Battersea Power Station hots pop up stores for local businesses

By Kasmira Jefford - Friday, September 08, 2017 13:31

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Battersea Power Station Development Company will be offering free pop-up spaces to designers and small creative businesses from mid-September until Christmas as part of series of community projects being organised at the 42-acre site.

The pop-ups will be housed in a series of purpose built units next to Circus West Village, at the entrance to this new riverside location at Grosvenor Arch, and the programme will see a variety of entrepreneurs including a candle specialist and a textile studio showcase their wares every Thursday to Sunday, from 14 September until December 24th.

The shops include:

• Wax + Wick, a premium hand poured candle brand founded in Battersea by lifestyle entrepreneur Nicole Hansen. It has a strong belief in contributing to the circular economy and minimising waste through their up-cycled repurposed materials. The brand celebrates Nicole’s Danish heritage and incorporates simple design, sustainability and quality. They will offer several workshops and creative sessions, www.waxandwickworkshop.com

• Beatwoven, a textile technology studio that translates music into digital weave patterns for a Jacquard loom. Founded by designer Nadia-Anne Ricketts, the pop-up will be selling framed textile art work and presenting a recent collaborative project with FirepitTech, a division of Warner Music Group, and the David Bowie Estate – for the Harrods Art Partners project. www.beatwoven.co.uk

• Warehouse Home, a fast-growing lifestyle brand founded by Sophie Bush. The brand's online shop retails vintage and contemporary homewares designs with an industrial aesthetic, including exclusive products created for Warehouse Home by emerging British designers, mywarehousehome.com

• Creative Entrepreneurs, the London based learning and networking platform that nurtures small independent businesses from across the creative industries by bringing together business support tools and expert advice to help them develop, alongside inspiration and learning from supporters including Anya Hindmarch and Thomas Heatherwick. Coinciding with London Fashion Week, Creative Entrepreneurs will showcasing some of the young London-based fashion labels within their network, creativeentrepreneurs.co

• Thames & Hudson, one of the leading illustrated publishers across all areas of visual creativity, will be supporting the programme across the London Design Festival and London Fashion Week weekends with their first ever pop-up space. They will be conducting a series of author talks, workshops and children's events across the fields of design, fashion and photography, www.thamesandhudson.com

More creative popups and collaborations will be revealed in the coming weeks as the exciting initiative continues.In addition, from this autumn, even more people will also be able to visit via the River Bus with a new dedicated pier at Battersea Power Station.

Rob Tincknell, CEO of Battersea Power Station Development Company, said: “We want to support a new generation of creative people and are seeking young, independent commercial businesses that are making products and stories across design, art, craft, fashion, publishing, new tech and beyond.

“The spaces are initially offered rent free and we are targeting the local Battersea community as well as businesses and creative networks across London. Initially, the spaces will be available from Thursday to Sunday each week, and the tenancies will rotate regularly to showcase a range of creative ideas across the season. I love the idea that when the office spaces in the Power Station are complete, we will have some of the biggest businesses in the world working alongside start up businesses with just one employee.”

kjefford@costar.co.uk

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