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Huw Evans wins Rado Star Prize UK 2019 at designjunction 2019

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Huw Evans wins Rado Star Prize UK 2019 at designjunction 2019

At an exclusive event held in the Light Tunnel, King’s Cross on September 19, Rado and designjunction announced the winner of the third edition of the Rado Star Prize UK…

The Judges’ Winner of the Rado Star Prize UK has been announced at designjunction 2019. Huw Evans, who impressed the judges with his entry Concertina collection, received £5,000 and a Rado True Thinline watch as a prize for the winning project.

“What an honour to win such an award,” Evans said following the announcement. “The Rado Star Prize will allow me a foot in the door of the industry and I’m very excited about what the future will bring.”

Evans is a 3D Design student from Plymouth University. Concertina was selected from a shortlist of ten designs, with each entry responding to the theme ‘Re:Imagine’. The theme explores the different ways in which design can enrich and enhance life: by evolving existing product forms through materials, function, technology, end use or even re-use.

Rado CEO Matthias Breschan said: “It’s the third time we’ve run the Rado Star Prize UK with designjunction and the standard of entries has been consistently high. This year, from a very strong field, the judges selected Huw’s Concertina Collection because of its original, sophisticated and innovative design. ”

The judging panel of high profile industry voices who selected the winner included top British designer Steuart Padwick; Editor at Elle Decoration, Ben Spriggs; Editor-in-Chief at Clippings, Rose Etherington; Vice President Product Development at Rado, Hakim El Kadiri and designjunction Event Director, Mark Gordon.

Main image credit: designjunction

 

Mkira exhibiting at 100% Design

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Mkira exhibiting at 100% Design

Mkira has been selected as one of the UK’s emerging brands and will be showcasing its beautiful and unique collection of fabrics and furniture at Olympia from the September 18 -21…

Mkira products have been inspired by nature’s canvas and crafted using age old traditions. The collection includes; daybeds, headboards, cushions, throws, fabrics, lampshades, footstools and shelving.

All the pieces are created using raw, natural materials such as British linens and tweed from Donegal and have been sustainably sourced from around the British Isles the perfect counterbalance to the modern ‘throwaway’ culture.

Charlotte England is the designer behind Mkira, she spent time travelling around the globe, during the early part of her career, which enabled her to try her hand at a wide variety of alternative arts and crafts.

This included studying pottery in Japan with a renowned sensei; traditional paper-making in the Japanese mountains; basket weaving among the Tepuis in the Amazonian basin and life-drawing in Miami.

These wide ranges of inspiring experiences shaped her personal style and design objectives and led her to create Mkira. As part of the creative process, England teamed up with a number of small, authentic, family-run businesses all using traditional methods to expertly craft these beautiful enduring pieces.

Mkira will be exhibiting on stand number E20C.

London Design Festival opens 17th edition in the capital

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London Design Festival opens 17th edition in the capital

London Design Festival launches its annual celebration of design with an inspiring programme of more than 300 events, including Landmark Projects, Festival Commissions, Projects at the V&A and Special Projects. The highly anticipated festival comprises 11 Design Districts, four Design Destinations and one Design Route

London’s most iconic locations have transformed by a series of commissions and installations by internationally-renowned designers, as London Design Festival 2019 opens once more.

London’s most iconic locations have transformed by a series of commissions and installations by internationally-renowned designers, as London Design Festival 2019 opens. Each intervention will add an exciting new dimension to the city’s streets, exploring the power of design to shape our world and demonstrating the role it plays in how we live, feel and solve problems.

The V&A will once again be the official Festival hub and play host to a series of specially-commissioned projects and curated collection of displays. The Museum will also play host to London Design Festival’s thought leadership programme, Global Design Forum, which celebrates design with an inspirational line-up of talks, debates, daily tours and workshops.

“Over the past 17 years, the London Design Festival has continued to evolve and we are excited to launch this year programme, which will be our most ambitious to date,” said London Design Festival Director, Ben Evans CBE. “We hope audiences from the UK and further afield will discover something thought provoking and inspiring and celebrate our city’s diverse creative talent.”

The festival was established in 2003 by Evans and Sir John Sorrell CBE. 17 years later, London Design Festival has arrived to celebrate and promote London as the design capital of the world – an ethos shared by Hotel Designs with the upcoming The Brit List.

London Design Festival has since earned the reputation as a key calendar moment of London’s autumn creative season, alongside London Fashion Week, Frieze Art Fair and the London Film Festival, attracting the greatest thinkers, practitioners, retailers and educators to the capital, in a citywide celebration.

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Exhibitions to visit during London Design Festival 2019

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Exhibitions to visit during London Design Festival 2019

While the capital of creatives – AKA London – prepares to once again display its colourful feathers for London Design Festival, editor Hamish Kilburn attempts to cut through the noise to share the key exhibitions and events taking place over week-long celebration of design…

There’s a faint yet noticeable nip in the air as London’s summer haze softens over the cityscape. Emails and invitations have been flooding in for weeks, and it all comes down to this: London Design Festival 2019 has arrived.

With events, installations, exhibitions and parties happening all over the capital, what to see – and where to be seen – is very much down to interpretation and preference. But ahead of the week-long festival, which can feel like running multiple marathons at times, here is an insight into what Hotel Designs is bookmarking with the aim to unlock emerging trends, new products and celebrate London’s creative heroes.

Focus/19  (September 18 – 20)

For six days, Focus/19 at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour will once again be the design event for excellence. Welcoming trade professionals and design enthusiasts from around the globe, the programme is dedicated to inspiring, informing and delivering the best in world-class talent.

This year, expect more product launches and showroom openings than you can shake a stick at, alongside an array of talks, demonstrations, workshops, discovery tours and guest pop-ups. Sheltered all under one ever-evolving space, guests will be able to see firsthand the latest collections from 120 showrooms and 600-plus international brands. What’s more, entrance is free.

Speakers this year include David Mlinaric, Anthony Collett, Andrzej Zarzycki, Andrew Winch, Paolo Moschino, Staffan Tollg.rd, Luke Edward Hall, Flora Soames, Bryan O’Sullivan, Anna Beeber, Nick Ashley-Cooper and Charu Gandhi.

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Hotel 360 (September 18 – 19)

One of the UK’s leading hospitality events dedicated to improving hotel profitability is back at ExCel London. This year, as well as showcasing some of the leading brands while connecting the industry’s most ambitious professionals, Hotel 360 will also feature the Innovation Awards, of which I am thrilled to be on the judging panel for. The awards are a celebration of the innovations, services and solutions that have made an outstanding impact on the world of hospitality over the past 12 months.

Each finalist will showcase their product or service the panel in front of a live audience, making for an entertaining and educational break from the hustle and bustle of the show floor – and the city centre.

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100% Design (September 18 – 21)

Returning to Olympia London, 100% Design is billed to be the destination for architects and designers to discover contemporary interior design trends and emerging talent during London Design Festival. This year, the show celebrates its 25th anniversary and features a carefully curated selection of world-class brands within Design London.

The show is free to attend for trade professionals and press, please register to attend [link here] by completing the form below. Public tickets are available for £15 and student tickets are available for £10.

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designjunction

Arriving fashionably late to the week is designjunction, which will take place in what I believe to be the most exciting design hub in the city this year, Coal Drops Yard.

Showcasing breakthrough brands shaping the international hotel design scene, the exhibition is the interior design show you don’t want to miss! As part of the newest Design District of London Design Festival, this year’s designjunction, is packed full; from discovering the latest furniture and lighting trends in Cubitt House through to immersing yourself in design debates at the Talks Programme in the Everyman Cinema.

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London Design Fair (September 19 – 22)

Located in the creative heart of East London, a thriving design hotspot that is the first to present new and daring trends, the London Design Fair is a four-day event that brings together 550 Exhibitors from more than 40 countries.

As one of the most international destinations of London Design Festival, more than 29,000 influential retail buyers, architects, interior designers, press, designers and design-conscious members of the public attend to see and specify the very latest furniture, lighting, textiles, materials and conceptual installations from around the world.

A global journey in collectable design, Crossovers by Adorno presents 11 countries, 11 curators and 11 collections. Norway returns to the line-up alongside new countries Mexico, Belgium and Iceland.

