Alongside the events organised directly by the London Design Festival, there are also several others created independently and locally by some of the London Boroughs. They are seven and they are recognisable under the ‘Design Districts’ label. Each of them has its own logo, which helps to identify them.
Running east to west along the Thames from Borough Market to Oxo Tower Wharf, this year the events in the district encourage the visitors to get hands-on, and there is a strong theme around typography and lettering in the programme.
# DIGITAL INK
Digital Ink combines traditional print processes and technological design to create interactive prints using conductive ink, programmed as a touch sensor. Combining letterforms and touch, workshop participants will craft 2D and 3D objects which generate audio, tactile and visual interactions between graphics and paper.
WHEN&WHERE: Monday 19 September, 10am-2pm. Free. LCC Studio, Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre, First Floor.
# TASTE: DO YOU JUDGE A WINE BY ITS LABEL?
A perfect event for those that love design and wine in equal measure. A unique wine/type tasting experience through a selection of wines while exploring what the design of the label tells you about what you drink. The event will be held in the Laithwaite’s Arch store, a family owned, an independent wine merchant that has been finding some of the most exciting and enjoyable wines in the world for the last 50 years. To book: www.bit.ly/LDFWineType
WHEN&WHERE: Wine and type tasting evening: Thursday 22nd and Tuesday 27th September , 7.30pm – 9.30pm, £30 each session. Laithwaite’s, Arch 219-221, Stoney St, London SE1 9AA.
It’s one of the newest design districts. Its series of events use the power of design to amplify identity and create a sense of place. Its theme, Rebel Rebel, pays homage to David Bowie, a Brixton local who redefined the boundaries of creativity and identity.
# SQUIRE & PARTNERS are setting up an interactive outdoor installation along Stockwell avenue transforming it into a large scale canvas with original artwork, music and free coffee and ice-cream handed out by local businesses. Free.
# FRIENDS OF WINDMILL GARDENS
Local pattern and print designers Eley Kishimoto will dress the windmill sails with their striking Flash design, made to celebrate its 200th anniversary this year. If you are lucky there is also the chance to see the windmill in action grounding flour. The Old Post Office, the local bakery, will run baking demonstrations alongside Brockwell Bake, selling products made from Brixton Windmill flour.
WHERE: Brixton Windmill, Free.
This year Brompton celebrates its 10th anniversary of hosting pioneering contemporary exhibitions. This year’s theme explores the processes and perceptions of Transformation. Activities include a cocktail reimagined by designers among which there are Ron Arad and Tom Dixon, a live presentation of glassmaking, as well as a multi-sensory installation.
# BREATHLESS: THE ESSENCE OF GLASS
An interactive exhibition that aims to represent the essence of glass-making, from its inception to its presence in various forms located all around us. The very birth of glass will symbolically materialize in the installation of a mobile glass furnace. Professional glass-makers Marek Bartko and Marek Effmert will run workshops for visitors and, in collaboration with renowned designers (Tomas Alonso, Marcin Rusak, Studio Swine and Michael Anastassiades), craft intuitive artwork.
WHERE: Czech Centre London
# MASTERCLASS WITH PATRICIA URQUIOLA
Architect and designer, Patricia Urquiola gives voices to her personal stories that are emotional explorations of her empathic relationships with people, objects, and contexts, which she has been exploring throughout her career. £15
WHERE: London Design Festival at the V&A
# MADE.COM, DESIGNING FOR SMALL, URBAN SPACES
Panel discussion on the increase of people living in urban spaces and the shrinking space we have in each city, and the consequent effects on design and consumption. This session includes Ruth Wassermann, head of design at MADE.COM, Suzanne Imre, editor in chief of Living Etc plus special guests. £10
Located in the vicinity of King’s Road, Lots Road and Imperial Wharf, the district boasts a large and diverse selection of specialists covering antiques, rugs, lighting, fabrics, furniture, and kitchens.
# SOAK, STEAM, DREAM: REINVENTING BATHING CULTURE
Soak, Steam, Dream explores a renewed interest in the connection between the physical, meditative and social aspects of bathing. Open House weekend: Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 September 2016.
WHERE: Roca London Gallery
Believed to be one of the oldest boroughs in London, this year, it will host over fifty new designs from established brands along with plenty of opportunities to meet the makers. It aims to be the best area if you look for walks, talks, world firsts and collectibles.
# BD BARCELONA: 10 YEARS WITH JAIME HAYON
2016 marks ten years of collaboration between BD Barcelona and global design great, Jaime Hayon. In Celebration of this, BD will present a retrospective of Jaime’s work in the recently opened Clerkenwell showroom, including new editions from ‘Showtime’ which launched in Milan earlier this year.
WHERE: BD Barcelona
# Zaha Hadid Design
The Zaha Hadid Design Gallery spans over two floors and provides a showcase for Zaha Hadid’s product and furniture design. The space hosts an ever-changing programme of exhibitions and collaborations, from exclusive jewellery and fashion pop-ups, to the display of architectural models and reliefs from the archive.
WHERE: Zaha Hadid Design Gallery
The Islington Design District is a collaborative event made up of 15 design shops and showrooms across Islington. Each partner is holding an exhibition, putting on one-off activities and/or launching new products and exclusives.
# QUILL, PAPER FLOWERS INSTALLATION
Quill is collaborating with paper flower artist A Petal Unfolds to present a striking and visual installation in their Islington stationery store. Is it also possible to participate to a workshop that will teach you how to make them by yourself. £45
The Shoreditch Design Triangle is a true celebration of the area, hosted by the creative companies who work here. It blends together a range of product launches, exhibitions, installations, workshops, talks, and tours.
# READY MADE GO 2
After the successful 2015 edition, Modern Design Review magazine and Ace Hotel London collaborated to produce ‘Ready Made Go’ 2 with specially commissioned objects introduced and installed at Ace Hotel London.
WHERE: Ace Hotel London Shoreditch
# VITRA LTD – VITRA POP UP
Vitra’s temporary co-working space provides an inviting place to be productive and creative or, if you don’t want to work, you can simply enjoy our café surrounded by contemporary and classic pieces from the Vitra collection.
# TOKYOBIKE: DESIGN TOURS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH DESIGNJUNCTION
Exploring London and seeking out the best of the London Design Festival we are running a series of guided bicycle tours led by some key figures in the design world. In partnership with designjunction these will be based from their new home at Kings Cross. £25