London Design Week wrapped up and Luxury Interiors of Dubai was there to take you around town to discover whats hot in the Design world right now (via twitter, instagram, Facebook and Luxury Interiors Blog). A few major design exhibitions have popped up in the last decade making Design week spread across the center of Britain. Here is a wrap up of the top exhibitions in London:
100% Design is officially the UK’s largest design trade event with over 25,000 visitors including architects, interior designers, retailers and designers. The event was held between the 18-21 September and is the biggest event during the London Design Festival. 100% Design was expected to attract over 30,000 visitors in 2013.
Companies Exhibited at 100% Design included some of my favorites:
- Buster + Punch luxury furniture
- The Home Factory – 3D printed interiors
- Brabbu furniture and lighting
- Delightful lighting
Decorex International had a new venue this year at Perks Field and The Orangery, Kensington Palace.
Lectures from some of the industries top voices such as:
- Mathew Dalby, Studio Director of the yoo Design Studio
- James Lohan CEO & CoFounder of Mr & Mrs Smith
- Jeremiah Goodman Interior Designer and Illustrator
- Nicky Haslam, Interior Designer
- Sue Timney, President of BIID (British Institute of Interior Design)
- Kit Kemp Co-Owner and Designer of Firmdale Hotels
And exhibiting a plethora of companies. Here are a few of the companies I am loved seeing:
- Clarke & Clarke Fabric
- Collier Webb Furniture, Lighting & Hardware
- de Gournay Handpainted Wallcovering
- Devon & Devon Bathroom furniture
- Elitis fabrics
- Fine Art Lamps
- Habibi Moroccan Tiles
- Heathfield & Co. lighting
- Koket furniture, lighting and accessories
- Luke Irwin Carpets
- Ochre Furniture lighting and accessories
- Objet De Curiosite decor & accessories
- Rocky Mountain Hardware
- Smallbone of Devizes Kitchens and Bathrooms
- Philip Watts decorative hardware, signage, furniture, stairs and portholes
Design Junction “This is how a contemporary design show should look, feel and taste” Nicole Swengley, How to Spend It magazine. This was the third edition of Design Junction in London, showing the very best in furniture, lighting and product design from around the world. It presented an edited selection of leading global brands and emerging enterprises. Designjunction showcases design against a stunning industrial backdrop, striking a balance between creative and commercial, while offering a much-needed alternative to the traditional trade show. I met up with founder of Design Junction and good friend Simon Berger as well as the Design Junction sponsor, Visa Luxury Collection team at the swanky Sanderson Hotel for a great end of trip re-cap.
Some of my highlights were:
- Laufen with Kartell
- Bolon – one of my favorite flooring materials from Milan Design Week
- Fenella Elms Porcelain
- Sharon Marston
Focus/13 is dedicated to inspire, inform and deliver the best in international design. Discover world-class talent and get connected at the legendary creative hub of Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour.
Famed companies at the centre include:
- Ann Sacks tiles
- Edelman Leather. I am always up for hide, especially embossed, colored and patterned!
- Flexform furniture had some amazing new pieces with gentle feminine curved and luxurious finishes. Look at this velvet!
- Lelievre fabric, an easy pairing
- Rubelli/Donghia fabrics, furnishings + lighting
- Tai Ping Carpets
- Victoria + Albert Baths
Southbank Centre embraced the London Design Festival this year like never before. Building on the legacy of its founding, during the Festival of Britain in 1951, the Centre laid on an array of free, eclectic design events across its site. They had showcases from international designers, an array of talks and screenings, Designersblock’s flagship show, the largest lava lamp in the world and so much more. Southbank Centre is bringing design for the people, to the people.
Tent + Superbrands London Constantly evolving, always thought provoking; design trade shows Tent London & Super Brands London have carved out an impressive reputation as the most creative of the hubs that anchor the London Design Festival, a beacon for anyone looking to discover the best contemporary design.
Companies I was excited about included:
- Alexandra Raben Design
- Alghalia Interiors
- Blackpop Wallpaper
- Curiousa and Curiousa Lighting
- Daniel Heath Wallpapers and Bespoke furnishings
- Galvin Brothers furniture
- Jinger & Jagger furniture
- Ivanka Concrete tiles
- Parchetticifio Toscano – Luxury Flooring
Shoreditch Design Triangle: Now in its 5th consecutive year, the event brings together a fascinating collection of designers, stores, galleries, studios, cafés, bars, brands and one-off events for a week of design-led festivities. This year the event incorporated over 30 different participants and has a wonderful blend of ideas behind it. The best place to see artisan, rural and high-tech craft, agriculturally themed products, locally made products, British made products, American made products, human-centered design, design inspired by electromagnetic fields, up-cycled furniture, new sustainable upholstery, new furniture, new lighting, new objects, a large show of ceramics, portrait photography, contemporary illustration, some cat-eye shoes, an elegant collection of gentleman’s clothes and accessories, an urban garden and even a range of architecturally shaped puddings (to eat). Alongside this visual and physical feast, there were walking tours that take in both local history and a number of contemporary design studios, design talks on most days and a range of engaging workshops.
Some designers that were present include:
- Jasper Morrison
- Lee Broom
- Tord Boontje
- Yinka Ilori
Fitzrovia Now is central London’s discerning destination for design showrooms, galleries, cultural organisations and like minded eateries and hotels.
- Hastens Luxury Beds
- Ligne Roset Furniture
- Domus Tiles
- Vola Faucets
- Valcucine Kitchens
- Minotti Furniture
Chelsea Design Quarter is London’s freshest and uniquely eclectic interiors hub where designers and the design-conscious can seek ideas, browse and purchase all their design requirements. With the largest and most diverse selection of established interiors specialists concentrated in one area, everything exists within a casual stroll. An exploration of expansive contemporary and antique showrooms. Highly individual independents. Discuss the latest interior design trends at thriving cafes, pubs, bars and eateries.
Featuring high profile product lines from:
- Channels furniture
- Christopher Wray Lighting
- Eggersmann Kitchens
- Jab Anstoetz Fabrics
- John Cullen Lighting – Check out this great video here.
- Lapicida Stone Group
- Nya Nordiska Textiles
- The Rug Company
Brompton Design District: Leading design shops, exhibition spaces, museums and institutions on and around London’s Brompton Road joined forces in 2007 to become the Brompton Design District.Every year the collaboration expanded with new happenings at the world-renowned museums, pop–up exhibitions, events and talks in leading design showrooms and temporary spaces in the area.
- De La Espada – check out the behind the scenes factory video here.
- Modern Danish Warehouse
- Sub-zero & Wolf
- Tom Dixon
Clerkenwell Design Quarter housed exhibitions, seminars, trails, competitions, workshops and a whole lot more will engage with visitors who want to discover Clerkenwell’s creative and cultural landscape by tracking down exciting and original companies.
Participants for 2013 included:
- Alias Furniture
- Bernhardt Furniture
- Fameed Khalique
- Mosa Tiles
A very, very special thank you to MODENUS for having both sponsored, and organized the fantastic Blog Tour London event. #BlogTourLDN took myself and an array of other talented bloggers and designers around London, during Design Week to the biggest hot spots of design activity. For more, check out the recently re-launched Modenus website!
~Laura of Arabia~