Our team attended the 15th edition of The London Design Fair, held at The Old Truman Brewery from the 21st to the 24th of September.
The London Design Fair takes place during The London Design Festival. Other events included Villa Walala by Camille Walala, an inflated installation behind Liverpool Street Station, Design Junction that is the leading destination for contemporary interior design held at King’s Cross and culture and Focus/17 that is at Design Centre at Chelsea Harbour. The show plays host to over 600 internationally known interior based brands.
The show this year focused on championing designers from overseas. Exhibition spaces included Inspiring Portugal, The Swedish Design Pavilion, Dutch Stuff from The Netherlands and many more.
The variety of brands showing creates a great broad spectrum of innovation and craft, making it a highly inspiring event to attend. Alongside the exhibition areas there were many stand alone brands showing their latest collection and talks throughout the day from design industry experts.
Images left to right: Lea Kargaard, Ornamental Grace, Huguet, courtesy of Trendstop.
Validated from our S/S 2019 Skins Forecast, Terrazzo inspired textures are making a huge impact within design. This traditional composite material has been around since the 1920ís and is traditionally known for its use in flooring and it seen elevated into ornamental objects and furniture.
A Slice of Neon
Images left to right: Liga Studio, Ruiqi Dai, Truly Truly, courtesy of Trendstop.
Vibrancy comes through design pieces with subtle flashes of neon striking through ceramics and furniture. Applications of colour vary, from the use of airbrushing on Ruiqi Dai’s delicate ceramic vases, to the practical yet beautiful storage boxes created by Liga Studio, where the gradient is applied by sublimation, enabling them to make up to 100 pieces a day.
Images left to right: 157 & 173 Designers, Agnieszka Bar, Monika Muller, courtesy of Trendstop.
An unorthodox manner of craftsmanship excelled throughout the show, featuring designers with a new approach to modernised craft. Monika Muller who hails from the Royal College of Art, creates ceramic pieces from an initial sliced piece of paper which is then dipped into clay and stretched to formulate these unique pieces. 157 & 173 Designers turn to nature when it comes to their construction, by using washed up sea cucumbers that, once dried, are used as the outer shell of their lighting fixtures, each one having its own individuality to it. Agnieszka Bar was one of the designers showing within the ĄĘ! Pop – Up by PolishDesigners.pl. Her unusual use of contrasted craft creates this intriguing juxtaposed piece.