London has been a buzz over the last couple of weeks. In and amongst girls running around in frilly frocks for London Fashion Week, the city was also decorated in sculptures and installations for the 2016 London Design Festival.
Lucky I have a design fairy godmother (also known as We Blog Design). With a wave of her wand, she granted me an admit 1 into the 2016 Design Junction. Unfortunately there wasn’t a pumpkin that turned into a coach, but I get swept away by this interior design show.
Design Junction is a modern version of an interiors trade show. Contemporary interior designers dazzle Londoners with their new collections of lights, furniture and home technology so they can enjoy them in their homes and office spaces.
This year the show was held at Granary Square Kings Cross. The vibrant industrial setting was the perfect backdrop for this contemporary London interior design event!
There were literally 100s of designers at the show. I contemplated writing about every stand that I visited but then I realised we’d be here all day, maybe all week. So without further ado, I’ve handpicked some of my favourite stands from our tour to share with you.
When we walked into Bethan’s stand there was a lot of oohing and aching from the group.
Just look at that pink stained table with embedded opalescent finishes on the rim and you’ll understand why!
Launched at Design Junction, Bethan’s latest collection is a collaboration with Iranian artist, Mohamed Reza Shaman.
The pieces in the Paua collection really glisten. That’s because each pieces of furniture has pieces of paua abalone shell from New Zealand meticulously inlayed in the stained birds-eye maple.
Equally beautiful, the pieces in the Nizwa collection use a technique called stain shading to create an ombre effect on each panel. As if that wasn’t dazzling enough, each piece has a brass overlay pattern to really set it off.
It’s a fabulous collection and my photos really don’t do it justice. If you can, I would recommend seeing when Bethan will be doing her next show and visiting the collection in person.
Icons of Denmark
Are you surprised that I was drawn to the stand that was decked out in Scandi style furniture?
Icons of Denmark were established in 2009 and they bring simplistic yet beautiful pieces of Danish furniture to the UK. Hallelujah!
Not only do they work with designers to create chic, minimalistic inspired showrooms, but they also work with a lot of big corporations and hotels to create functional settings to inspire and delight users of the spaces.
One of my favourites pieces in their stand was the No. 1 sofa in the beautiful moss green colour (as seen above). I also had my eye on this pink chair for my desk. But knowing how clumsy I am, I’m sure it would surely end up covered in calligraphy ink and watercolours. Sigh…
Kirkby design are in the business of making fabrics. But these aren’t any ordinary poly-blend fabrics. Rather they are contemporary textiles in every colour and texture you can imagine.
The gorgeous Vicki from @StyleMinimalism
They had their 3D quilted fabrics on show and I fell in love with their modern take on 60s furniture. Their Cloud FR couches and seaters were made from velvet which was extremely plush. I could have easily put up my feet and had a snooze on this fine piece of furniture! It would be like sleeping on a cloud!
If you like the look of these pieces then you’ll be interested to know they are releasing their 3D fabric cushions next month. I’ve put myself on the waiting list already!
I’ve heard a lot about the furniture from Another Country. It’s simple minimalistic design but they use the highest quality products and craftsmanship to shape their pieces. It probably won’t come as a surprise that the founder, Paul de Zwart, was also a founding publisher of Wallpaper* Magazine too.
This Desk 2 and Hardy Chair really took my fancy. The timber was so smooth and the grain in the wood had these lovely big swirls through it.
If lighting is your jam then you should take a peek at these their modern take on mid-century lamps which are a lovely juxtaposition of brass and ceramics. So simple, yet such beautiful design right?
Unfortunately you’ll have to wait until next year to visit all these London interior designers all in one place! However in the meantime you can go follow them at @thedesignjunction and wait in anticipation of 2017!
You can also have a look at all the designers online, many have showrooms you can visit too!
Bethan Gray: 109 Great Western Studios, 65 Alfred Road London W2 5EU (by appt only)
Icons of Denmark: 1-2 St. Johns Path, Clerkenwell, EC1M 4DD, London
Kirkby Design: Design Centre Chelsea Harbour, Lots Road, London SW10 0XE
Another Country: 18 Crawford Street, Marylebone, London, W1H 1BT