One of the UK’s most highly rated art and design schools is joining forces with one of London’s major historic marketplaces in a London Design Festival collaboration like no other.

Designers from Kingston School of Art will migrate en-masse to Old Spitalfields Market to explore design futures for communities and commerce in the heart of the East End. ‘Manufactory’ will see designers turn stalls into live making spaces and transform materials and stories integral to the market into new types of ‘produce’. Could discarded waste be extruded into yarn and knitted with? Could footfall data be translated into 3D-printed sculptures and souvenirs? Could the language of locals, young and old, come together on the page using an on-site printing press? Could metal market stalls be deconstructed and played with like a jumbo-sized Meccano set?
This live making event will pair the nation’s emerging design talent with the local community, schools and businesses, with each stall/workshop showcasing a material or story going in at one end, a craft or manufacturing process happening in the middle and new inventions emerging from the other side.

Designers at Kingston School of Art draw on 140 years of heritage and state of the art approaches to teaching, learning, research and practice. Our work across 3D, Fashion, Graphic Design and Illustration Animation is recognised worldwide for its creative, academic, societal and commercial impacts.
Simon Maidment—Head of Design School: “Designers have the ability to facilitate change through speculation and proposition. Working with Old Spitalfields is a fantastic opportunity to reimagine the future urban market as an authentic and meaningful space for local community stakeholders as well as national and international visitors.”

An installation which inspires activism in young people by asking them to raise their hands and speak out about something they care about. Upon entering the space a sensor triggers several large inflatable hands in colourful support. By Lottie Fox-Jones

Located between the City and Shoreditch, Old Spitalfields Market totals 127,000 square feet. This urban creative village features a mix of leading international brands and vibrant market stalls. Our historic market attracts nine million visitors per annum.
Toby Brown—Market Manager: “The thread throughout this partnership is the celebration of those choosing an unconventional path over the ordinary, from these emerging designers to our unique and passionate market traders. Kingston’s designers are incredible innovators, and we love that this event will take place at the centre of the market and have the market itself at its core.”

An eco-friendly alternative to chip board made from potato waste supplied by local restaurant Poppies. This bio-degardable material will be cut into bio-degradable food forks for the whole market. By Rowan Minkley & Rob Nicoll

FIND THEM AT Old Spitalfields Market, 16 Horner Square, London, E1 6EW

21st–23rd September