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 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
Brabbu Furniture – Hoplon bookcase at 100% Design. Photo courtesy Brabbu Furniture
Delightful pop art lighting at 100% Design. Photo courtesy Delightful
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’s latest fabric collections
- Collier Webb Furniture, Lighting & Hardware
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
De Gournay C-040 Blue closeup wallcovering. Image courtesy De Gournay
- Devon & Devon Bathroom furniture
Devon + Devon Mida Bath. Photo Courtesy Devon & Devon
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 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. Images via habibi-interiors.com
- Heathfield & Co. lighting
Heathfield & Co Lighting, Finn bronze table lamp. Image courtesy Heathfield & Co
- Koket furniture, lighting and accessories
Prive black velvet daybed by Koket. Image via bykoket.com
Luke Irwin Eden runner. Photo via Luke Irwin
- Ochre Furniture lighting and accessories
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.
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
- Philip Watts decorative hardware, signage, furniture, stairs and portholes
Philip Watts Design mercury bar stool
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:
Kartell bathroom by Laufen ambience. Photo Courtesy Laufen
- Bolon – one of my favorite flooring materials from Milan Design Week
Bolon Flooring at Design Junction 2013. Images courtesy Bolon
Baroncelli Saturno Chandeliers at Design Junction 2013. Photo courtesy Baroncelli.
Fenella Elms Vary flow porcelain at Design Junction 2013. Photo courtesy Fenella Elms
Moroso Chandigarh Tables Nipa Doshi & Levien. Photo courtesy Moroso
Sharon Marston Fiber Optic Chandelier at Design Junction. Photo Courtesy Sharon Marston Studio
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 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
- Flexform furniture had some amazing new pieces with gentle feminine curved and luxurious finishes. Look at this velvet!
Flexform Guscio sofa
- Lelievre fabric, an easy pairing
Le Lievre fabrics
- Rubelli/Donghia fabrics, furnishings + lighting
Donghia Peninsula Sofa
Tai Ping contemporary synthetic rug
Victoria + Albert Bathroom featuring the Amalfi tub
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. 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 – Sinan chair
BlackPop Wallpaper – Chapelle Blush pink ombre wallcovering
- Curiousa and Curiousa Lighting
Curiousa & Curiousa pendants
- Daniel Heath Wallpapers and Bespoke furnishings
Daniel Heath – Reclaimed Welsh Slate tiles
- Galvin Brothers furniture
Galvin Brothers Imperfect Stool + Moonshine Daybed
- Jinger & Jagger furniture
Ginger + Jagger Emerald green console “fig tree”
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
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 Furniture (Low table – Paris, Rome & London – 2010 for Marsotto, Place Sofa 2008 for Vitra and Botan Bench 2013 for Maruni Japan)
Lee Broom’s London Showroom opened during London Design week which included a new lighting, accessories and upholstery collection.
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 the art of storytelling with Nigerian prints – image via Vogue
Fitzrovia Now is central London’s discerning destination for design showrooms, galleries, cultural organisations and like minded eateries and hotels.
Hastens luxury Hammocks, Beds, Bedding and Accessories.
Ligne Roset Togo Lounge at London Design Week 2013
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 Classic one handle mixer in mixed finishes
Valcucine Kitchen Sine Tempore range
Minotti’s 2013 Furniture lineup
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:
- Christopher Wray Lighting
Christopher Wray Lighting and Furniture from the UK.
German brand, Eggersmann’s luxury stone clad h12 kitchen.
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
Lapicida Stone – Herringbone Table designed by Bethan Gray (2013 British Designer of the Year)
Nya Nordiska 2014 Fabric collection
The Rug Company – Alexander McQueen Collection – Pony Rug
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.
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
The Modern Danish Warehouse Pop-Up store – Hans Wegner Wishbone Chair
Sub Zero Refrigerators and Wine Stores
Y Chair by Tom Dixon, launched at London Design Week 2013
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:
Bernhardt Oslo Chair designed by Angell Wyller Aarseth
Be Inthavong Lao Motif – Winner of the 2013 International Design Awards fabric of the Year.
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!
~Laura of Arabia~