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Kicking off today, the London Design Festival is a two-week extravaganza with a bewildering array of shows, exhibitions, seminars and general hobnobbing, big names, young talent, highly commercial offerings, as well as work which is so conceptual we’re not really sure if it’s even design. As we reported earlier this week Icon Magazine published a guide, but to make it even easier, here are CH’s select tips for the two weeks ahead. If you can't make it to London yourself, stay tuned for our onsite coverage.

1 The edgier cousin of 100% Design, 100% East will be held at the Old Truman Brewery. 21-24 September.

2 Designers Block showcases young design talent at The Nicholls and Clarke Buildings. 21-24 September.

3 New Designers Selection exhibits this year’s top design graduates. Studio 95, Brick Lane. 21-24 September.

4 [re] Design highlights design friendly to the society and the environment. The Boiler House, Old Truman Brewery. 20-26 September.

5 Design UK shows 40 new and established designers. 4th floor at Liberty 20-30 September.

6 Design Mart nurtures new talent at the Design Museum. 20-30 September.

7 B&B Italia introduces new furniture by Antonio Citterio, Naoto Fukasawa, Patricia Urquiola, Monica Armani, Paola Piva and products by Moooi at their Brompton Quarter store. 15-30 September.

8 Old Truman Brewery on 20 September.

9 Tom Dixon installs polystyrene chairs in Trafalgar Square 20-24 September. You can claim a chair starting at 3pm on 21 September.

10 Canadian artist Jason Young shows his curling stone-based work at The Air Gallery, 16, 17 and 23 September.

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