For one week in September, over 400 events and installations will take place as part of the annual London Design Festival across seven design districts. The Bankside Design District returns to London Design Festival for a second year after a successful debut last year. The district runs east to west along the Thames from Borough Market to Oxo Tower Wharf. A series of exciting events and activities are scheduled to showcase the diverse creative industry within the area. You can look forward to artist-hosted workshops, walking tours, exhibitions and outdoor installations over the course of the festival from 17th to 25th September.
Here are some key events that should be on your radar:
‘Masters of their Material’ presents two ceramicists who work in highly individualist ways. Matthew Chambers’ patterned sculptural work and Susan O’Byrne’s figurative animal pieces illuminate the richness and dynamism in studio ceramic production today. See their work at the Contemporary Applied Arts exhibition.
Designersblock will be hosting two multidisciplinary design events at the Oxo Tower Wharf. Creative Matters will consist of a 4 day programme of talks, workshops, networking events and installations. Following this will be a showcase of featured product, lighting, jewellery, ceramics and concepts from over 100 emerging and established independent designers. Don’t miss these collaborative and diverse events at the Oxo Tower Wharf.
Font fanatics will love these two innovative Type Tasting events. ‘What’s Your Type?’ workshops are jam-packed with fun games and demonstrations that teach you the personalities of typefaces and how to choose a font in three easy steps. ‘Do You Judge a Wine by is Label?’ ingeniously combines wine, design and science so you can discover what the label tells you about a wine, and how it can even influence how it tastes. Sample some lovely Laithwaite’s wine while Type Tasting founder Sarah Hyndman takes you on this unique tasting experience.
Our neighbours Bramwell Brown will be launching its new ‘London’ Weather Clock this design season. The inventive British company, which specialises in creating ‘Mechanimated’ clocks, is hosting a fun launch evening with drinks and clock/barometer-themed craft at their shop. Josh Patterson, the young award-winning illustrator who designed the new ‘London’ Weather Clock, will also be there on the launch evening. The clock is a reinvention of the traditional barometer, measuring the atmospheric pressure changes and translating this into a ‘Mechanimated’ forecast of Very Dry, Fair, Change, Rain or Stormy weather.
The artwork depicts the Houses of Parliament by the Thames with little characters shown on the Embankment ejoying or suffering the forecasted weather. Other key London icons such as Tower Bridge, the London Eye, a black cab and a red telephone box are all part of the innovative design.
Borough Market will be hosting two incredible workshops with two leading artists in their fields. Join Mike Meyer, the American traveling sign painter for an intensive one day introduction to the traditional craft of signwriting. Mike has taught in over 25 cities across three continents in the last three years. Make sure you book in advance to avoid disappointment. Blackboard artist Cheryl McLean will be leading a two-day workshop which will provide you with the skills for creating effective layouts in a variety of lettering styles in a range of materials. Not only will your blackboards look great but they will more importantly sell your client’s goods! Pre-book your place now.
The independent designer-makers based at Gabriel’s Wharf will be exploring ethical fashion, fair trade and sustainable design models through a series of design workshops, exhibitions and events. Over the weekend of 24-25th September you will have the opportunity to meet the designers from House of Eunice, Nordic Nic Nac and Southbank Printmakers amongst others as well as partake in workshops including embroidery and unique stitching techniques onto silk scarves; textile printing and etching techniques for posters.
Look out for Adobe Creative Resident Craig Winslow’s evocative site-specific light projections in Bankside: Light Capsules. The experiential designer’s creative residency is bringing ‘ghost signs’ (fading painted signs) back to life through the medium of projection mapping. His work offers a unique approach to engaging with the design heritage inherent in these designs through typographic analysis and reinterpretation of the letter forms. For this London Design Festival, Craig is collaborating with Sam Roberts, the founder of Ghostsigns, to apply his methods to those signs that feature on the Bankside Ghostsigns Walk. Coinciding with the launch of the Ghostsigns Tours App, these installations offer an immersive way to view South London’s fading signs.