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Mayfair Design District

With exhibitions from established galleries and within pop-up spaces, international collaborations & a real focus on quality & craftsmanship, Mayfair Design District showcases how this once traditional enclave is evolving with the times & embracing contemporary & collectable design with open arms.

Mayfair has put itself on the design map as it strives to become the leading international destination for contemporary and collectable design. Over the past ten years it has been steadily raising its profile, initially through its association with PAD London, the prominent international fair for decorative arts and more recently through the welcome addition of leading contemporary design led businesses and galleries taking up permanent residences. Each of the major auction houses now stage independent Design sales on their annual calendars and some of the more traditional art galleries have begun to show important design alongside their usual offerings.

The major estates including the Duke of Westminster’s Grosvenor Estate, The Crown Estate and The Pollen Estate now commission extraordinary architecture, amongst it is the newly finished Burlington Gate development by Richard Rogers on Cork Street as part of a regeneration programme aimed at putting the art world’s most synonymous street back on the map.

David Chipperfield has reimagined the Royal Academy to celebrate its 250th anniversary this year and is working on the reincarnation of the old American Embassy on Grosvenor Square that remains crowned by the gilded bald eagle designed by Eero Saarinen in the 1950’s and that will become a new luxury hotel. Around the corner, Crossrail’s new Elizabeth Line will be open before the end of the year to help make this revered part of London even more accessible.

With so much regeneration and commitment to lasting legacy it is obvious that despite Mayfair’s historic past it is making great strides forward to create a future we can be proud of as a city. Design is playing a key role in this and long may it continue.

District Late Night: Monday 17 September

Mayfair Design District

Mayfair continues to emerge as the leading destination for contemporary & collectable design in London. The past few years have seen an increase in the focus towards contemporary design of the existing galleries & auction houses, as well as the opening of new gallery spaces which only enhance the design-centred character of the area. Mayfair welcomes back a number of collaborators including Achille Salvagni Atelier, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Galerie kreo, & Gallery Fumi amongst others & looks forward to welcoming new partners including David Gill Gallery & 18 Davies Street.

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