After the recently held Maison & Objet design fair in Paris, comes the final event in our list of TOP 9 Interior fairs of 2017. The London Design Festival 2017, which runs from 16 to 24 September in the heart of Great Britain, attracted visitors with 427 events throughout the city. The London Design Festival 2017 was again divided into the five well-known events.
100% Design, Decorex, designjunction2017, Focus/17 and London Design Fair, for which hundreds of international exhibitors from all interior sectors had registered for with their wide variety of new designs. In this article, however, we’re focusing ourselves on new and innovative companies, we have noticed at 100% design and designjunction.
This year’s theme at the 100% design fair was called “Elements”.
The theme was concerned with the fundamental properties of the basic materials and the main components of products. In the five areas “Interiors”, “Workplace”, “Kitchens & Bathrooms”, “Design & Build” and “Emerging Brands” a strong focus was placed on the original nature of the materials and the history behind the respective manufacturing process. This could involve both sustainable and particularly sophisticated production methods for furniture, lighting and accessories.
An example of special production methods were the lamp design by newcomer Ciara O’Neill.
Driven by the passion for materials and organic structures, Ciara O’Neill has been designing and producing interesting lamps in her studio in East London since 2012, exploring the subtle interplay of light and shadow.
A series of investigations into light receptive materials led Ciara O’Neill to the discovery of corrugated polypropylene and the invention of an original forming process which exploits its multi fluted structure.
The resulting lighting designs with the names “Spine”, “Vault” and “Frond” show the versatility of this extraordinary material when it is used creatively beyond its intended function. With tailor-made components and production techniques, these unique lamps are hand-crafted and come in a variety of colors such as gold, green, blue and red. Their customer group includes end consumers, as well as interior designers and big projects.
In terms of attractive design and unique craftsmanship, we were impressed by ALKI furniture.
The company was founded in 1981 in Itsasu, a small village in the northern Basque Country, and produces high-quality and handmade contemporary furniture. For the first time, they also exhibited their interesting collections in Great Britain at the 100% Design fair. For example “Lasai” and “Koila” by designer Jean Louis Iratzoki.
The collections include chairs, lounge chairs, a table and a bench. Above all, we like the Koila armchair, which is almost predestined for restaurants. The design has been created in collaboration with experts in the field of gastronomy to achieve excellent comfort and seating position. The designs are characterized by a harmonious combination of oak and natural wool, which has a soft effect in a retro style.
ALKI‘s customer projects are architect houses, restaurants, business premises and corporate centers of renowned brands such as Hermes, Levi Strauss or Quicksilver. The company already exhibited at the Imm Cologne this year, so we are eager to see if we will meet them with new designs at the Imm Cologne 2018 as well.
At designjunction we met original installations and use of forms.
After the success of last year with 27,000 visitors over five days, designjunction was expanded to include additional locations in King’s Cross, offering an interesting mix of furniture, lighting and accessories brands at the London Design Festival 2017. Over 200 of the world’s most popular brands such as ANDlight , Martinelli Luce and Marset were here.
The Blackbody team fascinated us with its light installation and the “Lucky Eye” mirrors.
Headquartered in France, Blackbody is an OLED lighting company known for its impressive interactive and motion-sensitive light installations, both in residential and commercial locations around the world, including hotels and shopping centers.
In addition to the already known I.Rain chandelier, the “Lucky Eye” design mirrors with OLED panels were exhibited in the diameters 180 and 68.9 centimeters, which attracted visitors almost magically to their stand. The designers Aldo Cibic and Tommaso Cora developed the mirrors predominantly for boutiques and hotels. With a light temperature of 2,750 – 4,000K, they generate beautiful warm light or neutral white light as required – and all of this, of course, glare-free.
Fredericia has succeeded particularly well in translating organic design into furniture.
Among the many exhibited furniture of the Danish traditional company, our focus was on the “Swoon” collection of the Danish design duo Space Copenhagen, which exemplified the principles of organic design with an exemplary silhouette.
Space Copenhagen designed Swoon to fill the gap between a typical armchair and a lounge chair, after working with the conceptual interior architecture of hotels and restaurants and not finding a combination of both elements.
These were our favorites and impressions from London Design Festival 2017.
The design fair in London is always an attraction for thousands of visitors from around the world. It often shows completely new trends in interior design and presents innovative new design processes. It combines newcomers of the scene with established companies and design icons. Surely there were also great highlights in the other halls of the event. Were you at the London Design Festival? Show us your TOP designs of the fair!