MAYFAIR DESIGN DISTRICT PROGRAMME FOR LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL 2018
For the second consecutive year, Mayfair Design District will bring together the very best in collectable and contemporary design, with a programme of exhibitors across the neighbourhood. A growing cluster of global design galleries and retailers will showcase alongside pop up exhibitions for London Design Festival. Running from 15 – 23September 2018, the District will celebrate the very best in design and further cement Mayfair’s position as the leading international destination for collectable and contemporary design.
Mayfair’s 2018 programme highlights will include exhibitions and showcases from both established and emerging brands. Leading contemporary design galleries such as Achille Salvagni Atelier, Galerie kreo, Gallery FUMI and Carpenters Workshop Gallery, will host shows in their Mayfair based galleries. Pop-up highlights will include Matter of Stuff at sketch, O&A at Gazelli Art House and Hedonism wines with Nude.
James Malcolm Green, Founder of Mayfair Design District commented: “We are delighted to champion great design across our neighbourhood, bringing together the many different established galleries as well as providing a platform for exciting pop up shows. Mayfair Design District continues to grow year on year further demonstrating the role it plays in the international collectable and contemporary design scene.”
For the first time, Mayfair Design District will partner with leading construction & interiors company Westgreen. Starting with its Autumn programme at this year’s London Design Festival in September, the partnership will continue the work established in the district’s inaugural year in 2017. The main objective is to promote the area as the leading international destination for collectable and contemporary design.
The partnership demonstrates Westgreen’s ongoing commitment to working with the very best in the creative community and the luxury retail market. Westgreen will work with Mayfair Design District to champion great design, promote Mayfair as a hub of creativity and celebrate the vibrant leadership of the district and its
The Mayfair Design District Map
For the first time, Mayfair Design District have commissioned an artist to create a map of the district to guide visitors to the various different exhibitions. Designed by Emma Wild, a final year illustration student at Camberwell College of Arts, the map can be picked up from various retailers and pop up exhibitions in the district. The collaboration between Mayfair Design District and the young illustrator serves to highlight the importance the district places on nurturing young talent and presenting opportunities to ambitious creatives.
In collaboration with LAPADA, presentation of the Mayfair Design District guide map entitles holders to free general entry for 2 to the LAPADA | Art & Antiques Fair, running 14th - 19th September | 11am - 7/8pm
Maps are available via Mayfair Design District direct or collection from participating Mayfair galleries for free.
18 Davies Street Gallery will present the works of innovative designers whose daring and experimental approach to their materials serves as the foundation of expert craftsmanship and modern expression. Designers and craftsmen featured will include Arne Jacobson, Harumi Klossowska de Rola, Julian Mayor and Hans Wegner.
To celebrate the opening of its Autumn programme, Achille Salvagni Atelier will present ‘Sahara’ – an exhibition inspired by the unique topography and cultures of the African Sahara. To create this universe, Salvagni will combine his versatile classics with eye-catching new pieces. In the gallery’s front room, the circular central seating is structured around a pair of new curved loveseats, alluding to the Sahara’s sand dunes, whilst the fire orange colour of the upholstery is reminiscent of the sunset.
Two quirky animalesque chairs, covered in ivory cashmere wool and inspired by the thrones of African tribal chiefs, will add character to the space. High above, in what could be imagined as a starry night sky, hangs an opulent eight-arm chandelier in burnished cast bronze and dark gunmetal, adorned with backlit onyx plates reminiscent of constellations. Opening on 15 September to coincide with the opening of London Design Festival, the Gallery will also take an iteration of the show to PAD London (Berkeley Square 1-7 October 2018)
Carpenters Workshop Gallery will present ‘En Plein Air’, a solo gallery exhibition of works by Italian architect and designer Vincenzo de Cotiis, running from 15 September – 23 November 2018. Vincenzo de Cotiis returns to London with his latest series, comprised of new pieces from his ‘progetto domestico’ collection. Featuring 20 furniture-sculptures handmade by Italian artisans, the collection of seating, lighting, tables, cabinets and bookshelves is an aesthetical ‘tour de force’ combining semi-precious stones, Murano glass, recycled resin and cast brass.
Liaigre will unveil its collaboration with ceramic artist Valeria Nascimento entitled ‘Rainforest’. An
immersive installation made of thousands of ceramic pieces, will be on show at the Liaigre Mayfair showroom, from 15–23 September 2018. Valeria Nascimento’s creation invites guests on a journey through different floras and peaceful scenery.
Style at Liaigre is expressed through refined materials and know-hows, particularly through a selection of different varieties and finishes of wood. Rainforest embodies modernity using white porcelain to represent wood and nature. Liaigre will also unveil new pieces in the collection, from tables and sofas to chairs and armchairs, during London Design Festival 2018.
Galerie Kreo presents the works by Konstantin Grcic with a show entitled ‘Volumes’. Having opened in June 2018, the show will celebrate its final week during the Festival. Grcic showcases six objects in his new VOLUMES collection for Galerie kreo. Executed in solid bluestone, the pieces all have the same circular void cut through their bases. VOLUMES has no such straightforward domestic function. The floor-standing pieces instead remain open-ended propositions for speculative use.
