The Maker Mile is a one mile radius creative cluster of over 50 makerspaces, fabricators, design studios and workshops in East London. The area centres on where Mare Street crosses the old industrial transport hub of the Regent’s Canal, denoting the boundary line between the boroughs of Hackney and Tower Hamlets.

Maker Mile returns to the London Design Festival for its third year, now as an official Design Route. Some of the area’s most innovative spaces are showcasing projects, installations and exhibitions for the Festival, all within a short walk of one another, opening for the whole festival so you can visit on Saturday when nearby Broadway Market is buzzing, or explore the creative cluster during the late night opening on Monday 18 September. 

Immerse yourself in art and play with the notions of encrypted communication with Artist Lisa Traxler at the Surface Matter materials studio. See 3D Printing in action and browse furniture at Taylor Hawkes Pop-Up Shop. Join Machines Room in exploring new ways of making ‘by the masses’ not en-masse. Examine studio processes with prototypes and maquettes at Studio Trevelyan. And, find the latest developments in colour and materiality with Unique Style Platform x Surface Matter. 

Check the website to learn more about the route and plan your visit. 

A New Normal / Production: from Mass to the masses Machines Room
45 Vyner Street, E2 9DQ

How could products be made in a world after mass manufacturing? This exhibition looks at projects that are pioneering new ways of making today; not just one-off things for individuals, but establishing a ‘new normal’ where mass manufacturing means ‘by the masses’ not en-masse. 

Abstractions Studio Trevelyan
15 Sheep Lane, E8 3FA 

Abstractions will present an examination of studio process featuring prototypes, maquettes and finished editions previewing the new direction for Studio Trevelyan for 2018. 

Open Studio & Pop-Up Shop Taylor Hawkes
17 Sheep Lane, E8 3FP 

In their London Fields studio, Taylor Hawkes Design conceptualise and create spaces, objects and furniture. The practice is inspired by Japanese joinery, Scandinavian simplicity & the boldness of British postmodern design. See 3D printing in action & browse their newest range of furniture. 

BUILD Surface Matter x Lisa Traxler
29 Westgate Street, E8 3RL 

BUILD is an immersive installation by Artist Lisa Traxler, inspired by dazzle camouflage and radar and housed in the Surface Matter materials studio. Materials meet Art, informed by Architecture. Meet the artist, learn about materials and play with the notions of encrypted communication. 

Conscious Colour Unique Style Platform x Surface Matter 
WeWork London Fields,115 Mare Street, E8 4RU 

Combining their expertise in their respective fields, Unique Style Platform and Surface Matter have joined forces to curate an exciting installation that explores the latest developments in colour and materiality, looking at the importance of colour and surface in a new light.