This weekend apt.Design stopped by to see what’s new in the burgeoning redevelopment of King’s Cross.


Coal Drops Yard
Image credit: Retail Gazette 


Introducing Coal Drops Yard. Once coal stores for Victorian London, these historical buildings have been given a complete new lease of life now serving as a chic shopping district as a part of King’s Cross exciting regeneration. The Coal Drops Yard is steeped in London heritage, from the Industrial Revolution to the hedonistic rave scene of the 1980s. Historian Jacqueline Riding has authored a thoughtful collection of stories titled Coal Drops Yard in Six Stories, capturing the interesting history of the yard this thoughtful collection is definietly worth a read.


This is apt.Design’s highlights…



Stockholm-based design brand, Hem, beautifully presented their interior products. The centre piece being a commissioned counter titled ‘Puffy Brick’ by design and art duo Soft Baroque.


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Exciting sustainable fashion brand, Christopher Raeburn, has a space at Coal Drops Yard. It was a pleasure to see the pieces displayed in their pop-upstore. The fashion studio turns surplus fabrics into wearable functional pieces. Following the ethos of remade, reduced, recycled exciting pieces can be seen and purchased at the popup. Our favourites being the REMADE Russian military blanket designs.




MDR Gallery

An extension of Modern Design Review magazince, MDR Gallery has a space at Coal Drops Yard. The contemporary design gallery has presented ‘Space Frames,’ a collection of sculptural lights that are located around the redevelopment. Created by Eindhoven-based design studio Mieke Meijer the installations seek to celebrate and work with the industrial engineering of this flourishing destination.


Image credit: King’s Cross


This latest addition to the regeneration project of King’s Cross is a hub of collaborative creativity. From the public art installations to the collaborations between retail spaces and artists and design studios. Not only a destination shopping district but an opportunity to discover fresh creatives and appreciate redevelopment done right.