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A Celebration of Design

Last night the British Land Celebration of Design Awards were held in the magnificent surrounds of Canada House. While a splendid time was had by all attendees, the evening was really about the serious business of design. Read on to find out about our 2015 winners.

Today marks the opening of Designjunction and Tent London & Super Brands London, two of the Festival's best Design Destinations for spotting hot new design talent. Both venues offer the opportunity to see hundreds of designs in one location, and are jam-packed with events programmes including talks, workshops and more. We've picked out some highlights for each below.
British Land Celebration of Design
200 of the Capital's biggest design names gathered at Canada House last night to celebrate the four winners of the 2015 British Land Celebration of Design Awards. This year's panel of 15 judges included David Adjaye (Principal, Adjaye Associates), Raoul Shah (Founder, Exposure), and Justine Simons (Head of Culture at the Mayor’s Office) who were tasked with the difficult prospect of selecting the designers making a difference to our lives through their innovation, originality and imagination.

The highest accolade bestowed upon a designer who has consistently distinguished themselves within the industry, the Panerai London Design Medal, was awarded to British designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby.

Production designer Ken Adam, well-known for his design work on the James Bond films, was the distinguished recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Medal.

Marjan van Aubel, a designer whose practice spans the fields of science and chemistry, nabbed the Swarovski Emerging Talent Medal for her impact on the design scene within five years of graduation.

Honouring an entrepreneur who has built up a business with design at its heart, Peter Brewin and Will Crawford, co-founders of Concrete Canvas Ltd are this year's winners of the PCH Design Innovation Medal.

A selection of the work of the four award winners is on display in the British Land Celebration of Design Awards exhibition at Somerset House until 27 September.
Opening Today: Designjunction
See the brands at The College

The College, formerly home to Central Saint Martins, forms the stunning backdrop to designjunction 2015’s line-up. Highlight brands include: Vitra, Wrong for HAY, Channels, Modus, Marset, Fritz Hansen, TON, String, Icons of Denmark, Dare Studio, Mitab and many more.
Shop at Victoria House B1

Not far from The College, Victoria House B1 will host more than 50 high-end design stores and boutique brands, bringing together a tempting mix of design-led products in one central destination. Don't miss a Late Night Shopping event tonight from 6-9pm!
Interact, try and see

There are more things to interact with, try and see at both The College and Victoria House B1 than ever before. Interact with Doodle artist Jon Burgerman. Try eating at a very British pop-up from the East London Liquor Company and see Wallace & Sewell's recreation of their woven textile studio.
Visa London Promotion

The Visa London Promotion is an exclusive shopping, cultural and lifestyle promotion. From 9 September – 9 October, more than 40 iconic stores, restaurants, hotels and cultural sites will be offering extra privileges to Visa premium cardholders.The full list of offers can be found at
Opening Today: Tent London & Super Brands London
Country Showcases

2015 will include a line-up of 12 country showcases including; Norway, Australia, Taiwan, Finland, Czech Republic, Italy, Denmark, Lithuania, Ireland, Korea, Sweden and Poland. Tent regular, 100% Norway, returns for its 12th exhibition and Korea also returns with a spectacular exhibition featuring 190 works.
Tent London showcases 250 independent designers

As well as launching the careers of the rising design stars, Tent London is where established names come to show their latest work. Sue Pryke (ex-Wedgewood, IKEA and M&S), Louise Wilkinson, mercermercer and Mr Wingate will all be presenting new collections at this year’s show.
Super Brands London 2015

Super Brands London 2015 showcases an exciting mix of international design talent from contemporary and cutting-edge brands. Brands showing for the first time include Neo/Craft, the new label from Berlin-based designer Sebastian Scherer, which reexamines traditional notions about materials with striking effect.
Super Talks 2015

