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Design festival takes public spaces in London

King’s Cross Creative Quarter (KXCQ) returns to the UK capital, this time with a celebration of cultural, culinary and creative activities during the London Design Festival (LDF). The four-day event starts on 21 September.

Now in its second year, KXCQ brings together a collection of pop-up design events, exhibitions and architectural installations as well as venues to eat, drink, shop and stay at King’s Cross during LDF.

“Our move to the fantastic King’s Cross site in 2016 allowed the show to expand over several areas,” Will Sorrell, event director told Access. “This has given us an increase in the number of exhibitors, and importantly, given us outdoor space to do large-scale installations.”

KXCQ offers something for everyone from design enthusiasts to those on a family day out, with a host of special events for visitors to enjoy.

The event organiser has outlined just a handful of events taking part in the festival. Sorrell said the main challenge to put together the show is time. However, the organiser revealed the team has learnt from past events. The key to keep the public’s interest, he said, is to have a new feature every year.

“This year the main feature is the open-air Granary Square area where we have some fantastic installations. We have a two-storey pavilion housing a Renault collaboration with Central Saint Martins; a series of four-metre-high ceramic gateways by Turkish Ceramics; a canal boat serving Campari; and a tunnel of Bloomon flowers,” he explained.

Sorrell also revealed that the planning for the next event begins when the team is on site at the show. “It’s easy to see what you can improve when you’re in the middle of it,” he concluded.

KXCQ highlights

Taking place over four days in tandem with designjunction, the KXCQ is supported by King’s Cross Development and the Wellcome Collection plus headline media partner LondonCalling.com.

Highlights include:

Venue: Granary Square, N1C 4AA

Designjunction: Located in five industrial spaces around Granary Square, this cutting-edge interior design show presents 200 of the world’s leading furniture, lighting and accessory brands alongside tempting pop-up shops and installations.

Gateways: This immersive ceramic installation is a series of four, colourful tiled gates created by designer Adam Nathaniel Furman for Turkishceramics. The 4-metre-high creation is a celebration of Turkey’s rich artisanal history.

Designjunction Bloomon instalation

Designjunction Bloomon instalation

Bloomon: Flower delivery service bloomon is creating a whimsical walkway covered inside and out with a canopy of fresh Dutch flowers. The bloom-laden passage leads towards a secret hidden door opening into a flower-filled room.

Renault – Life Designed: Renault presents its award-winning concept car TreZor for the first time in the UK, housed inside a bespoke interactive structure. It is also exhibiting the results of a collaboration with Central Saint Martins industrial design students to design a car for the future.

The Canopy: This temporary pop-up venue brings together more than 70 premium retail brands under an impressive wrought iron structure. Visit The Canopy to shop everything from design-led fashion accessories through to technology, textiles and stationery.

Campari Creates: Milan’s iconic bittersweet apéritif Campari® is hosting Campari Creates, a two-week residency of masterclasses and events exploring the brand’s long history of creativity and design.

Venue: German Gymnasium, King’s Blvd, N1C4BU

The Food Religion: Conran + Partners and Studio Appétit challenge the boundaries between architecture, design, food and faith. Introducing rituals of culinary tribute around a monumental shrine within the powerful interior of the German Gymnasium.

Founded in 2011 by Deborah Spencer, the event is now part of Informa Exhibitions. Further details on the festival website.