September is our second favourite time of year (just behind May), and that can only mean one thing…design season. Arguably the most fun part of our job, hopping between London venues to track the latest trends is what we do best.
Last week, we were once again back in the capital for LDF 2019 – London Design Fair, 100% Design and designjunction. From Olympia to King’s Cross and Brick Lane, we tube hopped our way from inspiring installation to engaging exhibit sourcing the colours, shapes and finishes of tomorrow. With so much to take in it was no mean feat choosing our top spots, but here’s what we enjoyed the most…
Camille Walala: Walala Lounge
Capturing the primary colour palette of the Bauhaus – very apt in the 100th anniversary year – Camille Walala’s beautifully bright installation on South Molton Street comprised an ‘open air living room’ that embodied both form and function. Utilising curves and angular geometrics, each piece provided a glorious artwork and practical seating for passersby to admire and take five on. In true Walala style, colour and shape were the dual heroes of the designs.
PATTERNITY: Life Labyrinth
In an ever switched-on world, finding spaces of tranquility has never been more important. And it was this sentiment that formed the premise of PATTERNITY’s Life Labyrinth installation, situated outside Westminster Cathedral. Featuring a monochrome striped surface covering by Tarkett, a three-dimensional maze formation took visitors on a personal meditative walking experience amongst beds of lush foliage. A calming sanctuary in the heart of London, it was impossible not to breathe a little more deeply there.
Martino Gamper: Disco Carbonara
Sticking to the reflective theme, Martino Gamper’s off-piste exhibit Disco Carbonara brought a large dose of satirical fun to the festival. Exploring the notion of ‘hype’ and what it means in our Instagram-obsessed society, the installation was the literal embodiment of style over substance – inspired by the fleeting, impermanent nature of design shows.
With all the elements of an exclusive event – red carpet, bouncer, hand stamp – guests could have been forgiven for thinking they were about to attend the hottest new nightspot in town. But on entry, the interior was no bigger than a toilet stall and aside from some lights and booming disco music, it transpired it was, in actual fact, a party for one without much stimulation. A clever, tongue-in-cheek look at the darker sides of our contemporary culture.
Kirkby Designs: Underground
After being crammed into packed tube carriages between shows, the last thing you might imagine as being a popular exhibit would be, you guessed it, a tube carriage. However, Kirkby Designs knocked it out of the park with its installation at 100% Design, which saw the tube transformed through a Wes Anderson-esque interior of baby pinks and mint greens.
Every seat was upholstered in Kirkby Designs’ new velvet collection of fabrics, and artistic floral displays adorned the walkways transporting visitors to a dreamy destination. A retro ticket booth and custom tickets made the experience feel fun and steeped in nostalgia.
So, there you have it, a whistle stop tour of our top spots from LDF. To see more of our highlights, follow us on Instagram. And let us know if we missed any of your favourites!