In 2016 Bankside Design District returned for its second year, running east to west along the Thames from Borough Market to Oxo Tower Wharf. Bankside is a creative hub, home to galleries, creative agencies, design studios and architect practices. This year, events in the district encouraged us to get hands-on, with a strong theme around typography and lettering.

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Brixton Design Trail

This year's programme included large-scale art comissions in public spaces by Animating Brixton, The People's Posters asked the public what they think of Great Brixton, Brixton Youth Trail showcased young talent, as well as a host of outdoor interactive installations from Brixton Street Gallery. 

Their late night opening was Friday 23 September

Brompton Design District

Activity included a cocktail reimagined by an alumini of designers including Ron Arad and Tom Dixon, a live presentation of glassmaking and its fundamental processes and materials by Dechem, as well as a multi-sensory installation by 10 designers and practioners that explored the appeal of utopian thinking. 

Their Late night opening was Thursday 22 September, 6–8pm 

Chelsea Design Quarter

The 2016 programme included a new fabric collection from Raoul Textiles, Bathing Culture by Roca London Gallery, a pop-exhibition of lighting installations at John Cullen Lighting, Guinevere Antiques, Loomah flooring at Reed Harris, carpets from Deirdre Dyson, aswell as sculptures, lighting and furnative from Tom Fulkner. Talisman hosted a 'pop up' exhibition for Amy Kent and Anna Burns Objects alongside a show of their 20th century designs. 

Their late night opening was on Monday 19 September

Clerkenwell Design Quarter

This year's programme included a showcase of the top 20 graduate designer makers from across the UK. Viaduct took a fresh look at minimalism in furniture and lighting design, Barbican and Bocci collaborated on an immersive light installation, The Goldsmiths’ Centre hosted a Creative Links Talks Series, as well as an Ice Cream Social every weekday of the Festival hosted by MARK Product.

There was a late night opening on Tuesday 20 September

Islington Design District

The 2016 Programme included an exhibition celebrating the humble eraser by Present & Correct, a visual flower installation where visitors could create their own flower by Quill London, and an exciting new pattern collection from SMUG Founder Lizzie Evans.

Their late night opening was Tuesday 20 September

Shoreditch Design Triangle

This year's programme included site specifc interiors and products at Ace Hotel, handmade Mexican designs from Piet Hein Eek and SCP, a space transformed with monochrome Op Art by Lee Broom, Photographs by Jasper Morrison, as well as a social enterprise project making hand crafted cushions and bags by Luna & Curious and Fine Cell Work.

Their late night opening was Tuesday 20 September

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