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London Design Festival at Oxo Tower Wharf and Gabriel’s Wharf

Exhibitions / Talks / Maker Workshops / Design Shops / Installations

Showcasing the very best in design, craft and innovation

Between 15-25 September, the iconic Oxo Tower Wharf and Gabriel’s Wharf, two creative enclaves at the heart of the Bankside Design District, become key destinations for the London Design Festival, showcasing a full programme of events and activities to celebrate creative industry within the area.

Oxo Design Hub

gallery@oxo, 15-25 September, 11am-6pm (late opening on 21 Sept)
We’re working with Sofa.com to create a welcome area and chill out zone for design hungry visitors to recharge their batteries in between visiting our programme of exhibitions and events for London Design Festival.


FREE – some special events may be charged for
Bargehouse & G11, Oxo Tower Wharf

15–18 September
A four-day curated programme of talks, workshops, master classes, round table discussions, installations, exhibitions and networking events. Creative Matters explores how creatives, institutions and businesses are collaborating to anticipate, shape and stimulate future economies.

Speakers and events include Barbara Chandler: #DirePR and #AspirePR, Elena Corchero: #YOSTEAM, Confessions of a Design Geek: Roundtable on Internships, The National Autistic Society: Neurodiversity: how we stand to gain, Marianna Pestana: New sites of curatorial practice, Ben Tallon: Dream Clients Are Child’s Play, Justine Fox: Considering Colour – Not Another Pink Razor, Reeps One: Mind Games Microcosms of Thinking, Institute of Imagination:
Drawbots, Camilla Barnard and Squad: Drawing Games, Service Design Fringe Festival: Edition 3 & much more (see website for full details).

22–25 September
Collective showcase for independent designers featuring furniture, lighting, product, textiles, jewellery, architecture, service design, interactive design and new concepts. Participating exhibitors
include Bryony Applegate, Deborah Tchoudjinoff, Kathleen Reily, Jayda Hayny, Lambert Kamps & Wir Design. In addition Designersblock will also feature Under Development, an exhibition formed around the 17 UN sustainable development goals.


Throughout London Design Festival, Oxo Tower Wharf, various units,
Enjoy the chance 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.

Most shops open 11am–6pm, Tuesday-Sunday (times may vary)
Discover new work and take part in events led by Oxo Tower Wharf’s community of leading designers.

Studios include:

Preview: Weds 21 Sept
Bramwell Brown launch a ‘London’ Weather Clock for LDF. The new design, created by award-winning illustrator Josh Patterson, is a reinvention of the traditional barometer, translating this into a ‘Mechanimated’ weather forecast.

British Colour Standard, Date/Time TBC
Inspired by the ‘British Colour Standard’ (a 1930s colour matching system) Designed in Colour have created a new range of British-made mugs, launching at LDF 2016 as part of Designersblock. Join them for a series of talks and events including colour demonstrations and a referendum for new British Colour Standard colours.

On September 17 the founders of Designed in Colour, Jackie Piper & Victoria Whitbread, will be talking at Designersblock on some of the fascinating background to the colours in this historic system.

Innermo st Ten, 20–24 September, Preview: Weds 21 Sept 7–11pm (invitation only)
Innermost celebrate 10 years at Oxo Tower Wharf by hosting 10 events throughout LDF. Their new showroom is open to view their 2016 collection. Bid in a silent auction for ten of their greatest design (proceeds to Macmillan), catch their flash mob cocktails, plus enter to win a limited edition gin – Ginnermost.

Kaleidoscope, 17–25 September
JeDeCo is a collective of independent jewellers based at Oxo Tower Wharf. For LDF 2016 their members will design a contemporary piece of jewellery inspired
by their countries of origin.

Objects of Light, 17–25 September
Josef Koppmann launches a new body of work at his unit at Oxo Tower Wharf for LDF 2016. The work challenges the form of marble by exposing it to precious
metals and stones to create new and unexpected lighting objects. The interplay of natural surfaces and textures combine to create one of a kind pieces.

Cultural Conversations, 17–25 September
Cultural Conversations is a new collection of clothing and interior pieces by Lauren Shanley that draws inspiration from the designer’s love of collecting and travelling and celebrates women’s lives from around the world.

17 Sept onwards
Mr Jones Watches have collaborated with graphic design legend Clifford Richards for the invention of two unique limited edition time pieces based on the Animal Kingdom.

Preview: Friday 23 Sept
Philip Watts Design, known for their beautiful door furniture, turn their hands to lighting cast in solid bronze for LDF 2016 premiering at Oxo Tower Wharf. Join Philip and the team for refreshments to celebrate this new body of work.

17-18 September
Wagumi is hosting a series of workshops celebrating traditional Japanese craft and techniques for modern living including; kokedama moss balls design and an introduction to the Japanese Tea Ceremony with Hagi pottery.

Opening Party, 21 Sept, 6pm onwards
Join SUCK UK to celebrate the launch of their new flagship shop at Oxo Tower Wharf. Events explore the brand’s process of supporting emerging design from concept through to production. An ideas box will be available in-store to propose new products; prizes will be given for the most innovative.

Workshops: 24 September, 11am-12:30pm
Studios 2.09, 2.10 & 2.11, Courtyard, FREE
Design studios Alan Vallis, electrobloom and Teresa Collins have come together for LDF 2016 to present ‘ColourXperience’, a series of workshops examining the colour of blue (in homage to September’s birthstone, the Sapphire):

  • Studio Teresa Collins, 2.10, Courtyard
    Textile and colour designer Teresa Collins explores the warm and cool nuances of Blue through different materials, textures and colour intensities.
  • Electrobloom, 2.11, Courtyard
    Design, technology and craft collide at electrobloom. Join founder Mark Bloomfield for some hands on experience dying 3D printed Nylon into different shades of blue to create your own bracelet.
  • Alan Vallis, 2.09, Courtyard
    The jewellery designer explores the variations of the colour blue, reflected in the beauty of a sapphire and considers its relationship to other precious stones.


Gabriel’s Wharf

Two minutes walk along the Riverside Walkway is Gabriel’s Wharf, home to a mix of independent design and fashion shops, cafes, bars and restaurants. This creative enclave is the perfect place to explore as part of London Design Festival and Bankside Design District. Most shops open 11am-6pm, Tuesday-Sunday (times may vary).

24-25 September
For LDF 2016, its designer-makers explore ethical fashion, fair trade and sustainable design models through a series of workshops, exhibitions and events. Meet designers from House of Eunice, Jianhui, Lagom and Southbank Printmakers to discuss their approach to ethical modes of practice and view the tools, facilities and processes behind their products. Workshops include; embroidery and stitching techniques; textile printing; necklace design and etching techniques for posters.

See what our neighbours at Gabriel’s Wharf are doing for London Design Festival: https://www.oxotower.co.uk/events/london-design-festival-at-gabriels-wharf/.

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