Design Connections 2016 delegates. Photo by Lucia Scerankova ©

British Council

Design Connections is our annual design industry networking programme, offering key design industry figures from around the world an inspiring and immersive introduction to the best of the London Design Festival.

Curated by our UK-based architecture, design and fashion department, the programme offers delegates a unique curated tour of the festival and a chance to meet leading UK designers, curators and design organisations as well as an opportunity to discover new work and form new relationships.

The 2017 Design Connections programme took place from Monday 18 until Friday 22 September.  This year, we invited Timothy Moore, Satellite Program Curator for Melbourne Design Week 2018, to attend Design Connections. Find out more about him and his thoughts on design in Australia in this blog piece by our Architecture, Design and Fashion team. Timothy was also guest host of the Parlour Instagram account during his trip, posting updates directly from the festival throughout the week.

This year's delegates visited leading institutions, including the V&A, the Design Museum and the Wellcome Collection.  Studio visits included 6a Architects, Special Projects and Faye Toogood, and delegates also visited some of the most exciting exhibitions and events from the festival, including Making a Living by Max Frommeld at The Aram Gallery and Design Frontiers at Somerset House.

In 2016, we supported Janson Hews, Head of Programs at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, to attend Design Connections. The 2016 programme included 10x10, an evening of talks showcasing a selection of the best emerging design talent in the UK. Listen to the podcast, created by Soho Radio, here.

About Timothy Moore

Timothy Moore is a director of Sibling Architecture, a practice that forms a social agenda around all of its projects whether it is a building, installation, urban strategy or event. Prior to joining Sibling, Timothy worked at architecture offices in Melbourne, Amsterdam and Berlin, and as an editor for two influential magazines, Volume and Architecture Australia. He is currently the editor of Future West (Australian Urbanism), part of NGV’s curatorial team for Melbourne Design Week 2018, and undertaking a PhD within the Melbourne School of Design at the University of Melbourne entitled The Instruments of Transitional Architecture.

Sibling has residential, cultural, retail and hospitality projects underway in Melbourne, Sydney, Bali and Kuala Lumpur. Its expanded architecture practice has seen Sibling exhibit at the National Gallery of Victoria, Istanbul Design Biennial, Gyeonggi MoMA, Seoul National University and provide foresight for leading cultural institutions and organisations. Sibling won the Premier Award at the Australian Interior Design Awards in 2015.

About the London Design Festival

LDF was conceived by Sir John Sorrell and Ben Evans in 2003. Building on London's existing design activity, their concept was to create an annual event that would promote the city's creativity, drawing in the country's greatest thinkers, practitioners, retailers and educators to deliver an unmissable celebration of design.

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