The Bathroom Gallery, in partnership with Elle Decoration, will be a bespoke, highly curated exhibition of leading bathroom brands, including Roca and Armani among others – and is the only dedicated bathroom showcase during LDF, so certainly not one to miss.

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Hotel Designs will be on the ground for all of London Design Festival. To arrange a meeting with our editorial team, tweet us: @hoteldesigns.

designjunction’s speaker programme set to challenge, provoke and engage

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designjunction’s speaker programme set to challenge, provoke and engage

designjunction, which is preparing to showcase more than 200 world-class international brands during London Design Festival, has just announced its speakership programme for 2019 which will be sheltered at Everyman Cinema in King’s Cross… 

This year designjunction will launch a brand new talks programme at the Everyman Cinema in King’s Cross, in association with Clippings.

Set against the millennial-pink backdrop of the cinema and curated by design and architecture writer and commentator Grant Gibson, the two-day platform (Thursday 19 – Friday 20 September) is set to challenge, provoke and engage with an eclectic range of topical issues that include: sustainability and the circular economy; the relationship between dyslexia and design; the need for increased diversity in design; and the importance of wellbeing at work.

In responding to this year’s theme Re(act), the two-day programme breaks the mould and opens up a discussion about what truly matters through a series of lively discussions. The diverse and considered programme includes debates and book clubs with a slew of the industry’s leading thinkers and expert voices including: renowned architect Nigel Coates, designer Sevil Peach, leading designers Sam Hecht and Kim Colin of London design studio Industrial Facility, Founder of 1882 Emily Johnson, product designer Matthew Hilton and University of Cambridge researcher, Helen Taylor.

“By clicking here and using the code DJ700, readers of Hotel Designs are entitled a 50 per cent discount off tickets to designjunction, which takes place from September 19-22 in London”

Thursday 19 September

Title: Wellness in the Workplace – Is It Anything More Than A Passing Fad?
Time: 10.00am – 10.45am

Speakers: Interior Architect Sevil Peach; Rosamund Pomeroy, workplace Scientist and Co-founder of brainybirdz; Fabienne O’Neil, Co-founder and Director of Cuckooz and Mark Eltringham, Founder of Workplace Insight. A panel of workplace experts – includingdesigners, journalists and workplace scientists – will unpick our current obsession with wellbeing and ask if it’s simply feng-shui for the new Millennium.

Title: Sheep to Seat, Fleece to Floor: Ella Doran and the Circular Economy
Time: 11.00 – 11.45

The award-winning designer Ella Doran discusses her latest project with the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Sheep to Seat, Fleece to Floor, where she took fleeces from the sheep grazing in the park’s grounds and turned them into a variety of products that were then sold in the park’s shop. The project involved a host of manufacturing companies including Camira, Coakley & Cox and Alternative Flooring. The talk promises to touch on subjects such as sustainability and the importance of the circular economy.

Title: Lunchtime Book Club | Brinkworth: So Far So Good
Time: 12.00 – 12.45

Speakers: Adam Brinkworth, Founder of Brinkworth and Kevin Brennan, Co-CEO at Brinkworth
Chaired by Riya Patel, Curator at The Aram Gallery and Contributing Editor at ICON

To celebrate the launch of their new monograph – written by Graeme Brookerand with a foreword from Michael Marriott and Peter Higgins – Adam Brinkworth and Kevin Brennan discuss the award-winning practice ‘Brinkworth’ and chart how it has grown from a small workshop in East London into a globally renowned design and architecture studio, with clients ranging from Converse to All Saints.

Title: Dyslexia and Design
Time: 14.00 – 14.45

A high powered panel including designer Ab Rogers of ARD, product designer James Rokos, metal artist Simone ten Hompel and Cambridge University Educational researcherHelen Taylor will be discussing their dyslexia, looking at the impact it has had on their lives, their experience of the education system, and, ultimately, how it has enabled – rather than hindered – their careers.

Title: The Standard London: How the Capital Got its Hottest New Hotel
Time: 16.00 – 16.45

Housed in the former Camden Town Hall Annex a mere stone’s throw from the Everyman Cinema, The Standard London is the brand’s first hotel outside the US. It contains 266 rooms in 42 unique styles and has been described as ‘London’s hottest hotel open for 2019’. In a warm up to the Sleep & Eat show in November, Sleeper magazine’s editor Matthew Turner talks to some of the people that made it happen.

Friday 20 September

Title: Britain Can (Still) Make It
Time: 10.00 – 10.45

Speakers: Emily Johnson, Founder of high end ceramics company 1882; Joni Steiner, Founder of hi-tech furniture firm Open Desk; Furniture and Product Designer, Matthew Hilton and Richard Blackwell, Executive Director at Bisley

A panel discussion that looks at the future of British manufacturing, seeking to unpick the problems and the benefits of making things in this country and asking what role design can play, as well as pondering how technology is likely to disrupt the traditional model. Expect Brexit to be mentioned on at least one occasion.

Title: New Voices in Design
Time: 11.00 – 11.45

Organised in conjunction with Living Etc, this panel talk seeks to discover how new voices from diverse backgrounds can be encouraged into the design industry. It will include a combination of personal stories and policy ideas.

The panel promises to feature industrial ceramic designer and creative director ofThomas Goode, Peter Ting, as well as textile designer Eva Sonaike, Kevin Greenco-founder of STORE STORE and Ella Ritchie, director of Intoart, an art and design studio that works inclusively with people with learning difficulties.

Title: The Future: Design in Turbulent Times
Time: 12.00 – 12.45

Speakers: Central Saint Martins Graduates including Mael Henaff, Elissa Brunato, Benjamin Benmoyal and Graysha Audren.

A session of rapid fire presentations from recent graduates of Central Saint Martins, tying in with its show at the nearby Lethaby Gallery. What will the future of design look like? And what materials will we be using? Can design help society become both more sustainable and equitable?

This talk will be introduced by Carole Collet, Director at CSM LVMH Sustainable Innovation, and hosted by William Knight, former Deputy Director of the London Design Festival.

Title: Queer Culture and the City
Time: 14.00 – 14.45 

Renowned architect, designer and educator Nigel Coates discusses how LGBTQ culture has fundamentally changed – and will continue to transform – the shape of our cities. With Isabel Allen, editor-in-chief of the new architecture magazine, Citizen.

Title: Aperitif Book Club: Industrial Facility
Time: 16.00 – 16.45

To celebrate their recent Phaidon monograph, leading designers Sam Hecht and Kim Colin of Industrial Facility discuss the studio’s history, which has encompassed an array of projects from office furniture forHerman Miller to a spray watering can for Muji via lights for Wastberg and, of course the brilliant Branca chair for Mattiazzi.

This year’s talks programme has been curated by design, craft and architecture writer Grant Gibson.

Grant has been published in The Observer, New Statesman, The Guardian, Daily Telegraph, FRAME, Dwell, House & Garden amongst others.

During a long career in magazines, Grant has been editor of Blueprint, deputy editor of FX, and acting executive editor of the RIBA Journal. More recently he has been editor of Crafts and a contributing editor of the Dutch architecture title MARK. He was also the launch editor of the London Design Festival Guide and co-founded Real to Reel, the UK’s first film festival devoted to making and in 2019 he launched the critically acclaimed new podcast series Material Matters.

Hotel Designs is a proud media partner of designjunction. By using the code DJ700, readers of Hotel Designs are entitled a 50 per cent discount off tickets to designjunction, which takes place from September 19-22 in London… 

Main image credit: designjunction

Hotel Designs becomes media partner for designjunction

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Hotel Designs becomes media partner for designjunction

Hotel Designs has become a media partner for designjunction, which this year takes place in and around London’s King’s Cross between September 19 – 22… 

Hotel Designs has announced that it will continue its long-standing media partnership this year for designjunction. The four-day exhibition will present more than 200 international design brands across multiple King’s Cross locations surrounding the striking UAL Central Saint Martin’s building.

Presenting the latest in cutting-edge design each year during the London Design Festival, designjunction is described as London’s leading contemporary interior design show, facilitating connections between architects, interior designers, retailers and exhibitors. Encompassing the best in furniture, lighting, jewellery and home accessories, the event is a place for industry leaders to gather with the widest variety of influential and international designers.

