Designers from all sectors have been flocking to London in late September seeking inspiration at LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL – events including TENT, DECOREX, 100% DESIGN and FOCUS/15.
I visited TENT, which takes over the ‘Old Truman Brewery’ on Brick Lane in the heart of the East End with an exciting spread of cutting edge design.
Newcomers and independent businesses showcase their fresh innovative ideas for Lighting, Furniture, Pottery, Textiles and more.
As a contrast I went to Focus/15 at Chelsea Harbour, which is a showcase for high-end fabric editors. Sumptuous showrooms promoting fabrics that are beyond the budget of the average British wage earner, however rather like Chanel these luxury brands are the trendsetters in Home Furnishings.
Whether it be a one-off hand printed cushion or expensive velvet, this year the creators have taken me ‘back to art school’ with a real sense of CRAFT, TRADITIONAL TECHNIQUE & NATURAL EXPRESSION.
In a very ‘Bloomsbury Style’ – the patterns are bold and busy and brought together in quite contradictory combinations.
Traditional Embroidery and Crewelwork is given a contemporary, pixelated twist.
Wool and Texture – Geometric shapes, Classic Herringbone and Architectural structures.
Expressive, Organic mark-making.