The London Design Festival 2013

Design Is Everywhere

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 percent design london design festival

 

100% Design Featuring 1.____ 2.___

100% Design Featuring 1.Turnstyle Designs 2.Preciosa 3. Delightfull 4. Surface View Murals 5. Magis 6. Buster + Punch 7. Brabbu

 

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
Buster & Punch furniture at 100% Design London. Photo Courtesy Buster + Punch

Buster & Punch furniture at 100% Design London. Photo Courtesy Buster + Punch

Brabbu Furniture - Hoplon bookcase at 100% Design. Photo courtesy Brabbu Furniture

Brabbu Furniture – Hoplon bookcase at 100% Design. Photo courtesy Brabbu Furniture

  • Delightful lighting
Bold signage

Delightful pop art lighting at 100% Design. Photo courtesy Delightful

 

_Decorex london design festivalDecorex 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
Luxury Fabrics by Clarke + Clarke

Clarke + Clarke’s latest fabric collections

  • Collier Webb Furniture, Lighting & Hardware
Art Deco Metal table lamp

CEP Light Shown here in a Bright Nickel finish. Also available in Dark Bronze, Antique Bronze, Verdigris, Antique Copper, Antique Silver, Antique Brass, Antique Gilt or custom finished to order. Photo via CollierWebb.com

  • de Gournay Handpainted Wallcovering
handpainted wallcovering

De Gournay C-040 Blue closeup wallcovering. Image courtesy De Gournay

  • Devon & Devon Bathroom furniture
Gold claw foot tub

Devon + Devon Mida Bath. Photo Courtesy Devon & Devon

  • Elitis fabrics
Black and white fabric

Elitis Mahjong collection in black and white. This embroidered cotton satin is an homage from Elitis to the timeless checker pattern. The ultra-chic color range allows endless combinations. Don’t forget to put an elegant finishing touch and protect your draperies from the sun with our Smile satin. Photo via Elitis Fabrics

  • Fine Art Lamps
Liason Collection pendant from Fine Art Lamps.

Fine Art Lamps Liaison Collection. Hand-crafted metal with extensive component details and articulation, finished in a choice of platinized silver leaf or antique hand-rubbed bronze.

  • Habibi Moroccan Tiles
Moroccan tile patterns

Habibi Moroccan Tiles. Images via habibi-interiors.com

  • Heathfield & Co. lighting
organic wood lamp

Heathfield & Co Lighting, Finn bronze table lamp. Image courtesy Heathfield & Co

  • Koket furniture, lighting and accessories
black velvet sofa

Prive black velvet daybed by Koket. Image via bykoket.com

  • Luke Irwin Carpets
colorful ethnic floor runner

Luke Irwin Eden runner. Photo via Luke Irwin

  • Ochre Furniture lighting and accessories
Ochre Furniture - Cloud Shade Chandeliers + Eternal dreamer sofa

Ochre Furniture – Cloud Shade Chandeliers + Eternal dreamer sofa

  • Objet De Curiosite decor & accessories
Objet de Curiosite, a place where amazing objects, collected with a certain taste for diversity and the unusual, are displayed and sold.

Objet de Curiosite, a place where amazing objects, collected with a certain taste for diversity and the unusual, are displayed and sold.

  • Rocky Mountain Hardware
Rocky Mountain Hardware Bronze finish Mack entry door hardware and farmhouse sink.

Rocky Mountain Hardware Bronze finish Mack entry door hardware and farmhouse sink.