“We are absolutely thrilled to be returning to this vibrant, connected part of London, and to once again be working closely with King’s Cross,” said designjunction’s Director, Mark Gordon in an earlier press release. “Coal Drops Yard has opened since we were last at this location, so there’s a whole new experience we can offer our visitors. This is an incredibly exciting year for designjunction and our return gives us the opportunity to continue working with the best designers in the industry to create fantastic installations.”

For eight years running, designjunction has attracted thousands of architects, interior designers, specifiers, retailers, buyers and consumers to its show doors. Each year its exhibitors make lasting connections with influential figures in the design industry, designed to create partnerships that are made to last.

Hotel Designs will be on the ground throughout London Design Festival with ‘LIVE FROM LDF’ capturing all the news from the exhibition as it happens.

Main image credit: designjunction

London Design Festival unveils sneak peek of its 2019 collaborations and events

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London Design Festival unveils sneak peek of its 2019 collaborations and events

At an exclusive press conference at the Victoria & Albert Museum, the organisers and close partners of London Design Festival lifted the veil on just some of the collaborations, concepts and talent that will be displayed at the week-long festival between September 14 – 22. Editor Hamish Kilburn writes…

As Clerkenwell Design Week comes to a close, London Design Festival has been waiting impatiently in the wings to share what’s new for this year’s event. Sheltered within an apt setting inside the Victoria & Albert museum, which is the world’s leading museum for design and art, members of the press were given unprecedented access into some of the major collaborations, installations and talent that will be displayed during the week-long festival.

This year also marks 11 years with the V&A as a collaborating partner and the official Festival hub. During the Festival, the world’s leading museum of art, design and performance will once again play host to a series of specially-commissioned projects by internationally-renowned designers.

london street with installation and colour

Image credit: Walala Lounge, Camille Walala,

“The 17th edition of the festival, which launched in 2003, is all about collaboration and bringing people together,” said Sir John Sorrell CBE, Chairman of LDF. Sir Sorrell explained that LDF 2019 has teamed up to work with Benchmark Furniture. The festival has already identified and paired together 10 cultural leaders with 10 visionary designers in order to celebrate the potential and opportunities that can result from seamless collaborations. The concept, entitled Legacy, will involve each designer and organisation working together to craft something inspirational out of Red Oak with the aim to promote raw, intelligent and sustainable design. The sustainable wood species grows abundantly in the American hardwood forests, and will be fabricated at Benchmark Furniture in Berkshire. The pieces will be presented as a group exhibition at the V&A in September, after which they will relocate to the homes or institutes of each of the commissioners.

The 10 designers and commissioners are:

  • Dr Tristram Hunt, Director of the V&A, will work with Jasper Morrison
  •  Sir Ian Blatchford, Director and Chief Executive, Science Museum Group, will work with Marlene Huissoud
  • Yana Peel, CEO, Serpentine Galleries, will work with Ed Barber and Jay Osgerby
  • Alex Beard CBE, Chief Executive, Royal Opera House, will work with Konstantin Grcic
  • Amanda Nevill CBE, CEO, British Film Institute, will work with Sebastian Cox
  • Tamara Rojo CBE, Artistic Director, English National Ballet, will work with Martino Gamper
  • Dr Maria Balshaw CBE, Director, Tate, will work with Max Lamb
  • Iwona Blazwick OBE, Director, Whitechapel Art Gallery, will work with Raw Edges
  • Kwame Kwei-Armah, Artistic Director, Young Vic, will work with Tomoko Azumi
  • Sir John Sorrell CBE will work with Juliet Quintero
image of designers and cultural leaders

Image credit: LDF Legacy

Among the other installations to look out for at the festival is Matthew McCormack’s Falling Sky. The Canadian designer will exhibit a multi-story design-art installation featuring countless deconstructed, frost-like formations, conspicuously positioned over the heads of its onlookers.

Meanwhile, British designer Paul Cocksedge is transforming Finsbury Avenue Square, Broadgate, with Landmark Project, Please Be Seated. Located in the heart of Broadgate – a diverse hub connecting innovation and finance – the project will be the most ambitious of British Land’s commissions to date.

led lights abstractly arranged with black backdrop

Image credit: Sony Design

Sony Design will translate innovation into perceptual experiences is the theme for the creation of this interactive robotic pendulum: Affinity in Autonomy, an immersive installation that will explore design, AI and robots.

Camille Walala will return to LDF in a characteristically colourful manner. The French-born designer has been commissioned by Grosvenor Britain & Ireland to energise and enliven South Molton Street, in the heart of London’s West End, with a bold and beautiful family of street furniture. Combining head-turning colour and geometric shapes in monumental proportions, the 11 unique benches of Walala Lounge will give visitors something unexpected to look at – and to sit on.

Director of the festival, Ben Evans, took to the stage to explain the value of the festival’s various different districts and destinations, including Focus19, Design, 100% Design, London Design Fair,  “Each exhibition and district during LDF has its own personality,” he praised. “London has the biggest creative economy in the world, and design is a key part of it. London Design Festival celebrates and promotes London’s design excellence in a period when showcasing creativity is even more important.”

Established in 2003 by Sir John Sorrell CBE and Ben Evans, LDF celebrates and promotes London as the design capital of the world. London Design Festival has since earned the reputation as a key calendar moment of London’s autumn creative season, alongside London Fashion Week, Frieze Art Fair and the London Film Festival, attracting the greatest thinkers, practitioners, retailers and educators to the capital, in a citywide celebration.

Main image credit: Paul Cocksedge

designjunction to return to Kings Cross

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designjunction to return to Kings Cross

The highly anticipated trade and consumer event, designjunction, will return to Kings Cross, London from September 19 – 22…

designjunction, which annually arrives fashionably late for London Design Festival, will return to Kings Cross in London from September 19 – 22. The trade and consumer event, which last year for the first time in its history took place on the city’s Southbank and was attended by more than 27,000 visitors across five days, will present more than 200 global design brands across multiple King’s Cross locations surrounding UAL Central Saint Martin’s building.

Following mass transformation to the area, King’s Cross is home to Coal Drops Yard, which is a shopping and restaurant district designed by architecture firm Heatherwick Design Studio. The area is now the home for 67 acres of inspiring businesses including Google, Universal Music Group and Tom Dixon Studio. With an annual footfall of approximately 20 million people, the area has become a vibrant cultural scene.

Presenting the latest in cutting-edge design each year during the LDF, designjunction is described as London’s leading contemporary interior design show, facilitating connections between architects, interior designers, retailers and exhibitors. Encompassing the best in furniture, lighting, jewellery and home accessories, the event is a place for industry leaders to gather with the widest variety of influential and international designers.

“We are absolutely thrilled to be returning to this vibrant, connected part of London, and to once again be working closely with King’s Cross,” said designjunction’s Director, Mark Gordon. “Coal Drops Yard has opened since we were last at this location, so there’s a whole new experience we can offer our visitors. This is an incredibly exciting year for designjunction and our return gives us the opportunity to continue working with the best designers in the industry to create fantastic installations.”

Cubitt House will be the go-to-place to see more than 100 international furniture and lighting brands. The Canopy will shelter a curated mix of design-led products and high-end accessories to cutting-edge tech, jewellery, ceramics and stationary. Cubitt Park will become the discovery area, where the show will present the latest cutting-edge design alongside eateries, bars and installations.

For eight years running, designjunction has attracted thousands of architects, interior designers, specifiers, retailers, buyers and consumers to its show doors. Each year its exhibitors make lasting connections with influential figures in the design industry, designed to create partnerships that are made to last.

Main image credit: designjunction

Spotlight On: Furniture line made from forgotten traditional material

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As combining materials seemed to be a major theme of this year’s London Design Festival, editor Hamish Kilburn went beyond the show to investigate how one furniture company decided to use an often forgotten material from the 20th century for its latest collection of contract seating…

British design brand Deadgood launched a brand new collection of furniture at this year’s designjunction at London Design Festival 2018.

‘Hug Chair’ utilises Lloyd Loom, a traditional yet somewhat forgotten 20th century material, manipulated over a plywood shell and sat atop a recycled steel frame. The new dining and lounge chair version of the ‘Hug Chair’ was on the stand along with a number of other new designs in Oak and Upholstered finishes.

