The 21st edition of the London Design Festival is currently underway in the British capital, and the Dezeen team is on the ground to bring you all the latest coverage. In a recent interview, Jan Hendzel, founder of Jan Hendzel Studio, discussed the importance of supporting emerging design talent. He emphasized the need to create a platform for grassroots and local level creatives to showcase their work, as many design shows can be cost-prohibitive and tend to focus on university-educated designers. Hendzel suggested that offering free exhibition spaces and providing support packages for emerging designers would help nurture their talent and create a more inclusive and diverse future in design. The festival has also seen brands from around the world showcase their designs, including New Zealand brand Resident, which is highlighting its furniture and lighting designs under the title Runway at Tom Dixon’s Hypermobile exhibition. Furthermore, a poster campaign by Design Can is calling for greater equality and diversity within the design industry. The campaign urges industry professionals to champion underrepresented talent and to commission outside of their usual networks. The London Design Festival is running until September 24th, so there is still plenty to see and experience. Stay tuned for more updates from the festival.
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