  • Smallbone of Devizes Kitchens and Bathrooms
Smallbone of Devizes Kitchen coffee station details

Smallbone of Devizes Kitchen coffee station details

  • Philip Watts decorative hardware, signage, furniture, stairs and portholes
Philip Watts Design mercury bar stool

Philip Watts Design mercury bar stool

 

_Design Junction london design festival

 

Design Junction 2013 featuring: 1. Moroso Chandigarh Sofa, 2. Moroso Klara chair, 3. Vitamin pendant,  4.  Cavalcanti rug, 5. Yu Hiraoka planter, 6. Ignacia Murtagh Los Andes table, 7. Kangan Arora cushions

Design Junction 2013 featuring: 1. Moroso Chandigarh Sofa, 2. Moroso Klara chair, 3. Vitamin pendant,  4.  Cavalcanti rug, 5. Yu Hiraoka planter, 6. Ignacia Murtagh Los Andes table, 7. Kangan Arora cushions

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
Kartell bathroom by Laufen ambience. Photo Courtesy Laufen

Kartell bathroom by Laufen ambience. Photo Courtesy Laufen

  • Bolon – one of my favorite flooring materials from Milan Design Week
Bolon Flooring

Bolon Flooring at Design Junction 2013. Images courtesy Bolon

  • Baroncelli
Saturno, round pendant

Baroncelli Saturno Chandeliers at Design Junction 2013. Photo courtesy Baroncelli.

  • Fenella Elms Porcelain
porcelain texture

Fenella Elms Vary flow porcelain at Design Junction 2013. Photo courtesy Fenella Elms

  • Moroso
Moroso tables

Moroso Chandigarh Tables Nipa Doshi & Levien. Photo courtesy Moroso

  • Sharon Marston
fiber optic lighting

Sharon Marston Fiber Optic Chandelier at Design Junction. Photo Courtesy Sharon Marston Studio

 

_Chelsea Harbour london design festival

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
Ann Sacks Scribe and Liberty mosaics collection in soft blues and white.

Ann Sacks Scribe and Liberty mosaics collection in soft blues and white.

  • Edelman Leather. I am always up for hide, especially embossed, colored and patterned!
Edelman Leather rugs and laser cut hide

Edelman Leather rugs and laser cut hide

  • Flexform furniture had some amazing new pieces with gentle feminine curved and luxurious finishes. Look at this velvet!
Curved feminine sofa

Flexform Guscio sofa

  • Lelievre fabric, an easy pairing
Le Lievre fabrics

Le Lievre fabrics

  • Rubelli/Donghia fabrics, furnishings + lighting
Donghia Peninsula Sofa

Donghia Peninsula Sofa

  • Tai Ping Carpets
Tai Ping contemporary synthetic rug

Tai Ping contemporary synthetic rug

  • Victoria + Albert Baths
Victoria + Albert Bathroom featuring the Amalfi tub

Victoria + Albert Bathroom featuring the Amalfi tub

 

_Southbank Centre london design festivalSouthbank 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 and Superbrands london design festivalTent + 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
Alexandra Raben Design. Intricate Lamp:  inspiration found in feathers, contrasts and transparency. Intricate - meaning very complex or detailed - is the exact description of this lamp. It is made of a steel frame with coiled wire and thread hand-woven through to form a thin surface of patterns. Intricate is a confrontation with mass production and monotony. The design underlines the need to make space for the fine unique objects that require patience and fascinating craftsmanship.

Alexandra Raben Design. Intricate Lamp: inspiration found in feathers, contrasts and transparency. Intricate – meaning very complex or detailed – is the exact description of this lamp. It is made of a steel frame with coiled wire and thread hand-woven through to form a thin surface of patterns. Intricate is a confrontation with mass production and monotony. The design underlines the need to make space for the fine unique objects that require patience and fascinating craftsmanship.

