Each year London Design Festival exhibits the most diverse and creative design disciplines with more and more countries and cities joining each year. This cultural diversity ultimately influences the design and exhibitor offering with inspiration found from all around the world.

This week Wild Card are taking a look at Japanese influence and the must see shows and exhibitions for this years festival. Throughout the year we have seen strong interior trends inspired by Japanese culture, from smart and utilitarian furniture and craft, to unique textile and print design.

An absolute must see is Michiko Koshino, a widely celebrated Japanese designer and global icon.  With her new interior project ‘Towers’, Japanese heritage fused with Italian craftsmanship will be explored through innovative collections from fashion to homeware. The showroom is also part of the brand new Queens Park Design District, a must for those interested in the innovative collaboration of fashion and interiors.

Exhibiting in the Shoreditch area, Less Is More salon plays host to a curation of contemporary Japanese design that unites traditional craftsmanship with modern cool. From Monday through to Sunday, a series of object showcases are taking place including 1616/arita Japan pottery, TYP/Morpho leatherworking, Otsuka Gofukuten kimonos and Karimoku New Standard woodcraft.

If however you’re keen to find out more about the origins of Japanese carpentry, then head to Native & Co at Notting Hill, who will be celebrating their first anniversary. Exhibiting techniques and history of traditional Japanese woodwork, the collection will give insight into the skills used in the creation of Native & Co’s stunning homeware.

Head to the London Design Festival website to find out more about Japanese influence at this years show.