Design Routes are an integral part of the Festival. These small clusters of design activity - from architectural practices to ateliers and stores - are organised locally and independently. As a Route, their participating partners are located within walking distance of one another. Together, they greatly expand the range of activities and events which take place within the Festival as a whole, ensuring that it represents all areas of London and its creative and design communities.
The Maker Mile Design Route is a creative cluster of fabricators, studios and workshops in east London. The area is one mile in radius and centres on the point where Mare Street crosses the old industrial transport hub of the Regent’s Canal, which denotes the boundary line between the boroughs of Hackney and Tower Hamlets.
Maker Mile returns to London Design Festival for its third year, but now as an official Design Route. Some of the area’s most innovative spaces are showcasing projects, installations and exhibitions for the Festival, all within a short walk of one another. Many spaces are open for the whole festival, so you can visit on Saturday when nearby Broadway Market is buzzing, or explore the creative cluster during the late night opening on Monday 18 September.
Events include the immersive installation BUILD by contemporary visual artist Lisa Traxler at Surface Matter’s material studio; an open studio and pop-up shop with 3D printing and postmodern furniture at Taylor Hawkes Design; an examination of studio processes with prototypes, maquettes and finished editions at Studio Trevelyan; an exciting installation curated by Unique Style Platform and Surface Matter showing the latest developments in colour and materiality; and Machines Room show on pioneering new ways of making by the masses.
Some of the finest design shops and studios in London are coming together to form the Notting Hill Design Route. The Route will offer a diverse array of art, craft and design events on every day of the Festival.
Heal’s is hosting craft classes with Eloise Renouf and Emily Dawe at its Westbourne Grove shop throughout the week, in line with the new AW17 collections which will be launching during the Festival. Additionally, try your hand at a new skill with hands-on workshops from Farrow and Ball, and a loom weaving masterclass at Graham & Green Bayswater. BoConcept will be running a free interior design service, and Pentagram presents an installation of typography by Domenic Lippa following his success at LDF 2016. Goldfinger Factory, sponsored by Heal’s, will be hosting an evening of sustainability-focused talks and factory tours.
Visit on the evening of Thursday 21 September for celebrations at many destinations across the area to launch the Design Route initiative. Begin your evening at Heal’s with complimentary prosecco, then move on to BoConcept, Goldfinger Factory, Gotham and Graham & Green Bayswater, who will also host drinks throughout the evening.
Following on from the success of 2016, South East Makers Club returns for a second year more determined than ever to show the design community that South East London deserves a place on the design map. We are inviting all design enthusiasts to head south and explore the creative streets and studios of this part of London. Home to many of the very best Makers in the country, the trail celebrates work by local designers and makers and includes an exciting host of open studios, talks and workshops.
There are exhibitions with local, national and international designers represented, there are installations, film screenings and finally, to round off the SEMC weekend (and back by popular demand) the Sunday night designer pub quiz returns. South East Makers Club takes place on the final weekend of The London Design Festival-23rd-24th September and spans Deptford, Brockley, New Cross, Peckham and Nunhead.