LDF: Design Junction/Tent London

I love this time of year – the shows, the  quirky inspiring products and people. Yep, it’s LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL time and I took the opportunity with both hands to go and visit the new shows of the season.

Working in admin, which isn’t very creatively inspiring, getting to these shows is key for me to develop, grow and expand my creative mind!

With a quick yet strict one hour lunch break to spare I whizzed to DESIGN JUNCTION! It’s the first time this show is ‘showing’ in London after it’s debut in Milano – Italy. I loved the warmth from this show. The exhibitors and designers were so nice and highly talented. I’d like to share a few of my favourites with you including RESIDENT a New Zealand furniture and lighting company. Resident are new to the UK and specialise in unique furniture pieces and light fixtures which can be be flat-packed and re-assembled.
I really liked GENEVIEVE BENNETT. Not only is Genevieve such a nice down-to-earth person but her designs are so unique and different to anything I’ve seen at the moment. Genevieve’s designs are 100% leather, are hand craved and have such great detail. These would look amazing as wall panels or as a feature wall
Images supplied by: Design Milk
DEADGOOD caught my eye too. I’d seen them at Clerkenwell Design Week so this was a great opportunity to see their new collection. I particularly loved the ‘Ribbon Stool’ which has been commissioned for The Breast Cancer charity. 
After work I then headed to TENT LONDON. I’m ashamed to say it was my first trip ever to the show. Yes, I know, terrible, especially as I live in East London so it’s just a hop, skip and a jump away from me. 
This was the fifth year for tent at the Old Truman Brewery. I truly loved this show and will definitely be heading back for 2012! The people were so inspiring and the talent shone through.
It was great meeting Russell Callow of LONDON TIMEPIECE. I loved his quirky meets retro style & persona and the honesty of his work. I found his clocks to be very iconic which reminded me of the good-old-days. Russell has refurbished these German clocks to a very high standard.

MINI MODERNS also caught my eye! Again with that British, retro feel matched with a ‘Holidays at Home’ theme. I really fell in love with these cushions. It must be the 80s kid in me. You can also colour-in the cushions too which would be a nice touch for a kids bedroom.
Last but by no means least, the collaboration between DESIGN BARK (master of screen printing) and furniture designer BYPLY was one of my favourites. The chair design was indeed awesome and the printed design and colour choice really married together well. 
I really loved the way this designer knitted the union hack on this chair. It’s unique and makes me want to just dive in with a good book and cuppa tea!
Sonya Winners designs really do push the boundaries and is an example of what good design is all about

Anthony Hartley’s hand made designs are a breath of fresh air! I liked ‘Sidney’ the shelving unit. 


VERDICT: 
Welcome DESIGN JUNCTION please can you come back next year! The collections were great, fresh and unique. TENT LONDON – WoW, great designers, great people, great design – see you in 2012.

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