide Width Wallpaper student competition. The prize will be presented by Stephen Lewis and creative director Magdalen Jebb, and there will be a live demonstration on how to hang the wallpaper by master decorator Stuart Lewis.

CONNECT, CONVERSE, CREATE: Meet and exchange ideas with like-minded individuals. Enjoy a cocktail at Armani/Casa while discovering the art behind a classic item designed for entertainment, the Armani bar cabinet; and drop by Davidson for a delicious afternoon tea as they introduce their smart new range of furniture designs and exquisite finishes. 



Tuesday, 12pm - 1pm 

GP & J Baker, Ground Floor, Design Centre East

Join renowned designer Tim Gosling and witness the art of drawing in action. See furniture and fabric brought to life with pencil on paper, as he infuses a interior ‘portrait’ with personality and emotion that is second only to being there. At this immersive masterclass, discover how, even in a digital age, an ability to draw has become a treasured skill in interior design. 


Wednesday, 12pm

Zimmer + Rhode, Ground Floor, North Dome

Join floral alchemist Larry Walshe at a special workshop and learn how to dress a table for dining at home. With an abundant use of texture and colour, Larry is known for creating memorable floral displays that transform a space. He is the official florist for London Design Week 2017


Wednesday - Friday, 2pm

Time-tested theories explain the visual impact of colours, but how is our experience of colour determined by our anatomy? By understanding more about the impact of colour on the human eye you can equip yourself with new colour strategies. This talk recaps the key principles of colour theory and discusses their relationship with the structure of the eye, providing you with tips on how to manipulate and play with the human experience of colour.


Get an exclusive view of the show including the most talked about pieces, evolutionary designs and installations. Don’t miss a special tour led by Ben Spriggs, deputy editor of ELLE Decoration.



Spoil yourself with a complimentary Hand & Arm Massage and discover your bespoke scent through Fragrance Combining TM. Monday, Thursday & Friday only. Second Floor, Centre Dome



Savour a modern menu and a well-curated wine list at this chic space, with seating at individual tables or around a large central bar. Picking up on the Science of Design theme, its materials palette takes creative cues from a traditional chemistry lab, with dark wood and burnished metals; terrarium planting adds a dash of the botanical. Ground Floor, North Dome


Sushi boxes and refreshments, served in a colourful, vibrant space with decor on an anthropological theme. Third Floor, South Dome.


Enjoy a free caffeine fix from Caravan, a speciality coffee roastery whose aim is to source the best quality green coffee in the most sustainable and environmental way. Caravan Coffee Bar, Third Floor, Centre Dome.


Keep hydrated with complimentary water, available exclusively from the H20 station. Design Lab Bar, Ground Floor, Design Centre East.



Science meets spectacle in the Centre Dome: floral alchemist Larry Walshe creates an aerial installation of botanical plants, inspired by Newton’s investigations into momentum.Ground Floor, Centre Dome.


Taking inspiration from zoology, see the Siberian Tiger, hand painted and flocked, surrounded by botanticals. Ground Floor, Centre Dome.


Arrive in style and comfort in a Mercedes Benz. The shuttle service leaves Sloane Square via participating Chelsea showrooms.