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