London Design Fair - My Top Picks
A couple of weeks ago, I got the chance to go and see for the first time the London Design Fair (also known as the former Tent Design Fair). This exhibition usually happens during London Design Week, and you get to see a large collection of international exhibitors, brands, designers and more. Although there were many beautiful and unexpected products (a real oasis of design inspiration), I decided only on a couple of things as my favourites.
So here are my TOP PICKS from this amazing exhibition. Links are provided in the titles, in case you are interested to find out more about the products.
This hourglass little stool is such a fun, quirky and fresh thing to look at. It's made out of hand crafted solid wood, combined with a beautiful Portuguese fabric made from wool. Apparently it is a highly resistant and durable fabric and it comes in a variety of colours: red, blue, orange, light orange and grey.
Beautiful find in the 100%Norway section of the exhibition. These simple, yet very elegant little coffee tables captured my attention right away. Designed by Stokke Austad via Tonning & Stryn, they are made out of solid oak and come in 3 sizes, depending on your need. I just love the clean, light look of the Nordic Styles in general. Don't you?
Another great find and perhaps my favourite from the whole exhibition is again, in the 100% Norway section. This really cool prototype looks at the relationship between wooden accessories (turned oak) and oxidised metals (polished brass, copper and steel). Simply stunning. I would decorate my house with these little jewels just about everywhere.
This small vase design (brass & wood or brass & glass) comes from Korea this time. I was really surprised (mostly because I had no clue) to see such new and fresh designs coming from this part of the world. Cannot wait to see what they'll bring to the table next year.
This elegant whisky glass set was designed by Mikko Laakkonen for Nude Glass. It's funny how keeping it simple can make something stand out in a sea of similar products. There were so many objects on display in the glass part of the exhibition, yet, for me, this was the only set that stand out straight away. So less is more, after all.
Palat is a gorgeous wooden and metal trolley from Maiju Uski. It comes with tableware serving trays designed for various needs, from wooden cutting boards to stone platters to keep the food hot or cold. Plus, you can use it as an extension to your cooking unit in the kitchen. A great sign that this product was designed with the customer in mind. I love when that happens.
Of course, I couldn't finish this post without mentioning this amazing stand that kept me in place for a good 5 minutes. It might not seem a lot at first, but when you are in a busy design fair, if something catches your attention for that long, it's a pretty good sign. I'll let the pictures speak for themselves. This is The Ribbon by Ming Sang Cho.
There you have it peeps. You have seen the one and only London Design Fair!!! A really cool experience, to be honest. I found it to be refreshingly different from Decorex (not that Decorex is not worth checking out either). I made a decision this year to go see this exhibition rather than Decorex (mainly because I never went before), and I do not regret it.
Have you been to this year London Design Fair? Have you seen anything else that is worth mentioning? Perhaps you saw something amazing at Decorex or at 100% Design? I know there are so many exhibitions going on at the same time during London Design Week, that there is always something incredible to see. So do let me know what you discovered in a comment below or head over to the Facebook Page and let's get to chatting there. I would love to find out what treasures you uncovered.
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