Brixton Design Trail

Posted on October 1, 2016 by Toothpicker There have been 0 comments

 We Stand As Living Monuments

 We Stand As Living Monuments   We Stand As Living Monuments

'We Stand As Living Monuments' by 2MZ at Black Cultural Archives


My last stop at the London design festival was Brixton – a new addition to this year design district. Under the theme ‘Rebel Rebel’, Brixton Design Trail featured a series of installations, exhibitions and events throughout the town centre by resident artists, designers and creative organisations.

At the Black Cultural Archives' courtyard, an interactive installation, 'We Stand As Living Monuments' was created by Brixton design studio 2MZ. The graphic patterned and mirrored cubes created an optical illusion of greater depth and allowed visitors to become the subject of the piece.


Rebel Space Resolve

Rebel Space Resolve

Rebel Space


Nearby in the garden of the St Matthew’s Church, a temporary structure, Rebel Space was used to host a series of workshops, exhibitions and events exploring the themes of space, radical politics and social movements.


Flash Crossings

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Top & bottom left: Flash crossings by Eley Kishimoto with Dolman Bowles; Bottom right: 'Windows of Brixton' project created by Hustlebucks, a local youth social enterprise


The colourful and playful Flash crossings were created Eley Kishimoto with Dolman Bowles at a prominent local junction with heavy traffic. Eley Kishimoto’s eye-catching iconic Flash patterns aimed to slow foot and wheeled traffic, and made them aware of other road users and improve safety at the busy junction. Perhaps TFL could consider replacing the standard zebra crossings with these or other fun patterns all over London one day?


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brixton revival

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Brixton revival map, collection and other products at the Diverse gift shop


A Pop-Up Tourist Centre was installed at the Diverse gift shop, featuring a range of memorabilia and souvenir merchandise. Local celebrated artists – Alvin Kofi of Kofi Arts and Terry Humphrey of Trunkstore also launched their design collaboration, Revival, a series of products and stationery celebrating Black presence in Brixton.

I spoke to Terry who was DJing at the shop, and we both reminisced about Brixton before the gentrification. Terry explained that their collection was created to pay homage to the culture, diversity and creativity of Brixton.


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Brixton Village

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Brixton Village 


My last stop in Brixton was Pop Brixton, a temporary shipping container village that opened last year. Supported by local activists, a developer and an architect, and with backing from Lambeth Council, the idea of the project was to turn a disused space into a thriving destination for independent retailers, restaurants, street food startups and social enterprises.

The 'village' was packed with hipsters when I was there, and I couldn't help but think that the vibe was more 'Shoreditch' or 'Dalston' or 'Peckham' than Brixton. There was a clear contrast between the people hanging inside and outside of this 'village'. Suddenly, I saw a white middle-class village in the middle of a former black working class area, and it somehow didn't feel quite right.


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We Can Be Heroes

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Design Unboxed at Pop Brixton – 3rd row: 'We Can Be Heroes' origami paper cranes installation


After spending almost more than 1/2 a day in Brixton, I felt quite sad that the area has become almost unrecognisable. The changes that took place in the past 10 years had been staggering. Even though I like Brixton village and I am glad that many of the food stores under the railway arch have survived... but for how long, I wonder?

My next entry will continue to explore the gentrification of Brixton...


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Posters for the Brixtopia event


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