  • Alghalia Interiors
Alghalia Interiors - Sinan chair

Alghalia Interiors – Sinan chair

  • Blackpop Wallpaper
BlackPop Wallpaper - Chapelle Blush pink ombre wallcovering

BlackPop Wallpaper – Chapelle Blush pink ombre wallcovering

  • Curiousa and Curiousa Lighting
Curiousa & Curiousa pendants

Curiousa & Curiousa pendants

  • Daniel Heath Wallpapers and Bespoke furnishings
Daniel Heath - Reclaimed Welsh Slate tiles

Daniel Heath – Reclaimed Welsh Slate tiles

  • Galvin Brothers furniture
Galvin Brothers Imperfect Stool + Moonshine Daybed

Galvin Brothers Imperfect Stool + Moonshine Daybed

  • Jinger & Jagger furniture
Ginger + Jagger Emerald green console "fig tree"

Ginger + Jagger Emerald green console “fig tree”

  • Ivanka Concrete tiles
Ivanka concrete floor tiles

Ivanka concrete floor tiles

  • Parchetticifio Toscano – Luxury Flooring
Parchetticifio Toscano flooring is an exclusive and luxury line of multimaterial inlaid flooring, drawing on the artistic, historical and artisan tradition of the Tuscan Renaissance

Parchetticifio Toscano flooring is an exclusive and luxury line of multimaterial inlaid flooring, drawing on the artistic, historical and artisan tradition of the Tuscan Renaissance

 

_Shoreditch design london design festivalShoreditch 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
Jasper Morrison Furniture (Low table - Paris, Rome & London - 2010 for Marsotto, Place Sofa 2008 for Vitra and Botan Bench 2013 for Maruni Japan)

Jasper Morrison Furniture (Low table – Paris, Rome & London – 2010 for Marsotto, Place Sofa 2008 for Vitra and Botan Bench 2013 for Maruni Japan)

  • Lee Broom
Lee Broom London Showroom

Lee Broom’s London Showroom opened during London Design week which included a new lighting, accessories and upholstery collection.

  • Tord Boontje
Magnetic Field collection by Tord Boontje for London Design Week 2014

Tord Boontje explored science with his Magnetic Fields Collection, an analysis on the effects of magnetism with pigments, steel and resin. Fantastic depth with an eerie scientific feel.

  • Yinka Ilori
Yinka Ilori the art of storytelling with Nigerian prints - image via Vogue

Yinka Ilori the art of storytelling with Nigerian prints – image via Vogue

_Fitzrovia Now london design festivalFitzrovia Now is central London’s discerning destination for design showrooms, galleries, cultural organisations and like minded eateries and hotels.

Hot spots:

  • Hastens Luxury Beds
Hastens luxury Hammocks, Beds, Bedding and Accessories.

Hastens luxury Hammocks, Beds, Bedding and Accessories.

  • Ligne Roset Furniture
Ligne Roset Togo Lounge at London Design Week 2013

Ligne Roset Togo Lounge at London Design Week 2013

  • Domus Tiles
Domus Tiles

Domus Tiles Azulej Series designed by Patricia Urquiola. Azulej draws inspiration from traditional encaustic (cement-based) Victorian floor tiles but with a 21st century spin.

  • Vola Faucets
Vola Classic one handle mixer in mixed finishes

Vola Classic one handle mixer in mixed finishes

  • Valcucine Kitchens
Valcucine Kitchen Sine Tempore range

Valcucine Kitchen Sine Tempore range

  • Minotti Furniture
Minotti's 2013 Furniture lineup

Minotti’s 2013 Furniture lineup

 

_Chelsea Design Quarter london design festivalChelsea 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
Channels Design

Channels Design

  • Christopher Wray Lighting
Christopher Wray Lighting and Furniture from the UK.

Christopher Wray Lighting and Furniture from the UK.

  • Eggersmann Kitchens
German brand, Eggersmann's luxury stone clad h12 kitchen.

German brand, Eggersmann’s luxury stone clad h12 kitchen.

  • Jab Anstoetz Fabrics
JAB Anstoetz 2014 Grandezza Collection. Precious damasks and lavish embroideries, exciting textures and fascinating effects – GRANDEZZA Vol. 8 celebrates sophisticated furnishing to the full. The luxurious collection combines classic ornamentation and modern motifs to create a whole cosmos of inspiration for beautiful dream living. Not only are the designs enchanting, but the colour concept captivates with a sure instinct for style: lilac meets indigo; blue-grey meets silver; black contrasts with gold, red or blue; nude and beige tones harmonize with creamy white.

