London Design Festival 2022 returns to Oxo Tower Wharf

Image of Material Matters inside Bargehouse.

London Design Festival returns to Oxo Tower Wharf in September, celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2022!

London Design Festival celebrates and promotes London as the design capital of the world. The 20th edition will take place across the city on 17-25 September 2022.

At Oxo Tower Wharf, we have a jam packed and thrilling programme of events planned across our galleries and our talented designer-maker community. We have various workshops and exhibitions hosted by our creative designer-makers in their studios, along with brand new Pop Ups dotted around Oxo Tower Wharf. From 22-25 September, we will also be hosting Material Matters 2022 in Bargehouse, an exciting new fixture on the London design calendar.


Programme of Events

An image of the globe in the Courtyard.

The World Reimagined | 13 August – 31 October at the Courtyard

The World Reimagined is a ground-breaking, vibrant UK art education project. It aims to transform how we understand the Transatlantic Trade in Enslaved Africans and its impact on all of us so that we can make racial justice a reality, together.

The project sees a trail of large globe sculptures across seven UK cities. In London, the globe at Oxo Tower Wharf is an installation as part of the London Design Festival activity at Oxo, across September and beyond. The globe is positioned in the Courtyard in front of gallery@oxo and Bargehouse – perfect for visiting in between exhibitions and workshops.

Until 31 October 2022, the globes displayed across these cities aim to inspire and galvanise communities to better understand what it means to be Black and British. The globe displayed at Oxo Tower Wharf is titled 'Fury and Fire', created as a collaboration between Saint Lucian artists Fiona Compton and Hailey Gonzales.

Image of an Emerald ring in a white background.

JeDeCo: ‘Fit for a Queen’ | 1 – 30 September at Unit 1.10, First Floor Riverside

‘Fit for a Queen’ is the new exhibition on display throughout September at the JeDeCo studio, coinciding with London Design Festival.

Inspired by this year’s Platinum Jubilee, our talented and award-winning designers have produced a selection of pieces which will allow the wearer to express their inner blue blood and feel like royalty when wearing them. The designers selected include Katerina Damilos, Sara Chyan, Sarah Goldwater, Catherine Marche, Laura Parra, and Danny Ries.

‘Fit for a Queen’ is running 7 days a week, Monday – Saturday 11:30am-6pm and Sunday 12pm-5pm, throughout September at the JeDeCo studio. Find them on the First Floor Riverside of Oxo Tower Wharf.

Image of Carreducker in their studio.

Carréducker: Leathercraft and Shoe Design Workshops | 17 – 21 September at Unit 1.20, First Floor Courtyard

James Ducker and Deborah Carré of bespoke shoemakers Carréducker, run the UK’s only handsewn shoemaking & leather school at Oxo Tower Wharf on London’s iconic South Bank. They have designed a packed schedule of workshops to coincide with this year’s London Design Festival, including a selection of leathercraft workshops and a shoe design class.

The leathercraft workshops – ranging from making a belt to a secateurs case - are designed for complete beginners and are an excellent introduction to the traditional British leathercraft technique of saddle stitch. All accessories are made in sustainably sourced veg. tanned leather from Italy and oak bark tanned leather from Devon, with the smaller leather accessories made from offcuts from their bespoke shoemaking to reduce waste.

Carréducker’s Leathercraft and Shoe Design Workshops take place on 17 – 21 September, Saturday – Wednesday 11am-6pm, at their studio on the First Floor Courtyard of Oxo Tower Wharf. To see the full schedule of workshops and buy your tickets, visit their website here.

Image of the Material Matters logo with flower petals in the background.

Material Matters | 22 – 25 September at Bargehouse

Material Matters is an exciting new fixture on the London design calendar.

Based on the critically acclaimed podcast of the same name, the four-day event at Bargehouse brings together a slew of world-leading brands, designer-makers, organisations and federations, to celebrate the importance of materials and their ability to shape our lives.

Material Matters will feature a wide range of exhibits: from site-specific installations to displays by innovators and experimentalists whose practice is at the cutting edge of materials. With a marketplace, a learning space and an extensive programme of talks, the fair will investigate, among other things, how the design industry can address issues around the circular economy and why material intelligence is so important to all our lives.

Taking place at the end of London Design Festival, Material Matters runs from 22 – 25 September, Thursday – Saturday 10am-6pm and Sunday 11am-4pm at Bargehouse. To book your tickets, click here.

An image of Beatrice Mayfield working at her sewing machine.

Ruup & Form: Reclaim | 22 – 25 September at Unit 1.22, First Floor Courtyard

Ruup & Form presents the installation 'Reclaim' with their first Artist in Residence - Beatrice Mayfield, a contemporary textile and embroidery artist.

Reclaim is a site-specific installation inspired by Bargehouse at Material Matters 2022 for London Design Festival. Alongside Beatrice, the installation will showcase the works of 11 collaborating artists working with textiles and ingenious materials with incredible stories to tell. Ruup & Form is a gallery interjecting Craft, Design & Art, showcasing the best of collectable design and craft from around the globe, presenting unique and limited-edition contemporary art.

Reclaim takes place as part of Material Matters running from 22 – 25 September, Thursday – Saturday 10am-6pm and Sunday 11am-4pm, on the First Floor Courtyard of Oxo Tower Wharf. To book your tickets, click here.

We are thrilled to welcome back London Design Festival to Oxo Tower Wharf for another year, especially in 2022 for their 20th anniversary!

Whatever interests you across our creative community – a leathercraft workshop, a jewellery exhibition, or an exciting design fair – we have plenty of activities for you this September.

Visit our page for more information on London Design Festival at Oxo Tower Wharf.