“After much experimentation we were able to manipulate the shape of this well loved material by applying it directly to a plywood shell,” said Vicki Leach, Deadgood Design Director. “By contrasting Lloyd Loom with a powder coated steel frame the aesthetic is somewhat refreshed for a modern interior, hopefully giving this tried and tested material a new lease of life.

Machine-woven Lloyd Loom is manufactured out of Kraft paper twisted round fine aluminium wire. The material is smooth to the touch, impervious and remarkably strong and durable. Deadgood adopted to use Lloyd Loom in order to create a thoroughly modern range of products with a distinctive yet altogether familiar aesthetic. “The result is subtle and not overwhelming, lending itself to gently merging in with the current workplace and hospitality trends,” concluded Leach.

As all this month Hotel Designs is focusing the spotlight on furniture, we are on the hunt for interesting furniture pieces that have recently launched. Tweet our editorial team on Twitter @hoteldesigns.

 

 

 

 

 

Editor’s round-up of London Design Festival 2018

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As the 16th edition of London Design Festival comes to a close, Hamish Kilburn shares the interior design moments, trends and discussions that made London’s design scene roar once more…

Ten design districts, nine days, eight talks, seven parties, six after parties, five exhibitions, four hours sleep between each day, three fabulous media partners, two tired legs and ONE city. This year, an estimated number of more than 450,000 designers, architects and creatives from more than 75 countries visited the 16th edition of London Design Festival – and what a way to remind the world of London’s position as one of the best design hubs in the world than with the installation of a fifth lion protecting the city’s landmark Neslon’s Column in Trafalgar Square. We were ready to hear London Design Festival roar, and with two days still remaining, that roar can still be heard echoing in an around the city.

Image credit: designjunction

Focus/18 

Positioned in the one-stop interior design haven of Design Centre Chelsea Harbour, with more than 120 showrooms, Focus18 began with a topical discussion about how to use Instagram effectively for business.

Among the showrooms, Vaughan showcased a new collection with a strong focus on table lamps. Demonstrating that interior design inspiration can come from anywhere, its new Tribal collection is based on travels around the globe that Lucy Vaughan, the creative director of the brand, has experienced. The result is an array of vibrant lampshades, embroidered cushions and unusual upholstered chairs which aim to celebrate the craftsmanship and culture of fabrics Vaughan and her daughter have sourced. Each unique in their own right, the collection is ideal for boutique hotels looking to create a statement, an editorial story we brought you only last week.

Image caption: Vaughan’s new Tribal collection

Elsewhere, the award-winning Alexandra Champalimaud celebrated her love of fabrics by unveiling Framework. With its durable features, the collection for Holland & Sherry is perfect for hotels. Champalimaud herself chose the materials, textures and colours that she would use when designing hotels, such as the recently completed The Academy and the highly anticipated Monkey Island, which is about to be unveiled.

“Tackling the topic of ‘Interiors in two great cities’, interior designer and owner of PSW Interior Design Paul Williams and architect and designer Emmanuelle Sirven.”

Collecting Best Wallpaper Collection of the show was Anna French’s Palampore collection. The highly detailed collection takes strong inspiration by the strong visual and graphic arts and design moment that occurred at the turn of the 20th century – with purple being a dominating colour story within the collection.

Another wallpaper that captured the attention of the crowd was Cole & Son’s new hand-painted Botanical range. The collection, which is inspired by a seasonal exploration of the English landscape, was showcased in the company’s new Chelsea showroom home. Strong references of lilac, wisteria, thistle, bluebells, roses, allium, fern and maidenhair are featured in the wallcoverings and designer Kathleen Hockey was at the showroom with a live painting demonstration to help further explain the range.

Showcasing something different, edgy brand House of Hackney unveiled a spectacular collection of wallpaper, fabrics and accessories created in partnership with the renowned and historical French wallpaper house, Zuber. But what really stood out was the eye-catching furniture, with the Saber becoming the statement piece of the showroom.

This year, Focus/18 celebrated its positive power with ‘Journey of Colour’, a specially commissioned installation by international artist Moritz Waldemeyer which offers an unforgettable immersive experience of light, colour and movement.

Image credit: House of Hackney

Tackling the topic of ‘Interiors in two great cities’, interior designer and owner of PSW Interior Design Paul Williams and architect and designer Emmanuelle Sirven, discussed how each destination’s distinctive voice have made them the interior design hubs they are known for being today. In addition to this, tickets to this year’s Brit List, which on November 22 will celebrate the best designers, hoteliers and architects in Britain today, are available online.

Image credit: Focus18

There was an overarching theme of ‘The Colour of Light’ happening among Chelsea, with two designers, Rebecca Weir and Sophie Robinson, taking on the topical talk on how to inject light and personality into your interiors. Robinson’s talk focused around the psychology of colour and how it can be used to invigorate the design process. Meanwhile, Weir’s panel focused the topic on lighting technology, a trend that was predicated by Richmond’s Fiona Thompson not so long ago.

Wrapping up the show was Arte International with a fabulous, in-depth trend report on the rise in powerful, positive and exuberant palattes. The Design Centre Chelsea Harbour‘s Becky Metcalfe took the microphone to give audience members a round-up of AW18’s most defining interior trends.

Decorex
(Hotel Designs is a proud media partner)

Hidden in London’s leafy neighbourhood in south west London – in between Richmond and Kew – Syon Park, for the last time, became a hub of design, welcoming the world to experience the latest products, trends and hot discussions.

The theme given to the designers who created this year’s main entrance was Blank Canvas, which opened the floodgates to let in innovative, bold and lavish designs from four visionary creatives. Henry Prideaux took the theme and unveiled a classic British set which was inspired by his school days. The set took materials and colours of his school, the uniform, the architecture and incredible aesthetic of his surroundings. Simone Suss went geometric and quirky, incorporating the interests and passions that have inspired her including a diverse spectrum of music, art and fashion. Meanwhile, Brian Woulfe went into the jungle with bold, botanical design and Jo Legleud and Scott Maddux went ruby red with a strong disco theme.

Where lighting has becoming such a major focus as technology improves, Le Deun Luminaire were certainly ahead of the curve resulting in them winning Best New Product Launch by the Decorex awards, and its clear to see why. With a strong focus on dynamic, statement lighting, the company has succeeded in its mission to allow function to generate the shape, and to create lighting that is effective, not only decorative.

Image credit: Le Deun Luminaire

This year, the show’s 400 exhibitors included the likes of Knot Rugs, Ian Sanderson and Dedar to Little Green, Timorous Beasties and Robert Langford. Decorex also welcomed around 50 first-time exhibitors – Officine Gullo, Sahrai, Meisterwerke, Another Country, Sharon Marston and Benott among them.

Another interesting addition to this year’s show was ‘In The Making’, an area of the hall which shed light on how products are made, finished and decorated, using artisans and craftspeople to showcase materials and design processes.

The first participant was Shalini Misra Ltd, a London-based interior designer with an impressive portfolio of award-winning projects. The studio partnered with iconic British luxury brand Asprey to create an interactive ‘dining-scape’.

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Next was Lancashire-based wallcovering brand Lincrusta. Crafting exceptional wallpapers since it was founded in 1877, the brand’s production remains entirely in the UK. It showcased its unparalleled expertise with paint effect demonstrations that revealed how they can be applied to wallcoverings.

“The space featured four different makers a day for the duration of the show.”

Pigmentti offered insight into the technique of bas-relief Marmorino and gold leaf, bringing the ancient material of Marmorino into contemporary architectural design. Live demonstrations were staged while an accompanying wall installation showed the intricacy of a completed design.

The final participant to be announced was Artisan Collective. Its area hosted a group of designers that showed a range of skills, such as furniture making, upholstering and wood-carving. The space featured four different makers a day for the duration of the show, each recreated  ‘a day in the making’ to reveal what a normal day in a workshop or design studio is like.

Beosound Edge is roughly the size and shape of a car wheel and is designed to blend in to its interiors.”

There seemed to be a strong sense of indoor-outdoor among many of the new products exhibited at the show. Photographer Benjamin Rice showcased his large, at-one-with-nature photography in what can only be described as his own private gallery. Fenella Elms, meanwhile, unveiled tactile art/wallcoverings made from porcelain. Innovative mirror-tech company Overmantels displayed its latest collection of TV mirrors, following large demand for hidden technology.  Technology giants Bang Olufsen displayed a minimalist stand as they prepared to launch what was being billed as its ‘coolest speakers yet’, a coin shaped speaker that’s volume controls via tilt. The bold yet minimal and ironically titled Beosound Edge is roughly the size and shape of a car wheel and is designed to blend in to its interiors.