JAB Anstoetz 2014 Grandezza Collection. Precious damasks and lavish embroideries, exciting textures and fascinating effects – GRANDEZZA Vol. 8 celebrates sophisticated furnishing to the full. The luxurious collection combines classic ornamentation and modern motifs to create a whole cosmos of inspiration for beautiful dream living. Not only are the designs enchanting, but the colour concept captivates with a sure instinct for style: lilac meets indigo; blue-grey meets silver; black contrasts with gold, red or blue; nude and beige tones harmonize with creamy white.

  • John Cullen Lighting – Check out this great video here.
John Cullen London Lighting Showroom

John Cullen London Lighting Showroom

  • Lapicida Stone Group
Lapicida Stone - Herringbone Table designed by Bethan Gray (2013 British Designer of the Year)

Lapicida Stone – Herringbone Table designed by Bethan Gray (2013 British Designer of the Year)

  • Nya Nordiska Textiles
Nya Nordiska 2014 Fabric collection

Nya Nordiska 2014 Fabric collection

  • The Rug Company
The Rug Company - Alexander McQueen Collection - Pony Rug

The Rug Company – Alexander McQueen Collection – Pony Rug

_Brompton design district london design festival

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.

Exhibitors included:

  • Boffi
k20 Kitchen by Norbert Wangen at London Design Week 2013. Boffi Chelsea presented for the first time in the UK the new K20 kitchen by Norbert Wangen through a collaboration with food design studio Arabeschi di Latte. The showroom became a post production lab where traditional food processing actions turn food products into unique artifacts.

k20 Kitchen by Norbert Wangen at London Design Week 2013. Boffi Chelsea presented for the first time in the UK the new K20 kitchen by Norbert Wangen through a collaboration with food design studio Arabeschi di Latte. The showroom became a post production lab where traditional food processing actions turn food products into unique artifacts.

  • De La Espada – check out the behind the scenes factory video here.
De La Espada 751 Solo Lounge Chair

De La Espada 751 Solo Lounge Chair

  • Modern Danish Warehouse
The Modern Danish Warehouse Pop-Up store - Hans Wegner Wishbone Chair

The Modern Danish Warehouse Pop-Up store – Hans Wegner Wishbone Chair

  • Sub-zero & Wolf
Sub Zero Refrigerators and Wine Stores

Sub Zero Refrigerators and Wine Stores

  • Tom Dixon
Y Chair by Tom Dixon, launched at London Design Week 2013

Y Chair by Tom Dixon, launched at London Design Week 2013

 

_Clerkenwell Design Quarter london design festivalClerkenwell 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
Alias Furniture

Alias Furniture

  • Bernhardt Furniture
Bernhardt Oslo Chair designed by Angell Wyller Aarseth

Bernhardt Oslo Chair designed by Angell Wyller Aarseth

  • Fameed Khalique
Be Inthavong Lao Motif - Winner of the 2013 International Design Awards fabric of the Year.

Be Inthavong Lao Motif – Winner of the 2013 International Design Awards fabric of the Year.

  • Mosa Tiles
Royal Mosa Tiles London Showroom

Royal Mosa Tiles London Showroom

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!

BlogTour London Sponsors

Blog Tour London

Modenus

Stay Inspired!

~Laura of Arabia~

Cafe Design – “Not Guilty” by Ippolito Fleitz Group of Germany

Swiss restaurant chain Not Guilty by Ippolito Fleitz Group of Germany. Winner of 2013 Red Dot Design Award for Interiors. Also Luxury Interiors thumbs up for mauve done right.

Swiss restaurant chain Not Guilty by Ippolito Fleitz Group of Germany. Winner of 2013 Red Dot Design Award for Interiors. Also Luxury Interiors thumbs up for mauve done right.

