Brompton Design District – Chelsea Fringe
23rd – 25th May 2013
Leading design shops, exhibition spaces, museums and institutions on and around London's Brompton Road joined forces in 2007 to become the Brompton Design District. This year the Brompton Design District is part of the Chelsea Fringe, a new festival of flowers, gardens and horticulture across London. A programme of exhibits, events and activities exploring the connection between design and gardening take place in shops, restaurants and green spaces around Brompton.
At Skandium we will be launching Fiskars Inspiration™ - a range of garden tools which are the perfect accessories for the urban gardener who is keen to connect with nature and delight in the simple pleasures of working with soil. Fiskars Inspiration™ range displays the company’s signature properties of durability, light weight, ergonomics, good quality and design across the pruners and cultivation tools. The Fiskars Inspiration™ range covers the essential needs of gardeners and is ideal for use in limited spaces from small garden plots, to allotments, balconies, container gardens and even for growing indoors. In addition to this, unique Scandinavian style florist Flor Unikon will be setting up in their beautiful flower displays in store.
Fiskars – Inspiration range
Exhibition Road, one of London’s busiest cultural destinations, will host a ‘greening project’ with the help of BACSAC® canvas planters and Clifton Nurseries. Plants, flowers, herbs and trees dress lower Exhibition Road, where cafes and restaurants spill out onto the streets, bringing gardens and a sense of community to this well-loved and well used pedestrian walkway in Brompton.
Exhibitions and events range from an installation by Boskke of their SKY PLANTERS at the much-loved Daphne’s restaurant on Draycott Avenue, to ‘A Museum of Terrariums’ - a living outdoor spaceby London’s Balcony Gardener, Isabelle Palmer, at Squint, a quirky furniture showroom located in the Garage, 1 North Terrace.
London landmark restaurant Bibendum fill the courtyard of Michelin House with beautiful plants and flowers in celebration of the Chelsea Flower Show’s 100 year anniversary while next door The Conran Shop creates one of the stunning window displays the shop is well known for. A book signing of A Year in Flowers by Shane Connolly also takes place as part of Conran’s programme of activity.
Lina Kanafani of Mint brings together a collection of work by designers who reinterpret nature in a warm and emotive manner, resulting in an exhibition called ‘When Things Bloom’. And next door at Cassina, the flagship showroom presents Phillipe Stark’s new collection, with an exclusive talk by Racine's Chef Patron Henry Harris on Spring’s eible herbs and flowers.
BACSAC® Canvas planters
Conran Display 2012 and When Things Bloom at Mint
The whole initiative is in partnership with the Chelsea Fringe, an alternative garden show based in London which includes everything from guerilla gardening and community projects to large-scale installations, food events, street happenings and more. The Brompton Design District is pleased to celebrate the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in this, its centenary year.