Paddington Central Design Route

Paddington Central is delighted to have been chosen as one of the London Design Festival Design Routes for 2018. Design Routes were introduced in 2017 to recognise smaller clusters of design activity in London and you'll find all of the displays, exhibitions and activities at Paddington Central located within walking distance of one another and representing a variety of creative and design communities. 

As part of the Design Route, the Royal College of Arts will be exploring residential and retail builds of the future in Kingdom Street and Sheldon Square with a photo exhibition and models across Paddington Central. Architects Snøhetta have created an amazing Book Pavillion in Kingdom Street; artist designer Ido Garini’s Flip Book Garden can be discovered along the canal while the Sir Peter Blake-designed Darcie & May Green barges are incredible floating works of art. You can also take part in artist Liz West’s Artist Talk, Open House events, walking art tours with Rosie Glenn and much more.

The Snøhetta Book Pavilion
15-23 September, Kingdom Street, Paddington Central

Pioneering architectural and design firm Snøhetta has created a mechanical, rotating pavilion of oversized books that flip to create a variety of spaces. Ranging from the quiet and reflective to extrovert and public, the spaces allow visitors to immerse themselves into a world of books when standing inside the structure.

RCA’s Residential Build of the Future
15-23 September, 4 Kingdom Street, Paddington Central

The exhibition features an interlocking one-bedroom maisonette, which experiments with new and varied apartment types. These have been designed to complement communal spaces for eating and working. A conceptual view into the future.

Ido Garini's Flip Book Garden
15-23 September, Canal Side – Sheldon Square, Paddington Central

Founder of Studio Appétit, Ido Garini has created an installation that mimics the exciting life size sensation of a pop-up book. A colourful urban oasis that will be flipped throughout the day to create an entirely new atmosphere visitors are encouraged to interact with.

RCA's Future of Lobby Spaces
15-23 September, 2 Kingdom Street, Paddington Central

From a status symbol to austere grand halls, the role of the lobby in serving the public as a checkpoint has always been ambiguous. This installation offers engaging insights into how art and cultural content aim to change perceptions of the lobby space.

Colour Transfer by Liz West
15-23 September, Westway Viaduct, Paddington Central

Experience the positive impact of colour and light with British artist Liz West’s radiant sitespecific sculpture, Colour Transfer. A dazzling immersive environment that captures the essence of its surroundings, and inspires and energises those passing by. Liz West will also be hosting an Artist Talk on Tuesday, 18 September.

RCA's Retail of the Future
15-23 September, Bishop's Bridge, Paddington Central

The installation uncovers how emerging technology will affect retail spaces. This exhibit uses ‘four futures’ to examine scenarios of continuation, decline and collapse, limits and discipline, and transformation.

Darcie & May Green
15-23 September, Canal Side – Sheldon Square, Paddington Central

Designed in 2017 by Sir Peter Blake, the legendary British Pop Artist, these barges are floating works of art, decorated with Blake’s trademark heart, star and letter motifs.

Hosting a range of installations and interactive events throughout London Design Festival. 
Experience, discover and be inspired.
15 – 23 September 2018