Hear what the design world really has to say at Super Talks, which this year mirrors the global direction of Tent and Super Brands London with country-themed sessions in which representatives from each country will provide insight into the state of their contemporary national design. All Super Talks are free to attend.
Special Events at the V&A and Design District Late Night Openings
The Global Design Forum continues today with artist Wolfgang Buttress, designer of the innovative UK Pavilion at this year's Milan Expo, who discusses the concept behind the 'Hive' and its wider aim to highlight the plight of the honeybee. Register here

Also today at the V&A, think global with a day of talks dedicated to international working practices. Learn about the relationship between indigenous craft and contemporary design with Biswa Bengla in Revival. Join a diverse panel as they ask Where is Indian Design Now? in a session hosted by Tiipoi, and participate in an advice seminar led by UKTI on how UK companies can leverage international opportunities.

Meet Yvonne Farrell and Shelly McNamara of Grafton Architects to discover the early Irish alphabet which inspired the design of The Ogham Wall, one of this year's main Festival projects. 

Tonight is also the late night opening for the Brompton Design District and the Queens Park Design District. Many showrooms will stay open late, in addition to a fantastic programme of design-led activities including talks and meet-the-designer events.
Design Events across London: Search by Discipline
Craft, Glass and Ceramic hosts an exhibition of unique ceramics by Polish designers in What Goes Behind. Etsy UK: Four Corners of Craft brings the best contemporary craft from around the UK together in one diverse showcase. Plastic manufacture Curver collaborates with trend forecasters FranklinTill to present the new KNIT collection.

Various galleries in Greenwich band together for a two day Contemporary Art and Craft Weekend on 26 and 27 September. At Tent London & Super Brands London, the Czech Trade Embassy presents Glassmania; the Korean Craft and Design Foundation holds a large exhibition on Constancy and Change in Korean Craft; and Taipei celebrates its status as World Design Capital 2016 with dining experience EATAIPEIMORE
Textile and Fashion

United Nude's Re-Inventing Shoes explores the boundary-pushing opportunities of 3D printing technology for creating sculptural shoes. Inspired by Shoreditch maps, Blurring the Boundaries is the result of a collaboration between print designer Liz Wellstead and menswear designer Massimo Casagrande. Leather specialist Alma hosts a pop-up exhibition of new works made with off-cuts by designers and recent St Martins grads. 

Kirkby Design launches their new textile collection by 'doodle' artist Jon Burgerman. Textile designer Sue Timney talks about her influences and inspirations tonight at KLC School of Design. Join Ella Doran & The Great Recovery for a day exploring the rewards of re-upholstering old furniture to give it a new lease of life in Material Engagement - The Art of Re-upholsteryMORE
Furniture and Lighting

100% Norway returns to Tent London for its 12th year of the very best of contemporary Norwegian interior and product design. Also at Tent London, The Finnish Design Pavilion showcases the future form of Finnish design with 18 unique designers, brands and manufacturers. Hair salon and gallery The Lion & The Fox invites Treeslounge to present new product designs alongside the gallery's current exhibition.

Curated by Mark Rises, Creative Director at urban living interiors, Open Studio: Young, Fresh and British offers a selection of home grown talent. Back at Tent London & Super Brands London, the Australian International Pavilion flies the flag for the Australian furniture industry; Dulux launches Colour Futures, inviting key designers to interpret their 2016 Colour of the Year; and the Italian Trade Agency presents Design in South ItalyMORE
Enter our competitions the latest Montblanc M fountain pen designed by Marc Newson; a one year V&A Membership for you and a guest; an Ashley Rucksack by Ally Capellino; a one night stay for two people at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Bloomsbury Street hotel; a Speedball Deluxe Screen Printing Kit with a copy of the book Low-Tech Print by Caspar Williams in collaboration with Cass Art; a heavy metal light pendant with a Buster LED Light Bulb and a mix set Candle Holder with Buster + Punch; and 5 tickets to the Buster + Punch VIP closing party on Friday 25 September.
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