VISIT THE DIS­TRICTS

Give your­self time be­tween 16 and 24 Septem­ber to soak up what’s hap­pen­ing at each of these ar­eas

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BANKSIDE DE­SIGN DISTRICT

Ty­pog­ra­phy fans should see ‘Graphic De­sign Process’ by San Fran­cisco’s Let­ter­form Ar­chive at Devon­shire House, which will fea­ture the work of Eric Gill and Piet Zwart (20–24 Septem­ber). Want to get in­volved? Join one of Bet­ter Let­ters’ hand-let­ter­ing work­shops (16–24 Septem­ber; banksid­edesigndis­trict.co.uk).

BRIX­TON DE­SIGN TRAIL

Brix­ton brings the best of ur­ban de­sign to its streets again, with a num­ber of tem­po­rary pub­lic in­stal­la­tions ex­plor­ing this year’s theme: ‘Love is Power’. Spa­tial de­sign com­pany Dol­man Bowles has col­lab­o­rated with Eley Kishi­moto to cre­ate zingy new pat­terns for pedes­trian cross­ings, and Win­drush Square will be pop­u­lated by ‘Love Stops’ (above), kit­ted out with ideas to boost your well­be­ing (16–24 Septem­ber; brix­ton­de­sign­trail.com).

BROMP­TON DE­SIGN DISTRICT

V&A cu­ra­tor Jane Withers set the theme, ‘Other Sto­ries: Al­ter­na­tive Per­spec­tives in De­sign’, for nearby shops and show­rooms to in­ter­pret. De­sign­ers Martino Gam­per and Mar­tyn Thomp­son are both pre­sent­ing new work (‘Square’ chair by Gam­per, left), Faye Too­good cel­e­brates her stu­dio’s 10th an­niver­sary, and fash­ion de­signer Peter Pilotto takes over a town­house to dis­play his AW17 col­lec­tion. All are dis­persed among works by the likes of de­sign­ers Max Lamb, Bethan Laura Wood, Jochen Holz and many more ( bromp­ton­de­signdis­trict.com).

CHELSEA DE­SIGN QUAR­TER

Head down to the up­scale shops and show­rooms of Lon­don’s New King’s Road and its sur­round­ings for a var­ied se­ries of ex­hi­bi­tions and lat­est launches. We can’t wait to see Tal­is­man Lon­don’s new ‘Crackle’ fur­ni­ture col­lec­tion (right) and a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween an­tiques dealer Guin­e­vere and wall­pa­per spe­cial­ist De Gour­nay, which will ex­plore Chi­nois­erie through the ages (chelsead­e­sign­quar­ter.co.uk).

CLERKENWELL DE­SIGN QUAR­TER

Clerkenwell’s show­rooms are a bag of treats for de­sign lovers. Head to Viaduct for the ‘Punc­tu­at­ing Space’ ex­hi­bi­tion to see work by the likes of E15, Child Stu­dio and Muller Van Sev­eren; catch an ex­hi­bi­tion on the clas­sic ‘Eames’ chair ( be­low) at Vi­tra; and don’t miss the best of ce­ramic de­sign at the Mil­liken Car­pet show­room – its ‘Cre­ativ­ity in the City’ show is based on Katie Treg­gi­den’s book, Ur­ban Potters: Mak­ers in the City (clerken­wellde­sign­quar­ter.com).

IS­LING­TON DE­SIGN DISTRICT

A shop­per’s par­adise, Is­ling­ton’s clus­ter of de­sign stores all have sur­prises up their sleeves. Start off with a cof­fee at Smug, Lizzie Evans’ cafe-shop sell­ing cool home­wares, then head to the CTO Light­ing show­room for an ex­hi­bi­tion of cut­ting-edge de­signs by Bel­gian Michaël Ver­hey­den. Fi­nally, pop in to de­sign shop Twen­tytwen­ty­one to see its lat­est ad­di­tions, in­clud­ing Dan­ish brand Hay’s re­vival of Wim Ri­etveld’s fur­ni­ture de­signs (is­ling­ton­de­signdis­trict.com).

MAY­FAIR DE­SIGN DISTRICT

Mak­ing its de­but this year as a de­sign district, May­fair packs a punch. At Ga­lerie Kreo – the fa­mous French gallery’s Lon­don off­shoot – Dutch de­signer Hella Jon­gerius will present many of her works through the years, along with her new ‘Tile’ side ta­ble, cov­ered in ce­ramic tiles. Mean­while, the Car­pen­ter’s Work­shop Gallery will give trend fore­caster Lidewij Edelkoort the floor to se­lect the most ex­cit­ing emerg­ing tal­ent, and Di­more Stu­dio will be show­cas­ing a site-spe­cific in­stal­la­tion at Maz­zoleni Lon­don ( lon­don­de­sign­fes­ti­val.com).

PIM­LICO DE­SIGN DISTRICT

Also in its in­au­gu­ral year as a district, Pim­lico cel­e­brates some of the best in Bri­tish de­sign at its many shops and show­rooms, in­clud­ing Ochre (new ‘Sun­gaya’ light, right), Soane, Lin­ley and more. It’s also the per­fect chance to visit two new show­rooms: Pinch – read more about its new work on p39 – and Cox Lon­don, which of­fers be­spoke, sculp­tural fur­nish­ings and light­ing de­signs (thep­im­licoroad.com).

SHORED­ITCH DE­SIGN TRIANGLE

With so many of the city’s most cre­ative brands, agen­cies and de­sign­ers based in the east end, it’s no wonder that Shored­itch has be­come an an­nual hub for some of the most con­cep­tual shows in town. The Ace Ho­tel is al­ways a good place to start: check out its ‘Ready Made Go 3’ ex­hi­bi­tion in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Mod­ern De­sign Re­view mag­a­zine, which fea­tures spe­cially com­mis­sioned new prod­ucts (shored­itchde­sign­tri­an­gle.com).

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