A new design-centric “creative quarter” in London is being unveiled ahead of the city’s yearly Design Festival. The area, in the central London neighborhood King’s Cross, will cast a spotlight on local restaurants, hotels, high-end retailers, architectural landmarks, cultural institutions and temporary exhibitions over a four-day event, in conjunction with Designjunction, from September 22 to 25.
Jodie Eastwood, project manager of Knowledge Quarter, a partnership of 73 academic, cultural, research, scientific and media organizations in the neighborhood, says, “Designjunction brings together visitors from the local community, across London, nationally and internationally to experience the resources, expertise and knowledge of the great institutions all situated within one mile of King’s Cross. We are delighted to be working alongside Designjunction to promote the hugely varied creativity within the Knowledge Quarter during London Design Festival 2016.”
Among the highlights is the return of Create Culture’s Indian Design Platform; this year’s iteration features “Transformation,” a new exhibition focused on the culture of reuse in India and how designers have reimagined discarded items into design objects. Another program is a free design clinic led by designers and architects, hosted by Houzz.
Participating organizations and design firms include Arts Catalyst, Crafts Council, Create Culture/Indian Design, Creative Industries Federation, The Foundling Museum, House of Illustration, Houzz, Kings Place Music Foundation, Scriberia, Spiritland, Westminster Kingsway College, and University of the Arts London, Central Saint Martins.