TRENDS SEEN AT THE LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL (LDF) 2012
October 9, 2012
An introduction to the London Design Festival!
If you don’t know much about the design world, then you may need a quick explanation. Established in 2003 as an annual event to celebrate and promote London as the creative capital of the world, the London Design Festival was also created to serve as a gateway to the UK’s world class creative industries. The festival has grown exponentially in size since it’s younger days to include not only the larger shows of Tent London and 100% Design, but many smaller, satellite shows and events too – in fact, over 300 in total in 2012. Everyone who’s anyone in design gets involved, and there’s a real mix of established and emerging designers. Places of note include London’s creative East End and the Clerkenwell design district where regular tours allow you to visit the designers at home in their studios, and really get to the root of it.
“Each September, London hosts the most thrilling and innovative design festival in the world. Over ten packed days there are events taking place right across London. Our many Partner organisations put on a dazzling variety of events that show the richness and depth of the design activity that takes place in and beyond the capital. To that we add a series of major events at the world’s greatest design museum, the V&A, as well as our own high profile Landmark Projects in some of London’s best loved landmarks.”
This may be why the New York Times ran with the headline ‘London is the design capital of the world!’ when covering the event last month. (See our older posts)
LDF is a fantastic opportunity to spot up and coming trends, which then begin to appear across the high street. At the Form Emporium we pride ourselves on keeping on trend and up to date, and we do this by showcasing the work of up and coming designers who exhibit at events such as these.
One trend seen at the London Design Festival this year was metals and metalwork – primarily brass and chrome. We’ve found some examples of pieces that were exhibited during the festival that best show this trend. We’ve also found pieces which express the still ever-prevalent trend for embracing natural materials – such as Becky Taylor’s Woollen Stool, Paul’s knitted Gluck Pendant, or the Mantelpiece clock collection which are available to buy through our site.
Left: 'A quiet celebration' - hinged, brass mirrors by Morie Nishimara; Right: 'Apollo' hanging lamps, made from spun anodised aluminium, by Robin Grasby and Marc Bell for International.
Left: Lighting by David Irwin at 100% Design; Right: Wrap Pendant Light by Bridgid Strevens- available in our shop
Left: The Milk Series 2 stool by Ellen Thomas; Middle: Woollen Stool by Becky Taylor; Right: Mantlepiece Clocks by Ellen Thomas - all available at The Form Emporium
Left: Gluck Light - available in our shop; Right: Wicker Lighting by The Andes House
Left: Kurk flat pack cork and metal desk lamp by Craig Foster; Right: Oak version of the Tab Light - available in our shop