Best of London Design Festival
Paris Design + Maison&Objet… Salone del Mobile in Milano… Ever year the design world flocks to these European creative centres for the latest in design and trends ahead, but London holds its own with London Design Festival, the annual celebration and promotion of this British city as a design capital of the world and gateway into the international design community. Conceived by Sir John Sorrel and Ben Evans in 2003, the festival has since grown to over 400 events and exhibitions staged by international creators across the ever-merging design-art-architecture spectrum. Over the last decade+ London Design Festival has given rise to several offsets including designjunction, Decorex, and 100% Design, each home to a mix of designers, products, installations, innovations, lectures as a focal point for design enthusiasts, media, creatives, international buyers and more…
This is the design show that breaks the pre-ordained warehouse- cubicle exhibition format. A platform for commercial and cultural design, designjunction puts together curated design exhibitions against the backdrop of unusual, industrial spaces. 200 contemporary brands and their latest collections connecting with a spectrum of international customers… architects, interior designers, buyers, and press… designjunction is the nucleus of design within a cultural context. Alongisde its London base, this design platform has shown at Salone del Mobile and NYCXDesign 2015.
British lighting house Tala has a singular mission within lighting design… to create the world’s most beautiful light bulbs. They are bringing the art of light back to its source and shifting focus onto the visual aesthetics of the technology itself, rather than its medium. The word Tala comes from the African concept of conversation through beauty; the two elements that lie at the core ethos of the brand. All of their warm hued LED lightbulbs are up to 90% more efficient and last 15x longer than their luminous counterparts and are created in their commitment to creating products that balance beauty with sustainability.
Life Space UK
Sony has pushed design meets technology into some highly aesthetic and useful terrain. Their latest dual series, Life Space UK, features a Glass Sound Speaker and Portable Ultra Short Throw Projector. The magic of these designs comes from the sensorial impact between light, sound and vision, brought together in unexpected ways. The speaker distributes clear sound throughout a space while emitting ambient light and vibrations within the glass similar to the subtle vibrations in our vocal chords to create a uniquely, lifelike auditory experience. The portable 10cm projector can project an image onto any surface and is equipped with internal speakers.
This Israeli-born, Milan based designer has created a stunning line of brass sculpture-meets furniture subbed Flamingo, and inspired by art aesthetics and designed with multi-storage possibilities in mind. Hagit Pincovici’s latest collection is the perfect culmination of functionality and design. Created using traditional methods, each piece has been hand made in the designer’s family-owned studio and is individually crafted for each order.
This marks the first collection by German furniture designer Verena Hennig and features seating made with rotatable aluminium bars and is appropriately entitled the “Roll” collection. Her goal was to create a fun, engaging interaction between user and furniture that could potentially double as a massage tool.
Hong Kong born and Britain educated designer Samuel Chan culminated in his launching company Channels in 1995 featuring his showroom and workshop to demonstrate the important balance between design and craft. His love of clean lines and proportions lead to a singular logic within Chan’s designs.
The multi-faceted design showcase branches out from the Olympia and houses all your space-filling fantasies. Everything from furniture and lighting to fabrics and accessories; installations, lectures, a cinema, and areas dedicated to all the different spaces we inhabit… and with over 400 events and exhibitions put together by a collaboration with hundreds of partner organisations staged in design districts around London. Moooi furnishings, lighting by Lee Broom, Timorous Beasties wallcoverings, Mineheart creations with hotels and alternative spaces converted into design installations and showrooms. This year’s 100% Design, now in its 22nd instalment, explores the theme of experience through immersive, sensorial installation commissioned by creatives and brands from around the world.
Kreon X Belux
Kreon, the lighting brand serving up iridescent creations to the luxury architecture and design market has teamed up with Belux to offer lighting solutions to the private sector, creating innovative, energy-efficient light technology grounded in their ethos for high-quality craftsmanship, aesthetics and sustainability.
Mineheart X 100% Design
Mineheart was launched in 2010 by designers Brendan Young and Vanessa Battaglia (founders of design consultancy Young & Battaglia). The duo is known for their signature re-purposing of materials and references to classic imagery to create an eclectic, singular aesthetic which fuses together the past with a contemporary design vision that brings art into the mix. Classic mid-century armchair spiced up with a pop of fuchsia pink and a corset laced back. Discreet wall paper illusions, lightbulbs encasing a tiny chandelier… luxurious wallpapers of handwritten letters, charcoal wood panelling and cast iron fencing. All white bookshelves, inverted cauldron light fixtures, classical imagery printed on cowhide rugs…
“The idea behind Mineheart is to create a playground for creativity and discovery, where art meets design, and poetry meets industry. We try to inject a sense of wonder into everyday objects and spaces around us, telling stories and creating things that are truly surprising,” Young&Battaglia
Woodlikes Furniture Design
This bespoke interior design, furniture and lighting company was created by award-winning French designer Julien Bonzom and reflects his passion for working with natural materials from wood to metal, inspired by his time spent as a child in his father’s workshop. Each object is created with a unique aesthetic–personally selecting each material–identity and personality. Woodlikes is based in London, England.
LuxuryMade is central London’s latest contemporary decorative interiors show that also features a selection of luxury design events located at Olympia’s stunning Pillar Halls, a space that has been hidden from the public for the last twenty years, and which is in perfect harmony with the level of luxury that is found beyond the marble pillars of the hall.
Decorex International is where you go to find the ultimate in luxury. This London Design Festival hub has been in existence for nearly 40 years and features the best of the best; exhibiting a hand-picked selection of top design innovators from around the world. In 2017, the UK-born design show is set to launch in New York in collaboration with NYCxDesign.
The Copenhagen-based design house, New Works, references a history of fine craftsmanship with an adherence to natural materials used in the execution of their sculptural creations. Their work is born from a collaboration with international designers and artists that share New Works’ desire to create stunning and highly functional objects.
MARCEL WANDERS X ALESSI CIRCUS
The latest collaboration of Marcel Wanders of Moooi with Italian design factory Alessi is delightfully carnivalesque. Circus tents, clowns, elephants, and strongmen are transformed into clever kitchen and tableware creations that each perform a unique, hidden function. A corkscrew hidden under a podium upon which a jester sits, his body expanding to remove the cork front the bottle. A baby ballerina elephant pirouettes on a golden ball that conceals a music box, a dinner bell as a ringleader and a candyman clown that dispenses candy from his tongue… all made using lost wax casting techniques, laser cutting and decorated by hand.
FRENCH DESIGN FORUM
In a celebration of French design in London, French Design Forum is an exclusive event hosted by Business France in collaboration with a selection of design and architectural experts from Britain and France.
Atelier Bernard Pictet
This French design studio has been turning out luxurious and original glassware creations for over 30 years. Atelier Bernard Pictet enhances interiors with their bespoke glass designs, the studio combines glass with art, interior, and architectural settings.
Linge au Coeur
Founded over 100 years ago, French embroidery house, Linge au Coeur, brings together stylists, embroiderers, sketches and seamstresses to custom design luxurious and one of a kind household linens for bespoke interior design projects. Originally gaining international acclaim for their exquisite craftsmanship, owed to their use of rare 17th century techniques, the house is now managed by Pascale Duchénoy, the great-granddaughter of founder Jules Zéau.
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