After a hugely successful 2018, The Portman Estate and The Howard de Walden Estate are partnering with London Design Festival (14 – 22 September 2019) to celebrate the art, design and cultural offering across Marylebone, one of the capital’s most distinguished and distinctive areas. Marylebone’s official day will be Wednesday 18 September.
The collaboration provides a platform for creative businesses to flourish whilst also promoting the cultural and innovative offering of Marylebone. In 2018, the Festival welcomed a record-breaking 588,200 visitors from over 75 countries.
The Portman Estate and The Howard de Walden Estate continue to work closely with local businesses and the area’s Business Improvement Districts (Baker Street Quarter Partnership and Marble Arch London) to further the long-term strategy to highlight the area’s diverse and remarkable collection of design retailers, galleries and workshops.
There are an impressive 19 partners of the district involved, made-up of recognised retailers and design stores on Marylebone High Street, New Cavendish Street, Chiltern Street, Dorset Street and Crawford Street, as well as other leading streets in the neighbourhood. Partners will host workshops, talks, demonstrations, exhibitions and launches over the entire course of the Festival.
Oliver Fenn-Smith, Chief Executive of The Portman Estate, explained: “We are delighted to be hosting the Marylebone Design District for a second year. This partnership between us, The Howard de Walden Estate and LDF strengthens our commitment to introduce more people to the wide range of creative businesses our thriving neighbourhoods have to offer. Following the success of last year, this design district continues to form part of our ongoing strategy to support our local businesses and to drive further growth in the area, working closely with the Business Improvement Districts to deliver this.”
Andrew Hynard, CEO of The Howard de Walden Estate, comments: “The Festival is a focal point for the exchange of creative ideas and forward thinking about how design can enhance environments and create positive experiences. We are delighted to be able to host this tremendous event.”
Visitors will be able to enjoy a wide range of activities in Marylebone during London Design Festival including demonstrations and workshops run by colour experts Farrow and Ball; a special installation that features limited-edition items designed by leading art gallery Hauser & Wirth artists at renowned homeware brand, The Conran Shop; an interactive exhibition, ‘Imago – A Dragonfly in Action’ at Circus; personal advice from experts on all things jewellery at Cox & Power; and for the first time ever, Jo Malone London is opening the doors of its Georgian Townhouse to the public over the course of the Festival showcasing a specially curated exhibition by artist and photographer Martyn Thompson.
London Design Festival’s vision is to celebrate and promote London as the design capital of the world. The Festival takes over the capital with a nine-day celebration, comprising over 400 different events, exhibitions and installations.
Marylebone Design District’s full events programme is available here: Marylebonedesigndistrict.com