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London Design Festival

Though we didn’t make it to London for the design festival, we’ve rounded up some work that we’ve been enjoying from afar.

Installations –

Mise en Abymetranslated directly as ‘placed into abyss’was the collaboration between designers Laetitia de Allegri / Matteo Fogale and Johnson Tiles. It was a beautiful pathway of arches across the bridge over the Medieval and Renaissance galleries at the V&A Museum. The floor tiles as well as the acrylic archways faded into lighter shades across the bridge creating a pretty gradient. “The theme of line drawing perspective grids, which emerged in the Renaissance period and can be seen in the large-scale objects on display below the bridge, influenced the design of the base ceramic tiling of the flooring. Johnson Tiles created these using advanced Artile technology which prints a bespoke colour design onto the tiles – each section has 3% less colour than the one before to create a gradient effect from one end to the other.” – DomusWeb

With the launch of their first-ever book, cult-blog Patternity had quite the presence at the festival. They hosted a Patternity events room with hands-on pattern workshops, morning yoga and meditation and roundtable discussions, as well as a shop. They also collaborated with Paperless Post to create custom party invitations and an interactive installation that showcased new patterns and invited guests to ‘play with pattern’ – physically.


Furniture and objects –

Max Lamb’s cool marmoreal side tables (third image below) were on show at Deocrex. “Marmoreal is an engineered marble devised by Max Lamb in 2014. Suitable for both interior and exterior architectural surfaces, this large aggregate pre-cast marble terrazzo offers an original material language with immense visual value.” The bathroom installation below was on show at Art Basel in Miami and is a great showcase of the diverse possibilities this material offers. So dark and moody.


Fauna is Hallgeir Homstvedt‘s line of stone animal figures inspired by and created from Nordic rocks. The interpretation of the bullfinch bird, red fox, puffin bird and hedgehog have been made into one simplified figurative series and one more abstract series within the shape of a square.


Janie Knitted Textiles showcased these great over-sized ombre pendants made from British merino wool. (Though we can’t fail to mention that these lights bear some resemblance to our NY local Ana Kras’ exceptional bonbon lamps…)


Brushed brass and marble are the materials in Bethan Gray’s classy tables below. There seems to be a bit of a two-tone trend happening where not only are there two tones, but often two separate materials spliced together. The contrast here is between their dainty form and their solid materiality.

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Catarina Riccabonna is a textile designer and weaver based in London who launched her first line of lighting in collaboration with Claire Norwood of New Craftsmen. Her beautiful linen textiles are wrapped around a brass frame creating a simple and warm piece of beauty.


Pinch design’s Nim table is “a piece made from Jesmonite, a lightweight water-based resin whose chameleon-like qualities allow it to give the effect of metal, wood, plaster, stone and more. Nim is a limited-edition piece (just 50 will be produced) which is cast in a Gloucester workshop and hand-painted to create an effect that calls to mind a geological core sample.” – The Guardian. It reminds me of a beach stone found post-bonfire.


For some more moody ambiance – Marcin Rusak has developed a technique of preserving dried and fresh flowers in black resin. He has applied this unique surface finish to some statement pieces of furniture such as this beautiful room divider and cast aluminum table. The effect is stunning.


And lastly, Sebastian Isom’s colored glass tables. “The Isom tables play with an intriguing optical illusion. Made from hexagonal tops resting on three squares, their edges form diamond-shaped surfaces that, when viewed from certain angles, form a perfect isometric representation of a cube.” – Neo/Craft. The colors look so good all together, it would be a shame to have to separate them.


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