There’s so much to see and so little time to do it. It’s all about chasing the thrill of post-pandemic binge eating, even if it means catching a 6:05am flight from Cork to London and taking the last flight of the day home. The latest in the world of design and interiors.
There was so much to choose from at the ever-expanding London Design Festival that I didn’t have much time, but I stuck with my favorite event that always brings me satisfaction: London Design Fair . London Design Fair is an accessible hotspot of newness for interiors enthusiasts, with added excitement. After a long recovery from the coronavirus, the festival will restart in preparation for the 2023 festival.
The show is a contemporary show with sustainability at its core, and is aptly located in the old Truman Brewery building, a former industrial facility, in the incredibly trendy Shoreditch district of east London. In the spirit of sustainability, the event was powered entirely by 100% renewable energy, organizers said.
Among the many exhibitors, from international design studios to up-and-coming talent, one standout was by curator and founder of Crossover Projects, which tackles waste through material circulation. It was “Homes With A Heart,” a collaboration with Roddy Clark. Bluepatch, the UK and Ireland Sustainable Business Directory.
Always open to the temptations of room sets and the urge to look at the quality of styling, Homes With A Heart was an immersive experience with so much context that visitors were carefully selected. You’ll know exactly what it’s like to live in a room with Collection of interior products. Notable attendees included Denby with her collection of timeless kiln tableware in misty teal;
Judy Archer’s textiles are also made in bold pops of color, and Edward Balmer’s natural paints have serious green credentials with their warm hues and hues.
After two hours of wandering the aisles, a pattern of themes emerges. Big, bold primary colors are used with aplomb and confidence. Deeply textured fabrics with a captivating teddy bear appeal, crazy geometric patterns countered by sensual round shapes, and lighting that speaks of sculpture and whimsy as much as functionality.
There was also the demand for a rumbling stomach, filled with a cup of tea and pain au chocolat while listening to a talk by Hannah Craggs of future trend agency Trend Bible.
Her theme is re-imaging living spaces: hybridized housing and the evolution of indoor-outdoor living.
Rather than bringing the indoors into the outdoors, the idea was to track the trends of modern householders investing in outdoor spaces and identify what Cragg calls “three personas” in how they approach their investments.
First and foremost, she says, are “sanctuary seekers who want to enjoy nature from indoors, which traditionally means a greenhouse.”
Consider an outdoor room or pavilion with all the qualities of a living room experience.
The second one I call Space Squeezer. “This persona embodies her ‘Don’t move, improve’ attitude,” she says. “Changing lifestyles and an increase in the number of households require a more considered use of space. Rather than relocating, they are ensuring that every nook and cranny of the house and garden serves a purpose and creates solutions. We are trying to make better use of existing space.”
And, in a new sign of our times, her third persona is the multigenerational household. “As grandparents move into family homes, young people remain at home, prices drop in the housing market, divorce activity occurs, and they need space to be together and have privacy, so expanding outdoor living space is a must.” and can address these demands,” she says. We need bigger real estate. ”
It is sustainability that stands up to the financial crisis.
From there, I’m drawn to places where people always gather for these types of events. Usually because there’s something interesting going on (champagne and fancy drinks?) or interesting people (prominent designers and celebrities walking around for money?). This time, a large-scale event will be held. A lot of people drew me to the Ukrainian furniture stand.
It’s heartwarming to see this country’s continued creativity, especially the delightful chairs called flocks, which incorporate natural materials into soft, sensual forms that are best enjoyed by sitting and tactilely experiencing them.
Designed by Ukrainian Katerina Sokolova for Noom, “We wanted to create furniture that becomes part of the family, that is intimate and loved,” she says. She adds, rather poignantly, that “the name frock, which means to move or gather, refers to the collection’s role as a peaceful oasis and primary gathering space within the home.”