London Design Fair
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The 10th edition of London Design Fair is a pure celebration of great design in all disciplines - interior, fashion, product and graphic. The designs on display come from all over the world, including from Sweden, Portugal, Italy, Switzerland, Norway, Denmark, Scotland and China. Spurred across three levels of the Old Truman Brewery in Shoreditch, London Design Fair is a tradeshow that’s as accessible to the general public as it is to industry insiders. Below are the six products we absolutely loved.
The Champagne Table by Glen Baghurst
What do you get when you put together a traditional Swedish bellmaker and an Australian-Swedish product designer? A champagne table, of course! Inspired by drinks tables Glen Baghurst saw during a recent trip to Spain, this brass table (a collaboration between Baghurst and Ohlssons Klockgjuteri) combines minimalist lines and his love for big furniture. The result is a beautiful product we’d love to have in our living rooms. And where does Baghurst’s love for product design come from? “It sounds ridiculous, but it’s just nice to make stuff,” he says.
Juicer by Elinor Portnoy
Combining the decorative with the practical is Elinor Portnoy’s goal. This Royal College of Art graduate creates stunning kitchenwear that could easily pass as accessories from Alessandro Michele’s latest collection from Gucci – as evident with this beautiful juicer. Made out of hand-blown glass, this citrus squeezer makes a great centrepiece, but is also a useful tool to start off the day with some fresh orange juice or end it with a squeeze of lime in your gin & tonic.
Embroidery by Louise Gardiner
When an extroverted person does an extroverted craft, the outcome can only be as colourful and fun as Louise Gardiner’s embroidery designs. She has already exhibited her eclectic designs at the Saatchi Gallery and designed windows for Liberty and says her focus is to “showcase the craft as a cool contemporary medium.” Neon threads against soft pinks and nudes with touches of embellishments, as well as the fun reflective textiles, succeed in being both flashy and organic-looking. It’s a great example of embroidery as artwork.
Balloons & Co. by Matteo Gonet
If your childhood fantasy was to have a bunch of balloons permanently stuck in your room, Swiss glassworks designer and artist Matteo Gonet is your guy. His light installation features over 40 mouth-blown balloons that are so lifelike, you will want to touch them – and you can! Gonet’s take on a traditional chandelier evokes the whimsical spirit of surrealism, and is definitely a piece that walks the line between art and design.
Recycled plastic panels by Smile Plastic
If green and neutral tones are the first things that come to your mind when thinking of recycled materials within interiors, Smile Plastic is here to prove you wrong. The business, which has been going for over 30 years, makes panels used for interiors made from mobile phones and wellington boots, just to name a few. And recently, it has relaunched with the aim to be a more contemporary and fashionable maker of panels. Rosalie McMillan and Adam Fairweather are the new design heads behind the brand. In terms of their ongoing collaborations, Fairweather tells us: “We’re on our fourth store for Paul Smith who are using our materials as decorative counter displays for stores in Japan, South Africa and the UK.”
Textiles by Sunny Todd Prints
There’s something very joyous about Sunny Todd Prints. The vibrant colours and electric prints perfectly represent the energy of the husband-and-wife duo, Emma and Sunny Todd. With London Design Fair being their first trade show, the brand already experienced quite a lot of exposure – mainly through features in leading interior magazines and stockists which include Liberty, Hill’s, and Le Bon Marché. Our picks? The digitally-knitted blankets in prints that make us excited for their upcoming fashion collaboration with Anthropologie.
London Design Fair runs until 25th September at The Old Truman Brewery, E1 6QR.