Held between 16 and 24 September 2017, the London Design Festival hosted a number of events, from colourful public playgrounds to textiles exhibitions. Here are eight of COVER’s favourite rugs, picked directly from some of the major fairs.
Hosted by Decorex International, in Syon Park, Knot Rugs celebrated its 10th anniversary with a collection titled Your Floor Is The Canvas. Referring to the floor as a space to express one’s innermost creative impulses, the brand collaborated with three visual artists, translating their paintings into wonderful rugs. This work from George Morton-Clark has a vibrant richness of deep dark colours, like greens and blues.
Part of Jan Kath‘s Heiter Bis Wolkig collection— literally celestial rug art— Cloud 7 was seen at the Front Rugs showroom in the Design Centre Chelsea Harbour. This range of carpets aims to bring the sky on the living room floor and, despite the dramatic and powerful weather conditions depicted, it promises a calming effect on the soul and the eyes.
Seen at the London Design Fair, in the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane, Trojkat by Agnieszka Czop was part of a Polish design display called Textura. Previously known as Tent and Superbrands, the fair is fast becoming London’s most exciting design event and this year has featured a great selection of fun young rug brands.
Also part of the Decorex design fair, Tania Johnson‘s Leaf Tint in Mulberry Blue belongs to her new Surface collection. All rugs are custom made to order in different colours, fibres, pile heights, shapes and sizes, and in this one, hints of leaves are visible through weathered glass, lined and streaked with age.
As a young British designer, Allistair Covell showed his work at The London Design Fair. His rug London Streets will appear again in Campaign For Wool’s “Wool Fusion” show in London, as part of their Wool Week, which will take place from 7th October at Carousel in Baker Street.
Genevieve Bennett presented her new Braid and Bloom collection at Decorex, with rugs meticulously hand carved by master craftsmen in India. In the elegant Loop Rug, emerald silk is hand knotted in 150 knots per inch, obtaining a beautiful, sumptuous and incredibly durable piece.
London-based Floor Story showed a number of new rugs at the London Design Fair, including this one designed by Emdal Studio. For the event, the firm also revealed new collections by fashion designer Zandra Rhodes, illustrator Josie Ford and textile designer Catherine MacGruer, plus a dramatic new rug by Eley Kishimoto.
The Portuguese brand Ferreira de Sá collaborated with the famous designer Frank Gehry for a special collection and this unique piece was shown at the interior design show Decorex, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.