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Celebrate London Design Festival with events taking place across Oxo Tower Wharf, the heart of creative London, and proud member of the Bankside Design District. Individual designer-maker studios have organised a number of special events throughout London Design Festival.

Celebrate London Design Festival with events taking place across Oxo Tower Wharf as part of Bankside Design District: http://www.oxotower.co.uk/events/london-design-festival-at-oxo-tower-wharf/

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Pop into the studios anytime whilst they are open at Oxo Tower Wharf to see the heart of creative London in action, and enjoy the chance to meet and talk with the designers themselves. Individual studios will organise a number of special events throughout London Design Festival. Events include:

Studio Teresa Collins, Unit 2.10, Oxo Tower Wharf, 23 September, 6-6.45pm
Leading colour consultant and designer Teresa Collins will host a relaxed informative session exploring influences, psychology and the universal language of colour. She will discuss how this informs her work during a studio session of interactive colour. Free – please register by email info@studioteresacollins.co.uk. Due to limited studio space this event is restricted to a max of 10 places.


Electrobloom, Unit 2.11, Oxo Tower Wharf, 6.30-7.30pm
Join Mark Bloomfield for a talk on how to design for 3D printing and discover more about his 3D printed jewellery collection. Mark will discuss the various 3D Printing technologies, materials and software available to designers and give advice to those interested in incorporating 3D Printing into their design practice. Free – please email hello@electrobloom.com by 18 September 2015 to confirm your place.



Studio Fusion, Unit 1.06, various dates
Three international jewellers will show a wide range of unique, contemporary jewellery and body pieces inspired by aspects of architecture. Plus a wall installation from an architectural glass artist will be on display, alongside a series of informal talks from the artists to discuss their individual approaches to design.

- Saturday 19 September, 2- 5pm: Joan MacKarell: Transitioning enamel from jewellery to public art installations Over the last few years Joan has been part of a team designing large-scale escapement clocks such as the extraordinary Corpus Christi clock in Cambridge. By combining the ancient art of enamel with the modern technologies of CAD and 3D printing, sintering, and photo-etching, Joan is able to breathe life into these highly technical designs. She will show examples and discuss these processes during the afternoon.
- Sunday 20 September, 2-5pm: Susan Kinley: Interacting With Public Spaces – Light, Colour, Imagery and Place Involvement with public art projects and large-scale commissions have always been integral to Susan’s practice, often responding to very particular sites and places. This has led to collaborations with architects, designing and making installations for flooring, windows, walls and exterior spaces. Working primarily with glass, and recently steel and enamels, she uses techniques such as laser cutting to shape sections that are layered with fired imagery of fragmented landscapes.Susan will show examples of commissioned and site specific work, and talk about bringing her experience as an individual artist to collaborations with design teams and architects.
- Wednesday 23 September, 2-5pm, Gudde Jane Skyrme: Small scale art from architecture. Gudde is fascinated by the seemingly haphazard forms of many Mediterranean hill villages and how light at different times of day accentuates their geometry and the textural qualities of their building materials – stone, plaster, terracotta. She combines photographic processes with metal and enamel to create abstract impressions and will describe the evolution of this journey.



Archipelago Textiles, Unit 1.07

Luxury textile designer Doreen Gittens will be running a series of special talks in her studio on the process of designing and weaving. Participants will be able to try their hand at weaving on Doreen’s small table loom.

Demonstrations will take place Monday 21 September to Wednesday 23 September, 12 noon-3pm. Spaces will be limited to 6 people at a time, with 1 person using the table loom at a time. Booking is advised. Please contact Doreen directly to book via info@archipelagotextiles.co.uk



Skylark Galleries 2, Unit 1.09

- Saturday 19 September, 2-4pm, meet the artist: Drop in to meet illustrator and artist Kathleen Dutton for an informal conversation on her creative process. Dutton will display recent book designs and will show her animation commission.
- Saturday 19 September, 5pm, meet the artist: Jennifer Dutton will talk and demonstrate her garden inspired projects including her current body of limited edition prints and her recent garden illustration commission.
- 24-25 September, Meet the artists: Jennifer Dutton & Kathleen Dutton will be on hand to do talks and demonstations. - Meet the Artist: Kathleen Dutton will be available for meet the artist sessions all day at Skylark Galleries 1 at neighbouring Gabriel’s Wharf on 23 September.


Bodo Sperlein, Unit 2.05, Oxo Tower Wharf, Mon-Fri, 10am – 6pm, Closed Saturday & Sunday, Late night Wednesday 23 September from 6pm
Acclaimed product designer and consultant Bodo Sperlein will be running an open studio during London Design Festival and a special late night event on Wednesday 23 September for a greater insight into Bodo Sperlein’s work.



