The London Design Festival is one of my favourite events in this great city. The variety that sits under the umbrella of design, the unpretentious contrast to London Fashion Week; and the many incredible ideas and inspirations gathered. I was ambitious this year: largely due to the lack to time available, I managed to get through Tent, Super Brand and Design Junction all in one morning. Before we get into the trends and highlights – here are is Sloane Stationery's guide to surviving the festival.
On to the trends! This year did not disappoint. Incredible creativity along side the occasional moment of confusion (is a chair made of sharp pins really a good idea?) gave way to three key trends; metallic notes, layered prints and nature inspired lights.
Metal was everywhere – from desktops to lighting, the favoured hues were copper and brass.
Hanging lanterns – Dare Studio, copper lamps – Ola Wihlborg, silver plates – Victoria Delany, balloon coffee table – Duffy London, metallic mugs with patterned saucers – Richard Brendon.
The use of transparent colour layered gave way to some interesting patterns and shapes.
Pendants - Inca Starzinsky – SPIN Jewellery, desk - SHIN Kang, cushion – Parris Wakefield Additions, lamp – Freshwest, mirror – Lex Pott, glasses – Holly’s House, chair – Kishimoto Design
NATURE INSPIRED LIGHTING
Looking to nature has always been a design inspiration but this year took it to a whole new level.
Willow installation – Sharon Marston, lamp – Adam Hoets, light bulb lights (un-identified), lightbox – Lilly’s Lightbox Company, standing jellyfish lamps – un-identified, straw hanging lamps – Louise Tucker.
On a final note – why not take the weight of the world off your shoulders – give it to Hercules – from Venus of Cupertino