Last week was the London Design Festival, and anyone who follows me on social media will know that I crammed in as much as I could. I was really hoping to be able to get this post out for the Wednesday just gone so you could nip and see some of this yourself, but it has been an extremely hectic week and I ran out of time – sorry.
Aside from it being the busiest time of the year at work, there’s so much to see, so many late night private views and too much free booze. It’s one of my favourite weeks of the year in London, catching up with old friends and browsing out new design talent, its almost impossible to get round everything, but I thought I would share some of my favourite bits. Working over in East, the majority of what I saw was part of the Shoreditch Design Triangle, and although I did head west to visit Designjunction and the V&A, I didn’t manage to find the time to squeeze in a visit to Tent.
As well as heading to the Private view on Thursday, last Sunday B and I paid a visit to the Victoria & Albert Museum, to have a look at what they had on for LDF, our favourites were the Curiosity Cloud an instillation by Mischer’Traxler and the Bridge by Laetitia De Allegri & Matteo Fogale called Mise-en Abyme
One of my first stops on the Shoreditch Design Triangle, they have some really nice bikes, as well as some great accessories to go with them, throughout the week they also did a series of LDF bike-tours hosted by different desingers.
Possibly one of my Favourite spaces this year, set back from the road and through a port hole in a garage door, you entered into a covered courtyard, with a collection of different designers and makers. Some giving live demo’s, others exhibiting finished pieces, my favourite being Max Lambs shelving system for Bench Mark Furniture.
At the old Trois Garcons on Bethnal Green Road, Plumen put on a great exhibition with Very Good and Proper, above is their new drop hat lamp shade.
Heading the Shoreditch Triangle on Curtain Road, SCP Ltd, put on their exhibition Sofa in Sight, to show their A/W15 sofa collection, designed in collaboration with 6 leading designers. Down stairs each new piece was upholstered in clashing bold block colours whilst upstairs, they were all upholstered in the same grey Kvadrat Hallingdale fabric, spruced up with bright accessories and the rest of the SCP range. My two favourite pieces being the Tepee sofa by Lucy Kurrein and the Italy Side Table by Michael Marriot
Each day throughout LDF O’Dell’s had a live demo by different types of craftsman and designer-makers, ranging from whittlers to leather workers.
Just across the road from O’Dell’s at the Rochelle School Pinch were exhibiting some of their Furniture range, which I absolutely love.
Kit&Ace is a Canadian brand, who have just opened their first store in the UK on Redchurch Street, and aside from putting on a great launch party last Tuesday, I didn’t really get a chance to have a browse through the clothes, but what I did see looked great
Reiko is a ceramicist based in Stoke on Trent, who has designed for SCP over the last couple of years, and was showing her own collection at Elementary, also on Redchurch Street
Not only do they make amazing chocolate but Master Brothers but up this pretty snazzy window display for LDF, showing their new range of packaging.
Clea a good friend of mine was exhibiting her stationary range over at Designjunction this year, please head over to her website and check out the rest of her work
Monologue is a product and homewares store, who stock a lot of HAY products, I don’t think they really did much in preparation for LDF, but the store still looked as good as it usually does
Last but not least, whilst visiting Clea over at Designjunction, I also paid a visit to the WHAY stand, and fell in love with these Turn On lights by Joel Hoff