A week of design inspiration...

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Design savvy London…

21.9.18


 

It’s been a full-on, designery kind of week this week. The London Design Festival, which incorporates a multitude of events and exhibitions, from Focus/18, to Design Junction and 100%Design, and then to Decorex out at Syon Park. It’s been five days of clocking up the miles.

Our approach has been a bit of a cross between Supermarket Sweep and Japanese Tourist. In an attempt to fit it all in, it has been a question of walk-snap-walk-snap-snap-snap-walk-walk for the last few days. So we now have a massive collection of images and inspiration to draw on for the months ahead.

Here are a few of our personal picks and design hints for AW trends…

This is the what-we-call a ‘Beaded, Tassled Fringe Movement’. A sugar rush of texture and movement and extra-long fringery. All a bit lovely. From Curiosa & Curiosa’s Japenese lanterns to David Hunt’s simple but elegant drum shades, with a bit of beadery thrown in along the way. Take an object, add some dangly stuff, it’s pretty successful.

Then we have the ‘Folded Pleated and Textured Brigade’. There is loads of this kind of thing out there. In metal, fabric, paper and applied finishes, a definite degree of attention being paid to unique and innovative surfaces.

And then there was light. Always an area for new ideas, we loved this selection of lighting products. From reclaimed and renovated, to LED wallpapers.

A highlight of the week, a visit to the Foscarini installation at the One Room gallery. A beautiful stack of four rooms, each designed to bring out a different experience of colour, light and mood. Our favourite room? The dark and atmospheric first floor with it’s exposed brick wall and period styling. We could have moved in, lit the fire and stayed for the winter.

Finally, we give you our Personal Picks. Little nuggets of joy that defy categorisation and trend-titling. Gems that stood out from the crowd and made the long, long walk round every corner of London all worth while.

 A teeny tiny chunk of loveliness on the top floor of the  Truman Brewery  venue.

A teeny tiny chunk of loveliness on the top floor of the Truman Brewery venue.

  Timorous Beasties , always putting their best foot forward.

Timorous Beasties, always putting their best foot forward.

 Humour in spades, we loved this LED artwork by  Light Up North  at 100% Design, against the deeply decorated wallpaper.

Humour in spades, we loved this LED artwork by Light Up North at 100% Design, against the deeply decorated wallpaper.