100% Design
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Colour and looking ahead to the future was this year’s theme as the show took some serious moves to up its game on the design scene. The highlight of the show, in addition to welcoming leading brands into the exhibition hall, was the quality of the 100% talks. Highlights included Thomas Heatherwick, Marcel Wanders, Kelly Hoppen and Marcus Fairs who all took the stage throughout the week at the show’s home in London’s Olympia.

“Down the vibrant carpets, 100% Futures was also an interesting add-on.”

Speaking at the exclusive press launch, Max Fraser, the content editor for the show officially launched the show to the international press. “2018 is a bright and cheerful year, we have gone for colour,” he said. “Another feature we have focused on this year is the future, and where design is heading.”

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In regards to the exhibitors, the focus for many was corporate furniture with several companies displaying colourful and quirky options. Of those companies was The Meeting Pod Company, which impressed with its fully customisable meeting pods. Made in high quality composite external surfaces, the pods can be installed inside or outside and come in a range of sizes to fit and suit any space. With the promise that it can create virtually any internal or external colour combination, material or specific branding, the company has recently just completed a piece for a client which requested its pods to look like a rocket.

Image credit: The Meeting Pod Company / Rocketmakers

Down the vibrant carpets, 100% Futures was also an interesting add-on, following much hype in the industry on how technology will further shape the look and feel of the hotel of the future. The new exhibition shone light on some of the most exciting designs under the theme ‘Designing for London’ across travel, technology, wellbeing, public spaces and sustainability.

designjunction
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Turning up fashionably late, as ever, opening on the Thursday, designjunction, in my opinion, had the sharp edge over London Design Festival with quality brands and sheltering a real, unmatched designer buzz on the quirky riverside of the Southbank.

The award-winning event – and rightly so – showcased more than 200 of the world’s most iconic design brands. The show was presented across three areas which are owned and managed by Coin Street Community builders; the Doon Street site, OXO Tower Wharf and Riverside Walkway. Highlights this year included the second edition of the Rado Star Prize UK, The Mud Shell Project by Stphanie Chaltiel as well as talks programme curated by Justyna Sowa.

On the exhibition floor, LSA International displayed a dymamic sneak peek of its SS19 collection of glasses in-between a strong focus on furniture. New Zealand-based brand Revology was at one with nature with a eco-friendly and striking product which combines dark wood and is made from 100% recyclable, sustainably sourced composite linen fibres, bio-based resin and recycled brass. Another brand that stood out with bold and unique designs included Norr11‘s simple and clean collection, Galvin Brothers‘ quirky hand-made furniture, Johanson‘s eye-catching bar stools and James Burleigh‘s contemporary chairs, tables and stools. Furniture specialist Vitra showcased the new Belleville collection by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec. Launching in the UK for the first time, the Belleville family consists of hybrid chairs and versatile tables, characterised by its varied materials and muted colours. Leading British furniture brand Deadgood, on the other hand, put the spotlight on its new Hug Armchair, which utilises Lloyd Loom, a traditional yet somewhat forgotten 20th century material, manipulated over a plywood shell and sat atop a recycled steel frame.

Image caption: Deadgood’s Hug Armchair

Downstairs, lighting up ‘lightjunction’ with so much focus on technology in lighting at the moment, there was a clear indication that manufacturers are exploring with the elements, combining materials to create stunning effects.

London Design Fair

Venturing outside zone 1 to the creative heart of East London, London Design Fair was a four-day industry event that brought together 550 exhibitors from more than 36 countries.

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For 2018, the show hosted 10 country pavilions, from all corners of the world including the return of the Swedish Design Pavilion alongside the Balearic Islands, Italy, Finland, Korea and Japan.

Other highlights of the week included a fabulous party at Shoreditch’s The Curtain to celebrate 10 years of Design Triangle, the exclusive opening of Kent + London and Kartell by Laufen unveiling its East-meets-West collection in collaboration with celebrated designer Ludovica + Roberto Palomba.

It’s fair to say that London Design Festival has delivered once more in showcasing to the world that Britain remains a strong design hub for inspiration, ideas and savvy innovation. London leaves a lasting impression on the hundreds and thousands of visitors who can now return back to their studios full of creative ideas and vast inspiration.

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Live from LDF: New design furniture store arrives in London’s Shoreditch

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Premium designer furniture brand KENT & LONDON, which opened its London showroom this week, has launched #WellMadeLDF18, a design challenge for members of the public and designers during London Design Festival…

For the first time KENT & LONDON, a sharp designer furniture brand, has opened its doors during London Design Festival.

The official launch on Tuesday evening welcomed press, international designers and friends of the brand as the store announced its London presence following popular demand among London designers in both the residential and contract market.

Visitors of the store are now invited to explore high quality custom-made furniture and kitchens, alongside its showroom collaborations with FLOOR_STORY – East London’s friendliest rug dealer, Swedish encaustic tile company Marrakech Design, Studio Ore – handcrafted and hand finished brass taps and Caesarstone – which recently launched its Metropolitan collection, marking a new era in durable quartz surfaces. The Shoreditch showroom also features designed products from Vitamin Living, Kast Concrete basins and Armac Martin.

As part of the Shoreditch Design Triangle and throughout the duration of the Festival, KENT & LONDON hosts a unique design challenge titled #WellMadeLDF18. Both professionals and design savvy public are invited to book into a session to create their own piece of furniture using selected materials within the showroom. They will see their ideas come to life through a live design consultation with KENT & LONDON partners Luke Ellis (Creative Director) and George Couyas (Interior Designer).

#WellMadeLDF18 aims to engage with people from all backgrounds and skill level, inspiring creativity and providing an insight into the design process. KENT & LONDON will use their specialism of designing and making custom-made furniture to digitally sketch each design.

During each session the design development will be projected for showroom visitors to view. Each concept will be posted to Instagram for a public vote using the hashtag #WellMadeLDF18 and a shortlist will be judged by a panel of industry experts. The winning design will be refined and produced by KENT & LONDON and gifted to the winner.

Live from LDF: Zaha Hadid Design unveils new carpet collaboration

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British architecture and design giant Zaha Hadid Design unveils the new RE/Form carpet collection for Royal Thai during London Design Festival 2018..

RE/Form continues Royal Thai’s design-driven direction. The collection consists of 22 designs, inspired by four themes that feature prominently in Zaha Hadid’s work: striated lines, ribbonlike projections, pixelated landscapes and organic cellular shapes. Patterns within each grouping capture Hadid’s signature use of interweaving, layering and play with light and shadow. The designs introduce custom new colours for Royal Thai commercial carpets, with hues of turquoise, red and green in their colour palettes.

Translated into Axminster-loomed and hand-tufted designs, each design represents reconfiguration and transformation—the theme itself a reflection of Royal Thai’s recent reformation. RE/Form is a celebration of Hadid’s legacy and Royal Thai’s passion for inspiration.

The Zaha Hadid Gallery will also present the new 2018 Zaha Hadid Design Collection, together with Zaha Hadid Architects’ recent collaboration of 3D-printed furniture with Nagami as well as an exhibition by the studio’s Computation and Design research group (ZHCODE).

 

100% Design opens colourful doors to this year’s show

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100% Design, of which Hotel Designs is a proud media partner of, has opened its very colourful doors to the public…

As part of the nine-day London Design Festival, 100% Design has opened its doors unveiling this year’s theme to the eyes of the design world.

Speaking at the exclusive press launch, Max Fraser, the content editor for the show officially launched the show to the international press. “2018 is a bright and cheerful year, we have gone for colour,” he said. “Another feature we have focused on this year is the future, and where design is heading.”

Earlier this year, the show, which is located at Olympia London, announced some big changes for 2018 as it adopts a renewed vision to highlight its position as the unmissable show for design, innovation and emerging talent in London.

Featuring a number of new projects alongside inspiring collaborations and new product launches the show will also be at the heart of the newly launched West Kensington Design District – the most important destination during London Design Festival 2018.

