Bankside Design District celebrates local talent

  • Date Tuesday, 15 August 2023

For LDF 2023, expect a packed programme of events showcasing the very best in design, craft and innovation.

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Kyri Vassilas

London Design Festival (16-24 September) celebrates design on a global scale and highlights the talented creatives, designers and makers that thrive in the city. Bankside is one of London’s most creative and cultural districts and we will once again be coordinating Bankside Design District which will run east to west along the Thames from Borough Market to Oxo Tower Wharf, reaching south down to Borough and Southwark.

Allies and Morrison
Taking place in their studio space, “Five Places in North Lazio” by Andrew Green is an exhibition of photographs taken in five towns across north Lazio, Italy. Exploring a small part of each town, outside the historic centres, the images observe and record the everyday nature of these places. Open 6th to 29th September, Mon to Fri 11am-4pm.

This is Bankside campaign
“This is Bankside” is our current destination marketing campaign. Using colourful artistic bricks which celebrate the history, culture, hidden gems and attractions in Bankside, the campaign evolves through placemaking, physical interventions and digital storytelling to celebrate the neighbourhood in a new and innovative way.

Chair of Virtue at Borough Yards
An exhibition featuring a selection of 1:1 scale sculptural chair prototypes / work in progress from twelve local emerging and established makers with each piece being surrounded by loose assembly of material tracing the process and inspiration behind the work.

Emerging Talent Collective
This year, Bankside will also host its Emerging Talent Collective, with students and alumni from London institutions hosting a pop-up exhibition on 23 September at Arch, as well as a programme of events and workshops based around their final projects. Don’t miss our talk on the future of AI (21 Sept), or learn more about the Foldit font (21 Sept), or even explore your creative side with our raffia workshop (23 Sept).

Gowling WLG
How can businesses and designers collaborate while still preserving their style, aesthetics and values? Gowling WLG UK head of Brands and Designs John Coldham will explore on 18 September with world-renowned design businesses how best to navigate a collaborative relationship to make the most of the opportunities it can provide. Don’t miss it and reserve your spot.

Isola Design
Isola brings to London Design Festival its community of independent designers and design studios with the exhibition Nothing Happens if Nothing Happens. Focusing on using regenerative resources and repurposing waste materials in an effort to bring the spotlight on a circular design approach. Running 20 – 23 September.

Manyone London
Running Thursday 21st September. Join Manyone at their London Studio for a double-header on new frontiers facing design practice today…

1: Fun as a platform for learning – Meet Moonbug and Lego in a conversation about engagement through design.

2: Neurodivergence by Design – how do we include everyone in design practice? And intersections of the two…

Material Matters
After a hugely successful debut last year, Material Matters returns to the atmospheric Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf. The fair features world-class brands, manufacturers, designers and makers, an unmissable programme of talks and installations focussed on celebrating the importance of materials in design and architecture – and why material intelligence is so important to our collective futures. Running 20-23 September.

MYO are hosting four amazing workshops to unleash your creative side:

Boob pottery workshop, Tuesday 19th September 6.30pm – 9pm – Book now
Terracotta planters workshop, Tuesday 19th September 6.30pm – 9pm – Book now
Watercolour painting for beginners, Wednesday 20th September 6.30pm – 9pm – Book now
Painted ceramics workshop, Thursday 21st September 6.30pm – 9pm – Book now
Lino print your own tote bag or tea towel, Friday 22nd September 6.30pm – 9pm – Book now
Lino printing Prints, Friday 22nd September 6.30pm – 9pm – Book now

Oxo Tower Wharf
From millinery to ceramics, weaving to leatherworking and much more, a haven for the design and craft-curious is waiting to be discovered at Oxo Tower Wharf. Their creative community of studio showrooms on the first and second floors is open to browse, buy, commission and learn with special demos and workshops. Visitors can explore over 25 designer-maker open studios across two floors of the riverside landmark.

Sea Containers
For the 2023 London Design Festival, Sea Containers London has teamed up with NOW Gallery (Greenwich Peninsula) and Uber Boat by Thames Clippers for an evening with Simone Brewster, one of the leading voices in contemporary design. The evening will begin at NOW Gallery with a curator-led tour of Simone Brewster: The Shape of Things, followed by Simone Brewster in-conversation in the subterranean screening room at Sea Containers London, where she will discuss her career and inspirations. Guests will travel by river, from Greenwich Peninsula to the South Bank with Uber Boat, and the evening will finish with an exclusive Champagne reception at Sea Containers London. Running on 19 September 2023.

A walking tour of three railway arches in Southwark retrofitted by local architecture studio TDO which illustrate best practice in regenerating redundant railway infrastructure. Led by architect and developer, the tour includes TDO’s own studio, Ewer Street and Redcross Way. Book today

Hilton London Bankide
Partnering with London-based designer, Marina Garlo, Hilton London Bankside will be installing one of the designer’s debut pieces, the GARLO I Chaise Longue, in the hotel’s lobby throughout the festival for guests and visitors to experience. The limited-edition, interactive sculpture is inspired by the stars and aims to create a connection between the viewer and an existence that is usually light-years away. The hand-made art piece is comprised of matt black steel poles with a base of Fenix and nylon lightbulbs (LEDs). Including a shock absorbing system, the poles adapt to the body’s shape making it a comfortable experience for all.

The Tyre Collective
Over a million tonnes of tyre wear particles are produced annually across Europe, making it the second-largest microplastic pollutant in our oceans and a major air PM pollution. This problem gets worse with electric vehicles, from the added battery weight and torque. The Tyre Collective is developing the first on-vehicle device to capture tyre wear and upcycling this waste stream. As part of the Terra Carta Design Lab, this exhibition brings designers, material scientists, and chemical engineers together to create exciting applications, transforming this pollution into products. Running 20-23 September.

Wood Awards
Celebrating exceptional timber design and innovation, The Wood Awards exhibition at Gallery@Oxo will showcase the shortlisted buildings, furniture and products for the Wood Awards 2023. Established in 1971, the Wood Awards is the UK’s premier wood design competition, celebrating excellence in architecture and product design. Partnering with Material Matters for the second year, this exhibition will highlight timber’s beauty and versatility in contemporary architecture and furniture. Featuring inspiring work UK architects, designers and makers, the shortlist exhibition demonstrates how timber can transform and enrich our lives – and contribute to positive change in the built environment. Running Wednesday 20 – Saturday 23 September 2023