20 Designs from London
In case you did not get to see all the shows in London last month here are my 20 favourite products from the London Design Festival, including rugs, textiles and interior goods that could not go unnoticed. 1. The Re Rag Rugs At 100% Design I saw Swedish company Re Rag Rug , who produce rag rugs made from the left over material from the t-shirt industry in India. The resulting rugs are soft and welcoming with great braided designs. 2. Anne Kyyrö Quinn Another great designer showing at 100% was Anne Kyyrö Quinn, whose felt wall panels are stunning. They are not just great for the acoustics of a room, they are also a visual treat for the eyes. 3. Seascape Curiosities Beautiful and whimsical textiles and wallpapers from Seascape Curiosities showed at Tent London. Based on the Pembrokeshire Coast the owner of SC is inspired by seaweed in its many guises. 4. Korean textiles Tent London had a wonderful area allocated to Korean craft, which included a display of Korean Hansan ramie patchwork wrappers, made from ramie plant stalks. The fabrics are used to make light summer clothes. Hansan is where the best ramie cloths are woven on the loom. 5. Olim South American company Olim is a collaboration between five Latin American students from the Savannah College of Art and Design. The furniture they make has two elements, the wooden frame and the textiles, which have a very native feel to them. 6. Dana Finnigan I witnessed my first decorative toilet at Tent London. The brightly coloured toilets, by surface pattern designer Dana Finnigan (who also designs wallpapers and textiles) were great fun and left me wondering why more home products for kitchens and bathrooms are not just a bit more decorative and joyful! 7. Future Heritage curated by Corinne Julius The Future Heritage display at Decorex comprised work by 21 UK-based craft makers carefully selected by design journalist Corinne Julius, including Ismini Samanidou and Neha Lad, who both feature in our craft article in the current issue of COVER. The show was well-curated and elegantly displayed which showed off the work to maximum effect for the fair visitors. 8. Weaving by Front Front London had a wonderful stand featuring rugs by Jan Kath and Floor to Heaven at Decorex. On a display stand nearby a weaver form India worked on one of the Kath rugs, showing the public just what a complicated art weaving is. This was his first time outside of India, so I am sure Syon Park was quite an experience! 9. Timorous Beasties At the company’s Amwell Road London store and at Decorex Timorous Beasties showed off a range of new velvet fabric designs, the best of which has to be the eye-dazzling pattern below. 10. Silo Studio The beautiful work of Silo Studio was shown at Total Fabrication at Craft Central. Have a look at the fascinating way the vessels are made on the studio’s website. Duo Oscar Wanless and Attua Aparicio graduated from the Royal College of Art’s Design Products programme in 2011. 11. Common Thread by the British Council At Designjunction the British Council had a display of Moroccan rugs for the Common Thread project. UK-based designer Sabrina Kraus López lived with Anou artisans in the Atlas Mountains, collaborating on new designs and approaches based on the Amazigh’s traditional weaving techniques. 12. The T-Shirt Issue At the V&A, The T-Shirt Issue’s interpretation of 8 works from the museum’s permanent collection was something quite different. The display called Dream-Land comprised 4 figures, each inspired by two works of art which were digitally sculpted into four physical hybrid creatures. 13. AfghanMade and Wallpaper Wallpaper magazine put on an exhibition of the latest rugs from AfghanMade at the Designjunction event. The rugs were designed by Christopher Farr, Fort Street Studio, ABC Italia, Nodus and nanimarquina. The Nodus rug (below) was particularly brilliant. 14. Wallpaper Middle East Design Exhibition Wallpaper’s show of design from the Middle East included a rug by Khalid Shafar and Tai Ping. Three rugs were made as part of the collaboration which was called the Talli Collection. 15. James Plumb James Plumb showed a series of quirky bespoke furniture pieces which were inspired by a beautiful burnished indigo textile. 16. Alfredo Häberli for Kvadrat Häberli’s new textiles for Kvadrat were shown in the firm’s London showroom. Oversized and 3D mood boards explained the design process and made the display much more fun. 17. Lucy Simpson Great delicious textiles from Lucy Simpson at Designersblock (which had the best venue during the LDF). 18. Camila Barnard In Camila Barnard’s everything is made out of wood – washing machines, cereal boxes, tools, typewriters… So much fun. 19. Beth Lewis-Williams Lights by Beth Lewis-Williams at Designersblock illustrated scenes of London. Very atmospheric! 20. Giopato & Coombes Editions Handblown Murano glass LED lamps I Flauti, designed by the Anglo-italian design team Giopato & Coombes, ‘combines tradition and technology in search for a new equilibrium between innovation and its context’.