There’s never more new great design to discover in London than during the yearly design festival, particularly in 2022 as the festival celebrated its 20th anniversary. Our team was out and about, visiting showrooms, trade shows, talks and exhibitions between Shoreditch and Chelsea. Here are five highlights from our partner brands we’ve added to the platform so that you can specify them easily for your projects. Read on to learn more about the picks that elevate any commercial space.
Tala temporarily moved from Cambridge Heath to Shoreditch, where the brand set up a pop-up showroom to present its full lighting collection. They also unveiled two completely new designs: the Kilter wall light and Muse, a series of wall lights and portable table lights developed in partnership with Farrow & Ball, which were the focus of our Breakfast Insights event.
Kilter is a minimalist design making the slim frosted glass tube the highlight, subtly exposing the internal filament. It’s attached to a round fixture that comes in shiny grey or white and can be installed on the wall or ceiling. Thanks to its IP44 rating, the light can also be used outdoors or in bathrooms. The dimmable light source is available in two lengths and offers two light qualities: a warm yellow white for mood lighting and a brighter white nuance for functional settings.
Established & Sons welcomed design dwellers in their tucked-away showroom just off Old Street, exhibiting newness for workplace interiors and residential settings.
Taking over the ground floor office was Island, a new modular seating series for communal areas in offices designed by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec. It combines deep benches with functional elements, including raised side tables and optional backrests.
The brand also showed new pieces from Jasper Morrison, a long-standing collaborator of Established & Sons. Extending his Crate furniture series, the brand launched a new wooden daybed and a lounge chair with a steel frame.
In Hay’s sunlight-filled base in Shoreditch, we took a closer look at the brand’s latest collections. We especially admired the adorable Parade table lights, which have been released as part of Hay’s autumn newness. Inspired by the desire to create an ambient light source with a sculptural quality, Danish husband-and-wife designers Viola Heyn-Johnsen and Jonas Trampedach came up with a distinct geometrical shape combining a square base with an arched top.
The carefully selected sizes and colours complement each other in height, tone and temperature, creating a cohesive effect that forms an interlinking pattern when arranged together. The custom, integrated LED light source is replaceable and features an inline step-dimmer.
A visit to the Muuto showroom in Clerkenwell is always inspiring. Just in time for London Design Festival, the Danish brand presented its latest autumn pieces. A stand-out in the fresh line-up is the Relevo rug, the result of the company’s first collaboration with Milan-based Studiopepe.
It’s the first tufted rug in Muuto’s collection. The design is simple yet powerful, playing gently with the contrasts of curved and straight lines created by two different pile heights. In the design notes, Studiopepe – founded by Arianna Lelli Mami and Chiara Di Pinot – explain that Relevo’s swooping lines reference the ‘furrowed, hypnotic paths in the soil’ of rural landscapes.
The Clippings team also explored the West London design districts. We popped into the stunning &Tradition showroom, located in a historic townhouse next to St. James Park, where the brand exhibited its autumn launches next to the collection’s classics.
The new Rotate trolley caught our eye, a versatile storage piece that works as a bedside table, under-desk storage or bathroom storage unit. Space Copenhagen, one of the most successful contemporary Scandinavian design companies, designed the piece inspired by Origami. It’s made from a single sheet of powder-coated steel that is cut into two parts, bent into shape and welded together. The open unit comes in four rich, shiny colours: a warm terracotta, a dark green, a rich red or gentle ivory.
Our team can help you specify and procure any of the designs mentioned in the article for a project you’re working on. We can even source any other FF&W products you’ve discovered during LDF 2022 for you. Contact our team today, sign up for a Clippings account, or log into your Clippings account to get started.