I just saw the cutest and most uplifting little cafe on the Red Dot Design Awards website. Congrats to the talented designers at IF Group on winning a Red Dot Design Award in 2013 for this lovely and refreshing design.

Space plan for "Not Guilty"

Space plan for “Not Guilty”

While I am at it, if you haven’t heard and are living outside of the design twitter universe, Pantone just announced the 2014 color of the year as “Radiant Orchid”.

Pantone 2014 Color of the Year - Radiant Orchid

Pantone 2014 Color of the Year – Radiant Orchid

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Industrial Fixtures + Rugged Cage Lamps

Wilkos Electric lighting design and manufacturing

Wilkos Electric is a custom lighting design company from Montreal Canada, specialized in vintage industrial lighting and custom work for retail clients and Interior Designers. I met up with the creator, Maciek Wilkos to learn more about his craft and aging processes as well as to see some great installations!

Wilkos Electric Work light. Old world style and aged patina on a new fixture.

Wilkos Electric Work light. Old world style and aged patina on a new fixture.

They were awarded grants from Jeunes Promoteurs & Montreal Inc for the development and expansion of Wilkos Electric. The line has been featured in Magazine Interieur and The Gazette’s Urban Expression Magazine, decorating restaurants in Montreal (Vin Papillon & Joe Beef), New York City (Bare Burger) and Toronto (Best Ellen) to name a few.

Bare Burger Restaurant in NYC with  a ceiling mounted cage lamp.

Bare Burger Restaurant in NYC with a ceiling mounted cage lamp.

Jack Saloon in Quebec City Canada featuring Wilkos Electric ceiling mounted cage lamps.

Jack Saloon in Quebec City Canada featuring Wilkos Electric ceiling mounted cage lamps.

Founder, Maciek Wilkos is a lighting designer and manufacturer with focus on the industrial and vintage style. All of his lamps are created from brand new parts that are aged in house in an Eco friendly manner.

Wilkos Electric - Custom Cage Lamp Chandelier

Wilkos Electric – Custom Cage Lamp Chandelier

Wilkos Electric Vintage Heisenberg Pendant based on a old patent dating from the 1900's.  It is a cluster socket lamp, made to fit 4 light bulbs. Back then, when light bulbs would give out as much light as a candle, so they came up with an ingenious way to maximize the output of a single lamp.

Wilkos Electric Vintage Heisenberg Pendant. Based on a old patent dating from the 1900’s. It is a cluster socket lamp, made to fit 4 light bulbs. Back then, when light bulbs would give out as much light as a candle they came up with an ingenious way to maximize the output of a single lamp.

Wilkos Electric Fender Floor Lamp + York table lamp. Hand crafted in Montreal Canada!

Wilkos Electric Fender Floor Lamp + York table lamp. Hand crafted in Montreal Canada!

Most of the lamps are based on antique models and patents from the 1900’s. They also do custom work for Interior Designers, residential consumers and retail stores. In addition many of Wilkos’ fixtures are UL listed for Commercial applications.

For more bright lighting and some pocket friendly finds check out Maciek’s website: www.wilkoselectric.com

Stay Bright!

~Laura of Arabia~

Kyle Bunting Cream + Ink Hide Rug

He is on a roll; Kyle Bunting’s beautiful rugs just keep getting more and more stunning. Being in the know with the latest trends, the new collection for The Modern Life Concept House at Art Basel topped my list of 2013 must have Christmas splurges. This luxury carpet looks like Patternity and Kelly Wearstler had a furry baby and I am over-the-moon in love!

Kyle Bunting Cream & Ink Hide Rug for The Modern Life Concept House at Art Basel 2013. Via Elle Decor and Kyle Bunting.

Kyle Bunting Cream & Ink Hide Rug for The Modern Life Concept House at Art Basel 2013. Via Elle Decor and Kyle Bunting.

Stay Inspired!

~Laura of Arabia~