Brompton Design District Overview
by Festival's Feet on the Street
Head west to London’s fashionable Brompton district and browse the many stores and galleries taking part in this year’s London Design Festival.
The Brompton Design District is one of the largest of the Festival’s seven areas, and there is certainly plenty to see! Various locations are clustered around South Kensington, a haven of furniture and homeware stores all year round in a very fashion-conscious area of London, known for its cultural clout. Do pick up a red Festival guide or check out the website’s My Festival Planner to organise your visit.
Highlights include The Conran Shop Chelsea in collaboration with It’s Nice That and designers Isabel + Helen with A Load of Jargon, a light-hearted celebration of buzzwords in the creative industries.
The pop-up gallery at Plinth is also a must-see, the standouts being Jacques Nimki’s real living English meadow Florilegium SW7 on the ground floor and the immersive paper installation Refraction, by Foldability’s Kyla McCallum.
Interior design store Mint, founded in 1998 by Lina Kanafani, has launched the collection White Canvas, featuring works from more than 50 new and well-known designers and focusing on individuality, innovation and experimentality. Mint has established itself as a space to show contemporary collections and exclusive works by top designers and its new range is not to be missed by fans of highly collectable yet elegant design pieces.
Visit Light Pollination (tucked away on Cromwell Place Mews, near the V&A museum) by iGuzzini UK and UniversalAssemblyUnit for an interactive light show that’s great fun for adults and kids alike. The artwork features 20,000 LED points that light up in response to the shine of a torch - see if you can find the few particular filaments that make the whole installation ‘pollinate’ and shine bright.
Also worth a visit is Cassina on Brompton Road with its Origins of the Future: What’s Your Gender installation, featuring the Gender armchair from designer Patricia Urquiola in a play on identity and colour/material combinations.
The Brompton Design District is open until Sunday 25 September.
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Written by Katherine Allen
Edited by Rosie Howe