We share five of our favourite Design Districts that are taking part in London Design Festival this year.
Spread over nine days every September, London Design Festival is a city-wide celebration of art, design and architecture. Comprised of over 400 different events, exhibitions and installations, this year the Festival includes eleven official Design Districts. Having grown and evolved over the past sixteen years, each of the Districts brings their own character and identity to London Design Festival and is a key component to the Festival.
Each Design District consists of a cluster of events within a short walking distance of each other, allowing visitors to the Festival to easily navigate the geography of the city and the expansive collection of events, exhibitions and installations happening during London Design Festival.
With so many Districts now taking part, it’s difficult to know where to start to enjoy the best of what London Design Festival has to offer – so we’ve chosen five Design Districts that we think are definitely worth visiting. Some are having their debut at London Design Festival 2018, while others are throwing open their doors for the umpteenth time; all of them are moulding their streets into a celebration of art, architecture and design:
Clerkenwell Design Quarter
Visitors to Clerkenwell Design Quarter can expect to uncover good design in creative – and sometimes unexpected – places. Describing itself as a place where “technology meets nature, art meets craftsmanship and originality meets authenticity” the Quarter is now in its sixth year, and will include new product launches and events from showrooms, retailers and pop-ups situated in this historic area.
At TOTO, Asa & Yu will present ‘Visionaries of the Kaleidoscope’, an exhibition that will use rotating robotic mechanisms to create kaleidoscopic origami; Moroso will unveil a collection of new furniture and textiles by Bethan Laura Wood, named ‘Mono Mania Mexico’. Meanwhile, Culture Mile has collaborated with Jason Bruges to create ‘Brutalist Tapestry’, a vast kinetic installation in Beech Street tunnel.
Viaduct will also be opening its showroom doors to present a new exhibition, Common Senses; five designers have been chosen to transform the showroom, and each will create an installation that considers the building blocks of the design process. The artists include lighting specialist Nina Maso, textile designer Nani Marquina and Ilse Crawford graduates.
Marylebone Design District
Presenting an exciting series of talks, tours and exhibitions, Marylebone design District will be having its debut during London Design Festival 2018, adding to this year’s rich offering of events and exhibitions. Centred on Marylebone’s chosen festival day, Wednesday 19th September, the area’s grid of attractive Georgian streets will see Festival partners hosting workshops, demonstrations and exclusive launches over the course of London Design Festival.
Carl Hansen & Son will be championing renowned Danish furniture designs – but with a blue twist, in celebration of the deep blue hue of the Conran Shop’s identity. On Portland Place, RIBA will host an exhibition titled ‘It Will Never Work’ to celebrate 25 years of the innovative design studio, Urban Splash; the exhibition will feature a “quick history of unorthodox thinking and a few buildings along the way”.
Though Selfridges already has an on-going sustainability scheme, for London Design Festival the store will create a ‘conscious creators’ section, which features design-led, sustainable home accessories and kitchenware. On Duke Street, Vitsoe will be hosting ‘The Sense of Belongings’ exhibition, which will display items that explore how emotional attachment ensures that man-made objects last as long as possible.