With London Fashion Week now in full swing, London is at the hub of creativity right now. The annual design festival running alongside fashion week ensures that any shows you do miss there’ll be an installation or exhibition to attend in the capital.
Here’s Volt Café’s shortlist of the best ten events to show your face at:
Shoes: Pleasure and Pain
Supported by Agent Provocateur, this exhibition looks at the extremes of footwear featuring sought after designs by some of the world’s most contemporary shoemakers out there.
V&A £12 till 31st January 2016
Serpentine Pavilion 2015 designed by selgascano
Celebrating the 15th anniversary of the recognised Pavilion commission. Spanish studio selgascano have taken on the challenge of this years brief. This polygonal installation features multi-coloured panels that allow you to enter a different realm. If you’re after something that will confuse your mind, look no further.
Brompton Design District until the 18th Oct
London College of Communication Ladybird books re-imagined
The hundredth anniversary of Ladybird books gave the students at LCC free reign to create artwork relating to the publishers legacy which is free for all you lucky bunch to view whilst also celebrating the launch of the college’s new publication EDIT 2.0
Elephant & Castle Sat-Sun 11-4, Mon 10-5 19th-21st Sept
Patternity | Festival of Pattern
Iconic pattern duo, Anna + Grace aka PATTERNITY are proudly hosting a pattern festival featuring a host of projects, installations and workshops during the 17-22nd September.
Design Triangle, Shoreditch Sat-Tues 10-6 plus late night events 19th-22nd Sept
Massimo Casagrande + Liz Wellstead, Burning the Boundaries
This installation welcomes a collaboration from print designer Liz Wellstead and menswear designer Casagrande. Taking inspiration from the street maps of Shoreditch and focusing on translating them into geometric shapes whilst neutralising genders within fashion. This show is a must see for anyone interested in design concept and the outcomes.
Private view 22nd Sept 6-9. Espacio Gallery, Bethnal Green 21st-27th of Sept Mon-Sat 1-7, Sun 1-5
Anthropologie, Limitless Creativity by Adriana Tavares Rugs
Exploring the similarities between drawings, shape, colours and techniques, this art based exhibition features workshops By Adriana Tavares. Simply show up and sketch at a therapeutic evening away from the hussle of London. Drawing workshops can be booked through: email@example.com
Regent Street, Oxford Circus Mon, Weds & Fri 10-7 Thurs 10-8 & Sun 12-6
Aria, Walala in Da House
University of Brighton textile design graduate Walala established her brand in East London before becoming recognised in Hong Kong, New York and Paris for her innovative injection of colour throughout her furniture and product designs. She will be designing a exclusive collection for contemporary home store Aria.
Product launch party: 22nd Sept 7.30pm, Islington Design District Mon-Sat 10-6.30, Tues 10-7.30 & Sun 12-5
Transport for London, TFL’s Pick restaurant and Pop-up wooden underground station by Camilla Barnard
TFL have teamed up with East London Liquor Company to host the Pick Restaurant (after Frank Pick, founder of TFL’s design ethos). The restaurant and tube station showcases new TFL inspired design collections. You can find traditional English grub ready to order and limited edition rum at this ticketed event.
Design Junction, The College, Holborn, Weds 23rd Press Preview 4-6, Thurs 11-9, Fri-Sat 11-7, Sun 11-4
Arts Thread: A recent graduate? How to market yourself digitally on zero budget
25th Sept 7-7.45 & 7.45-8.30
Arts Thread, the creatively led graduate based platform has brought a team of journalists to give a talk as well as a workshop to teach recent grads how to market themselves and their creative business’ via websites, online portfolios and social media.
Brompton Design District
Royal College of Art- Jewellery and Metals. Where is the Gold?
An exhibition with a question that only RCA students could get you thinking about; the value of idolized, stereotypically precious material that is formally known as gold and what place it has in the jewellery market today?
Brompton Design District Sat 6-9, Sun-Thur 10-6
Words by Lora O’Callaghan
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