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London Design Festival at Oxo Tower Wharf

Oxo Tower Wharf west staircase

The heart of creative London, the iconic Oxo Tower Wharf hosts a range of exhibitions and events as part of the London Design Festival.

Highlights include London Design Festival landmark project URBAN CABIN; ‘Size Doesn’t Matter’ from the Estonian Association of Designers in gallery@oxo; and 380:1, an installation of 380 tree saplings in the courtyard exploring urban design and the environment.

Plus as home to several leading design studios and shops on the ground, 1st and 2nd floors there will be a host of creative events across these, including open studios, product launches, talks and workshops. Pick up a leaflet at Oxo Tower Wharf during the festival or download here for full details.

Join us on Wednesday 20 September for our Late Night opening across Oxo Tower Wharf, as part of the Bankside Design District Late Night.

URBAN CABIN
London Design Festival Landmark Project by architect Sam Jacob and MINI LIVING
Courtyard, Oxo Tower Wharf, 16  – 24 Sept, Free
The ongoing project by MINI explores the future of urban habitats based on the creative use of space on a small personal footprint, which in a world of streamlined design reflects each city’s unique character. The MINI LIVING team designed a micro-house as a research space for relevant urban needs and local identities. Urban Cabin consists of a clever module reflecting its environment and featuring distinct London characteristics created by architect Sam Jacob.  It will be a place to exchange, bringing people together and replicating important elements of urban life: a shared kitchen refers to the importance of food markets, and a micro-library responds to the decreasing number of public libraries.

ESTONIAN DESIGN: SIZE DOESN’T MATTER
by Estonian Association of Design
gallery@oxo, Oxo Tower Wharf, 14 – 24 Sept, Free
Exhibition and pop-up shop showcasing work by 50 designers from Estonia featuring furniture, lighting, glassware, ceramics, and textiles, encapsulates all the key characteristics of Nordic design with a minimalist style, natural materials, humour and ingenious solutions.

380:1
by Friche Studio

Platform, Oxo Tower Wharf,15 – 25 Sept, Free
Educational installation aiming to raise awareness around air pollution, climate change and deforestation by displaying 380 sapling trees, accompanied by a programme of talks and events on ecology and urban planning.

Clinic //2
by Vitamin London
Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, 20 – 24 Sept
Digital design agency, Vitamin London, brings their exhibition, Clinic //2, to the third floor of the atmospheric Bargehouse. Through a collaborative multi-sensory experience, Clinic //2 unveils unique artworks, designs, and immersive installations demonstrating the bridging of technology and reality.

Oxo LDF Hub
Bargehouse, Ground Floor, Oxo Tower Wharf, 16–24 Sept, 11am-6pm
Pop inside to pick up a leaflet, find out what’s on or enjoy a sit down.

Rocking Wotsits
by Jack Hardy
Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, 16 – 24 Sept
Discover a family of Rocking Wotsits at Bargehouse’s. Rocking Wotsits are something between furniture and toys; you are invited to climb on, nudge, peculiarise, and wigwag these Wotsits to your own ends.

DESIGN STUDIOS AND SHOPS

Throughout London Design Festival, Oxo Tower Wharf, Ground, First and Second floors
Enjoy creative events hosted by participating design studios and shops based at Oxo Tower Wharf.

Innermost, Units 2.03 & 2.04, Oxo Tower Wharf, 20 – 24 Sept
Casambi Presentation: 20 September from 6.30pm
Gin Time Party: 21 September from 7pm (Guest list/RSVP only)
After last year’s success, Creative lighting brand Innermost are opening their studio, showroom and gin bar to the public once more, where you will be able to see their latest collections up close. This year they are also holding a drop-in portfolio surgery for design students & graduates.

On 20 September, they host a presentation on Casambi, demonstrating the Bluetooth control in lighting that is taking Europe by storm and, on 21 September, their LDF Gin Time party.

JeDeCo, Unit 1.17, Oxo Tower Wharf, 16 – 24 Sept
Jewellery collective, JeDeCo, gave their members a creative challenge: to design and produce a contemporary piece of jewellery inspired by their favourite cities around the world; architecture, iconic features, symbols, iconography and much more. Their creations will be featured in JeDeCo’s gallery for the duration of the festival.

Bramwell Brown, Unit 1.18, Oxo Tower Wharf. 16 – 24 Sept.
Late Night: 20 Sept
Bramwell Brown launches ‘Minute Miniatures’, a new personalised range of clocks, with a series of workshops. The new clocks feature tiny pre-cast models that can be tailored to suit any family situation or hobby resulting in a totally unique ‘Weather Clock’. At the ticketed events you will be able to paint two pre-cast models of your choice. Tickets, costing £15, are available to purchase at bramwellbrown.com.

wagumi, Unit 1.08, Oxo Tower Wharf, 20 & 22 – 24
Japanese design shop, wagumi, hosts workshops inviting you to make your own Daruma. These are traditional, oval-shaped dolls which are used as lucky charms and goal setters in Japan. Join to paint your own doll’s face; the left eye while making your wish and the right one when the wish comes true as a sign of appreciation. Tickets are limited and cost £10. Link goes live after the bank holiday weekend.

