Each September, the crème de la crème of the interiors world come together to celebrate London Design Festival; a series of events dotted around our capital to commemorate the best of design, both home and abroad. From one-off events to larger exhibitions such as 100% Design, Tent, Designjunction and Decorex, LDF marks the turn of the season and is the perfect destination to pick out forthcoming trends. So naturally, Decology had to head out into the city – here are our top picks!
Lee Broom’s Opticality exhibition had to be one of the most talked-about events of the whole festival; you couldn’t move for Instagram posts from the likes of Wallpaper*, Livingetc and Red. The designer transformed his East London studio into a kaleidoscopic spectacle of mirrored coves, striped walkways and op art lighting, with the result varying depending from which way you looked at it. The end result? An impressive display which took optical illusion to the next level.
Naturally, Decology loves anything that fuses interior design with our other favourite pastime – champagne! The third instalment of Perrier-Jouët’s L’Eden series was brought to London for 2016 after previously exhibiting in Milan and Tokyo. Part champagne bar, part immersive design experience, L’Eden fused an art noveau approach to nature with hanging glass pendants and solid bronze ‘tree trunks’ with a relaxing lounge-inspired atmosphere in the heart of Soho.
Always one of the quieter events during LDF but by no means one of the least informative is the annual Focus event at Design Centre Chelsea Harbour. A hub of fabrics, wallpapers and luxury furnishings, including Zimmer & Rohde, Original BTC, Christopher Guy and Nicholas Haslam, Focus is an interior designer’s go-to. We loved the Moroccan-inspired colour palette of fabrics at Colony, which included a wealth of burnt oranges and spicy yellows, while Romo’s collection included luxe silk fabrics in shades of grey, taupe and midnight blue. Of course, we couldn’t resist popping in to see our friends at Victoria + Albert Baths, whose stunning new Pescadero bath takes centre stage in the showroom.
Scandi brands are enjoying something of a renaissance at present – just look to the Danish ‘hygge’ trend for inspiration (more on Hygge later this month) – but 100% Norway is always one of our highlights from LDF. It was previously found at Tent, but this year moved to London Design Fair for a bigger floorspace. 100% Norway represents the pinnacle of Nordish talent, curated by Max Fraser. Decology’s top pick had to be the lacquered copper lights from Fimbul, resulting in an industrial-style light fit for any East London warehouse.
Design Junction is always one of the trendier hotspots, taking place at Granary Square. A new location for the 2016 event, it marked Design Junction’s collaboration with UAL to establish a vibrant, creative district in the heart of King’s Cross, which hopes to become the new international hub for design in the UK. The leading exhibition for contemporary interiors, Design Junction played host to brands including Artemide, Chalk, Copper & Silk, Tala Lighting Dyke & Dean and Nick Fraser as well as big name brands such as Sony – one of the few tech firms exhibiting during LDF. Bethan Gray launched her new Shamsian collection this year, which took inspiration from Omani architecture. The collection fused linear lines with a soft, dusky colour palette of pinks, blues and greys, resulting in the perfect combination of East-meets-West.
Victoria & Albert Museum
Never one to miss out, the V&A museum’s tapestry gallery this year hosted Benjamin Hubert’s Foil installation. 50,000 metallic panels were hand-stuck to the central display, creating a slow ‘wave’ which, when combined with a clever LED display, created a distinctive foil-effect across the gallery’s impressive tapestry collections. The exhibition was held in conjunction with Braun, the notable razor and beauty brand, and was designed to mimic the detail which goes into each blade.
The World of Interiors at the Serpentine Gallery
You know you’ve made it when you’re invited to one of the most prestigious parties in the design calendar; the annual event hosted by none other than The World of Interiors. Taking place in the iconic Serpentine Pavillion, the evening brings together elite insiders from the design industry for one memorable evening of hobnobbing and networking – all accompanied by copious amounts of champagne, obviously.
Making its debut in 2016, Luxury Made was an exciting new off-shoot from 100% Design at Kensington Olympia. Exhibitors included Cassina, Lasvit, Sebastian Blakeley and Bazaar Velvet, but our favourite had to be Tom Faulkner’s marble and glassware table designs. Focussing more on decorative accessories and furnishings, Luxury Made is definitely one to watch next year.
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