London Design Festival has one hell of a gem with the British Council’s Architecture, Design, Fashion team in collaboration with leading creative agency Unity, design studio PAN and curator Pete Collard have created THIS WAY UP to showcase the British Council ADF team’s work, past and ongoing.

We went along to last night’s private view and browsed the bulging Santa sack-full of design goodies available at a bargain price…

The show consists of pieces from an array of projects, commissions and collaborations. Pieces from designers such as Tom Dixon, Peter Kennard, Pearson Lloyd, Sebastian Bergne,  Michael Marriott and Anthony Burrill tell the story of the last 15 years but sit alongside new pieces created onsite by young designers. Four one-off dresses by Basso & Brooke, inspired by their British Council exchange to Uzbekistan are also on display.

A silent auction is running throughout the week, giving visitors the chance to bid on pieces that include architectural photographs, posters by Anthony Burill and books from the likes of Juergen Teller. Technical equipment, tools and mannequins are also up for grabs for budding young designers.

Goldsmiths University students are cons tantly creating  new pieces from a variety of obscure objects as part of a collaborative up-cycling project to produce and sell new items. The pieces – from the everyday and extraordinary to the functional and frivolous – show just how diverse the last 15 years have been for the team.

Everything must go by end of play Saturday so get down there and get your hands on a bit of cultural history.  It’s all for a great cause too with all funds raised by the sale going towards a new British Council fellowship, giving a new crop of young and talented UK based designers the chance to work in Brazil.

An amazing night, people left with so much stuff that you will have to hurry if you want a piece of he action – hurry it ends Saturday!

THIS WAY UP: 15 Years of Architecture, Design & Fashion at the British Council

Pitfield Space, 31 – 35 Pitfield Street, London N1 6HB. September 17th – 25th 2011, Mon – Fri: 12pm – 7pm, Saturdays: 10am-7pm, Sundays: 10am-5pm