With Septembers London Design Festival fast approaching, areas across London are revealing their plans for the eagerly awaited week. Marylebone is set to be one of the 2019 hotspots, announcing an impressive series of free events running between 14th – 22nd September.
Marylebone Design District will showcase the vast collection of creative credentials within the community; as well as highlight Marylebone’s grid of attractive Georgian streets, packed with characterful period buildings that will provide the space and inspiration for a diverse and impressive collection of design retailers, galleries, workshops, bars and restaurants. Known for its epic shops and eateries, visitors will be offered exclusive discounts and offers from food and drink partners at leading establishments on well-known streets such as Marylebone High Street, New Cavendish Street, Chiltern Street, Dorset Street and Crawford Street.
Arguably one of the most well known shops in Marylebone, this years official district hub will be in The Conran Shop, collaborating with leading art gallery Hauser & Wirth for the festival to create a special installation that features limited-edition items designed by various Hauser & Wirth artists. It will also be hosting an exclusive Marylebone Design District party at the Marylebone High Street store on the evening of Wednesday 18th September, set to be one of the social highlights of the week.
Some of the activities include:
Another Country is a British craft brand that designs and makes contemporary craft furniture and accessories. The brand will present new furniture products designed by Alain Gilles, Mathias Hahn, David Irwin and Daniel Schofield. In addition, a series of lunches will be hosted in the showroom with River Cottage.
Imago – A Dragonfly in Action will be at Circus on Marylebone High Street. The creative installation is a celebration of the Emperor Dragonfly by the artist, puppet maker and performer Oliver Smart and guests can learn more about the project throughout the gallery’s immersive workshops and talks.
COX & POWER
Chiltern Street’s finest jeweller, Cox & Power, brings a fresh approach to an ancient craft, creating all its pieces inhouse in the Marylebone shop. Get together with the team to talk all things jewellery: craftsmanship, design and provenance. Gatherings will be held throughout the week.
Iconic British furniture makers Ercol, will be introducing visitors of LDF 2019 to its latest and very best furniture collections, including the Pennon table, which has been designed in collaboration with Norm Architects. In addition to the Pennon table, Ercol will also be showing its award-winning VON collection of furniture and a selection of Ercol’s originals designs that highlight history and heritage behind the brand.
FARROW & BALL
Step into the Marylebone showroom on 19th September to enjoy hands-on creative demonstrations and imaginative installations and get bespoke advice from the colour experts.
JO MALONE TOWNHOUSE
Jo Malone London will be opening the doors of its Georgian Townhouse in the heart of Marylebone. The Townhouse will be open over the course of the week showcasing a specially curated exhibition by Martyn Thompson, artist and friend of the brand.
Kaia Lighting will be exhibiting their latest installation, The Golden Fleece, which launched during spring’s Milan Design Week. The special edition chandelier was designed exclusively by the Munich-based multidisciplinary design studio Markus Benesch Creates.
Following the success of their ‘Intelligent Paints’– a ground-breaking range of water-based finishes designed especially for busy people and lively homes – Little Greene have introduced three new finishes for September 2019: floor paint, satin paint and all-purpose primer. To celebrate, they will be hosting a series of ‘how to’ masterclasses at their Marylebone Showroom.
SAIC Design is celebrating its first year in the world’s creative capital by opening the doors to its studio and giving a glimpse into its exciting future mobility design centre. SAIC Design will have designers at work, collaborative projects, research activities, and various properties on display.
THE CONRAN SHOP
As the new hub of the Marylebone Design District, The Conran Shop joins forces with leading art gallery Hauser & Wirth to present products featuring the work of an indomitable roster of artists and designers. The installation features an array of limited-edition items made in collaboration with Hauser & Wirth artists, displayed alongside designs from Conran’s AW19 edit including the Latis Chair by Samuel Wilkinson in Kvadrat/Raf Simons fabrics.
DRIFT, a solo exhibition by Brazilian born artist Valéria Nascimento, is an exploration of tranquillity and delicacy translated into porcelain artworks, objects and installations. Inspired by nature, Nascimento’s work fuses her background in architecture and her sensibility of paper-like porcelain to create artworks blurring the lines between art and design.
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Written by Jordan Crowley