This year's London Design Festival didn't disappoint; there was plenty of interiors eye candy and new launches to enjoy
Here we round up our main highlights from across the events, but don't miss lots more to be featured on our news pages in our upcoming issues of the magazine.
There was a lot of buzz surrounding this show, with it being the first year in its new home in Granary Square in King's Cross. We arrived to see an immersive water installation by Dornbracht which invited us to explore and interact and at the same time think about the impact of water and how we have control over using (or overusing) it in our everyday lives.
Lighting is a big part of this show, and there was certainly lots of illuminate our minds with. One stand-out design was the Cupola light by Tamasine Osher Design, with its small dome-like structure which is hand-turned from whole trunks of naturally fallen spalted beech. Our furniture highlights include the stunning handmade Shamisan collection by Bethan Gray and the fourth studio collection from Another Country.
This show is always one of our favourites for discovering up-and-coming designers and also seeing new launches from some established brands. This year, there was even more to see with an extra floor added to the show.
A couple of highlights for us included meeting Austrian-born furniture designer and maker Alexander Mueller and seeing his beautiful Dahlia collection on display. Also, Barnby Design's stand showcased the new launches including the Ted dining table (shown) which comes in oak or ash. We also loved the Spook wood furniture by Galvin Brothers and we stumbled across Totem Road, a luxurious Australian brand with luxury sustainable pieces - make sure you check them out.
This year's theme was 'The Roots of Design', looking at the origins of design and how this will define and shape the future of the industry. The foyer to the show was turned into a chair exhibition with some classic designs on show and this set the tone for the show.
We particularly enjoyed seeing designer-makers Sebastian Cox and Tom Raffield and Russell and Oona of Pinch who were all showcasing their latest collections using wood to beautiful effect. There was also Domus who launched the Puzzle tile collection, which is a designer collaboration with Italian ceramic house, Mutina, and British design duo Barber & Osgerby, as well as the stand-out Drummonds stand featuring gorgeously designed wallpaper by Anna Glover.
Chelsea Design Harbour is always a great place to visit with its iconic building and impressive glass dome roof. A large hanging installation with hundreds of fish hanging down through the centre of the building looked so beautiful with the sunlight reflecting off of it. These are our top three favourite parts of this show:
At Ann Sacks we watched a mini presentation all about how each individual tile is created, and it's incredible to see how every product is handmade and entirely unique. It was great to learn the history behind each piece and also to see hundreds of beautiful designs, including the new ones.
We wandered through the Chaplins showroom which is full of inspiration if you're looking to fill your living space with luxury furniture and lighting. We love spotting the iconic design pieces that have become classics and there's so much to enjoy with brands such as B&B Italia, Fritz Hansen and Moroso on show.
Walking into the Sanderson showroom is like walking into a wonderland of gorgeous fabrics and wallpapers. The new collections have been inspired by famous gardens in London and notably the trends coming through are for more floral-inspired patterns with rich blues, yellows and greens.
Top to bottom and left to right:
The Shamisan collection by Bethan Gray at Design Junction
Alexander Mueller and his Dahlia furniture collection at Tent
The Ted dining table by Barnby Design at Tent
A selection of designers with their products at Decorex
Liaison tile collection by Kelly Wearstler at Ann Sacks
Inside the Chaplins showroom at the Design Centre Chelsea Harbour
Article by: EKBB