The London Design Fair consists of sister events Tent London and Super Brands. Its the largest collection of international exhibitions, designers, brands, country pavilions, features and exhibitions in one destination during the London Design Festival.
In its tenth successful year, Tent London has shown it’s about more than just showcasing designers’ work. It’s about creating an inspiring experience for 25,000 attendees as well as concrete, career-defining possibilities for exhibitors. It’s having an instinct for quality and is made from equal parts curation, collaboration and connections.
This year, Tent London and Super Brands London returned to Truman Brewery in trendy and vibrant East London under the new umbrella of London Design Fair. For the first time, the fair was staged over three floors of this iconic industrial space rather than two. Its 12,500sqm displayed 250 independent designers and brands, 200 global brands and 15 country pavilions including but not limited to; Portugal, India, Switzerland, Ireland, South Italy, Sweden, Denmark, Scotland and Norway.
This really is a show of epic proportions that exudes creativity and innovation, so while it has been quite a task, we have hand-picked 10 stand-out companies to share with you.
Ana Romero is a Portugal based company and lifestyle brand created by designer Ana Romero Monteiro in New York in 2012. Ana designs and sell’s fashion accessories, home decor items and lifestyle gifts for the premium market that feature her vibrant, complex colourful prints that are the brand’s signature.
Born in Lisbon, Portugal, the Ana Romero graduated in Communication Design from the College of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon. Having worked with interior design and established herself as a textile designer in New York, Ana wanted to bring together her two favourite things: fashion and home decor.
ANNA HILL WALLPAPER
Anna Hill is an independent, award winning wall paper designer based in Bristol, England and is supported by the Prince’s trust. She designs bespoke wall coverings and panels for residential and commercial interiors.
Her gorgeous illustrations depict whimsical birds and blossoms, along with Art Deco inspired designs in a brilliant combination of colours.
DAVID POMPA LIGHTING
Studio David Pompa is a young interdisciplinary design studio based in Mexico and Austria, that specialise in an innovative range of lighting and furniture. Founder David Pompa Alarcón grew up in both countries and has a strong relationship to Mexican culture. He studied product design in London. In 2013 the designer opens his first
Their La Caleta woven wall lamp is an eye-catcher, no matter where you use it. The trendy handcraft is responsible for a game of lights and shadows. La Caleta creates an interesting light flare through its hand woven structure, and comes in a range that includes a desk lamp, standing floor lamp, pendant and a similar collection that includes a coffee table, side table, and chair!
A1462 KAZAKH DESIGN COLLECTIVE
A1462 is a new Kazakh design collective that established this year in 2016. It was founded by four Almaty-based designers: Anastasia Leonova, Aziz Abdulmazhitov, Galym Kairalapov and Timur Aktaev to promote design from Kazakhstan.
As there is little visual image of Kazakstan in the world of design, A1462’s mission is to change this by building a good representation and understanding of Kazakh design through their efforts to create a local design identity.
We were particular taken with the work of Aziz Abdulmazhitov who experiments with designs made in wood, leather and metal. His stunning ‘World Wooden Map’ design which makes the perfect art piece for home and office environments. Measuring 2500х1300 mm, it is made using a combination of ash, birch, beech, walnut and oak woods.
Miss Print was created in 2005 by mother / daughter duo Yvonne and Rebecca Drury who offer a collection of high quality wall paper, cushions and lampshades that are PEFC or FSC certified.
They took part in Super Brands London to launch their new wall paper collection which contain beautifully designed bold and graphic nature inspired patterns in a range of delightful colours that are perfect for modern and contemporary living.
NORDIC DESIGN COLLECTIVE
The Nordic Design Collective is a market place passionate about supporting designers with beautiful products from the Nordic region. The carefully select the amazing designers, photographers, illustrators, and artists that they work with.
Their art collection includes playful, stylish, colourful, graphic, imaginative and Scandinavian style photographs of natural or animal subjects, still life, personalised paintings and prints for both adults and children.
Norquay Co. (Nor-ku-way Co.) was founded in Montreal, Canada in 2013 by artist, adventurist and avid canoeist Natasha Wittke who shared a passion for the great outdoors and equally for great design. In 2015 Norquay Co., moved its studio to Toronto. The company was inspired by the camping and cabin lifestyle, and weekends spent between the north and the city.
They have a simply amazing collection of Artisan Painted Canoe Paddles are made from solid cherry wood sourced from Northern Ontario. The bold and bright paddles are available as wall-art paddles for gracing your homestead walls and are also available in water-ready paddle option for use on the lake or canal.
STUDIO CAMILLA AGGESTRUP
Aggestrup is a brand new company that established this year in 2016. Founder and creative Director Camilla Aggestrup designed the products back in 2014 where she received the New Young Talent Award after her graduation from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine art, she is now producting under the brand name Aggestrup.
Camilla’s design ethos is to create products that attract awareness towards moments in life and the human body itself. With the design in-between she can use the possibility to attract attention back towards our self. She does that by using different materials and the variety of materials and combination gives ex. different seating experience, different textures feelings. She works with innovation forms and details or just simple variations that make you look one more time.
Launching its debut collection at London Design Festival 2016, Syzygy explores the idea of authenticity & memory to create products for everyday living in sync with human life, environment and our ever changing habits.
The strategically and meaningfully designed collections lay special focus on authentic high quality materials, production techniques and arresting aesthetics with an honest expression of individuality. With a heart of supporting elevated uncomplicated living, their products are ordinary objects made extraordinary with a sense of familiarity, versatility, adaptability and design flexibility so that they fit perfectly within any interior setting.
Award winning British designer Zoe Murphy promotes the idea of ‘Loving what belongs to you’ by printing onto recycled furniture and textiles using imagery inspired by her seaside hometown.
Zoe graduated from Loughborough University in 2008 with a first class degree in Printed Textiles. Having always been fascinated by the potential of re-use and rejuvenation of unwanted items, she works closely with the idea of encouraging others to consume more carefully and with more responsibility.
Through her re-use of mid twentieth century furniture pieces and patterns inspired by Formica clad sea-side cafes, her work takes on an appropriate nod to the fifties. Bright colours and optimistic images are printed onto re-veneered drawers, footstools, side tables, and Formica wall pieces.
Particular emphasis is placed upon the importance of re-using as much of a material as is possible so that as well as having designed a range that is visually appealing, her work is also ethically strong and offers a more ecological alternative to the ‘throw away’ designs of today.
Many of these stunning ranges haven't reached Australia yet, but we've curated a collection of inspired furniture and homewares below for those of you who just can't wait...
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Image Credits: All images photographed by Sarah Radhanauth with the exception of the cover image provided by Form and Seek via the London Design Fair.