This week seems to be all about design events: I just shared our intrepid design team's report on Swedish Formex fair and we're already in the throws of the London Design Festival. It's that time of year. If you are in London, here's a list of some of the must-sees that have been highlighted so far. If you are not in London - go digital by following it all on Facebook or online and check out some of the links!
"The London Design Festival is a nine-day celebration of design in the world’s creative capital. The Festival is a platform for the widest spectrum of design disciplines, brought together as a unique and accessible programme."
The V&A is the first port of call for festival visitors, even those with home furnishings central to their interest.
Here's a photo of the Exhibition Road entrance with a handpicked selection of contemporary furniture chosen by designer Suzanne Trocmé. Also featured throughout the Sackler center, are Giulio Cappellini's key collaborations with British designers, as well as a handpicked selection of work conveying a modern approach to the use of wood by leading UK furniture designer makers.
Thomas Heatherwick provided over 30 of his new Spun Seats for members of the public to experience during the opening week of the festival. This brilliantly enjoyable piece of furniture made from heavy duty molded plastic can be experienced first hand outside the Southbank Centre.
You'll find this half of a Sphelix, the 'mother of all forms', in Covent Garden. It's a two-part form that joins to create a perfect sphere.
This is from the Sé Collection by Jaime Hayon, hailed as the 'haute couture of furniture' found at the Brompton Design District. There, you'll also find the the Super Natural by Studio Toogood who have launched a collection of furniture using three recurring elements – wood, brass and stone – with an emphasis on English-sourced materials and English craftsmen including stonemasons, carpenters and metalworkers. Overall, you'll find some pretty cool stuff, along with some very delicious treats (cheese that is!).
More furniture design can be taken in at in the main hall of the Tramshed in East London with Human Made.
And there's "Tables and Chairs - new contemporary voices in wood": A showcase of some of the best talent emerging in to the contemporary furniture scene today, also situated in Brompton.
Heal's will be showcasing an interpretive collection of furniture and accessories created using Lucienne Day's iconic prints originally designed between the 1950’s and the 1970’s. She was the foremost British textile designer of her period. You can catch this at the Heal’s flagship store on Tottenham Court Road.
And finally, one of our personal faves: Marimekko's strikingly inventive patterns and the clever use of colors which translate into strong, contemporary designs in interior decoration, clothing and accessories.
And stay tuned, because next up is a report back from our very own CEO, Lesley Pennington, on her trip to Paris and the Maison et Objet fair.