Design Wallah brings Indian design to the Southbank

Next month, London will be treated to a taste of South Asia thanks to the Southbank Centre’s Alchemy festival, which is debuting its Design Wallah showcase this year.

Natasha Kumar print
Natasha Kumar print

Back in February ethical design brand Shake the Dust and the Southbank arts centre put out a call for entries for the event, an open submission showcase of South Asian contemporary design. 

Holy Cow Mankolam Series by Natasha Kumar
Holy Cow Mankolam Series by Natasha Kumar

Design Wallah will be housed in the Festival Village space under Queen Elizabeth Hall, and will feature prints and products from emerging and more established designers.

Kangan Arora and FLOOR_STORY rug collaboration
Kangan Arora and FLOOR_STORY rug collaboration

Brands and organisations showing at the event aren’t just from South Asia, though organisers selected those whose offer showed a strong connection with the region.

We love the Pop Art-inspired prints by Natasha Kumar:

Natasha Kumar print, Great India
Natasha Kumar print, Great India

Another highlight is the bright, geometric-patterned series of rugs designed by Kangan Arora in collaboration with East London-based company FLOOR_STORY. According to Design Wallah, the designs are  ‘inspired by a kaleidoscopic array of circus tents and the excitement of an Indian kite-flying festival.’

Kangan Arora and FLOOR_STORY rug collaboration
Kangan Arora and FLOOR_STORY rug collaboration

All the way from Mumbai is design studio Locopopo, founded by Lokesh Karekar. The studio’s output includes prints, badges and hats, with graphics inspired by traditional Indian imagery.

South Mumbai Print by LOCOPOPO design Studio.
South Mumbai Print by LOCOPOPO design Studio.

Design Wallah will also be hosting a series of kite and printmaking workshops, with more details here [southbankcentre.co.uk]. Those looking for a bit of sustenance to help browse all the lovely designs will be pleased to know that Design Wallah is to sit next to Roti Chai’s Chaat Shack and Bar, which will serve a range of street food and a selection of Indian-inspired spiced cocktails.

Studio Kohl
Studio Kohl

Design Wallah runs from 15-26 May at Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX

Three Mangoes poster
Three Mangoes poster

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