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Oxo Tower Wharf to be part of London’s newest design district

The iconic Oxo Tower Wharf, home to 20+ design studios and exhibition spaces, including gallery@oxo and Bargehouse has joined forces with several other leading Bankside and South Bank based design destinations and businesses to launch London Design Festival’s newest design district- Bankside Design District.  This newly announced design district will be the first district located south of the river.

Many exciting design based events and exhibitions will take place throughout Oxo Tower Wharf during the London Design Festival 19-27 September. There will also be opportunities to meet and talk with the designers themselves, who run successful design studios and shops across Oxo Tower Wharf.

Discover a unique community of design boutiques and studios offering a range of contemporary design products, with the opportunity to discuss the work with the people who created it. Leading design studios based at Oxo Tower Wharf include Innermost, Black + Blum and J-Me. Individual studios will organise a number of special events:

STUDIO SPACES – THROUGHOUT LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL
VARIOUS UNITS, OXO TOWER WHARF

Pop into the studios anytime whilst they are open at Oxo Tower Wharf to see the heart of creative London in action, and enjoy the chance to meet and talk with the designers themselves. Individual studios will organise a number of special events throughout London Design Festival. Events include:

COLOUR OBSERVATIONS
Studio Teresa Collins, Unit 2.10, 23 September

Join Teresa Collins in her studio for an informal talk to explore how psychology, memories, observations and trends have informed her work as a textile designer and colour consultant.
http://www.oxotower.co.uk/who/studio-teresa-collins/

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DESIGN FOR 3D PRINTING
Electrobloom, Unit 2.11

Join Mark Bloomfield for a talk on how to design for 3D printing and discover more about his 3D printed jewellery collection.
http://www.oxotower.co.uk/who/electrobloom/

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ARCHITECTURAL INTERPRETATIONS
Studio Fusion, Unit 1.06

Several of the artists from Studio Fusion gallery will hold a series of informal talks on the theme of architectural jewels. Each artist will discuss their inspirations, designs and working practices.
http://www.oxotower.co.uk/who/studio-fusion/

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TEXTILE WEAVING TALK AND WORKSHOP
Archipelago Textiles, Unit 1.07

Luxury textile designer Doreen Gittens will be running a series of special talks in her studio on the process of designing and weaving. Participants will be able to try their hand at weaving on Doreen’s small table loom.
http://www.oxotower.co.uk/who/archipelago-textiles/

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MEET THE ARTIST AND ARTIST Q&A’S
Skylark Galleries 2, Unit 1.09

16-21 September, Join Sara Sherwood and Deana Lee, featured artists for an informal Q&A in the gallery.
17 September, Illustrator and artist Kathleen Dutton will talk on her creative process, recent book designs, logos and animation commissions
22-29 September, Meet the artists during a feature of their work. Jennifer & Kathleen Dutton will do talks and demos.
23 September, Meet the Artist: Kathleen Dutton will be available for meet the artist sessions all day at Skylark Galleries 2 during the day
23 September, Evening. Kathleen and Jennifer Dutton will present and evening event with examples of sketchbooks and their mood boards.
http://www.oxotower.co.uk/who/skylark/

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OPEN HOUSE: BEHIND THE SCENES
Behind the Scenes: Bodo Sperlein, Unit 2.05

Join acclaimed ceramicist Bodo Sperlein for a special open house event looking behind the scenes in his studio.
http://www.oxotower.co.uk/who/bodo-sperlein/

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BEST OF BRITISH
Snowden Flood Studio Shop, Unit 1.01

Snowden Flood is a designer & purveyor of quality UK-designed and made gifts and souvenirs. To coincide with LDF Snowden will be launching a collaborative London scarf with Grazia award winning accessories designer Karen Mabon. Additionally, in the studio Snowden Flood will be celebrating the Best of British designed and made gifts and souvenirs with a special show featuring (but not limited to) work by the following makers:

– Datter Industries: Jewellery by Illustrator Kaye Blegvad from her studio in East London
– Nobrow books: Stylish books from their small press
– M Hulot bags: Elegantly designed, traditionally crafted bags by the London based designer
– Metro Publications: Informative, useful and nerdy guides for people who love London.
– Takae Mizutani: A London based Japanese designer’s take on Britishness, through products
– Papillon Perfumes: Exquisite artisan perfumery
– Wrap Magazine: A great magazine that always includes 10 pullout sheets of commissioned Illustrated papers
– Hilary Grant Knitwear: Luxury designer knitwear from the Orkney Islands
– Clara Francis: Intricate hand beaded jewellery from North London
– Meticulous Ink: Letterpress Printed stationery from Bath
– Pump Street Bakery Chocolate: Award Winning ‘bean to bar’ chocolate from Suffolk
– Anorak magazine: beautifully illustrated London produced childrens’ magazine
– Design for Today: new books by Alice Patullo and Louise Lockhart of The Printed Peanut
http://www.oxotower.co.uk/who/snowden-flood/

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DANISH DJEWELETTES
Mikala Djorup Jewellery, Unit 1.16

Prestigious jewellery maker Mikala Djorup will be showcasing a selection of contemporary jewellery rooted in the Danish tradition for high quality and explorative design. Five female Danish jewellers will take over the studio in Oxo Tower Wharf and surprise us with innovative and exciting new work.
www.oxotower.co.uk/who/mikala-djorup-jewellery/

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PUT YOUR STAMP ON IT – DESIGN YOUR OWN IDENTITY JEWELLERY
JeDeCo, Unit 1.17

JeDeCo (Jewellery Designers’ Collective) joins the London Design Festival with two interactive weekend events, held on Satuday 19 – Sun 20 September, and Saturday 26 – Sunday 27 September. Their designers will have tools ready to make your very own personalized identity pendant or bracelet on the spot, with letters, symbols and colours. This promises to be a fun project for creative people of all ages. Join in and be part of JeDeCo’s unique celebration of London design.
http://www.oxotower.co.uk/who/jedeco/

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NORTHERN LIGHTS
Graeme Mccolm, Unit 1.15

Contemporary jewellery maker Graeme Mccom hosts an an event with six Scottish based jewellers, entitled ‘Northern Lights’, This selling exhibition focusing on the diversity of designers working in Scotland today, each concerned with a different technique whether it be narrative, colour, material or scale.
http://www.oxotower.co.uk/who/graeme-mccolm

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Plus more studio events to be announced soon

Final event times and details will be confirmed over the summer. Please check back for full details. Please note that some events will have restrictions on the number of participants.

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UCA@OXO
16-27 September, 11am-6pm, free, gallery@oxo
Contemporary craft and design work by MA and BA graduates from the University for the Creative Arts (UCA).

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Copper Pod, Courtyard Installation
16-27 September, free, Courtyard at Oxo Tower Wharf
University of Creative Arts will be using the Courtyard at Oxo Tower Wharf for a large scale copper pod installation.

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Bargehouse, 15-21 September
AACDD (African & African-Caribbean Design Diaspora) will be exhibiting work from several artists and designers in Bargehouse, promoting the creative skills and talent of people of African and African-Caribbean descent.

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