From 15-23 September 2018, London Design Festival celebrates and elevates London as the design capital of the world.
In addition to the Design Districts, London Design Festival has the Design Routes. As a Route, participating partners are located within walking distance of one another. They greatly expand the range of activities and events which take place within the Festival as a whole, ensuring that the route represents all areas of London and its creative and design communities.
Brixton Design Trail
Brixton Design Route inspires us to think creatively about local challenges with global relevance with the theme ‘We belong’, celebrating togetherness in an exploration of what it means to live in one of Europe’s most diverse cities.
Brixton visitors can expect to find one of London’s most distinctive destinations for all that is new in food, drink, shopping and nightlife, alive with an extensive programme of public art, creative showcases, workshops and talks.
The design legacy of a much-loved colleague, artist, designer and activist, Jon Daniel, will be celebrated.
Mare Street Maker MileWith a mix of old and new making; from printmakers to Fab Labs, metalwork to new media, in east London we have The Maker Mile. It is a creative cluster of fabricators, studios and workshops. The area is one mile in radius and centres on the point where Mare Street crosses the old industrial transport hub of the Regent’s Canal.
Containerville, a collection of over 60 repurposed shipping containers, will be holding an open studios event, showcasing many of the creative businesses working there. Machines Room will relaunch its Fab Lab in this new location. Award-winning lighting brand Tala will be opening its new studio and showroom on Vyner Street.
Visitors will also find the Distributed Design Challenge, an exciting new European initiative, showcasing emerging lighting designers who use new materials and digital fabrication tools. Surface Matter has a week of material, colour and design focused events. Immerse yourself in the materials library, join the experimental design workshops and explore the material and colour installation curated by Colour of Saying. By London Fields, you will find the launch of Nude, a ceramic collection by Ana Kerin for Kana London. On Mare Street, London College of Fashion will present its new project space, Arcade East, and will host events and installations focused on sustainability and innovation.
Paddington Central Design Route
Paddington Central is one of London’s newest food and tech hotspots. Like an urban waterside oasis, is located next to Paddington Station and the iconic Grand Union Canal. It is home to inspirational public works of art, vibrant cultural events and ground-breaking architecture. Its community works smarter, stays active and lives well thanks to a backdrop that encourages businesses and people to flourish.
As part of the Design Route, the Royal College of Arts will be exploring residential and retail builds of the future in Sheldon Square with a photo exhibition and models across Paddington Central. Besides floating dinners throughout the festival, you have colour-workshops, Open House events, walking art tours and much more.
King’s Cross Design Route
This Route is home of inspiring businesses and outstanding architecture, destination restaurants and a vibrant cultural scene. The area’s industrial past has inspired 50 new and repurposed buildings. The public spaces between them are a mix of parks, streets, squares and gardens, with Granary Square and its fountains as a heart.
This year Creative Unions will showcase work by graduating students of Central Saint Martins, Matter of Stuff will present a concept pop-up gallery designed by Raw Edges and House of Illustration will be home to Enid Marx: Print, Pattern and Popular Art, a landmark exhibition celebrating the mid-20th-century designer.