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November 4, 2013
Annually, artists from around the world come to celebrate the creative industries as London awards innovative designers at the London Design Festival. Dwell has covered the event for numerous years and here are some of our favorite moments.

Hosting the Olympic Games wasn't the only momentous event in London for 2012. The city also celebrated its 10th year for the London Design Festival. British designer Jay Osgerby of Barber Osgerby stands next to his marble park bench design inspired by the WWII Blitz. Photo by Ali Morris.

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This exhibition premiered Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola's Tatou lamp. The design, inspired by armadillos, is made from four methacrylate sheets. Photo by Ali Morris.

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For <a href="http://www.establishedandsons.com">Established & Sons</a>’s Shoreditch offices and its My London-themed events celebrating the origins of the brand, <a href="http://www.nendo.com">Nendo</a> printed multiple city maps on heavy trace paper, cut

London is famous for its fog and in 2011 Established & Son's Shoreditch offices re-created the fog's effect using small bits of tracing paper featuring printings of various city maps. Photo by Shonquis Moreno.

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Charles Trevelyan’s Titanic Lamp is in the spirit of Flos’s architecture-embedded lighting systems, sinking into the surface on which it should float.

The 2011 festival also featured Charles Trevelyan's sinking table-lamp inspired by the sinking of the Titanic. Photo by Shonquis Moreno.

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The venerable Victoria & Albert museum is something of a hub for the wide-ranging festival, and the definite highlight of the installations on display in the museum is to be found in the basement level. <a href="http://www.vam.ac.uk/collections/contempora

In 2010, the Victoria & Albert museum featured I Cling to Virtue by Onkar Kular and Noam Toran, an installation revolving around Monarch Lövy Singh's family memories.

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Sustainability was a popular topic at the 2008 London Design Festival. The British design collective Greenhaus featured Neil Barron's plastic-wrapped straw bale mixing natural farm materials with unsustainable packaging design to create a modern piece of furniture.

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Sustainability was also the topic of Tent's ceramic form of modern household bottles.

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The sustainability topic created a debate on designing with plastic. This photo is just one of the pieces featured in the From Now to Eternity show.

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Hosting the Olympic Games wasn't the only momentous event in London for 2012. The city also celebrated its 10th year for the London Design Festival. British designer Jay Osgerby of Barber Osgerby stands next to his marble park bench design inspired by the WWII Blitz. Photo by Ali Morris.

Photo by Ali Morris.

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