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Mare Street Maker Mile

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.

The Maker Mile is a creative cluster of fabricators, studios and workshops in east London. The area is one mile in radius and centres on the point where Mare Street crosses the old industrial transport hub of the Regent’s Canal. The area has a mix of old and new making; from printmakers to Fab Labs, metal work to new media.

For LDF18 Containerville, a collection of over 60 repurposed shipping containers, held an open studios event, showcasing many of the creative businesses working there. Machines Room relaunched its Fab Lab in this new location. Award-winning lighting brand Tala opened its new studio and showroom on Vyner Street. Visitors also found the Distributed Design Challenge, an exciting new European initiative, showcasing emerging lighting designers who use new materials and digital fabrication tools. Surface Matter had a week of material, colour and design focused events.  Visitors immersed themselves in the materials library, join the experimental design workshops and explore the material and colour installation curated by Colour of Saying. By London Fields Nude launched a ceramic collection by Ana Kerin for Kana London. On Mare Street, London College of Fashion presented its new project space, Arcade East, and hosted events and installations focused on sustainability and innovation.

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