A couple of weeks ago, four of us from RSG team jumped on the train and headed up to London for the day to get involved with London Design Festival. It was a jam-packed day of cutting-edge design, craft and creativity and we left feeling totally inspired. Our trail was ambitious, as we wanted to visit all 5 fairs in one day, so to ensure we could make the most of it we split up into pairs so that we could see and do it all.
Everything we saw and did that day was really wonderful and we felt incredibly energised to go and create beautiful things for Rockett St George. So to share our favourite moments, we have put together our list of #LDF17 highlights...
Our Trail of the London Design Festival.
First stop: Decorex International
Our first stop was the wonderful Decorex International. As mentioned in our September Hot List, our 'must-sees' were the Curiousa & Curiousa expo who showcased their beautiful hand-blown glass (seriously... they were UNREAL) and Clarke & Clarke who created vibrant and bright wallpaper patterns that totally blew us away!
A particular mention has to be the Champagne Bar designed by Shalini Misra. The reason?! (We promise we weren't influenced by the bubbly!) No, it was the design darlings! Inspired by the Great Exhibition of 1851 at Crystal Palace, Shalini designed a contemporary space with pops of deco detailing, luxe furniture and graphic pattern. Even better, Shalini cleverly drew on Decorex's 40 year tradition by incorporating international themes/designs into the decor - we particularly loved the printed screens! As you can see from the images below, the whole thing was a real feast for the eyes!
Second Stop: 100% Design
Held at Olympia, we spent a good few hours trailing the many amazing exhibitions on display. Key highlights included Max Fraser's amazing installation picking up on this year's immersive theme: elements and Framery, a company that creates soundproof meeting pods. Framery had cleverly created an exhibition of meeting pods along with a fun pop up bar, called the Framery Happy Bar .... happy indeed!
Some snaps from our Instagram Story, as seen on our @rockettstgeorge.co.uk insta.
One notable mention has to be Lee Broom, who spoke at the show. We loved hearing about what he had to say about the home interiors industry and how it has transformed in recent years. A particular highlight was his awesome neon chair. Lee Broom has successfully managed to transform the once dodgy diner light into masterful artwork and we just love the idea ... isn't it fabulous?!
A snap from our Instagram Story, as seen on our @rockettstgeorge.co.uk insta and another Neon Chair by Lee Broom - We're in LOVE!
Third Stop: Focus 17
We walked from Fulham Broadway, to the stylish, Chelsea Harbour, with a pit stop at Cinnabon for some delightful mini Cinnamon Buns (how could we not?!). Focus 17 was set up with lots of pop-up shop installations and the design was seriously impressive.
Our top highlights of the fair had to be the tile making at the wonderful Artisans Of Devizes exhibition. Artisans of Devizes had managed to create a really relaxing and tranquil atmosphere where you were left to create your very own tile. With walls covered head to toe in beautifully designed tiles, we didn't have to look far for inspiration and spent the next half an hour sipping bubbly and creating our own tiles - thanks to the team at Artisans of Devizes for letting us create these tiles - we had a blast!
Fourth Stop: Design Junction
With a selection of guaranteed beautiful design and talks with the lovely Claudia Baillie and 2 Lovely Gays, there was no way we could miss out Design Junction!
With lots of dynamic and creative exhibitions on display, we took our time absorbing it all and were particularly impressed by the Turkishceramics installation Gateways by Adam Nathaniel Furman. We saw the immersive display in the day, but it looks absolutely magical at night. Other highlights include the Voronoi III installation by Tala which has been deemed the worlds largest sculptural light bulbs and the Cubbit Park interactive cafe where we were able to see screen printing in action!
Final Stop: London Design Fair
With a series of installations and pop-ups across Shoreditch, London Design Fair was our final stop.
Our must-see at the London Design Fair was the Warehouse Home Apartment featuring RSG pieces! Warehouse home opened the doors to a super cool and stylish abode in Perseverance Works in the heart of Shoreditch for 8 days so that visitors could experience warehouse living themselves! Their efforts were a success... we could have moved in! With beautiful wooden floors, open plan living and an impressive industrial chic aesthetic we couldn't get enough of it!
Warehouse Home borrowed our Gatsby Side Table with Leather Magazine Holder, Set Of 2 Antiqued Gold Metal Tube Vases and Gold Clamp Candle Holder amongst other things, which we feel really suited the warehouse / industrial living vibe. Thank you to Warehouse Home for involving us!
A special mention has to go to T2, an Aussie tea specialist who hosted a week-long workshop at the Fair in Shoreditch. Known for their amazing packaging and designs the artists of the gorgeous packaging created 'one-off' designs. We loved seeing the creativity and action and are now hooked T2 Melbourne Breakfast Tea in the office!
Check out the clip below to see London Design Festival highlights...