Snowden Flood, Unit 1.01, Oxo Tower Wharf, 19-27 September, Mon-Fri 10.30am-6pm, Sat 11am-6pm, Sun 12 noon-5pm
For London Design Festival the Snowden Flood studio is launching a new products range and celebrating the best of British design by featuring work by FHH Accessories, M. Hulot bags, Karen Mabon Scarves and The Printed Peanut. Makers include:

- Datter Industries: Jewellery by Illustrator Kaye Blegvad from her studio in East London
- Nobrow books: Stylish books from their small press
- M Hulot bags: Elegantly designed, traditionally crafted bags by the London based designer
- Metro Publications: Informative, useful and nerdy guides for people who love London.
- Takae Mizutani: A London based Japanese designer's take on Britishness, through products
- Papillon Perfumes: Exquisite artisan perfumery
- Wrap Magazine: A great magazine that always includes 10 pullout sheets of commissioned Illustrated papers
- Hilary Grant Knitwear: Luxury designer knitwear from the Orkney Islands
- Clara Francis: Intricate hand beaded jewellery from North London
- Meticulous Ink: Letterpress Printed stationery from Bath
- Pump Street Bakery Chocolate: Award Winning 'bean to bar' chocolate from Suffolk
- Anorak magazine: beautifully illustrated London produced childrens’ magazine
- Design for Today: new books by Alice Patullo and Louise Lockhart of The Printed Peanut


Mikala Djorup Jewellery, Unit 1.16

Prestigious jewellery maker Mikala Djorup will be showcasing a selection of contemporary jewellery rooted in the Danish tradition for high quality and explorative design. Five female Danish jewellers will take over the studio in Oxo Tower Wharf and surprise us with innovative and exciting new work.

Participating jewellers:

– Josefine Rønsholt Smith
– Ninna York
– Mette Saabye
– Therese Mørch-Jørgensen
– Anja Eriksen


JeDeCo, Unit 1.17

JeDeCo (Jewellery Designers’ Collective) joins the London Design Festival with two interactive weekend events, held on Satuday 19 – Sun 20 September, and Saturday 26 – Sunday 27 September. Their designers will have tools ready to make your very own personalized identity pendant or bracelet on the spot, with letters, symbols and colours. This promises to be a fun project for creative people of all ages. Join in and be part of JeDeCo's unique celebration of London design.


Wagumi, Unit 1.08, Oxo Tower Wharf , 19-27 September (closed Monday 21 September), 11am-6pm
Staff from specialist Japanese craftsmanship and design shop Wagumi will show you how to create and maintain a traditional Japanese kokedama (moss ball) plant display for your house and garden - and how it can be combined with Arita porcelain. Kokedama made in store will be available for purchase.


Discover a unique community of design boutiques and studios offering a range of contemporary products, with the opportunity to discuss the work with the people who created it.

Please check www.oxotower.co.uk for full details. Please note that some events will have restrictions on the number of participants.


16-27 September, 11am-6pm, free, gallery@oxo
Contemporary craft and design work by MA and BA graduates from the University for the Creative Arts (UCA).


Piddington Pod installation
16-27 September, Courtyard at Oxo Tower Wharf, Free
Using upcycled copper cladding, UCA graduate Christina Piddington large scale copper pod represents themes of sanctuary and recuperation.


23-27 September, free, Bargehouse and G11, Oxo Tower Wharf
Designersblock have been producing major annual international design shows since 1998. They design and deliver unique exhibitions, events and experiences in the UK and internationally working with a huge network of independent designers, creative partners, commercial clients and brands to bring the most innovative ideas to the widest possible audience.

Designersblock London 2015 will feature over 100 independent designers exhibiting furniture, lighting, ceramics, textiles illustration, graphics and concepts. Additionally Designersblock will be collaborating with Arts Thread to promote the work of a selection of talent from the worlds largest graduate network.


Imagination Lab
Platform, Oxo Tower Wharf, 17-20 September, 11am-5pm, Free
Imagination Lab is a unique space for children aged 5-11 years old and their families to apply their imagination to unlock the future. Using animation clay, paper craft, 3D-printed figure models, and a digitally painted projection globe, children can create out-of-this-world models and designs for our future universe.

Imagination Lab is a project run by The Institute of Imagination in partnership with People United and funded by the Clore Duffield Foundation. For more information about the Institute please visit: www.ioi.london
Advance booking required via https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/imagination-lab-tickets-18314623532


Diaspora Dynamics: The 2015 AACDD Bargehouse Festival
16-21 September, Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, Free, 11am-6pm
The AACDD (African and African-Caribbean Design Diaspora) festival returns to Bargehouse this year exhibiting the dynamic talent of African and African-Caribbean designers and artists created within the diaspora. Art, design, film, photography, and textiles will flood all five floors of the building during the 6th edition of this festival of creativity. There will also be a programme of workshops and seminars taking place as part of the festival.

Oxo Tower Wharf

Oxo Tower Wharf is an award-winning, landmark building situated on the Riverside Walkway part of London’s fast moving South Bank and Bankside areas. Oxo Tower Wharf is home to some of the UK’s most innovative and internationally renowned contemporary designers, restaurants, cafes, bars and exhibition venues gallery@oxo and Bargehouse.

Oxo Tower Wharf is owned and managed by Coin Street Community Builders. Coin Street Community Builders is a social enterprise and our aim is to make our neighbourhood a great place to live, work in, and visit.

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