We look forward to the buzz surrounding this three-day design festival every May, and this year was no different. A wide variety of impressive showrooms open up their doors and a full programme of events and talks are all put on to inspire design lovers. With seven exhibitions, there was plenty to get our teeth stuck into and we were excited to see what the beautiful and historic venues of choice, from a nightclub to a church crypt, would have to offer.

 

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Our eyes were wide open and ready to explore all the wonderful designs and ideas that were on show. In fact, it was at the British Collection held in Crypt on the Green where we spent some time admiring the latest pieces. Everything from the new A-Beam light from the Hand & Eye Studio to Liam Treanor's elegant and minimalist timber-based work including the Newton pendant lamp and Lowick side table in walnut (shown above). We're also pleased we spotted the standing bureau by The Workshop, founded by architect Sebastian Mann of design agency Minale + Mann. This bureau (shown above) is a modern take on a classic furniture piece with a lid that folds back along concealed hinges.

 

We also loved coming across the Craft Central Corner Shop which was filled with the wonderful work of Forest + Found and also the exhibition of Ted Jefferis called 'British Grown, British Made'. A chance to see the makers at work and talk to them about their craft – such a great idea!

 

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In the most stunning venue of them all, Tom Dixon showcased his latest lighting collections. Fade, Curve and Flask Oil were presented in all their glamour in the atmospheric St James' Church. The Flask Oil pendant lights (shown top) are described as 'a mixture of arts and crafts and industrial' and they're attractively iridescent. Curve, a giant chandelier, was installed above the main space and made for an eye-catching feature. This exhibition is top of our 'most memorable' list of this year's event.

 

Photo credit for the Clerkenwell Close street image and the Tom Dixon lighting image: Sophie Mutevelian

 

Article by: EKBB