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Art Listings: 21st – 27th September


Written by Satu Fox


There’s more than one creative industry in swinging London town. This week sees the start of the London Design Festival, more about more about which is open to everyone. There’s way too much going on to start investigating for yourself on the baffling website so here is what you should go to, link by Amelia’s Magazine decree.



It’s a quiet life, that of the ceramics enthusiast, but a fulfilling one full of small joys and tender love. Iittala, a Finnish ceramics house that has hosted greats like Alvar Aalto, designs and manufactures what must be the signature Scandinavian flatware. Some of it is practical but easy on the eye as you might expect, and then there’s ranges like the Taika (above), full of weird, fairytale figures inspired by Russian folktales, which make dinner a magic mystery tour. Harri Koskinen curates.

For more ceramics goodness, visit Contemporary Ceramics at Somerset House or the new ceramics galleries at the V&A.


The Tournament

A huge black, white and gold chess set takes pride of place in the middle of Trafalgar Square this week and best of all, you can sign up to play a game with the giant pieces, which represent the battle of Trafalgar, although why this should be the case is resistant to my understanding. Luckily I enjoy anything that has gold on it and you can play with.



The Kemistry Gallery shows off the pioneering work of the Typographica graphic design journal, which folded in 1967 but left an incredible archive of experiments in type and visual presentation. Beautiful papers and printing processes are one of the lures of this show, curated by the founder of Eye magazine, Rick Poynor.


100% Design

Easily the biggest draw in terms of sheer amount of displays and stuff to see, the 100% Design show at Earl’s Court has architecture and interiors for budding self-builders and designers. The 100% Futures section of the show is all about new talents. I don’t even know where to start with telling you the highlights from this show. It’s like a copy of Wallpaper come to life, chatting to Grand Designs over a cup of coffee served by Elle Deco.


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