SUCK UK, G3, Riverside Walkway, Oxo Tower Wharf. 16 – 24 Sept.
Late Night: 20 Sept
If you have an idea for a product that could sit alongside ‘The Greatest Gifts on Earth’ in the SUCK UK store, LDF is the time for you to submit your designs. SUCK focuses on idea generation throughout the festival, drop in to get inspired.

BRAND ACADEMY, G3, Courtyard, Oxo Tower Wharf. 16 – 24 Sept.
Late Night: 20 Sept
Brand Academy, the newest resident at Oxo Tower Wharf, opens its doors with exciting workshops and events throughout LDF. Screen-print a tote bag, watch in wonder at the live window painting and shop till you drop during late night opening.

SNOWDEN FLOOD x PRINT ARCHIVIST
and SNOWDEN FLOOD & ARLO & JACOB
Unit 1.01, Oxo Tower Wharf. 16 – 24 Sept
Late night: 20 Sept
Artist/Designer Snowden Flood launches a new range of fabrics for LDF in collaboration with design archive Print Archivists, as well as a limited edition chair collaboration with UK furniture maker Arlo & Jacob.

BLACK + BLUM, Unit 2.07 & 2.08, Oxo Tower Wharf. 18 – 22 Sept.
Late Night: 20 Sept
Black + Blum host a special LDF sale in the shop only. There will be some fantastic offers of up to 50% or more on some items as well as one off samples and designs.

STUDIO FUSION GALLERY, Unit 1.06, Oxo Tower Wharf. 16 – 24 Sept.
Late Night: 20 Sept
Meet the artists: 23 Sept
‘6 make a bridge from Europe’ is an exhibition which sees renown enamel artist and curator, Elizabeth Turrell, bringing 6 European artists and designer makers together to exhibit their work in a variety of media, including vitreous enamel, metal and found objects.

SIMA VAZIRY & KATHERINE ELIZABETH, Unit 1.03, Oxo Tower Wharf. 20 Sept.
Late Night: 20 Sept
Jeweller Sima Vaziry and milliner Katherine Elizabeth host two talks in their studio for LDF:

3.30-3.40pm and 6.40-6.50pm:  ‘Hat Etiquette’ with Katherine Elizabeth

3.40-3.50pm and 6.30-6.40pm: ‘Gems’ with Sima Vaziry.

J-ME, Unit 1.20 & 1.21, Oxo Tower Wharf. 16 – 24 Sept
Late Night: 20 Sept
Modern gift designer, j-me, launches their A/W collection in their studio.

MR JONES WATCHESUnit 1.11, Oxo Tower Wharf. 19 – 27 Sept
Mr Jones Watches is hosting a treasure hunt. The prize is a distinctive, London made watch.

Throughout the week of LDF, follow @mrjoneswatches on Instagram as they post cryptic clues leading you round their daily treasure hunts. Eventually you’ll find the key to your prize hidden somewhere near Oxo Tower Wharf.

ELECTROBLOOMUnit 2.11, Oxo Tower Wharf.
Late Night: 20 Sept
Digital craftsman and award-winning 3D print designer, Mark Bloomfield, hosts a thought provoking discussion on the future of design, autonomous systems & artificial intelligence on the evening of 20 September.

SKYLARK GALLERIES 2, Unit 1.09, Oxo Tower Wharf. 17 – 24 Sept
Late Night: 20 Sept
Skylark Galleries 2 presents ‘Materials of Choice’ featuring:

17 Sept 2-5pm:  ‘River finds – Thames Glass Fish’ with Mudlark Nicola White.
Nicola showcases glass and other objects found on the foreshore and talks about the secrets and stories hidden in the murky waters of the Thames.

18 Sept 2-5pm: ‘Handmade papers from around the world’ with Gill Hickman. Gill will show a selection of the fine papers that she uses in her embossed collages

20 Sept 5pm: ‘September Talk & Demo’ with Kathleen Dutton. Artist and illustrator Kathleen Dutton will be sharing the story of handmade wood and paper books as well as a a guided meditation by Kathleen Dutton.

20 Sept 6-8pm: ‘Paint on ceramic tiles, paint on canvas’ with Linda Samson. Linda will be showing and talking about her latest collection
of colourful oil paintings and framed ceramic tiles with images of quiet contemplative interiors and references to the sea and skies of the North.

21 Sept 3-6pm: ‘Copper, wax, acid, paper ink’ with painter / printmaker Kit Boyd. Kit will talk about the ancient art of etching, with samples of etching plates.

Bodo Sperlein, Unit 2.05, Oxo Tower Wharf
20 September, 6-8pm: Open studio and late night displaying Bodo’s recent work with Loewe. The bild x and bild 5 will be on display highlighting materiality and craftsmanship and the first time the bild x can be seen in the UK. They will also be offering 10% purchases of tableware in store.

 

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