This year sees Brixton added to the list of destinations featured in the annual London Design Festival.
Brixton Design Week was instigated by We Love Brixton, a community organisation founded to celebrate the area in the wake of the 2011 riots. Its cofounders are 2MZ, a Brixton-based design and development company, who for nearly a decade have worked with London’s top designers and creative brands. 2MZ will use their expertise to help deliver a week packed with exciting collaborations.
Multi-award winning architect Carl Turner, who’s Slip House in Brixton (right) won RIBA’s Best House in the UK Award, will be part of Brixton Design Week, working with the Edible Bus Stop team to design an installation on the site of the former ice rink. Expect the unexpected from this collaboration who will be bringing a ‘living container village’ to the site in the Autumn.
Brixton East will be invaded by Brixi’s Army– a troop of local designers headed by Brixton Village’s Brixi curator Emy Gray. The exhibition will include a horse box transformed into a cabinet of curiosities, an installation by Chelsea graduate and rising star Natascha Young.
Designer Jon Daniel, regular columnist for Design Week and award-winning designer of the Afro Supa Hero, is bringing his unique take on design in black culture and will produce installations around the centre of Brixton.
Brixton Design Week organiser Binki Taylor told The Brixton Bugle “Brixton is on the brink of enormous structural change at its town centre. It is also the home of a vibrant and innovative design and creative community whose work has a global reach. Our aim is to capture this interesting combination; with the desire to protect all that is unique and fully embrace an innovative future. With local businesses and organisations such as the Brixton Pound and Future Brixton involved, we are forging some fantastic partnerships that will make Brixton, from 13-21st September, a destination for those seeking out progressive design in London.”
Also as part of Brixton Design Week, a number of local restaurants and shops will host designers in residence and exhibitions and there will be talks by the Design Council and designer/makers group Crafty Fox. Follow the Brixton Design Week team on Twitter for regular event updates.