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King's Cross Design District

18-26 September 2021


In 2018, Heatherwick Studio-designed Coal Drops Yard opened adding a wealth of incredible design brands to an estate already filled with architectural delights, a renowned arts university, and generous, egalitarian public spaces. King’s Cross Design District, now in its third year, allows the resident brands to come together and open their doors to the public and present a host of exhibitions, installations, talks and much more.

What are three highlights of the district for 2021?

Taking centre stage at the district will be SuperNature a new King’s Cross initiative in which we use our public realm installations and activations as a vehicle to explore and circular design. We will also be welcoming back Planted, the first contemporary design event and digital forum aimed at reconnecting spaces with nature. Plus, Tom Dixon Studio will be investigating the Science of Interiors at their Coal Office HQ.

What makes your district and area special to London?

King’s Cross is a unique setting with a rich history, one of the largest regeneration projects in Europe. It has a mix of new and cleverly restored buildings, a first-class arts and cultural programme and 26 acres of open space. There is also some great eating to be done there. Come for the festival, stay for the day.

What inspired your district’s visual identity?

Kellenberger-White created our bold identity, developing an inventive, low-waste signage system and social-media campaign. Their custom-made poster typeface KW Litfass was designed to work in the rich European tradition of advertising columns: when you set a few words in KW Litfass, they shout.