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King’s Cross Design Route

In addition to the Design Districts, London Design Festival introduced Design Routes in 2017 to recognise smaller clusters of design activity in London. As a Route, participating partners are located within walking distance of one another. Together, the partners greatly expand the range of activities and events which take place within the Festival as a whole, ensuring that the route represents all areas of London and its creative and design communities.

King’s Cross is home to 67 acres of inspiring businesses and outstanding architecture, destination restaurants and a vibrant cultural scene. The area’s industrial past has inspired 50 new and repurposed buildings; the public spaces between them are a mix of parks, streets, squares and gardens, with Granary Square and its fountains as a heart. 


For the 2018 programme Creative Unions showcased work by graduating students of Central Saint Martins, Matter of Stuff presented a concept pop-up gallery designed by Raw Edges and House of Illustration housed Enid Marx: Print, Pattern and Popular Art, a landmark exhibition celebrating the mid-20th century designer. Modern Design Review and James Shaw unveiled PlasticScene, an exhibition of exciting and accomplished work by internation designers working with waste plastic. Finally, Tom Dixon hosted ELECTROANALOGUE, a gathering of digital innovations in the Coal Office, the brand’s new HQ and flagship shop. Collaborators included Bill Amberg Studio, Teenage Engineering, sound artist Yuri Suzuki, sound lab/bar Spiritland and Ege carpets.

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