100% Design is dedicated to showcasing a variety of brands from the UK and internationally, across each of the show areas. Brands to watch include Greek furniture brand mono.rocks, which sources unique and exquisite stones from around the world and crafts them into artful interior pieces. The brand has relationships with the world’s major quarries, enabling them to reserve pieces of stone that stand out.

Designed with the core principles of simplicity and finesse, Bulo is another brand to keep an eye on. Its pieces are understated with a timeless aesthetic. The Belgian brand creates quality furniture with collections that are recognisable for sleek lines and structured shapes. The fundamental idea behind the furniture from Thors Design, meanwhile, is that of upcycling, using rustic Azobé wood, sourced from decommissioned Danish wharves. The result is bespoke, hand-made, sustainable furniture with an original raw look and a natural Nordic feel that retains the integrity, history and natural character of the wood.

100% Talks: Thomas Heatherwick, Marcel Wanders and Marcus Fairs feature at this year’s Talks with 100% Design. 100% Brands: A stellar line-up of exhibitors include: Benchmark, Established & Sons, Dare Studio, Arper, B Sweden, Bulo, Antonio Lupi, Tesla, Riko with Starck, OnePlusEleven, Rubn, Casa Botelho, Missana and more. 100% Futures: A new exhibition that will shine a light on some of the most exciting designs under the theme ‘Designing for London’ across travel, technology, wellbeing, public spaces and sustainability.

100% Forward: The spotlight turns on eight emerging design talents across furniture, product, lighting and textile design. Each will be championed by an established designer who carved his or her career during the first decade of 100% Design. 100% Build: A new dedicated resourcing show for the construction and architectural industry. Within the exhibition Philippe Starck will present a prefabricated house with Riko, while Tesla will showcase Powerwall.

Continuing to be the show at London Design Festival that opens mid-week to breathe new life into the overall festival, 100% Design shelters leading brands, interesting panel discussions and all the up-coming trends.

DESIGN TALK: Instagrammable interiors with Kate Watson Smyth and Paul Craig

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Live from London Design Festival, interiors influencer Kate Watson Smyth and photographer Paul Craig explain how to make your designs insta-worthy…

To kick-start London Design Festival, bathroom specialist Victoria + Albert hosted a unique talk at Design Centre Chelsea Harbour about the secrets to styling and sharing interiors on social media.

Kate Watson Smyth, who is the proud owner of Mad About The House instagram account (@madaboutthehouse) started by explaining how she went from journalist to social media influencer. “I think you can start by finding other accounts that you like the look of,” she said. “Then, you will naturally find your niche and start to find a really consistent look.”

Another tip from Watson Smith was to post at consistent times. “I also find that it’s really important to set aside time after you have posted to like other Instagram posts from the same topic.”

Paul Craig is known in the industry for his dynamic styling and having the ability to make a shot work from behind the lens. Craig took the microphone to share his tips on how to make a social media post pop.

Paul’s tips to help your posts pop:

1) “The key to any good shot is in the styling. If you have to move that prop 2mm, then do it.”
2) “Declutter the shot. Get rid of anything unnecessarily, but don’t be afraid to add in props for the styling. You don’t want your photo to look like it was taken by an estate agent.”
3) “Line up the verticals and horizontals. Use the ‘grid’ feature on your phone for this.”
4) “Get down low. This is especially important in the bathroom in order to capture the detail.”
5) “Avoid reflections. You can use your effects to help soften these.”

The talk follows Hotel Designs’ rolling feature of Designing Instagrammable which, over four weeks, investigated how Instagram can help build your business.

The 16th edition of London Design Festival is nine days introducing the latest projects, installations, exhibitions, events and talks happening in the design industry. Hotel Designs is following the action as it happens.

#LDF18

 

LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL: What to look out for

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Visiting London Design Festival this week. Here’s what to look out for…

London Design Festival returns for the 16th year in 2018, celebrating 10 years at the V&A as the official Festival hub. London will be transformed with an inspiring programme of Landmark Projects, installations and events throughout the city from 15-23 September 2018.

DECOREX
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16-19 SEPTEMBER
SYON PARK, TW8 8JF

Decorex international is one of the UK’s leading design shows and the only one of its kind in the UK for the luxury interiors market. With more than 400 exhibitors, from leading names to emerging talents, it attracts nearly 14,000 visitors from across the globe.

The show’s theme, blank canvas, explores how an empty space can celebrate a new beginning, a chance to create something beautiful in the way that Decorex and its exhibitors do each year. Decorex celebrates luxury British craft and applied arts through Future Heritage, an exhibition of some of the best emerging talents in the UK who present new work created for the show. Curated by renowned critic and curator Corinne Julius, Future Heritage has come to be known as the showcase of craft to collect and commission. Highlights include: Brand Building through Creativity with Jeffrey Beers, Sebastian Cox, David Mottershead, Emilio Pimentel-Reid and Christiane Lemieux; From Project to Product: an Interior Designers take on Product Design with Staffan Tollgard, Letitia Fitzgibbon and Katharine Pooley; Putting Personality into New Build with Dan Hopwood; Bespoke: How to Guarantee Original Design for Every Project with Henry Prideaux, Natalia Miyar and Sophie Elborne.

Prolific designers Studio Suss, Maddux Creative, Brian Woulfe and Henry Prideaux will design this year’s main entrance installation. They will tell their own stories upon a blank canvas, creating vignettes based on what has inspired them on their journeys as designers.

100% DESIGN
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19-22 SEPTEMBER
OLYMPIA LONDON, W14 8UX

100% Design is synonymous with the biggest names in design and is a leading platform for launching some of the world’s most renowned brands. This year, as part of a refreshed programme, Thomas Heatherwick and marcel wanders talk with 100% Design. The show will also present new features, fresh design talents and emerging names alongside a roster of industry favourites, big name brands and innovators.

100% Talks: Thomas Heatherwick, Marcel Wanders and Marcus Fairs feature at this year’s Talks with 100% Design. 100% Brands: A stellar line-up of exhibitors include: Benchmark, Established & Sons, Dare Studio, Arper, B Sweden, Bulo, Antonio Lupi, Tesla, Riko with Starck, OnePlusEleven, Rubn, Casa Botelho, Missana and more. 100% Futures: A new exhibition that will shine a light on some of the most exciting designs under the theme ‘Designing for London’ across travel, technology, wellbeing, public spaces and sustainability.

100% Forward: The spotlight turns on eight emerging design talents across furniture, product, lighting and textile design. Each will be championed by an established designer who carved his or her career during the first decade of 100% Design. 100% Build: A new dedicated resourcing show for the construction and architectural industry. Within the exhibition Philippe Starck will present a prefabricated house with Riko, while Tesla will showcase Powerwall.

DESIGNJUNCTION
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20-23 SEPTEMBER
SOUTHBANK LONDON, DOON STREET, OXO TOWER WHARF

Award-winning event designjunction transports to the cultural hub of London’s south bank and will showcase more than 200 of the world’s most iconic design brands. The show is presented across three unmissable areas which are owned and managed by Coin Street Community builders; the doon street site, OXO Tower Wharf and Riverside Walkway. Highlights this year include the second edition of the Rado Star Prize UK, The Mud Shell Project by Stphanie Chaltiel as well as talks programme curated by Justyna Sowa.

British designer Steuart Padwick will make a dramatic change to the London skyline during designjunction in support of mental health with his project Head Above Water. With its panoramic views of St Paul Cathedral and the iconic city skyline, Head Above Water is a 9 metre high sculpture on Queen’s Stone jetty (aka Gabriel’s pier) on London’s South Bank. The ‘Head’ is deliberately gender, ethnicity and age neutral and stands as a symbol of hope, bravery, compassion, positivity and change, for those who have come through or are still confronting mental health issues, and the people who support them. Steuart Padwick first sculpted a head in clay and then developed the concept into its current form using precision engineered, renewable and sustainable cross-laminated timber panels, provided by Stora Enso. To realise the structure Steuart Padwick worked with structural engineering expertise, Ramboll. It is a model of sustainable, smart design and build.

LONDON DESIGN FAIR
20-23 SEPTEMBER
OLD TRUMAN BREWERY, E1 6QR

Located in the creative heart of East London, the London Design Fair is a four-day industry event that brings Together 550 exhibitors from 36 countries, including independent designers, established brands, international pavilions, features and exhibitions. More than 28,000 buyers, architects, interior designers, press, designers and design- savvy public attend to see and specify the very latest products, materials and conceptual installations from around the world.

