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London Design Festival takes place all over London, not just in the city centre. This year, take the time to explore new areas of the city or reconnect with old places in your search for design inspiration.
Why not head south of the river? Make your way by train, boat, plane or cable car to Greenwich Peninsula to marvel at this year’s Landmark Installation, A Bullet From A Shooting Star by artist Alex Chinneck.
Or look in on Bankside Design District, where you can learn about the history of hand-painted signage at Borough Market with Signs & Signwriting in Bankside or visit with studio residents at Oxo Tower. For a taste of what you can look forward to, watch our visit to Paul Antonio’s studio and find out more about the creative life of a modern-day scribe.
A Bullet from a Shooting Star
Commissioned by the Festival in collaboration with Knight Dragon, Alex Chinneck brings an impressively monumental installation to North Greenwich with A Bullet from a Shooting Star.
A Bullet from a Shooting Star
Property developers Knight Dragon are currently working to bring 15,000 new homes to London at Greenwich Peninsula and, inspired by the site’s history as an area of industry and power generation, Chinneck looked to electricity pylons for his new work. Weighing 15 tons and comprising 466 pieces of steel running to a length of 1,186 meters, the sculpture can be seen on the ground, from the river, the Emirates Airline cable car or even via plane flying in or out of City Airport. MORE
Talks and Events at the V&A
Best known for public commissions such as the London 2012 Olympic Torch and a new £2 coin for the Royal Mint, design duo Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby will present recent work in a Masterclass at The Global Design Forum on Monday 21 September.
On Tuesday 22 September the V&A presents Future Day, a day of events focusing on futures in partnership with Nesta’s FutureFest. Highlights include Smart At Home, a debate about how networked smart objects might transform our domestic spaces and private lives and Connected Streets, an event that looks at possible side effects of greater numbers of smart objects in our cities.
Design Events across Bankside Design District
London born and bred, Buster + Punch open their debut design showroom to launch new collection GET HARD. Designersblock takes up residence at the Bargehouse for its 18th annual showcase of more than 100 independent designers over three floors. Get a sneak peek inside one of NEO Bankside’s penthouse apartments, decked out in ceramic splendour with a curated selection from Contemporary Applied Arts.
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citizenM hosts the Bankside Design District hub – drop in for more information about area events. In Borough Market, Signs & Signwriting in Bankside explores the exciting art of signwriting: give letter painting a try and learn about the history of local ‘ghostsigns’. Three artists will transform Southwark St with Colourful Crossings, taking art out of the gallery and into public space. Visit BDG architecture + design’s open studio to see their winning designs for Ogilvy Group’s relocation to iconic Sea Containers House.
Running out of phone battery? Stop by the Colebrook Bosson Saunders showroom to recharge with Cubert, a new combined lighting and power device. Take a closer look at the metal objects that shape our cities in Resonance, an overview of contemporary work by renowned metalsmiths. For something a little more architectural, Allies and Morrison present an exhibition of drawings by Director Ian Sutherland. MORE
View works by one of Britain’s most eminent stone sculptors, Emily Young, in an outdoor Sculpture Garden at NEO Bankside. Nearby at Oxo Tower Wharf, a number of resident designer-makers have organised special in-studio events. Studioilse set up shop near London Bridge to bring you their first collection designed for IKEA. Modern-day letter wizard Paul Antonio Scribe shares his knowledge of the art and history of calligraphy with a series of lectures and hands-on workshops.
Loophouse studio hosts an open studio, showcasing its bold and graphic designs for rugs, throws and cushions. Snoop the glamorous surrounds of Tom Dixon-designed Mondrian London hotel at Sea Containers House on design led tours, and while there, also look in on Moooi’s latest collections at Moooi Residency. Back at Oxo Tower, The University for the Creative Arts brings a showcase of work from its craft and design graduates to the Capital.
Design consultancy Pancentric asks big questions about the future with their three-day service design and design thinking in action event, and law firm Wragge Lawrence Graham hosts a discussion on design and protecting intellectual property with the founders of Trunki, tangerine and Joseph Joseph.
Late night opening for Bankside Design District on Wednesday 23 September.
Enter our competitions for the chance to win an Ashley Rucksack by Ally Capellino; a one year V&A Membership for you plus a guest; a one night stay for two people at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Bloomsbury Street hotel; a Speedball Deluxe Screen Printing Kit with a copy of the book Low-Tech Print by Caspar Williams in collaboration with Cass Art; and a heavy metal light pendant with a Buster LED Light Bulb and a mix set Candle Holder with Buster + Punch. Go to London Design Festival website and find more and for more news about this festival click here.
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