At the end of last week we visited Design Junction and Tent London & Super Brands, as part of London Design Festival. Here, contemporary brands have an opportunity to present their new collections to an international audience of architects, interior designers, retailers and press. So, what did we at someday designs make of it? Here’s our roundup…
The atmosphere was full of energy, the backdrop and installations housing the exhibitions were forms of art in themselves. Cubitt House is a fine example, the structure was an impressive 70m long by 7m high and made up of over 4000 modular GRID cubes (the largest ever installed in the world) – the brain child of a creative team involving Satellite Architects alongside icons of Denmark, Danish designer Peter.J.Lassen, award winning London architects Oktra and structural engineers Elliot Wood.
Inside the House we met with both lighting and furniture specialists. We loved wedowood and spoke for some time with Sebastian Jørgensen, the designer behind the nomad chair – an impressive Swede who loves nothing more than folding up his chair to take on a weekend of hunting…we left him unsure if we would ever again have the chance to meet another designer-viking.
On the other side of Granary Square we visited The Canopy, a pop up venue for retailers, showcasing their latest stationary, accessories and homewares. Our standout shops were Marby and Elm for their humorous (rude?!) typography prints and British designer Nick Fraser for his clever pipework series. He had everyone talking about his underground pipework tube installation, which formed the backdrop to his stand.
In the east end of town at Tent London, the setting here felt even more creative and thought provoking. With strong Scandinavian influences the furniture and accessories on show were clean and minimalistic. We were impressed with Poiat for their new Lavitta collection, particularly the lounge chair and would like to introduce Kevin from Self., a passionate individual who thoughtfully restores and re-designs vintage furniture.
Always on the look out for the latest in product ideas and innovation, we didn’t leave disappointed (or without a tummy full of beer and curry, thank you Brick Lane).