Last Sunday was the final day of London Design Festival. The major events across London included Decorex International, Design Junction, Focus at Chelsea Harbour, London Design Fair as well as multiple design events and installations hosted by museums, galleries and shops. With so much going on and so little time it’s very hard to choose. My choice was limited by the fact that I only had one free day available – 23rd September, the last chance before the festival came to an end. This year I opted to visit Shoreditch district and went to check out London Design Fair.
With 36 countries participating in the fair, there was loads to see but I quickly realised that most of my favourite products fell into a couple of categories. I really like discovering artisan made individual and natural products, and there were quite a few ceramics manufacturers whose work attracted my attention. Have a look at these.
Camilla Webb Carter produces her work in a workshop in London. I particularly liked her decorative hexagonal tiles that can be arranged into a wall composition.
Dor & Tan studio in St. Ives – minimal, natural and with Eastern influences.
Ceramics by Louise Madzia made in Amersham and Stoke-on-Trent – love the chunkiness of shape and illustrations.
I love these delicate bowls, found on a stand representing a group of Spanish ceramicists. These were made by Fani Sanchez Barreiro Ceramica.
Talking about natural and handmade, Maria Sigma is an award winning London based textile brand specialising in “zero waste” ethical hand-woven textiles. Their home textiles – floor cushions, rugs, throws have great texture and pattern – traditional with a contemporary feel.
I have also noticed quite a few really interesting and useful products for kids.
Korean lifestyle brand Kom til mig was showcasing whimsical soft toys, textiles and stationary. They are yet to find a stockist in Britain but I am sure they will have no problem.
Recycled plastic was a big theme of the fair and Ecobirdy brand from Belgium came up with an imaginative idea to make children’s furniture out of old plastic toys. On their website you can learn more about the journey plastic makes to the finished product and they even created a children’s story book about it!
I love metal locker style storage for kids room, but apart from a couple of brands there isn’t a lot of choice out there. Mustard is the company that makes two options, a short one that can be used as a bedside table and a slim and tall one that can be mixed and matched to create a wardrobe with hangers and shelves. The lockers come in six beautiful contemporary colours that would even look good combined together like shown below.
A stand by Japanese Haru Stuck-on Design introduced me to the marvels of washi tape and showed me multiple ways of how it could be used as wall art for kids room or as a crafts tool to unleash kids creativity onto their space without lasting damage. Tape comes in a variety of patterns and colours so creative possibilities are endless. You can see collages on the wall that were made by kids – creative and mess free as far as I can tell.
Another brand that I was drawn to was Darkroom who exhibited their concrete planters in signature pattern.
And finally, the most impressive stand of the fair for me has got be Danish design stand!
Really liked the brands represented there as well, Dottir for ceramics, M&R – love their simple round wooden mirror, Noorstad for wooden furniture.
As I was in the area I also popped to Redchurch st. where Superfront joined forces with Original BTC to open a pop up show room. I am a big fan of Superfront and have a Besta sideboard with their fronts, as well as some handles on my wardrobes, I also plan to add another piece of furniture for my living room at some point, so it was very interesting to see some of their furniture combinations and available colours close up. They also, as you can see, do bathroom vanity units with golden basins – and I do need a new bathroom!
And finally, after a busy day in Shoreditch, my secret place to relax, away from the busy cafes – something I discovered when we stayed in the area for the night – is Citizen M hotel, just around the corner. They have a large beautifully decorated lounge on the first floor where you can have a drink and some simple food or a cake away from the crowds and if you need to work on your computer, they have plenty of space for it too. And this is what I found at the entrance – part of the design festival!