My picks from the London Design Festival 2018

A couple of weeks ago I had the chance to go to the London Design Festival, an annual event that promotes the city’s creativity and celebrates design in all its forms.

The festival is spread out around London, with several design districts, a few tradeshows, and some city landmarks. Since I love walking, I walked from one location to the other, savouring London to the fullest.

I always enjoy going to these kind of events as I can explore new products, meet new suppliers and partners, and generally feed my mind with new ideas.

My visit started at 100% Design, hosted in the magnificent Olympia Hall, which was built in 1880s as a hippodrome. Later, I headed to the Shoreditch Design District.

Here are some of my highlights:

Female Artisans

There were many young designers who were producing handcrafted goods, from textiles to ceramics. Many were young women, taking pride in creating unique pieces and finding beauty in the imperfections created by the hand-crafting process.

Luxury Woven Fabrics by Majeda Clarke

Handmade porcelain vases by Jo Davies

Waterproof Wallpaper

I had come across waterproof wallpaper before, but this one (from Italian manufacturer Glamora) was one of the most beautiful I had ever seen. This pre-finished wall covering can easily be installed in wet areas like showers or bathrooms, and is water- and detergent-resistant. It is particularly interesting in low-impact renovation where only this aspect of the bathroom needs to be changed. It can be even applied over existing tiles after preparing a smooth support.

GlamFusion TM by Glamora

Lamps

I love lamps, and often consider them to be the detail that can make a difference in a room.

Therefore, I am always interested in finding new lighting products and ideas.

At 100% Design, I met a few suppliers that I liked:

Creative Cables, a young Italian company that sells all the necessary parts you need to customise your lamp: coloured cables, bulbs of all types, and other accessories.

Fritz Fryer – British light specialists, providing both a traditional and a contemporary range of products.

Mullan, an Irish manufacturer that produces beautiful lamps, with a mix of clear lines and vintage character.

Hardware

After light fittings, hardware is probably the next thing that creates the character of an interior, but it is often overlooked or neglected.

Dowsing & Reynolds, producing beautiful hardware as well as light fittings and accessories.

Rocky Mountains, an American supplier that I discovered some time ago through an American client. They sell beautiful traditional handles for doors and furniture.

Newly-released colours from Farrow & Ball

Nine new colours were released by Farrow & Ball on September 20th, and an immersive installation was set up at Shoreditch’s Village Underground to experience them fully in nine different, evocative settings. To put the cherry on top of the cake, Farrow & Ball’s Colour Curator, Joa Studholme, hosted a series of talks to explain how the new colours were created and how to combine them with the other colours in the range.

I was lucky enough to assist to the presentation and learn new ways of using paint in interiors.

Tired (as you can see from my face) but happy!

Did you like my highlights? If so, leave a comment below and tell me what was your favourite.

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