London Design Festival is back, with a packed programme across eight days of installations, exhibitions and talks that showcase the very best talent the capital has to offer right now. Here’s our highlights reel of what’s to come.
King’s Cross Design District
For the first time this year King’s Cross has been named one of London’s design districts, alongside the likes of Bankside, Chelsea and Shoreditch. And there’s a reason for that: it’s the capital’s newest creative quarter, with architects, designers and artists all setting up shop in the area. This London Design Festival 2019 will see some of King’s Cross’s residents open their doors to the public, with the likes of Tom Dixon, Central St Martins and Granby Workshop hosting exhibitions and installations.
14-22 September, londondesignfestival.com
Stir it Up: Paddington Printshop Posters 1974-1990
Founded by John Phillips and Pippa Smith in 1974, Paddington Printshop made some of the most significant activist artwork of the 20th century. Working with musicians like the Sex Pistols and Joe Strummer, community organisations and campaigners, it protested against the poverty, harsh policing and poor housing of their neighbourhood. This exhibition will showcase some of its most significant works from the period.
5-28 September, London Print Studio, 425 Harrow Road, W10 4RE, londondesignfestival.com
Please Be Seated
Designer and artist Paul Cocksedge is transforming Finsbury Avenue Square for London Design Festival with an impressive large-scale installation of concentric circles made from reclaimed scaffolding planks. Intended as a response to the changing rhythms of the local community, it can be sat on and walked under, toeing the line between artwork and architectural solution.
14-22 September, Finsbury Avenue Square, Broadgate, EC2M 2PP, londondesignfestival.com
City Co-Labs: Re-Making Place Exhibition
Makerversity is a community of makers and creative businesses based at Somerset House, which brings together the voices of the future. This September it’s staging an exhibition exploring how design can be used to shape the city of the future in a way that creates radical solutions to problems like inclusion and community cohesion.
16-22 September, New Wing, Somerset House, WC2 R1LA, londondesignfestival.com
Marble and Mosaic Design Tours of Westminster Cathedral
Designed in the early Christian Byzantine style by the Victorian architect John Francis Bentley, Westminster Cathedral is a major jewel in London’s architecture crown. Its fine marble work and tiled mosaics in particular are well worth a visit. They’re the subject of free guided tours this London Design Festival, hosted by experts and lasting around an hour.
2-3pm, 14-17, 19 and 22 September, Westminster Cathedral, 42 Francis St, SW1P 1QW, londondesignfestival.com
One of The Jackal’s City Makers, Camille Walala is brightening up London Design Festival with a bold installation of street furniture on South Molton Street. Featuring her signature primary colours and graphic designs, the eleven benches on display transform the street into an open-air urban living room.
14-22 September, South Molton Street, W1K 5QE, londondesignfestival.com