Lon­don De­sign Fes­ti­val

This Septem­ber the cap­i­tal comes alive with de­sign shows, work­shops and in­stal­la­tions. With so much go­ing on, it’s hard to pick out the gems. Luck­ily, you don’t have to! Here’s Team ED’S guide to the must-see events Fea­tures Writer Char­lotte Brook dis­cove

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THE SMILE ( UN­TIL 12 OC­TO­BER) Not strictly in Bank­side, but be­side the river fur­ther west at Root­stein Hop­kins Pa­rade Ground, Mill­bank, you’ll find this ex­tra­or­di­nary 36-me­tre-long ‘megatube’ in­stal­la­tion by ar­chi­tect Ali­son Brooks. De­spite only bal­anc­ing on the ground at one cen­tral point, the curved struc­ture is safe to stroll along. At night it will be lit from within, with its glow bright enough to be seen from across the River Thames (al­ison­brook­sar­chi­tects.com).


( 17– 25 SEPTEM­BER) Usu­ally by ap­point­ment only and one of Brix­ton’s best-kept de­sign se­crets, this Ital­ian fur­ni­ture store, cab­i­netry work­shop and set de­sign­ers’ col­lec­tive is housed in a Grade Ii-listed hall on Sal­toun Road. It will op­er­ate as an ‘open house’ dur­ing the fes­ti­val and is part of the Brix­ton De­sign Trail, a se­ries of events and pop-ups (ce­ram­ics by Fausto Salvi, right; brix­ton­de­sign­trail.com).

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