So as the summer slowly starts to turn into autumn, where can you cycle to at the weekend that’s interesting, engaging and ideally, not in the increasingly chilly outside? Well, if you’re into all things design-related, then it’s your lucky day, well tomorrow is anyway as it’s Brompton Design Day!
This celebration of design is part of the Brompton Design District which in itself is part of the much bigger London Design Festival. According to the website, this is the London Design Festival’s most established hub area committed to presenting emerging and experimental design and the highlight of the Festival week in this area will be Brompton Design Day on Saturday 22 September, where there will be more than 20 events offered by a variety of designers, restauranteurs and businesses.
The festival takes place in various spaces in the Brompton district from leading design stores such as Skandium and B&B Italia to intriguing pop-ups including ‘Studio Insights: The Wonder Cabinets of Europe’ where eight emerging European designers bring their international flavour to the area and ‘Kopiaste’ – an intriguing project by design provocateurs Design Marketo and Haptic Thought around the theme of an invitation to share food, experiences and soulful ideas. It all sounds fantastic, doesn’t it?
And if that’s not enough for your design taste, then at Earls Court 2, you also have 100% Design and note that tomorrow (Saturday 22 September) is the only day that you can visit Britain’s most influential contemporary interiors show as a member of the public. Tickets are £15.
And if you haven’t had your fill of design by that point, then you also have Decorex at the Royal Hospital Chelsea from 23-26 September (although note that as it’s primarily a trade fair, as a member of the public you can only register for a consumer private view from 1-7pm on Tuesday 25 September – tickets are £30). As one of the UK’s most established design and interiors shows, they have over 250 exhibitors showing a range of contemporary, traditional and bespoke furniture to lighting, floor coverings, fabrics and wall coverings and in addition, they also have Dame Vivienne Westwood designing the entrance to the show in her own inimitable way!
So with the London Design Festival ending on Sunday, why not have a relaxing weekend mooching around on your bike looking at beautiful design at any of these fantastic events. Maybe see you there!