So long, Stockholm; take a hike, Helsinki. Because this week London Design Festival is back
to prove that the world capital of design is right here, no matter what those monochrome-loving Scandis may say. Filling the city's museums, event spaces, streets and shop windows with all things ergonomic, LDF highlights include a monumental soft-toy building-block castle by Camille Walala at Exchange Square; Flynn Talbot's coloured light experience 'Reflection Room' at the V&A; and a tour of all things arts and crafts along the Brixton Design Trail. One thing's for sure: a trip to Ikea is off the agenda.
Various venues, see here for the full schedule
Simple fashion mathematics: Alexander McQueen x Shaun Leane, Rick Owens x Michèle Lamy, Nick Knight x Daphne Guinness = one unmissable exhibition. Just opened at Fashion Space Gallery, Fashion Together looks at how iconic collaborations have shaped style as we know it via sketches, notes, films, photographic prints and – oh yes! – clothes. You can also expect Viktor & Rolf, Inez & Vinoodh, Thom Browne and Stephen Jones… Duos that are dynamic AND de rigueur, then.
Until 13 Jan 2018
Fashion Space Gallery, London College of Fashion, 20 John Prince's Street, W1G 0BJ
Cub may be small in size (just a few cosy booths and a bar/pass), but it's big on ideas. It's the new restaurant from cocktail maestro Mr Lyan, of Dandelyan fame (ohhh: Lyan, Cub – we get it), and as such the drinking is as central as the dining. In charge of the food is Doug McMaster of pioneering Brighton zero-waste eatery Silo – meaning sustainability is a big thing here, too – and courses present the food and drink alongside each other, making for some pretty darned intriguing menu items. 'Krug champagne, water jelly, spiked herbs'? 'Mr Lyan gin, banana-fermented carrot, bitter orange, miso'? Nope, we haven't got a clue what we'll be served either. But you can bet it'll be GOOD.
155 Hoxton Street, N1 6PJ