Netil House's Pavilion East for London Design Festival

Netil House, SPACE Studios and The Trampery London Fields partnered to host a pop-up pavilion on Mare Street Triangle with support from Hackney Council 13th -15th September 2013.

A collaboration for London Design Festival at the Mare St Triangle. The Pavilion was to pop up in a public place, creating an interactive and accessible platform for design: a meeting place, a place to observe and interact with, a place to play. Located on the corner of Westgate Street and Mare Street, Pavilion East acted as a space for workshops, talks, installations and exhibitions during the east London focus of the The London Design Festival. 

Breaking down the facade of all the behind-closed-doors creative activity taking place, the site acted as a central hub to all three spaces and opened up any physical barriers the buildings currently possess. Architectural and environmental designer Wilf Meynell (former Hackney Downs Studios resident) helped to draw up and realise the vision for Pavilion East: a box structure which could open up and sprawling out onto the pavement revealing what's inside. Founder of Re-Fuze Geoff Walker came on board to manage the build using reclaimed and recycled materials and dedicated volunteers to help paint and install the pavilion.

The weekend was jam packed with an exciting programme of workshops comprising the best emerging designers within our community, from a travelling Bicycle Trailer Darkroom to a cutting edge fashion designer, a performance artist and an exploratory think tank, each providing insight into their creative process and sharing their inspiration. As official partners, The London Design Festival website and programme promoted the activity during the weekend.

Pavilion East launched Friday 13th September, locals, artists, designers and press gathered in the space for drinks and before heading over to Look Mum No Hands where we played a short film about the project, see below. Our two day programme took place 14th & 15th September, the pavilion was open to the public and provided an opportunity for designers to showcase their work and interact with visitors.

“APOLOGIES to Milan and Tokyo. Regrets to Stockholm and Paris. Forgive me, Eindhoven, Berlin, Barcelona and, most particularly, New York. But London is the design capital of the world.”– New York Times

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