Changing Brixton By Design – Binki Taylor
For the first time this year Brixton is taking part in the London Design Festival. Brixton Design Week runs from 13th to 21st September. It’s an event which has particular resonance as Brixton itself is undergoing huge transformations with parts of the town centre being redesigned.
Brought together by a small team of founding members including We Love Brixton and design and fabrication consultants 2MZ, Brixton Design Week has amassed a collection of local design talent to represent the area. There will be installations, exhibitions and talks all blooming from some fab new partnerships. Brixton Design Week is about highlighting our home-grown talent and its potential when harnessed together, to develop social, cultural and economic capital within our community. It’s also about showing how we engage with design on a daily basis whilst going about the regular routines of working, travelling, shopping and relaxing.
So what’s on offer?
grow:brixton looks to the future with a live-in prototype of their development at the old ice rink site; they are now furiously transforming a shipping container into a mini-studio. Local photographer Vincent Garnier will spend the week roaming around Brixton with his ‘Golden Throne’ inviting Brixtonites and visitors to BDW to strike a pose for him. Play with 3D printing at Turpentine, join in the ‘Brixton Chronicles’ with Robyn Parker whilst having your breakfast at Phoenix, wander the village to discover a host of interesting designers working at Woo Woo Boutique, Circus, Snugg, Studio 73 and Cornercopia Homestore.
Talk design with the Design Council or Crafty Fox. Visit Making Uncovered for beautiful craft and workshops. As founders we have been delighted by such a positive response to a crazy timescale and no funds. Brixton has pulled it out of the bag and now it’s time to enjoy it!
Details of exact dates, times and locations for all activities are available on brixtondesignweek.co.uk
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