The Interchange: London opened its doors to visitors this week with the industry launch in conjunction with London Design Festival (LDF) and more specifically, the newly emerging service design arm of LDF. We kept the evening an informal affair – perch chats rather than slide decks, with brief intros from some of the awesome people working at the office followed by a few drinks and a few chats.

We kicked things off with a brief history lesson from Origin Housing’s Jon, setting the bar high with tales from times gone by and introducing The Interchange: London. Now establishing a growing base in London, we then heard exciting news about Snook’s recent work outside of their Scottish homeland followed by a closer look at one of their current London projects, Codesigning Care. Cassie of The Point People discussed networked working and her work on Systems Changers, closely followed by Katie from Settle. Fresh out of the Year Here programme, Settle was developed to build the skills of young people moving into independent living.

We’re excited to keep you updated as The Interchange: London begins to explore design within communities but in the meantime, thanks to everyone who made it along and special thanks to Katie for the amazing canapés.

Spark and Mettle, we missed you!