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The Best from the London Design Festival

Last week the London Design Festival was a riot of colour and texture. Here are some of the highlights we spotted at the numerous shows that included rugs and textiles.

1. ‘Blend by Raw Colour’ at the Aram Gallery (on until 29 October): A wonderful collection of designs by the Eindhoven-based interdisciplinary design studio Raw Colour, featuring Blend rugs for nanimarquina and Tinctorial Textiles fabric panels, which are an investigation into natural pigment.


Aram gallery

2. Zoe Luyendijk at Front at Design Centre Chelsea Harbour: Front now stocks the beautiful designs of Canadian creative Luyendijk whose rugs are artistic explorations into colour, texture and light.


Aquae Teal, Zoe Luyendijk

3. Cushions by Luna & Curious and Fine Cell Work: Luna & Curious designed a series of cushions based on abstract faces, inspired by artists such as Picasso, Bruno Manari and contemporary make-up designers. The project was completed by Fine Cell Work—a social enterprise that trains prisoners in paid, skilled, creative needlework. Prisoners across the country stitched the designs, each one slightly differently, so they are truly unique pieces.

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4. Embroidered wall-hangings by Lou Gardiner at the London Design Fair


Embroidery by Lou Gardiner

5. Textiles by N&N Wares showing as part of Future Heritage at Decorex International: Designer Emma Jeffs uses digital printing and fabric manipulation to create striking surfaces. Corinne Julius included Jeffs’ work in her curated craft display.


Fabric design by N&N Wares

6. Safomasi at the London Design Fair: Delhi-based interiors brand Safomasi, who have a great ranges of soft furnishings, debuted the company’s new tufted rug collection including the fun Foliage Green Big Cat Camo Rug.


Foliage Green Big Cat Camo Rug, Safomasi

7. New collection by A Rum Fellow and Floor Story at Designjunction and Decorex International: A Rum Fellow’s second collection with Floor Story was revealed in two prominent locations during the 2016 festival. The eight new geometric designs perfectly illustrate A Rum Fellow’s refined tribal aesthetic.


Zapora rug designed by A Rum Fellow for Floor Story

8. Dots by Tania Johnson at Decorex International: One of our favourite rugs of the festival from a beautifully presented stand by London-based Tania Johnson.


Dots rug, Tania Johnson

9. Amy Kent‘s rug display at Talisman London: The new collection are based on paintings by Amy’s sister Lucy Kent. Inkblot was one of our favourites from the 11 rug designs.


Inkblot, Amy Kent

10. Rugs by Gur at the London Design Festival: Portuguese company Gur brought its flatwoven designs to London. The new design Arizona II comprises four rugs that can sit together to make a larger overall design. Only two of the four were ready for the London show.


Arizona II, Gur

11. Sonya Winner‘s Colour Wheel rug showing at Decorex International: Sonya’s new design is based on the same strong concept as her previous work, overlapping bright colours, this time in a circular format.


Colour Wheel, Sonya Winner

12. Rug Star by Jürgen Dahlmanns at Stark London showing at Design Centre Chelsea Harbour: The new exhibition space created just for Rug Star had an edgy feel to it, a refreshing change from the pristine presentations in all the other showrooms. Rug Star will now be available from Stark in London.


Rug Star at Stark

13. Ottoline at Decorex International: Dutch homware brand had some fresh fabric and wallpaper designs with very graphic patterns and bright colours.



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