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A design walk in London

September 18, 2015

During this year´s London Design Festival (19-27 September), Camper and the Design Museum have, once more, joined forces with Disegno magazine to create a design walk visiting some of the most unique creative studios just south of the River in London.

The 2015 iteration of Camper Walks will lead attendees on a specially curated tour of the architecture, design and fashion studios situated within the walking vicinity of the Design Museum in Shad Thames.

The walk will take place on Wednesday 23 September and will offer an insight into the workspaces of architecture practice Studio Octopi, fashion designer Zandra Rhodes, design studios Bompas & Parr and Studioilse. Lasting approximately three hours, it will conclude at the Design Museum with a presentation of the museum’s current retrospective exhibition, Camper: Life on Foot.

Borough and Southwark are better known as tourist destinations than creative hubs. The Camper Walks programme has therefore been devised to offer an insight into the area’s lesser-known creative landscape as well as granting a rare opportunity to see and talk to designers at work in their own studio spaces.

The tour will begin at 2pm at the studio of architectural firm Studio Octopi. Studio Octopi was founded in 2003 and has since graduated from creating small, residential projects to larger scale, high profile commissions. Studio Octopi’s latest project is an ambitious floating, freshwater lido situated on the Thames.

From here the walk will move onto the workspace of Bompas & Parr, a design studio that creates culinary, flavour-based experiences through the combining of architectural installations with contemporary food design. The studio visit will be followed by a stop at Alcoholic Architecture, Bompas and Parr’s latest project which comprises a pop-up bar featuring a walk-in cloud of breathable cocktail. Alcoholic Architecture is nestled in a former gothic monastery in Borough Market.

The next stop is at Studioilse, the studio of British designer Ilse Crawford. Crawford specialises in both interior and product design and her work typically responds to human needs and desires, using design as a means to improve everyday life. As part of the tour, visitors will be given a preview of Crawford’s new sustainable cork furniture range for IKEA.

The walk’s penultimate stop will be at the studio of British fashion designer Zandra Rhodes. A former student of the Royal College of Art, Rhodes set up her first clothing shop in 1967 before taking her own collection to New York where it featured in American Vogue. Rhodes is a master of printed textile design, and her pieces are often dominated by colour and bold, extroverted designs. Rhodes is also the founder of the Fashion and Textile Museum in Bermondsey.

The walk concludes with a visit to the Camper: Life on Foot exhibition at the Design Museum in Shad Thames. The exhibition celebrates the 40-year anniversary of the brand and marks Camper’s first major retrospective. Featuring a range of prototypes, sketches, photography and of course shoes, the exhibition is the first time that items from the Camper archives have been exhibited.

Tickets are available to purchase through the Design Museum’s website.

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