The London Design Festival
The London Design Festival was conceived by Sir John Sorrell and Ben Evans. Building on London’s existing design activity, their concept was to create an annual event that would promote the city’s creativity, drawing in the country’s greatest thinkers, practitioners, retailers and educators to a deliver an unmissable celebration of design.
2015 Design Districts
In 2015 there are seven official Design Districts spread across the capital during the Festival. Design Districts are areas where there are distinct concentrations of design activity and events that can be traversed easily on foot. Each District is organised locally and independently under the umbrella of the London Design Festival. This year sees a new Design District, Bankside, take part in the Festival.
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Because we don’t want you to get lost during The London Design Festival, here’s the list of the top Design Districts:
Bankside will this year be the first London Design Festival Design District located south of the river.
Bankside has seen ongoing transformation since Tate Modern and the Millennium Bridge launched in 2000. Today the area has become a creative hub, home to many galleries, design studios, architectural practices and creative agencies.
The Bankside Design District spans from Borough Market to the Oxo Tower and a number of exciting events and activities are lined up to showcase the creative industry within the area, from workshops to walking tours, exhibitions and outdoor installations.
Highlights include Better Letters, who will host a pop-up Sign School at Borough Market, in keeping with the market’s heritage of painted signage. Local calligrapher Paul Antonio Scribe will run a series of calligraphy masterclasses in his studio as well as a fascinating talk on the history of the alphabet. Jerwood Visual Arts will once again be exhibiting the works of prestigious Jerwood Drawing Prize artists.
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Brompton Design District is a partnership of leading international brands, much loved independent retailers and cultural institutions, which hosts a renowned pop up programme, curated by the respected Jane Withers.
With around thirty exhibitions in the district, including the festival hub at the V&A, visitors can wander through the wide streets, and take pit stops at the notable cafes and restaurants such as Fernandez & Wells, Brompton Food Market or Bibendum in the landmark Michelin building.
Partners include Mint, Skandium, Squint, The Conran Shop, to the Italian brands B&B Italia, Boffi and Cassina. And, from the pop ups, highlights include Dzek, Marion Friedman Gallery, OYUNA, Pia Wustenberg, and new talent from the RCA curated by Sarah van Gameren and Philippe Malouin.
The Chelsea Design Quarter is one of London’s freshest and most eclectic interior design hubs where classic and contemporary sit cheek by jowl. With the largest and most diverse selection of established interiors specialists concentrated in one area, this Quarter is located in and around the southern end of King’s Road running along Lots Road to Imperial Wharf.
Participating Partners will be staging a range of special events ranging from demonstrations and workshops, talks and debates, new product launches and exhibitions throughout the week, with a specific programme of events taking place in various showrooms on Monday 21 September.
The Islington Design District returns for its second year, bringing together a growing collection of design-led shops, showrooms and cafes in the Islington area including SMUG, Aria, twentytwentyone, Present & Correct and Folklore.
Visitors will be able to walk the Islington Design District Trail from Amwell Street south of Angel, through to Camden Passage and along Upper Street, to discover new designers, special product launches and one-off exhibitions and events.
The Shoreditch Design Triangle 2015 will be one of the most coherent street- by-street event during this year’s London Design Festival. Now in its seventh consecutive year, the event brings together a collection of designers, stores, galleries, studios, cafés, bars, brands and one-off events for a week of design-led festivities. The Ace Hotel on Shoreditch High Street will provide a hub for people to meet, relax and gather information.
Truly collaborative and harking back to the days when the Hoxton and Shoreditch area was re-invigorated by the Young British Artist movement, the event revels in the true spirit of London, a place that bursts with new ideas, historical places and spaces, and the colourful characters who have strode the East End for many a year.
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