Welcome to the first of our new regular feature on the website, called 4×4. In an easily digestible format, we get selective about design by featuring 16 of the best products, exhibitions or designers. Here, we feature our 4×4 selection of the best design exhibitions taking place on the eastern side of the city during London Design Festival, saving you from trawling through mountains of choice.


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01. Designersblock 2011, Clerkenwell (22nd-25th September)
The Farmiloe Building, 34 St John Street, EC1M 4AY
Residing in the characterful Farmiloe Building, Designersblock is showing furniture, lighting, textiles and other idea-driven concepts by over 100 UK and international designers. Now an established event during LDF, Designersblock nonetheless retains its edgier, enfant terrible approach to design. More >>>

02. Dezeen Space, Shoreditch (17th September-16th October)
54 Rivington Street, EC2A 3QN
Popping up in the heart of the Shoreditch Design Triangle is ‘Dezeen Space’, a multi-functional, experimental space hosting a pop-up gallery, store, video studio and micro-event space. Be sure to check out the launch of their first printed publication, Dezeen Book of Ideas. More >>>

03. Tent London, Brick Lane (22nd-25th September)
Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane E1 6QL
Tent London is hosting a showcase of exciting gallery events, in and around its Old Truman Brewery location and is including two new show features: Tent Loves – a series of thought-provoking installations and Sussed – a collection of sustainable innovations. Expect a strong line-up of big brands alongside undiscovered talent and established independents. More >>>

04. Tramshed 2011, Shoreditch (22nd-25th September)
32 Rivington Street, EC2A 3LX
After its successful debut at last year’s festival, Tramshed 2011 is back in the stunning Shoreditch post-industrial venue. A number of products are debuting here from a diverse range of exhibitors including the entire furniture output from De La Espada. More >>>



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05. Jasper Morrison Shop, Shoreditch (19th-25th September)
24b Kingsland Road, E2 8DA
The Jasper Morrison shop is celebrating 300 years of the drinking glass by displaying around one hundred examples to examine their historical and typological diversity. Furthermore, Morrison is hosting Punkt. for Japan: Still Time to Help, a charity initiative to aid the reconstruction process in Japan following the devastation caused by the earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. More>>>

06. SCP Design Department Store, Shoreditch (17th-25th September)
135-139 Curtain Road, EC2A 3BX
Leading design retailer SCP is transforming their space into the ‘Design Department Store’ which is both a design exhibition and a working department store. Check out the exclusive international launches and installations from collaborators including Donna Wilson, Gubi, Rich Brilliant Willing, Michael Marriott and us – LONDON DESIGN GUIDE!               More >>>

07. twentytwentyone, Clerkenwell & Islington
Marsotto Edizioni UK launch (21st-25th September), 18c River Street, EC1R 1XN
Robin Day re-launch (20th-25th September), 274 Upper Street, N1 2UA
For the first time in the UK, twentytwentyone is showcasing the beautiful Marsotto Edizioni marble furniture range in their River Street showroom. Their Upper Street shop sees the re-launch of the classic Reclining chair by Robin Day, originally designed in 1952. More>>>

08. Viaduct, Clerkenwell (15th September-1st October)
1-10 Summers Street, EC1R 5BD
Furniture and lighting showroom Viaduct is staging Show Three, a look at the lighting landscape from beyond the shade. The showroom plays host to exciting and original lighting by Swedish producer Wästberg, including the launch of three new designs by Ilse Crawford. More>>>



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09. Gallery FUMI, Shoreditch (17th-25th September)
87-89 Tabernacle Street, EC2A 4BA
Gallery FUMI, Shoreditch’s first design gallery, is to present items made in the studio for domestic use. ‘STUDIOWARE’ features work by Max Lamb, Studio Glithero and Johannes Nagel who all share a passion for manipulating materials by hand. More >>>

10. Aram & Kemistry Gallery (Covent Garden & Shoreditch)
Mind Over Matter: Alan Fletcher’s The art of looking sideways (25th August-1st October), Kemistry Gallery, 43 Charlotte Road, EC2A 3PD
The Art of Looking Sideways (17th-24th September), Aram, 110 Drury Lane, WC2B 5SG
Both the Aram store and Kemistry Gallery are celebrating 10 years since to publication of iconic graphic designer Alan Fletcher’s ‘The Art of Looking Sideways’ book, with exhibitions inviting the public to explore his work as well as a collection of original material and notes from his archive. Also check out Aram Gallery’s exhibition of new work by Bram Geenen and Il Hoon Roh. More (Kemistry Gallery) >>> More (Aram) >>>

11. Origin, Spitalfield (22nd-28th September)
Old Spitalfields Market, Brushfield Street, E1 6EW
Contemporary craft fair, Origin, throws open its doors of the purpose built pavilion in Old Spitalfields Market showcasing handcrafted works from over 200 makers from the disciplines of furniture, ceramics, metalwork, glass, knitwear, fashion accessories and jewellery. More >>>

12. Rocket Gallery, Shoreditch (17th September-27th November)
Tea Building, 56 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6JJ
Rocket Gallery presents Revolt/ Reform/ Result, the first London exhibition dedicated to post-war domestic Dutch furniture by Friso Kramer, Wim Rietveld, Martin Visser, Cees Braakman, Rudolf Wolf and others. More >>>



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13. Established & Sons, Old Street (19th-25th September)
5-7 Wenlock Road, N1 7SL
Established & Sons have invited a selection of London-based talents and international names from the worlds of design, art and architecture to work on collaborations, installations and objects that define their idea of the city for a new initiative, titled ‘My London’. More >>>

14. The Living Room, Shoreditch (17th-25th September)
24-26 Calvert Street, E2 7JP
The Living Room is a new showcase of British designed and made furniture, products and printed works in the gallery space adjoining the Luna & Curious boutique in Shoreditch. The hand-picked selection of products form the constituent parts of a typical British living room, albeit contemporary. More >>>

15. Moroso/FLOS, Clerkenwell (12th September-16th October)
7-15 Rosebery Avenue, EC1R 4SP
Galleria illy, hosted by lighting and furniture brands FLOS and Moroso, is a temporary exhibition expressing the Italian coffee company’s love of art, culture and science together with its passion for the finest coffee. Talks and debates are taking place throughout its duration. More >>>

16. St. Paul’s Cathedral, St. Paul’s (19th-25th September)
South West Tower, St Paul’s Churchyard, EC1M 8AD
Leading architect John Pawson has teamed with Swarovski Crystal Palace to design an installation in St Paul’s rarely seen Geometric Staircase, responding to Sir Christopher Wren’s desire that each of his buildings should include a scientific element. More >>>


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