promotion: Arts venue Cromwell Place is gearing up to be the center of west London during the London Design Festival, with exhibitions featuring designers from Pentagram to Ryo Kobayashi.

For the duration of the London Design Festival (LDF) from 16 to 24 September 2023, Cromwell Place will serve as the hub of the Brompton Design District, home to leading museums, galleries, galleries and fashion destinations.

The Design at Cromwell Place program includes seven exhibitions – three from the main LDF program and four that are part of the partner program and have been organized for the Brompton Design District by design studio Jane Withers Studio.

For the first time, there will also be a symposium covering art, design and interiors.

The London Design Festival program at Cromwell Place will include an exhibition of handbags designed by Pentagram

From the main programme, the “Art & Design Bags” exhibition showcases the results of the collaboration between global design studio Pentagram, art supplies retailer Cass Art and eco-accessories brand Ethics Bags, where the designers created a series of handbags to suit many people. Drawing board sizes.

A limited number of bags will be available for sale at the show exclusively from LDF.

There is also Kaorium by Scentmatic, a composition that aims to combine the experience of olfactory discovery with intuitive language, bridging the usual gap that exists between perfume salespeople and consumers. It promises to use innovative technology to deliver “olfactory moments of delight.”

Photograph of moon vases by Shin Dong-buim, Joseon Baekja series, 2023
Lloyd Choi Gallery will present works drawn from the Korean Joseon dynasty. Photography by Kim Ilda

Meanwhile, Korean gallery specialist Lloyd Choi will present Untold Beauty, an exhibition showcasing works by contemporary practitioners from the country reflected in Joseon Dynasty ceramics and crafts, prized for their materially considered methods.

The exhibitions curated by Withers respond to a common theme, conviviality – the art of living together.

Image of Fish Table and Wiggle Paravant by Ryo Kobayashi
Ryo Kobayashi Gallery will showcase his fun and collaborative designs. Photography by James Harris

There’s also Phase Two, an exhibition that marks the return of collaborators Peter Pilotto and Christopher de Vos, this time as they move beyond fashion to enter the world of interiors with pieces including hand-knotted Nepalese rugs and hand-painted and hand-painted English furniture.

Design brand The New Craftsmen will present Join, Assemble, Hold, an installation of two side-by-side interior designs centered on the cabinet centrepieces, and the Royal College of Art will showcase The Other Side of the Product, an exhibition of work by design students and graduates.

On September 22, Cromwell Place will host the symposium “Spatialization – Art, Design and Interiors,” co-curated by Cromwell Place and writer, gallery owner and curator Helen Chislett.

Photo of Bibbings and Hensby's Nailed Dresser
The New Craftsmen created a display centered around interiors and cabinetry

The day will feature three panel discussions and speakers including design writer and correspondent Henrietta Thompson, Studio Mackereth founder Sally Mackereth, interior designer and Studio Mae co-founder Mima Romanek, and art consultant and Art Room London founder Vanita Barani.

Having opened in 2020 in a collection of Grade II listed Victorian houses in South Kensington, Cromwell Place is an arts venue with 14 exhibition spaces as well as a restaurant and bar called Cromwell Place Cafe.

It once again serves as the center of the Brompton Design District, which covers the area around Kensington, South Kensington, Knightsbridge and Chelsea.

For more information about the program, see the Cromwell Place website.

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