After capturing everyone’s hearts back in 2014 with its Tokyo Imagine exhibition, the Fair welcomes back Japan as their Guest Country for 2018. Organiser Tokyo Design Week will transform a 200sqm gallery into a fully immersive and interactive experience.

The Fair casts a spotlight on this year’s most loathed material: Plastic. Beyond the Chipper is an exhibition showcasing four designers who are engaging with the material head on, challenging the damaging single-use culture as well as a presenting Swedish Design and British Craft pavilions.

FOCUS/18
19-21 SEPTEMBER
DESIGN CENTRE, CHELSEA HARBOUR, SW10 0XE

Focus/18 returns with a packed programme for 2018. Get the inside track from the most talented names in the industry at talks, demonstrations, workshops and discovery tours; meet established makers, emerging innovators and skilled artisans; listen to star names sharing their knowledge. Highlights include ‘Journey of Colour’ By Moritz Waldemeyer, colour workshops, and conversations in design.

Sessions will explore how colour informs our design aesthetic, both consciously and subconsciously. Georgia Coleridge will discuss the healing power of colour, while a psychology of colour workshop in the Style Library showroom will discuss the transformative power that colour has on emotions.

Go behind the scenes of the latest collaborations and design directions in the showrooms. Kit Kemp and her Firmdale team will create a Caribbean bedroom suite for the Turnell & Gigon at Home popup showroom; Patrick Frey will discuss the design legacy of his grandfather Ren. Prou in the Pierre Frey showroom; Michelle Ogundehin and Arteriors’ founder Mark Moussa will talk about the Designer Interpretation series; Cole & Son’s head of design will reveal the evolution of the new collection, from concept to reality; plus many others.

At the conversations in design series; and connect with influencers and tastemakers from 120 showrooms and more than 600 international brands.

10 YEARS AT THE V&A
PENTAGRAM MEMBERS ROOM, V&A MUSEUM, SW7 2RL

With a characteristic V&A mix of heritage, modernity and design ingenuity, the V&A Members’ Room, designed by architects Carmody Groarke, transforms a magnificent top-lit gallery on the top floor of Aston Webb’s Grade 1 listed 1909 wing into a beautiful dedicated space for Members, offering a different perspective at the heart of the Museum.

The Members’ Room opened in October 2017 so, this year will be its first London Design Festival. Celebrating 10 years with the V&A as the official London Design Festival hub, Pentagram will transform the space with the graphic identities created over the decade. The Members’ Room will be open for use by Festival visitors on Thursday 20 September. Visitors are invited to experience the space, while enjoying striking views of the Sackler Courtyard and Henry Cole building.

FESTIVAL COMMISSIONED PROJECT
TOM DIXON ELECTROANALOGUE SUPPORTED BY COAL DROPS YARD
COAL DROPS YARD, LONDON, N1C 4AB

Tom Dixon will host ELECTROANALOGUE, a gathering of digital innovations in the Coal Office, the brand’s new HQ and flagship shop in King’s Cross. In collaboration with friends and partners Bill Amberg Studio, Teenage Engineering, sound artist Yuri Suzuki, sound lab and bar Spiritland and Ege, ELECTROANALOGUE will explore the realms of digital technology through a diverse range of events, installations and interventions.

Coal Drops Yard is the new shopping and lifestyle district in London’s King’s Cross. It will open its doors to the public on Friday 26 October 2018.

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BIID announces plans for London Design Festival 2018

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The British Institute of Interior Design (BIID), which has been named the industry partner of this year’s Hotel Designs’ Brit List, has announced its plans for the three major events during the anticipated London Design Festival…

The British Institute of Interior Design (BIID) will be celebrating London Design Festival 2018 with a number of talks and events across the city. Taking place between 16-23 September, the 16th edition of the festival will feature a programme of world-class design exhibitions with an exciting mix of designers, products, talks, installations and innovations, positioning London as the design capital of the world.

“On behalf of the BIID, we’re delighted to be involved in London Design Festival this year and supporting the creative community in the capital,” BIID President Gilly Craft. “I’m looking forward to what is set to be a fantastic celebration of the quality and diversity of design and hosting some lively, informative discussions alongside our members this September.”

Decorex International 2018 at Syon Park

16-19 September 2018

Decorex has established itself as Europe’s leading interior design event, providing an unparalleled opportunity for interior design professionals to discover the finest in furniture, lighting, textiles, craft and accessories, with over 400 international exhibitors.

On Tuesday 18th September at 11am, BIID President Gilly Craft will be chairing a BIID panel discussion as part of the expert talks programme at Decorex this year. Entitled ‘Deconstructing the brief: the importance of form, function and understanding your client’s vision,’ Gilly will be joined by BIID registered interior designers Henry Prideaux and Beata Heuman, and bespoke furniture maker Neil Stevenson.

Together, the panellists will discuss the essential job of establishing and truly understanding a client brief, exploring the importance of finding out exactly what the client requires at the earliest stage in the design process, and interrogating the brief so that expectations match the results of the finished project.

BIID member Sue Timney will also be taking part in a panel discussion at 11am on Sunday 16th September. Sue will be joining John Allsopp, Reda Amalou and Rodrigo Moreno Masey for a talk on ‘The relationship between the architect and designer,’ exploring how designers and architects can successfully work together. The panellists will be discussing the challenges they have faced and will share invaluable tips and advice to ensure the best working relationships.

Focus/18 at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour

16-21 September

Bringing together the worlds of interior design, architecture and style, Focus/18 will take place at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour this year with more than 100 experiential sessions on offer.

On Monday 17th September at 5pm, BIID members Audrey Carden and Eleanora Cunietti of Carden Cunietti will be taking part in a panel discussion with Philip Bershad, president of Phillip Jeffries and The World of Interiors’ social media & network editor, Sophia Salaman. They will be speaking on the importance of creating a design identify while being able to adapt to today’s changing trends.

darc room, Shoreditch, London

19-20 September 2018

Returning for its second year in a new venue, darc room is a curated, creative lighting exhibition for specifiers and designers taking place at the Nicholls & Clarke Building on Shoreditch High Street.

BIID member Cinzia Moretti of Moretti Interior Design Ltd will be speaking as part of the darc room: live programme on Thursday 20th September, which features over 38 speakers talking on a range of lighting related topics. In her 15-minute talk at 1:20pm, Cinzia will be discussing how to improve the perceived value of the interior with good lighting and how this can affect human psychology.

100% Design at Olympia London

19-22 September 2018

This year, 100% Design returns to Olympia with a renewed vision to highlight its position as the unmissable show for design, innovation and emerging talent in London. With a number of new projects and collaborations, the event will also feature at the newly launched West Kensington Design District, attracting architects, specifiers and designers from across the globe.

As part of 100% Design’s highly coveted seminar programme, Talks with 100% Design, BIID President Elect Harriet Forde will be chairing a panel discussion on ‘Starting Your Own Design Business.’ Taking place on Saturday 22nd September from 3.30pm to 4.15pm on the main stage, Harriet will be joined by BIID registered interior designers Emma Hooton and Daniel Hopwood.

The discussion will see panellists explore the necessary steps to building your own design business, using their own personal experience. They will discuss the essential skills and support needed to manage your business as a professional interior designer, how to market yourself in the industry, and the challenges and rewards of starting a business.

designjunction at London’s South Bank

20-23 September 2018

Designjunction returns to London Design Festival this year, moving to the cultural hub of London’s South Bank. The event will take place across three different venues, covering 200 international brands and boutique shops, product launches, outdoor installations, and interactive talks.

On Friday 21st September, BIID President Gilly Craft will be hosting a BIID members’ breakfast and venue tour at designjunction from 8:30 – 10:30am. Providing members with an informal tour and preview of the venue, exhibitors will also be on-hand to discuss their furniture, lighting and retail designs with BIID members in more detail.

BIID member and founder of Zulufish Interiors, Caroline Milns will be taking part in a panel discussion as part of the designjunction seminar programme. Taking place on Friday 21st of September at 1pm, the panel will be chaired by Ben Spriggs, editor of Elle Decoration magazine, with designers Sebastian Cox, Ini Archibong and Magnus Wastberg of Skandium joining the speaker panel. The talk is entitled ‘Craft 2.0 – Fighting For Material Authenticity’, and will see panellists discuss how craftsmanship remains at the core of creativity, whether that’s championing local design or working internationally across cultures to celebrate age-old arts and crafts.

