Shoreditch Design Triangle 2020

Every September, during London Design Festival, the Shoreditch Design Triangle brings us a full programme of design happenings, including installations, exhibitions, immersive experiences and more. Although 2020 has been a challenging year, the creative businesses in East London have come out fighting. 

Whilst the weather is still fair, and Covid restrictions allow, we recommend taking a day or two to enjoy the area and fuel your creative senses. There are over 30 events to enjoy,  but here's our top ten to get you started. 

 

1. Brown by Labour & Wait | 12-20 September | 16c Calvert Avenue, E2 7JJ
When selecting products for their store over 20 years ago, Labour and Wait realised their proclivity for brown tones could result in a completely brownshop. This September, they have surrendered to their weakness, opening a pop-up shop, ‘Labour and Wait Brown’, offering a mixture of vintage pieces, new finds and limited-edition versions of familiar stalwarts.

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2. One Room Living by SCP | 12-20 September | 135 Curtain Road, EC2A 3BX
An exploration of self-reliance, practical necessity and the role good design has to play in our lives. Featuring new designs for the SCP 2020 Collection and an exclusive collection by Floris Wubben. In this important moment of re-assessment, SCP are committed to keep making products that are beautiful, functional and made to last.

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3. Cabinets of Curiosities by onRedchurch | 12-20 September | Redchurch Street
Virtual cabinets adorn the shopfronts of Redchurch Street, each featuring spaces to showcase local designers, makers, artists or craftspeople. Carefully curated to demonstrate the diversity of our creative community, each cabinet reveals a treasure trove of talent. Look carefully and you might just spot Meta.

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4. Kathy MacCarthy – Bellowed Call at PEER | 12-20 September | Hoxton Street, N1 6QL
PEER present an exhibition of sculpture and paintings by Kathy MacCarthy. Informed by childhood memories of abandoned buildings in post-industrialLiverpool, coupled with her interest in the body as form and mass; MacCarthy’s playful works obliquely reference vessel shapes while rendering them useless through distortion and mutation. 

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5. British Flowers at That Flower Shop | 12-20 September | ACE HOTEL, Shoreditch High Street, E1 6JQ
Focussing on ethically sourced British flowers, gifts and homewares, That Flower Shop invite you to explore their beautiful display of seasonal, local flowers. When your local independent business decides to ‘shop local’ too (like TFS do) it helps support a wider local community of growers, farmers, makers, and artists in England.

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6. Abstract Assembly by Donna Wilson | 14-20 September | 33 Redchurch Street, E2 7JB
Having made its debut at London Design Festival exactly one year ago, Donna Wilson unveils the latest additions to her Abstract Assembly body of work in the form of an installation in a vacant retail space at 33 Redchurch Street.

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7. Maestro by Lee Broom | 15-20 September | 95 Rivington Street, EC2A 3AY
Lee Broom presents Maestro, the debut of a new chair and an engaging virtual presentation. For the first time, Lee Broom’s artistry for designing groundbreaking exhibitions will be transferred into a captivating film highlighting the chair’s aesthetic values. The Lee Broom showroom unveils an engaging window installation incorporating the film.

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8. Reflections by Tala | 15-17 September | 25B Vyner Street, E2 9DG
Seeking solace through creativity, Tala have channelled their energies into exciting product designs that represent a new chapter. Unveiling four dynamic lighting concepts, they are telling new stories through an expanded visual language and a seminal international design collaboration. 

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9. East End by Townhouse Spitalfields | 12-20 September | 5 Fournier St, E1 6QE
An Open exhibition featuring new work by 30 artists based on the theme of the East End. There is a wide variety of artists and styles on show here, with a bit of nostalgia, humour, the bustle of city life and the effects of lockdown.

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10. Flux & Flow by Toast | 12-20 September | 42 Redchurch Street, E2 7DP
Through ‘Story Maps’, Ekta Kaul seeks to tell the personal stories of cities in a state of flux. She explores places, history and belonging through stitch using age-old techniques of embroidery, hand dyeing and block printing. Kaul draws inspiration from aerial photography, vintage maps and architecture. Her creative voice is an assimilation of her Indian heritage and British training.

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Virtual Events
This year's Shoreditch Design Triangles can also be enjoyed from the comfort of your home, with their programme of virtual events, including daily live podcasts, remote workshops, and digital exhibitions. Below is an image of Lab.incs virtual installation, Under The Sea Cloud. The structure is made completely from #tide ocean material (http://tide.earth)-upcycled plastic from the ocean - and aims to address the pressing issue of ocean plastic pollution.  Watch the installation video online.

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For more information and the full programme of events, please visit shoreditchdesigntriangle.com 

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