Galerie Patrick Seguin will present a major respective of the work of Jean Royère - a groundbreaking figure in mid-twentieth century French design. The presentation will be a glimpse into the vibrant mind of Royère, who brought works of furniture to life in a sophisticated and spirited manner. Royère altered the function of ornamentation by creating works of furniture that were structurally composed of patterns, rather than simply adding these decorative touches as accessorial afterthoughts.
He was imaginative and deliberate with his distortion of line that ranged from the geometric, illustrated in the rectilineal Croisillon motif, to the wholly organic, found in the Oeuf models. Intrigued by animal and vegetal shapes, Royère exploited his sources of inspiration in his manifestation of their forms into pieces of furniture. His 5-arm “Bouquet” sconce does not make direct allusion to a flower, but blossoms abundantly on the wall on which it is posed. In addition to seeing nature as the basis for his overarching designs, Royère would also adorn his works with dried flowers and plants, as in the “Herbier” cabinet and low table. In integrating marquetry into his oeuvre, Royère modernised the traditional savoir-faire he admired by emphasizing the artistic over the formal.
To mark its 10th anniversary, Gallery FUMI will present ‘Now and Then’, a special exhibition charting the trajectory of the Gallery’s programme since its opening in 2008. Curated by renowned writer, curator and design historian Libby Sellers, the exhibition will celebrate the Gallery’s represented artists and designers, showcasing a unique selection of key pieces created over the last ten years, together with new, never-before-seen works, especially commissioned for the show.
‘Now and Then’ will be accompanied by an illustrated catalogue with contributions by prominent art and design writer Caroline Roux. Printed in limited editions, the publication will offer fascinating insights into the landmark exhibitions and collections at the heart of FUMI’s ten-year journey. Opening on 17 September, designers showcased in this special exhibition will include Max Lamb, Lukas Wegwerth and Study O’Portable.
Design duo KYOHEI & MIRANDA was established by Kyohei Kazama and Miranda Pearson in 2017.
They will showcase an installation called ‘0 women’ to honour women who continue to face adversity in the 100 years since the British woman’s suffrage movement began. KYOHEI & MIRANDA aim to embody current women's features in objects and transform Hiro Miyoshi Hair and Beauty (63 Curzon Street, Mayfair) into a heavenly space.
Leica will host a workshop to help participants discover and explore the wealth of design and architecture on display, with their photography. The three-day workshop, running from 14–16 September, will be hosted by London-based street photographer and photojournalist Alan Schaller. Schaller will show budding photographers of all levels how to work with shape and natural light, to create graphic and dramatic photographs. Guests are invited to discover Alan Schaller’s methods whilst accompanying him around London to architectural scenes he has photographed extensively, to gain a fresh perspective on their own photography. Hosted at the Leica Mayfair Store (27 Bruton Place, Mayfair)
O&A London and Gazelli Art House will unveil a new art project AFTERSPACE that will be held from 15-23 September during London Design Festival. The project will explore the links between revolutionary digital art forms and traditional elements of space organisation. The project will run parallel to the gallery’s annual virtual reality exhibition titled, Enter Through the Headset 3. Oleg Klodt and Anna Agapova of O&A London, have created a furniture collection that completely transforms the idea of the role that furniture plays in interiors. Klodt and Agapova hope to bring to light to the world wonders that are more precious, more beautiful and more everlasting than life itself.
Panerai will use the occasion of London Design Festival to showcase their London flagship store,
designed by world renowned artist, architect and designer Patricia Urquiola. They will celebrate their relationship with London Design Festival and their support of the Panarai London Design Medal, awarded to an individual who has distinguished themselves within the industry and demonstrated consistent design excellence.
Design research gallery Matter of Stuff returns to the iconic London venue sketch with a new site-
specific exhibit for London Design Festival. Entitled ‘Blown Away’, six international designers will showcase a series of innovative hand-blown glass works and movement, including a new chandelier by master glassblower Simone Crestani in borosilicate glass. For the first time in London, Wonderglass will present Echo chandelier – a never seen before illuminated speaker sculpture by Studiopluz. The show will also feature a bespoke chandelier by Bocci, adapted exclusively for sketch.
The New Craftsmen will present a new body of work across lighting, furniture and objects from multi-disciplinary designer and Jesmonite specialist Malgorzata Bany. A graduate of the Slade School of Fine Art, Malgorzata’s training in sculpture has driven her distinctive curved forms as her interest in producing functional objects has grown. Highlights from the show include a new exclusive capsule collection of table lights encompassing two organic shapes available in contrasting colours, paired with delicate shades constructed from bespoke paper, and stems in a variety of metal finishes.
The Mayfair Design District programme runs during London Design Festival, 15-23 September
Mayfair Late Night Opening: Monday 17 September.
Further information about the talks and the wider Mayfair programme will be published on