Fashion & Beauty

Christmas arrives at King’s Cross

It’s December so we can officially get over excited about the Christmas season and all ready in full festive swing, Kings Cross has launched their extensive Christmas agenda, keeping you Jolly right into the new year. Celebrating the opening of Coal Drops Yard, this year at King’s Cross Christmas is all about championing design, celebrating everything from international guest artists to local designers and makers. Events will be running everyday alongside the usual opportunities to eat, drink, shop and be merry. With the dazzling Granary Square Christmas tree now standing tall, it’s the perfect time to drop down and get your festive spirit on.

Matter of Stuff Christmas Gallery
Kick off your Christmas shopping with pieces from some of the world’s most innovative designers. Look out for new materials and finishes, particularly in marble and ceramics.

Fenman House
designjunction and STORE store present Coal Drops Yard Design Tours
designjunction teams up with Coal Drops Yard’s resident design school, STORE Store for a series of curated design tours that showcase everything from radical materials to design classics. Each tour focuses on a specific experience and consists of three stops, where guests can meet the designers, learn about the materials and even make something themselves.
Christmas tour: 7 Dec, 6-8pm
Craft tour: 13 Dec, 6-8pm
Tickets go live from 21 Nov via the designjunction mailer

STORE Store public workshop series
STORE Store, Coal Drop Yard’s resident radical design school will be running a series of public workshops every Saturday led by professional designers, artists and architects. They will be exploring everything from rope making, casting, plastics, mould making and weaving. To find out more please contact [email protected]
8 Dec, 12-6pm: Not So Expanded Polystyrene Workshop
15 Dec: 12-3pm Building Baubles Workshop

Hem Pop-Up and Weekly Events
The Hem pop-up gives Londoners the opportunity to view and experience Hem furniture, lighting and accessories by some of today’s most forward-thinking designers. The space is also home to weekly design led events for the general public, including photography, embroidery and interior styling. Register at Eventbrite:
1 Nov – 31 Dec

6 Dec, 6.30 – 8pm: Design Anthology Workshop 

10 Dec, 6.30 – 8pm: Modern Design Review Talk 

13 Dec, 6.30 – 8pm Philippe Malouin Design Talk: Working with Hem

17 Dec, 6.30 – 8pm: Floom Workshop: Seasonal Floral Arrangements

Sadie Clayton Christmas Tree at Granary Square Brasserie
Rising design star, Sadie Clayton has created a copper tree for Granary Square Brasserie. This bespoke tree features 104 signature copper leaves and twinkling lights. The design is inspired by mindfulness and positive energy. Following exhibitions at Tate Britain and Art Basel Miami, and colorations with Alexander McQueen, this installation sees her showcasing her work as part of King’s Cross Christmas season celebrating design.
12 Nov-30 Dec

Canopy Market Christmas Special
Canopy Market gets a design make-over with new pop-ups from independent designers and makers every day, talks from the Design Museum, and of course, delicious festive food, mulled wine and live music.
30 Nov to 16 Dec. 12am-6pm daily, Fridays 12-8pm.

Illustrators’ Christmas Fair
The Illustrators’ Fair is back with over 100 artists selling limited-edition prints, posters, handmade books, jewellery and ceramics. If it’s one-of-a-kind you’re after, then this is where you’ll find it.
8 Dec, 12-6pm. – The Crossing and West Handyside Canopy

Space Frames
These giant sculptural lights have been placed in and around Coal Drops Yard during the festive period and are the work of Eindhoven-based design studio Mieke Meijer. The dynamic installation responds to the architecture of their Coal Drops Yard location, tracing the arches and mimicking the graphic outlines of the surrounding  industrial structures.
1 Nov-6 Jan

WILD Wreath Making Workshop at Tom Dixon
Make your very own, gorgeously wild Christmas wreath under the watchful eye of master florist Nikki Tibbles. Created especially for WILD at Tom Dixon.
Dec 11, Dec 18, 6-8pm

Independent Label Market @ Canopy Market
Since 2011, Independent Label Market has brought together the founders of over 500 of the world’s greatest independent record labels to sell their fresh vinyl produce directly to the public. 
15-16 Dec, 12-6pm – West Handyside Canopy

THE FACE Covers Archive
The story of THE FACE is told through 250 historic covers of the magazine universally acclaimed as the most influential of its time.
26 Oct – 31 Jan – Lewis Cubitt Square

Riposte Presents, Protection
This new group exhibition marks the 70th anniversary of the universal declaration of human rights. In partnership with Amnesty International UK Trust, Riposte have invited 30 artists to create a piece of work in response to the word “Protection”. All proceeds from art sales will be donated to Amnesty. Alongside the exhibition there’ll be a programme of events and a specially created publication produced by the Newspaper Club.
10-16 Dec
Coal Drops Yard

New Year’s Eve
Spiritland and The Lighterman are both hosting special New Year’s Eve parties featuring a three course meal and DJs on the decks until late. Date: 31 Dec – Spiritland and The Lighterman

Dishoom Christmas Carols
Dishoom Chai and Santa hats, along with mince pies and carols, make this charity carol service a festive night out.
18 Dec 18.30-20.00
West Handyside Canopy
Further information about all these events and more can be found on the King’s Cross website here.

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Written by Jordan Crowley