 

Caesarstone UK collaborates with designjunction for innovative restaurant installation

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Following its launch of Metropolitan Collection earlier this year, surface specialist Caesarstone has announced STILL BY FORM, a unique collaboration with designjunction

Surface specialist Caesarstone UK has collaborated with designjunction for a restaurant installation called STILL BY FORM. Curated by design consultancy and procurement specialists, BY FORM, the space is designed with harmonious layers of colour and texture to provide a setting for quiet contemplation within the bustle of the show. The pop-up restaurant serves as a backdrop for exciting interior pieces that are yet to be showcased in the UK.

STILL utilises the newly launched Topus Concrete surface design for the restaurant’s main bar

STILL is influenced by simple Danish design and organic Japanese aesthetics and is a celebration of collaborations with a number of hand-picked brands and designers. The pop-up restaurant installation features a refined collection of design across lighting, textiles, surfaces and furniture, and new materials, including brands like Anour, &tradition, KABE Copenhagen, Zilenzio and Atkinson & Kirby. The menu will be provided by 26 Grains, from Neil’s Yard London.

Caesarstone have been an integral part of the STILL restaurant project from the beginning. STILL utilises the newly launched Topus Concrete surface design for the restaurant’s main bar. Developed as part of the Caesarstone design team’s wider exploration of industrial finishes and weathered patinas, Topus Concrete’s gentle linier pattern is reminiscent of Jupiter’s rotating cloud bands, while its warm blush pink colours sit harmoniously within the calming palette used across STILL.

It has been a wonderful experience working with the team at designjunction

“STILL is one of the most interesting projects within designjunction and the broader London Design Festival for 2018, so we are delighted to have played an active role in its realisation,” said Jon Stanley, VP Marketing, Caesarstone UK. “It has been a wonderful experience working with the team at designjunction, as well as BY FORM and the other partner brands.”

Stanley continued: “Caesarstone places huge value on design, creative thinking and innovation, things we see as fundamentals of our brand. London Design Festival is an essential and vibrant forum for an industry that the UK excels in, helping to promote and nurture those working in the sector, established or otherwise. We believe that it’s critical that brands support it.

“We consider the atmosphere in spaces and rooms to be particularly important and, therefore, we have designed the space with a palette of honest materials and harmonious layers of colours and texture, so you can disconnect for a moment of observation and reflection away from the show.”

In addition to designjunction’s STILL project, Caesarstone UK is supporting numerous other activities with partners across London Design Festival, across K&B studios, lighting and paint brands.

 

Kobe to exhibit at London Interior Show

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The luxury fabrics specialist will exhibit at this year’s London Interior Show on the 16 – 17 September…

Luxury fabric specialist, Kobe UK will exhibit at this years’ prestigious London Interiors Show.

The exhibition which will take place at the Chelsea Harbour Hotel between the 16 and 17 of September, will feature a host of the country’s top interiors businesses, from fabric to furniture.

Kobe, which is based in Crowthorne in Berkshire, will exhibit a variety of its contemporary, yet timeless collections along with a brand new nine-piece capsule range from its price sensitive Essente brand.

Collections on show will include the latest room high range with fabrics suitable for extra wide windows at 310cm, 315cm and 320cm high with patterns printed or woven horizontally to ensure a seamless window décor.

One featured collection is Boutique, a lavish mix of innovative textiles including sumptuous velvet, woven jacquard, cool cotton and soft satin. The palette of rich deep and softly nostalgic tones complements the geometric, floral, paisley and botanical patterns available within the collection.

In addition, Kobe will show its Art-Deco inspired Elegance and naturally focused Senses collection of curtain and upholstery fabrics. Elegance features a mix of metallic and neutral tones in geometric, floral, medallion and trellis patterns, while Senses has been designed to create an element of calm in the home with its combination of organic yarns and soft colour palette.

100% Design announces heavyweight brands and exhibitors

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New roster includes Benchmark, Established & Sons and Dare Studio among others…

100% Design has revealed updates to its exhibitor list for the 2018 show, confirming collaborations with world class brands and the biggest names in design. The show will cover four key areas: Interiors; Kitchens, Bathrooms & Bedrooms; Emerging Brands and, new for 2018, 100% Build London. The return of leading brands and debuts from emerging talent cement the show’s position as a cornerstone event of the London Design Festival.

A powerhouse of British design, Benchmark makes timeless furniture that has soul and integrity. Using traditional craft techniques and innovative technology, each handmade piece effortlessly brings a sense of home to both commercial and residential spaces. On display will be new pieces by Space Copenhagen and Foster + Partners, alongside live workshops demonstrating the brand’s signature craftsmanship. On the stand, Benchmarks craftsmen will be working at their benches producing furniture for live projects. One will be the Gleda Chair designed by Space Copenhagen, destined for the new hotel within Manhattan Loft Gardens, opening in early 2019; the other will be Foster + Partners OVO design for the Cleveland Clinic HQ in Ohio. Visitors will have the opportunity to follow the Benchmark hand-assembly process from start to finish, live each day.

Image caption: L-R Benchmark, Established & Sons

Iconic British design brand Established & Sons returns to 100% Design with an exciting new collection of characterful furniture and lighting designs. New pieces include the Cassette sofa by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, the Barbican chaise by Konstantin Grcic, the Light Light by Dimitri Bähler, the Mauro Chair by Mauro Pasquinelli and the Filigrana Light by Sebastian Wrong. The new collection continues the brand’s practice of supporting a dynamic selection of world-class creators and presenting imaginative products with style and personality.

Known for their contemporary handcrafted furniture, award-winning British design brand Dare Studio returns to 100% Design. On show will be a selection of furniture and lighting products, suitable for both luxury domestic interiors and high specification contract environments. Notable products include: the Riley Coffee Table, a modern classic, which incorporates two tables of varying heights to add flexibility in positioning and function; and the Frida Chair, a modern interpretation of the wingback chair.

International design and lifestyle company YOO will be participating in this year’s show; co-founded by Philippe Starck and John Hitchcox, the company names Marcel Wanders, Kelly Hoppen, Jade Jagger, Mark Davison and Steve Leung as Creative Directors. YOO is responsible for the regeneration of Olympia London and will be exhibiting the masterplan at 100% Design, with Heatherwick Studio, in collaboration with SPPARC Architects, leading the architectural enhancement.

100% Design is dedicated to showcasing a variety of brands from the UK and internationally, across each of the show areas. Brands to watch include Greek furniture brand mono.rocks which sources unique and exquisite stones from around the world and crafts them into artful interior pieces. The brand has relationships with the world’s major quarries, enabling them to reserve pieces of stone that stand out. Designed with the core principles of simplicity and finesse, Bulo’s pieces are understated with a timeless aesthetic. The Belgian brand creates quality furniture with collections that are recognisable for sleek lines and structured shapes. The fundamental idea behind the furniture from Thors Design is that of upcycling, using rustic Azobé wood, sourced from decommissioned Danish wharves. The result is bespoke, hand-made, sustainable furniture with an original raw look and a natural Nordic feel that retains the integrity, history and natural character of the wood.

Image caption: L-R mono.rocks, Bulo, Thors Design

CHOLO.design produce handmade homeware accessories and lighting in natural materials such as bamboo and hemp. The Bristol-based team is dedicated to creating products with a positive impact on consumers and the environment. Cubo by CHOLO, a humble concrete lamp turned upside down, is hand made to order & incorporates an LED bulb and bamboo fitting. Founded in 2016, Proper Copper Design has grown to become the leading online retailer for handmade-to-order copper taps, showers, handles and accessories, shipping products from their Brighton-based workshop to customers across the globe. Trained as a carpenter, director Khan Erkeksoy recognised the potential for the material’s industrial yet warm aesthetic while working alongside other trades. Vincent Sheppard has been designing and manufacturing exceptionally comfortable indoor and outdoor furniture since 1992. New items on show include the Loop Collection (pictured below) and the Roy cocoon; demonstrating simplicity with a modern edge.

Hotel Designs is proud to be a confirmed media partner of 100% Design.